Portia Wants a Job: Living with a learning disability


My name is Portia. I am 21 years
and I want a job. Mum: Hello.
Portia: Hi. Mum: Are you ready?
What you got there? Portia: My CV. Mum: Thinking about
the meeting this afternoon? Portia: Yeah. I’m going to Farmers
to see if I have a job or not. That will mean a step for
me in the job path. This meeting today
is about feedback… on how you went for
your work experience. How do you think
it’s going to go? Portia: I’m nervous. I don’t know
what to expect. If they tell me that
I didn’t get the job. Mum: She’s had five weeks
work experience there. I’m hoping it will
lead to something… which we will find
out this afternoon. I’m ready to
go now Mum. Mum: I’m really hoping
she does get the job… because it get her into the
retail field in a big environment. Portia: I’ve really tried
with handing my CV in… and applying online. I’ve done
everything I can to get a job. Mum: What are you thinking
are you excited? Portia: Yep and
nervous. I feel like my disability
is stopping me. I really want something big
and happy to happen to me. Director: How did
it go Portia? Portia: Not good. Mum: No it
didn’t go well. As they explained it
was just work experience. And they were
promising nothing. We hoped they would
see the potential in Portia. But they didn’t.
But it wasn’t a job. It was work experience
and that’s what we’ve got. It effects me
really hard… because I know Portia
has lots of strengths. And lots of things that she
can give employers. I just feel that they
need to give her the chance. Let’s go through
your CV, Portia. Employment history,
pages and pages. In the interview if they say,
“Why do you want this job?” What would you
say to that? Because I think it would
be a really cool job to work in. If they go, “What can
you bring to the job?” “What are your strengths?”
What would you say? I’ve had heaps of
retail experience. Doing what specifically? Putting clothes on hangers and
sorting the changing rooms. It’s been hard to
find a job. I’ve handed out maybe
one hundred CVs. And applying online. No one has called me back
saying we have a job for you. Mum: Shall we go
in here Portia? Portia: Yep. Portia: I’m wondering if
you have any jobs available? Man: Are you wanting full
time or part time work? Portia: Part time. Man: Have you got
a CV there for me? Portia: Yep. Man: Okay leave that with
me and we’ll let you know. Portia: Thanks. Portia: I’m wondering if you
have any jobs available? Lady: We do actually, a
part time position. Would you like to
leave your CV? Portia: Yep. Mum: They’ve all been
lovely receptions… but unfortunately, they
take your CV… but we don’t often
hear back. Portia: I feel there’s
nothing else I can do. I’ve done everything
to get a job. But obviously it’s
not enough. Mum: How did
the response go? Portia: Good. She would be good because
she wants a job for a long time… not just a short time
in between her studies. She committed, but we
can’t get her foot in the door. So, we just keep
plodding along. It’s been frustrating
for us, I suppose. She’s come out of high school
who is expecting everything, like every kid, they’ve
got their life ahead of them. And they’re going to get
a job, go flatting… go on holiday and
hang out with their mates. And that just
wasn’t eventuating. As time went on she got less
enthusiastic putting out her CV because of the rejection
of people saying… “Thanks but we haven’t
got any jobs for you.” It’s been two and a half years
and I’m stilling looking for a job. She was the perfect baby because
she slept and didn’t wake us up. At the time we thought
this is brilliant. But as time when on it turned
out to be part of a syndrome. With her condition it started with
developmental delay. At two and a half years, we worried
about her delay in lots of areas. She still had
no language. It wasn’t until she was six
and a half years, they diagnosed
her with a… a condition called
Cri du Chat Syndrome, which is French for
Cry of the Cat because they have
a cat-like cry. It’s actually a deletion in the
small arm of her 5th chromosome. So it’s also called
Five P Minus. Like a lot of these conditions
they have spectrums… she was at the milder
end of that spectrum. Some of the ‘Cri du Chat’
children have no language, or no mobility, so
she was more able. That may have been why
she wasn’t picked up earlier. Portia: I have two sisters,
Olivia and Juliet. I’m the oldest.
We all love clothes. Portia: What shoes are you
going to wear with it? Sister: Maybe these. Portia: My sister got a job
just like that when she left school. I thought that might happen
to me but it didn’t. Sister: I got some shorts,
but they’re for summer. For summer I’ll
bust them out. Mum: It’s been a
tough time for her. She just wants to do what
her two younger sisters are doing. And having a life
and going out. To do that she needs to meet
