The following has been written by Jackson’s mother, Sally, as Jackson is profoundly intellectually disabled. He is a young man who requires one-on-one support and supervision 24 hours a day. He is dependent on others for his every need. Sally has written this on behalf of Jackson as he has no capacity to write himself. However, Sally believes it is a true reflection of his personality, likes and dislikes.
My name is Jackson and I was born on the 1st January 1986. I have Phelan-McDermid Syndrome which is quite rare and affects different people differently.
I have my own courier business called JACKmail and I work in this business every week-day morning. I love my job and I am pretty good at it. Of course I need support and my driver helps me make my deliveries. We are a great team and haven’t missed one delivery since we began the business in 2007. Now that’s what I call service!
I have three brothers but they have all left home now and my Mum is no spring chicken anymore. She is more like an autumn duck! Luckily I moved into my own home before she became a winter turkey. My dad Mac died in 2009 and so Mum and I were alone for four years before I moved out.
My house at Benambra Intentional Community has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. One of the bedrooms is where my co-resident, Adam, lives and the other is for paid support staff or visitors.
My co-resident Adam has been living with and supporting me since we moved in together in May 2013. He is like a big brother to me and we have fun together.
I have settled into my new home. My neighbours are wonderful and friendly people and we do a lot of community things together which I love.