It is an absolute pleasure to introduce you to Nath Fernandez, what an inspirational guy! Whilst dealing with severe Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy which affects both arms, and both legs along with associated communication difficulties, Nath has built 2 businesses (and since this interview has gone onto developing his third). His most recent project is Dynamically Awesome, a business providing ‘accessible for all’ team building birthday parties to children aged 6-12.
Dynamically Awesome: http://dynamically-awesome.co.uk/
My stand out moments
- Nath’s positive attitude towards challenge “if I want to do something I will find a way of doing it, even though that isn’t simple” Nath isn’t concerned with the possibility of failures whilst trying to achieve something, he has the mindset of no matter how hard it is or what setbacks happen, he will reach his goals.
- Nath’s drive for independence. Nath has severe mobility and communication problems, to the point where he has 11 PA’s who assist him in his everyday living, however he said about visiting us in Sheffield “I really don’t want to rely on my PA to drive up, so the obvious way was to get the train”, “it took about three hours… but I don’t mind that.”
The transcript of the interview is as follows:
“I need assistance with everyday living, for example: washing, cooking and cleaning, which is where my 11 PA’s come in. I guess the other aspect of Cerebral Palsy which is a problem for me is my speech difficulty. I think it has been one of the main barriers for me because when you have a speech difficulty I think society automatically thinks that you are mentally incapable by just that. I think if I could talk normally people would have a different reaction.
I like to think about myself as an outgoing person who will get on with anyone and everyone. I don’t give up very easily, if I want to do something I will find a way of doing it, even though that isn’t simple, but oh well.
I like to prove people wrong. I think society is set up in a way that is generalised, when you meet someone like me people will think, ‘oh yeah he can’t do that thing’ so I say ‘yeah I can so shut up, I’ll do it’.
Like coming up here today, I can’t drive up, and I really don’t want to rely on my PA to drive up, so the obvious way was to get the train, although it took about three hours, and I have that to look forward to, but I don’t mind that.”