Meet Danielle Farrel
Danielle has just set up her own company called Your Options Understood (YOU) which focuses on individuals with a disability, together with their parents, support staff and wider associates. YOU offers an advocacy service and a training service adhering to best practice and concentrating on staff attitudes. YOU also give advice and assistance with the choices available under Self-Directed Support. YOU further offers a consultation service, whereby YOU can share experiences of life with a disability to help and encourage others to achieve their dreams, aspirations and full potential.
Danielle has worked hard to achieve her qualifications, she first gained a National Certificate (NC), followed swiftly by a Higher National Certificate (NHC) and Higher National Diploma (HND).
But that wasn’t enough; Danielle went upwards and onwards, gaining a Batchelor of Arts Degree, with Honours (BA, Hons) in media related studies at the University of the West of Scotland, and then got a Master’s Degree in Research Methods (MA), but that wasn’t enough! Danielle is currently awaiting the reward of all her years of study and effort of her Doctorate (PhD).
Simple? No, Danielle, from Irvine, was born with the condition of cerebral palsy and at a young age faced negative opinions as to whether or not she should even attend primary mainstream schooling as her disability may ‘disrupt’ the class! How wrong were they? Very!
But the struggle didn’t end there for Danielle and her parents. As there was only one “special school” in Scotland that offered secondary education following the mainstream curriculum Danielle’s parents allowed her to choose, she chose the “special school”. But rather than the negative opinions subsiding, they shifted from ‘disrupting the class’ to suggestions that Danielle was now ‘shielded from the real world’.
Despite, the hard journey, the negative opinions of others and physical difficulties Danielle has battled on and has achieved an enormous amount. The next chapter of her life, starting her own company has only just begun and if you are interested in supporting her work or finding out more about her and the company YOU, click here, alternatively you can email Danielle at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call 07938 998 091.