Happy Mother’s Day: celebrating our EPIC mums of children with disability

Wednesday, 4 May 2022

At times it is thankless, and the work never really ends, but you can’t be replaced and there’s nobody quite like you, mum.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the special matriarchs out there. From guardians to grandmas and all other mothers across the globe, this day is for you.

Being a mother truly requires something a little extra which can only be learned and shared through experience.

This Mother’s Day, EPIC Assist (EPIC) acknowledges all the mothers out there who take up the challenges of motherhood while meeting the needs of children with a disability, injury, or health condition.

There are lots of mums at EPIC, and we think this is the perfect day to hear from them.

Because you know the old saying, “mother knows best.”

Kristine is one of our EPIC mums. Working at the Mermaid Beach office. She explained how motherhood helps improve her work at EPIC.

“Having a child with BPD (borderline personality disorder) has assisted and guided me to be understanding, patient, and to be optimistic, especially with a few of our younger participants that are going through the same condition as my daughter,” she said.

Kristine explained that she now has a good “understanding of the ups and downs associated with BPD and depression” which helps her empathise with clients.

For Brigitte from our Mermaid Beach office, motherhood gives her the insight needed to excel in her work.

“I have a child that has a disability, so being a mother and having to nurture her through her life has taught me a lot of things,” she said.

“It’s been challenging, but already I have learnt a lot.

“And now I can implement that in my work life with participants that have challenges.

Brigitte explained just how important this is to her.

“It’s just really rewarding and gives me a good sense of appreciation for life and the things we can do to move forward and get our participants into a job which makes a huge difference in their lives too,” she said.

Being able to transfer the skills learned at home to the job seems to be the resounding theme for the mothers at EPIC.

This is exactly the case for Gold Coast Regional Coordinator Rosanna.

“Having a son with Asperger’s and ADHD is how I got into the industry,” Rosanna said.

“I feel like I have a better understanding of people who have barriers and disabilities.”

It appears that mother really does know best.

So, this Mother’s Day, be kind to the mum in your life and remember all that she’s done for you.

If you or someone you know has a disability, injury, health or mental health condition and is looking for some assistance in their job search, please contact our friendly team at EPIC Assist.

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