Breaking down barriers for people with disability

Madonna Molloy

MAX customer Madonna Molloy is a role model for those who have faced life-changing challenges.

She was alone the day a 200-kilo quad bike flipped onto her on her father’s remote farm west of Toowoomba.

Despite her extensive injuries, Ms Molloy is a blend of resilience and fragility.

Senior Disability Employment Service consultant, Jackie Eldridge, said her determination to battle her way back was an inspiration.

“I’ve had the privilege of supporting Madonna on her journey back and land a job as a hotel receptionist, and after what she’s been through, I think she is just amazing,” Ms Eldridge said.

“For customers living with disability, it’s so important we tell these stories“.

“Every day, we help employers focus on what people with disability can do, not on what they can’t.“

Bruklan Mashall

MAX employees like Bruklan Marshall are also an inspiration for people who have suffered life-changing injuries.

When he was 18, Mr Marshall was injured in a car crash and spent nine weeks in hospital recovering from an amputated arm and severe brain injury.

His injuries resulted in the crash being totally wiped from his memory, and his physical injuries changed the course of his life.

“I used to be quite active,” Mr Marshall explained. “I did everything with my hands – I did physical jobs, played football – I was quite sporty.”

The day of the crash, he was selected to play for a team that represents Ipswich. Sadly, he never got to take up the opportunity.

“I had to re-evaluate where I was with my life and then, jump back on my feet, pick up something else – which I did,” he said.

“If people can see where I’ve been, where I’ve come from – and where I am now – it gives them a bit of hope for the future.”