NO EXCUSES: Shayne Lait hasn't let his disability slow him down
NO EXCUSES: Shayne Lait hasn't let his disability slow him down Matt Collins

Shayne's wheelchair isn't slowing him down

A SWIMMING pool accident left Shayne Lait in a wheelchair, never to walk again, but he hasn't let it slow him down.

When he was 18, Mr Lait jumped off the roof of a house into a pool.

He hit the bottom of the pool and broke his neck.

"I was young, stupid and invincible," he said.

Mr Lait told his story on International Day of People with Disability, the first Monday in December.

The theme for this year was empowering persons with disability and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.

Looking down the barrel of life in a wheelchair, the inspirational Mr Lait was determined not to let it slow him down.

"I was always stubborn, I just got in and did everything I was going to do anyway," he said.

"It's boring sitting around feeling sorry for yourself, it drives you crackers."

Not letting the chair confine him, Mr Lait regularly completes labour intensive jobs that would be too much for many able-bodied people.

"I still build sheds, break in cattle for shows, fencing, all sorts of farm stuff," he said.

"I was out digging fence holes on the weekend with a crow bar and a shovel."

While some people with disabilities have family members who can be over-protective, Mr Lait's family have definitely not gotten in his way.

"They all just looked at me and said 'get on with it'," he said.

"I just did everything I was going to do anyway."

After four years of being unemployed, the future is now looking bright for this South Burnett resident.

"I'm working full time again which is great," he said.

"When I was unemployed, I would go and see farmers for a job and they would just look at me and shake their head.

"I came to expect it , it doesn't bother me. I know I can do it and that's the main thing."

Mr Lait joked it took him a bit of time to adjust back into the nine-to-five world.

"The first couple of days were tough, the first week I was going to bed pretty early," he joked.

South Burnett

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