people in an employment job. But we never stop trying. The worst part has been trying
to keep her happy and upbeat. To keep her self
esteem intact, because it has been hard
for her to keep going out, cold calling and handing
out her CVs. It was good working
at Farmers, I worked in
women’s wear. I put the size tags
on coat hangers, picked up the clothes
from the ground, and priced them. A few times I lost
my customer… when I had to go and find
someone to ask about something. When I finally found
someone to help me, they asked, “Where’s
your customer?” And I was like,
“They’ve disappeared. Back in school I think
they thought I was dumb… because I was with
the Unit kids. And it made it obvious
that I had a disability. But now when I meet
people and tell them… that I’ve got a
disability they tell me… “You don’t look like you
have any disability.” My problem is not actually
having my disability. I know there’s stuff
that I can’t do. It’s more about how other people
see me and how they treat me. I have to go to a Day Service
with disabled people. And I felt like I was
at high school again. The Day Service is where
people go who have disabilites and who have left school. We do programs there
like flatting skills, and they also help
you to get a job. Lady: Hi Portia,
grab a seat. Today we’re doing photography
with different camera angles. And moving things closer
and further away… to make them appear
larger or smaller. Also learn a few tricks to make
things look a little different. Portia: The reason why I don’t
really like going there… is because it’s a bit
like school for me. Mum: Portia has come out of
school and gone to a Day Service… where they do lots of
activities and that’s cool. But she’s always
wanted more. There are tons of kids
who all want paid work… and to feel valued
in society. Guy: What are you
doing Portia? Portia: I’m volunteering
at the Red Cross. Girl: How has your
day been? Porita: Good.
How’s yours? Girl: Good because I’m not
going to school tomorrow. Portia: My last year of
high school, I thought… right, next year’s going to
be the year I get a job. But it wasn’t and I had
to go to Day Service. If I get a job it will take away
some of the ‘downs’ this year. She’s got a job at the Red Cross
which is work experience, in part getting her wish
to work with clothing. And that came about
through the Day Service. Lady: Hi Porita, are you
all ready to work? Portia: Yep. Lady: These clothes here are
to put out into the shop. So, I will leave you
to do that for me. Portia: Okay. She’s doing clothing
matching and pricing. And now she’s starting
to work on the Till. For her to get a job in a clothing
store that she wishes… she needs to know all
of these skills. Lady: Hi I’d like
to buy this please. Lady: We’re just in
training here, thank you. So, you put in
the price. Women’s skirts.
Great. Subtotal. Portia: That will
be $7 please. So you put
in the $20. Portia: I think they need to be
patient with me to do stuff. Lady: And cash.
Great. So, $13 – a $10, a $2
and a $1. Your receipt and count
the money back to the customer. I think they need to
remind me of stuff… that they told me
weeks ago. Remind me, otherwise
I might forget. Is there anything that you
don’t understand on the Till? Is everything clear what
we’ve worked through? Portia: Yep. It’s just the Eftpos. Yes with more training on
that I think you’ll be fine. Some people work
in Op Shops, and then they get a job
in a big retail shop afterwards. But that hasn’t
happened to me. There’s huge
competition in retail… and at times I’ve given up
handing my CV into retail shops. It’s not worth it because
I haven’t got anywhere… with my work
experience from here. I’m a firefighter in Hamilton
at the City Station. And I thought there might
be a chance that Portia… could learn some office
administration skills… up in our executive wing. I ran it past the Chef and
Dianne and office administrator, and they were both quite
happy to take Portia on. Dianne: Hello how
are you today? Portia: Good. I’ve done the printouts
for you today, so could you just do
your job on the board please? Portia: Yep. Portia seemed to enjoy
it quite well. She enjoyed the interaction
with adults in the workplace. As well as learning
how to do office work. Potentially down the road that
could lead to a job somewhere. In the job I sort out all of the
petrol receipts from the trucks. And I send envelopes to
different Stations, so that they know what they’ve
gone over budget with. Like if they’ve bought a hose
it’s a hundred dollars. And their budget is $90. We saw a TV story about a
program that Fairfax Media ran… it’s called Creative Spirit
and their idea… is to give entry-level jobs
to kids like Portia. Today, we’re on our
way to Auckland. We’re going to meet
with Anna-Marie who’s in charge of the
Creative Spirit Program. We’re also going to
