How Jack uses his My Health Matters folder

  • I use the My Health Matters folder because of my disability.

    If I don’t stay on top of my physical needs I could land in hospital.

    I have to trust people with my life and I want to have all my information somewhere they can find it if I’m not well. I need them to know things about me during times I am not able to use my voice or I am not feeling strong.

    I use the folder so I don’t have to explain myself all the time.

    Below are some of the things I have put in my folder.

  • Things I do each week
    This image shows an example of what I do on Mondays and Tuesdays.

    As you can see Monday is a day off. Those coloured squares are stickers. The stickers come with your folder.

    They say what I do, that I like to spend time with my family, friends and go on social media.

  • Communicating
    I am lucky and I’m OK at using my voice.

    I can also fully understand what is being said.

    But there are lots of other boxes you can tick to show how you communicate.


  • Understanding
    You would be surprised how little people take notice of this and still only talk to my mum when I am at medical appointments.

    I like it when people talk to me.

    I like it when people explain things in plain English so I can follow the conversation.

    I like it when people look at me when they are talking with and about me.

    I have said this in my My Health Matters folder.

  • Independence and respect
    The My Health Matters folder helps me be independent.

    When I was in school I had spent years being told what to do, where to go. I was even told about my future, that I would only ever be the person…in a wheelchair…at a day program.

    If only they could see me now!

    I work for two universities and I am a project worker for Council for Intellectual Disability.

    I am planning to move out of home in the next couple of months into an independent living apartment.

    Naturally I am feeling excited!

    Find out how to order your My Health Matters folder.