Digital painting of Daniel, a young man with brown skin, short dark hair, and beard stubble smiling at the viewer. He wears a white hoodie. His shoulders and head are pictured. The background is decorative with red, orange and pink blocks and dots.

Please share something about yourself, your experience with the disability benefit, and anything else you would like people to know.

My name is Daniel and I am interested in building domino buildings, art, and I am located in Vancouver. And also I have travelled to different countries in the past. I used to have job in the extras in the movies as well. I also like reading, and the one thing is also that even though I may be limited to do certain things I have made friends from the programs I go to.

My experience is that I have gone to the programs provided and made some new friends and I have used the benefit to save up the cash for things I really need, and it has helped me for when I need it.

I would like to say that for me, I believe for certain things I need more money, such as groceries, payments and enough for myself. And that for transportation it would be a great boost if I had more, and that for medication as well because I would need the cash for extra in case it ran out to soon. My quality of life is actually a little bit affected because I may not have all the necessary stuff for my day to day life. I have not had trouble accessing the benefit at all, and my experience with the government has so far been alright. Another thing is that for a certain accounts it is a maybe for family members contributing monthly to an account to help with expenses and other stuff and that for the programs if they need money it would be a big help for that.  (family could help pay for expenses)

What do you dream support for people with disabilities could look like?

I think that for me the support for people with disabilities could be more money monthly and programs so that it could make it easier for people to enjoy them and use the cash and make new friends.

Likes and loves:

The one thing would be that my interest with dominoes has been going on for 9 years, and I like to draw buildings for the art. I would say colours such as red and white.

Published by rozmaclean

B.C. based artist

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