Bifida barrier breached

vAMANDA Johnson can’t walk, but she can work. That’s the motto she wants other disabled people in Hume to live by.
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Ms Johnson, 24, has spina bifida, a birth defect that involves damage to the spine and spinal cord.

She has battled the odds and after years of volunteer work within the Hume community, she was offered a part-time paid receptionist role with Dallas Neighbourhood House this year.

And this month, she was named the house’s ‘very important person’ for her hard work and positive attitude.

Ms Johnson says she enjoys being an example for other disabled people.

“I know a few people who have given up on trying to find work,” she says.

“People would use me as an example; I might not be able to walk but I can work. My hands work and my voice work. The only problem is my legs.”

She says that without a career she wouldn’t be satisfied.

“I never really cared about finding work until I realised working with computers is what I wanted to do,” she says.

“I wanted to work, I wanted to get out of the house and the older I got the more I wanted to get into the workforce.”

While at the house, Ms Johnson has been completing training courses to further her skills as a receptionist.