April 27, 2020
Illustration of Bernadettte's experiences in healthcare.
In 1992, a bout of meningitis and encephylitis left Bernadette (B) with an acquired brain injury (ABI). She is still discovering many of the manifestations and consequences of this. B is also still learning about people’s perceptions of her and the ABI. This ranges from those who wrongly believe she no longer has any capacity, to those who wrongly believe she does not have a disability.
B has concern for the broad band of disability rights, including advocating for proper accommodation for people with high needs disabilities. These people are often left to the vagaries of hotel or aged care facilities, rather than accommodation that provides for their needs. She also has an interest in the interface of nature and good health (both mental and physical).