meet with Emma… who’s a perfect role model
for Portia to see… what working in a big office
environment may be about. Hi I’m Anna-Marie.
Hi I’m Karina. Hi I’m Portia. Nice to meet you.
Come on up. We are following up on your
Creative Spirit Program on TV, and looking for an opportunity
perhaps for Portia to get a job. The Creative Spirit Program
is really new for us. It’s an initiative about developing
and encouraging businesses to have employment opportunities
for people like yourself, Portia. And it would be really neat
if we could find you employment. You were working at the Fire
Station, Portia? Yes. What kind of jobs did
you do there? I did office work. I sorted petrol receipts
from the trucks. And I put papers in evelopes
for different Stations, so they know what they’ve
spent over budget on. If they’ve bought a hose they
know if they’ve gone over budget. 24% of the NZ population are
touched with a disability. And hopefully this
program will create… those opportunities
for those people… to contribute to society just
like everybody else. Thanks for coming in.
We’ll keep in touch. I’ll email you if there’s any
opportunities that come up. And we’ll have a formal
interview and go from there. Karina: That sounds
great thank you. It’s a double-edged sword… when you talk about
creating an opportunity, it’s not a charity, you’ve got
to have a position… and a task for
somebody to do. It’s about businesses
opening their eyes to the potential to employ
somebody like Portia. The potential to open their
eyes around the diversity… that they should be
representing in their staff. Hi nice to meet you. Hi this is my mum
and dad. Portia: Emma who we saw
on the TV show, I saw her mixing with other
people that were working. And her filing the newspapers. And I thought, I could
do that sort of thing. This is my desk. Portia: What sort of
work do you do here? I mail out the TV
Guides to people. In this database I key in
the return magainzes… that either people haven’t got
or it’s the wrong address. The second row is where
I put in the issue date. The third row is customer ID
and customer name. And then comment or
reason for renewal. Hi Portia how
did that go? Good. Got a job? No yet. But they’re going to talk to the
people in their Waikato office. Fairfax have been in contact asking how Portia’s getting a job is going. I think Portia made an
impression because… here was a kid that
really wanted to work. Anna-Marie rang us one day
asking how Portia was going… and whether she had a job
and she said… there was a slight
possibility that… there may be a position coming
that she could apply for. When we go to
the interview… tell them about your
work at the Fire Service. Hi I’m Christine. Hi I’m Karina. And you must
be Portia. Come on through. Welcome, Portia it’s
lovely to have you here. Tell me a little
bit about yourself? I go horse riding in
Cambridge every fortnight. Sunday afternoons I do Special
Olympic swimming training. I understand you’ve done
volunteer work… with the Red Cross and
the Fire Service? At the Fire Service, I did
admin work for them. I worked in a team, with
a lady called Dianne. At the Red Cross, I
helped in the shop. I sorted out
the new stock. Okay I’ll give you a run
down of what the job entails The role is to tidy the kitchen and
put the dishes in the dishwasher. And stock up our
kitchen supplies. Then some newspaper filing. And topping up the
photocopier paper. And we have our mail out. That sounds awesome.
Good eh Portia… because you’ve been doing
that for the Fire Service. I think you’ll be a
good fit for our team. So we would like
to offer you the role. We’ll let HR know and
we’ll get the documentation. You can have a look over
it and then you can start. Oh my gosh. Thank you very much. Thank you so much. See you. Just unbelievable, all this
hard work we’ve done… and she’s got a job
it’s just wow. So how long have you been
looking for a job now Portia? Two and a half years. It’s been a long time huh? Mmmm. I’m really happy. And excited to start
the new job. Paid job. Yeah paid job. Yeah get your
own money. Tea’s going to be
ready shortly. Can you guys
set the table? Looking back on
our journey… Portia’s want and her drive
for more for her life… and to be more in
control of her life, has led me to go down the
path of Enabling Good Lives. It’s about changing society
and their thinking. To other parents in
similar boats… I would say, keep trying and
keep plodding along… and supporting your child
through the journey. I think if we had employers
opening up their minds more, and looking around their
work places and saying… “We could easily have our
systems improved… by having people that want
jobs and are very loyal… being there and being
part of the community. All cheers to Portia and her
new job and her future. Well done Portia.
Cheers.

