Alone at home, with no one to talk to except her mother. This was the life of Joyce Han. Born with intellectual disability, Joyce had trouble relating to others on her own and had always been afraid of new places and people, preferring to stay at home and just watch TV or play her favourite jigsaw puzzle over and over again.
It was this same fear and unease in a new environment that held her back from leading the life of a typical young adult. She also struggled to go to daycare every single day, refusing to step out of her house, so Joyce’s mother decided to care for her on her own, at home.
In 2016, when the befrienders from Me Too! Club first visited 25 year-old Joyce at home, she was resistant and kept her distance, not wanting to talk to them. It was not till after a few months of interaction that Joyce gradually opened up and began to enjoy the company of more friends.
Today, Joyce has shown great improvement in her willingness to interact with the people around her. She would wait excitedly at the bus stop for the volunteer from Me Too! Club to visit her every week, mentions the befrienders’ names and talks about their activities to her family. Joyce thoroughly enjoys the sessions with her friends and persons with disabilities, where she plays simple musical instruments and puzzles with them. She also dances energetically to the songs sung during the karaoke sessions, especially during her favourite song “Lemon Tree”.
“After Me Too! Club, our lives have become so much more interesting!” shares Joyce’s mother. The interaction with others is not only welcomed but extremely valuable to Joyce and her mother because “having friends around us who understand, relaxes us”.
Having people around who understand and are willing to communicate with Joyce has helped her widen her social circle and made her more willing to interact with others. This continued support and interaction is important in helping Joyce improve her social skills and integrate into society.
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