Intern designs a new life

12 February 2019

We have been lucky enough to work with the Australian Network on Disability to employ some amazing interns. Meet one of our newest recruits, Dom.

Image: Dom at the Colour Run

Hello! Let me introduce myself, my name is Dom Freestone and I am currently working as a Design Intern with the Marketing and Communications team at Life Without Barriers.

I finished university in 2017, obtaining a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design. Now, I guess what makes me a bit different from every other person I graduated, is that I’m a quadriplegic. I know right, a quadriplegic graphic designer, who would have thought? Before you say or think, “but quadriplegics can’t move their arms”, you should know that being a quadriplegic means that you have impaired movement in all four limbs, not a complete loss of movement, some quadriplegics can’t move their arms, but a lot can. Anyway let’s move on.

Since I finished university I have been looking for more than a job, I’ve been looking for an opportunity to contribute to something worthwhile. I want to contribute to something that makes a real difference in the community and aligns with my core values. Life Without Barriers values its ability to be responsive, something I feel I have truly embraced since obtaining my disability. LWB also values imagination, being courageous, being respectful and they also pride themselves on their ability to build relationships. I was so excited when I found out I was going to get an opportunity to work with a truly National company which aligned so closely with my value set.

Since I started at LWB I have been working with the Marketing and Communications team on projects which utilise and build on the skills I learned whilst at university. Every week I have been working on a diverse range of jobs, from print based media, to animation and internal planning. I have loved the variety of work and the opportunity to work with others in my chosen field to work towards a better tomorrow.