100 thoughts on “Portia Wants a Job: Living with a learning disability”

  1. Portia i truly hope ur still employed and getting on well and happy in ur working and social life ur a truly beautiful person and a asset to us all I wish you every success in the future " may God bless you and ur family ,

  2. This is painful to watch and I know what she's going through because I'm in a similar situation like hers.
    Portia seems to be such an amazing and optimistic person, but she looks tired and depressed at the same time because of her facial expressions.
    If I would have a chance to get to know Portia I would take it without any doubt because she is a very authentic person. It would be nice to be her friend so I can help her in different ways.
    And I'm so happy for her that she got the job at the end.

  3. So happy for portia!!!! also her sisters are assholes for not including her in social outings. they could have easily connected her to.a job.

  4. I say that the employers need be much more understanding.And willing too work with thoes with any type of disablites./ Limitations

  5. In America learning disabilities is dyslexia. In most other countries, intellectual disabilities are called learning disabilities.

  6. HI MY Naime is Harris ROBERTS pepul with disbilts or luning Disbleis shud get paid eveone shud get a paid job the emlorys shud be Nic to pepul frome harris

  7. aawww this is very sweet… i know how her struggle, i'm a normal person n yet i feel it extremely hard to find a job too, n it's been a year for me also, so…. yeah, we're all struggling when looking for a job, it is a very rough phase than puberty

  8. Shes so sweet and adorable. I just want to hug her and protecter her. Uggh I hate people some time. So glad she got a job.

  9. Portia has a sharp, strong look that could really be to her advantage modeling. It would be cool if she wanted to do that but I hope she achieves her dreams. I really wish her the best as someone trying so hard and seemingly very competent with plenty of experience deserves a job

  10. I really felt for the mum & Portia wen she missed out on the job even after doing work experience for them. Not even able- teens get employed after work experience & its heart breaking for them & the parents. Well done to all of them, they all put in the effort & the mileage, very rewarding to see a great outcome, thanks for sharing.

  11. Happy to see someone that just like me have the goal in the end, I pray to have the same and hoping that jobs give me a chance!

  12. 2 lessons learnt….smaller companies are more receptive and welcoming in offering work to people with disabilities. Corporates n more interested in profits.
    Second, never give up , never give up on yourself and people you love.

  13. As someone who lives with Autism and CAPD and dyslexia, it is so hard to find a job. I know do work, I work for retail and I love it. But it has sparked an interest in me and that is management. I want to become a training manager and I want to better not only customer service but my relationships with coworkers. I want to interview people and I would be more than willing to hire this young lady. I can tell she is determined. That is what retail needs, is someone who is determined and has an I can do attitude. I hope she got a job.

  14. just because she talks different doesn't mean she slow slow it's other people they don't shut up and listen to her

  15. How is Portia not working as a runway model? Tall, great cheek bones, smile…WTF She would be a great pioneer for diversity in modeling.

  16. I think we all know the men on here have a 'job' for her. Know what I mean? Wink wink, nudge nudge. A fuckin blow job. Then some ass to mouth.

  17. Is hard finding a job with a learning disability plus when I got a job they call me slow and every thing but think god I just laught and smile tell i came back and quit when I quit the job I quit like a boss and they though I was slow I knew mine stuff from a-z nothing slow about me now I gone help other people like me who have a learning disability I know how hard go thru stuff like this like depression is sad 😢 when people thing you slow but people don’t know what a learning disabilities is tell you have one nobody slow we just on another level trust me they be quick to put us in the mental home or leave us on the street if people say I can’t do nothing I get depress and sad cause at the end if they give me a chance I show them i could do it but I know I can do any thing with god trust

  18. I adore the mother, she is so heart-warming.
    To apply for a job, regardless of the status that someone's mental health/physical health may be at: If you are applying for a job for your own body to go to, you should not let someone tail behind you as if they were applying for the same position as you.

  19. I’m glad Portia found a place where she could meet another young person with a disability and ask her own questions-it was a much more natural and supportive environment x

  20. It's been four years for me and am also still looking for a job. I feel your pain, nobody wants to hire a person with disabilities in normal circumstances and yet even worse when jobs are scarce like here in Kenya.
    And I've done four years of volunteering and when they were hiring they said, "not you, for you it was just for the experience." just like you. I truly, truly understand you; even on the whole,"you don't look disabled" nonsense. But now I've caught on it's not about me but about how others see me.
    You'd think wanting to feel valued in society would be so hard!

  21. Whew, I came across this video having seen it when it first aired. I'm the customer at 14.52. At the time, I worked at Red Cross Retail but on a different shift than Portia. She's a special young lady and I'm really happy to see that she's flourished since then.

  22. I have a mild learning disability and I honestly hate it , I have mental issues that I’m trying to deal with enough on my own… I’ve had people speak to me like as in ‘Having a conversation ‘ full on .. People will usually tell others “I think she’s stupid what’s wrong with her she dumb?” And that really hurts. I have problems out in public where I can’t count change because I don’t understand math I’m not good at it it’s embarrassing to have a disability in my case because I’ve always grown up being teased about it along with other things… getting a job is hard , I’ve had 2 jobs myself and it was horrible because people treat you a little different , (this is just my personal experience ) I have trouble with memory because sometimes people will ask me to do something or show me and I’ll forget what was said in the blink of an eye

  23. I have s moderate learning disabilities I have a cleaning job been employed four years got the great management my routine and having that understanding and encourage any body with disabilities there are like everybody else it's took me ages to expect I have moderate learning disabilities it's me made me realize how lucky I am it's hard to make friends my issues was I was lead on by the wrong people who took advantage I want friends on my own level they won't treat me like rubbish I expect any body for who they are xxx

  24. Portia I'm going through the same as you. When i was 2 years old got sick with low iron anemia deficiency. Once i reach 6 years old they found out i had a learning disability. It was intellectual disability on the mild side. I never grew out of my disability. I had it all my life. Recently I was diagnosed with adhd. Your story touched me so many ways. my heart goes out to you in a big way. I love your story so much it brought tears into my eyes. I will have a disability for the rest of my life. I can feel the connection between us. Doing task at home and trying to find a job its very differcult for me.

  25. 5 weeks work experience? 5 weeks?! They should have know after a week or two they weren't going to employ her. Makes me so angry how employers can get away with exploiting kids doing work experience.

    My cousin has an intellectual disability, she went into medical, her sister was a nurse and her aunt a matron, it was her dream job to carry on a family tradition. It took her a few goes to get her nursing certificate and it was a struggle to find the right position but she got there in the end.

  26. My heart goes out to these people because I know they didn't choose to be this way and I know they would give anything in the world to not feel the way they feel but some jobs are just not something they can do very well. I think jobs that are pretty repetitive and don't have a quick timeline they could probably handle but things like being a cashier at a restaurant or fast food might be outside of their scope sometimes. It never fails when I go to a certain fast food restaurant near me the poor girl messes my order up and doesn't know what to do. And 8 out of 10 times the manager or another worker has to come over and correct her. I'm glad that she's trying but she was unable to answer simple questions or fix simple problems. I think working with the general public typically is not something that they're going to excel at because most people don't have a ton of patience when they go into a place expecting quick and courteous service instead they get hung up for 15 minutes trying to figure out what's going on.

  27. This happens to people with mild learning disabilities in the United States also. When you look like don't have signs of disability on the outside but your brain has a mild learning disability on the inside people assume your normal as other people. Yet because of your mild learning disability it's very hard to get a job out in the community in the city no one give you a chance most of the time if not at all. I find it interesting how people don't want people to receive help from the government for mild learning disabilities yet finding a job is almost impossible for someone with a mild learning disability. The struggle is very real trying to live on nearly not enough money to pay for rent, bills, clothes, food. People with mild learning disabilities that want to work should be given a big step up to have more money to live on. It's not a choice to have mild learning disabilities when your born with it you are stuck with the mild learning disabilities. I feel bad for her and it's not right for anyone with mild learning disabilities to go through this ever. She clearly wants to work.

  28. Certain amount of people with mild learning disabilities don't have parents to help them or family. Just some support from places that kinda help.

  29. I have mild intellectual disability I was deprived of oxygen during birth and I get rejected from jobs and stuff so I just play video games until someone hires me

  30. Working in retail and food service was very hard for me with Autism and anxiety since I had to deal with people a lot.
    But I found that working in a more isolated environment like warehouses and delivery driving has been a better fit.

  31. This was a great video to show what it's really like for someone trying to get a job with a mild disability. I would love an update on how Portia is doing today.

  32. I can relate so well to Porsha so well I see me in her so much so much peoples have said the same thing to me I don't look like I have no Disabilities I don't look like it but it shows up in Other ways that peoples don't see Physically. god bless Porsha and her Parents on her getting a job Amen.

  33. I HOPE ARE PARENTS CAN GET PORSHA TO A REPRITABLE MODELING AGENCY
    LOOKING AT HER FEATURES AND CHEEK BONES I THINK SHE WILL MAKE A GREAT PHOTOGENIC MODEL I'M NOT A AGENT BUT, MAYBE HER PARENTS CAN TAKE HER TOO SOME REPRETABLE MODELING AGENCY, IT COULDN'T HURT IT WOULD BE WONDERFUL TOO SEE A DISABLED PERSON ROCK THE FASHION MODELING INDISTRY I WISH PORSHA THE BEST GOD BLESS HER AND HER PARENTS IN EVERY WAY, FROM ANOTHER DISABLITY
    GIRL IN CHICAGO IL. THAT WANTS TO SEE US AS DISABILITY SUCESSED, AMEN.

  34. I never imagined I could be so excited for a stranger I've never met to get a job Haha! Good on her for never giving up & also on her parents for supporting & encouraging her. Wonderful. Really pray that the job works out great for her she seems like she really deserves it. Go girl!

  35. The wrong people are watching. I grew up with disabled people around working at a few different things, never was asked for help and got told " That's my job." more than a few times.Never had any issues. Hope that a job was found.

  36. The problem is that entry level jobs like the ones she's trying to get are very difficult to get even for very gifted people. She should try something else like gardening or other kinds of manual but creative jobs. I wish her the best! ♥

  37. I have a learning disability too. After watching this video. I got a maintenance job at Wal-Mart. It does take 2 or 3 years to get at least a part time job or full time job. You just have to be patient.

  38. I had never heard of Cri du chat syndrome but after reading about it And Portia I can only say that Portia is a truly an inspiring young lady.
    https://www.hamilton.govt.nz/our-city/community-development/30under30/Pages/Portia-Johnson.aspx
    https://www.rda-cambridge.com/page/portia-s-story/

  39. I am in the same boat as her. I graduated from college 7 years ago and have not been able to find a regular job. The state programs are of no help.

  40. mom's clearly doing a great job, but i worry about her asking Portia if she's nervous over and over and then crying over Portia's minor setbacks. getting a job is hard! if you don't get hired odds are it had nothing to do with you.

  41. I want to thank you for sharing your experience btw. I have been trying to diagnose my duaghter who is 2yo she has digestion issues, shes has no langueage yet, she has poor muscle tone they say it's not ASD.. I will bring this up with my PCP <3

  42. For me she was no different to anybody else, her disability was hardly noticeable……she deserved to get the job and after a bit more expierience get a far better job..btw she is extremly beautiful.

  43. I have a learning disorder and I don’t know how I’m gonna get a job. I don’t even go to school that much either just because I also have social anxiety also.

  44. Uber happy when I seen this I hope and pray she still has the job now in 2019 I would love to see or hear an update …. uber proud of her xxxx

  45. Porsche is such a gorgeous young woman! I hope things are all going well for her still!! And what a wonderful family she has 4 support! You are such an inspiration Porsche!

  46. My heart goes out to her. I was diagnosed with learning disability along with speach and language difficulties. I know what it's like to have people judge you and especially at work. And it makes me sick how this society neglects people with special needs.

  47. These captions are really annoying. Please correct them so they match the exact words that are being spoken. DON'T correct grammar in closed captioning; the audience can do that themselves. It is actually MUCH more difficult to read captions that don't match the spoken words. Thanks

  48. my friend has the same disability and she applied to over 100 places for a placement during uni and when she finally got one (also only her second interview) she cried. less than 20 people had even responded to her, its horrible

  49. Once I went into a shoe store and a young woman helped me find a sneaker. I noticed she had deformed fingers but I did not think much of it. Then when I went to pay for the sneakers, I noticed one cashier was missing part of her arm. I then looked at the other cashiers and it was evident they all had a disability. Now they all did a great job and if not for their obvious physical disabilities I would have not noticed they were all disabled. I left that store feeling really good about that place hiring those people.

  50. Had me in tears. I am Dyslexic and at 34 i've decided to go back to University, despite the majority of the doors slammed in my face with no help or support whatsoever. I think people can accomplish many things as long as they are taught right. Evidently this girl is beautiful tall, slim with fine facial features. She could easily be a model.

  51. Portia’s folks should stop trying to coerce her into living a “normal” life and put her on whatever the UK’s equivalent of SSDI is. I am on it due to severe depression, anxiety, and CPTSD.

  52. Breaks my heart to see her mother cry like that. I think she should be insanely proud of her daughter. She's so driven to work, despite her disability. In a world where lots of non-disabled people want to make it seem like they're disabled so as not to have to work, that's a wonderful attitude to have. Portia, you rock. And mom, you too, because you refuse to let your daughter settle for uneployment. :*

  53. hold up. youre telling me these people had an intellectually disabled girl work for them for free for 5 weeks in the name of "work experience" knowin damn well they were never going to give her a job?????

  54. Having lived with a speech impediment for 60 years I have a small appreciation of her frustrations. People are very quick to judge and very slow to accept.

  55. 22:18 => Probably the most genuine response of all 🙂 Life is a game. We all play our roles, which are given to us by a higher power. Don´t take anything too seriously on this planet ! That would be the life lesson I learned in my 40 years 🙂 Cheers to all fellow hoomans !

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