Todds 18 Present To His Friends And Supporters


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Todd is a Bundaberg resident who's grown up a tad differently than most of us - at the age of 18 some special people in his life tell his story

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Todds 18 Present To His Friends And Supporters

  1. 1. Todd ‘s 18 th Birthday I want to thank everybody who has helped me have the best life and also kept my mum and dad sane !!!
  2. 2. In the beginning……. <ul><li>I was born in Mackay on March 26 1988. </li></ul><ul><li>It was The International Year of the Child. </li></ul><ul><li>My Mum, Dad, Ben and Luke thought I was pretty special …… </li></ul><ul><li>Little did they know just how special…. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>I grew up on a yacht called Tere Hau Moana. My dad looked after me while Mum and my two bros went to school. </li></ul><ul><li>It was a great life. </li></ul><ul><li>I didn’t know that I was different until I started school . I am Autistic and I also am mentally impaired which means my brain doesn’t work that good. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Ben, Dad and I having fun at home.
  5. 5. School days <ul><li>When I was two we came to live in Bundaberg. We still lived on our yacht at Elliott Heads. I started school and my Dad had some free time to himself. </li></ul><ul><li>School was so good cos My mum was with me . </li></ul><ul><li>Eventually I went to Special School where I met more kids like me. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Holidays . <ul><li>My mum and Dad are so good to me . They take me on holidays all over Australia and sometimes overseas like Fiji and NZ. </li></ul><ul><li>We have lots of fun and meet heaps of people. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Fun around the Pool.
  8. 8. My Big Bros <ul><li>Ben is my brother and I love it when he comes home cos he takes me places like, to the movies or to bowling. He picks me up from school and drives me home. I make him laugh when I sing.Selma came from Portugal to meet me. She gave me a great soccer shirt. </li></ul><ul><li>Luke is my brother and he spoils me too. He buys me cool clothes and DVDs. </li></ul><ul><li>When Luke comes home he takes me to the Go-Carts or the beach. </li></ul><ul><li>Louie is Luke’s girlfriend and she is cool.She comes from Perth. I went there to see her a few years ago. </li></ul>
  9. 9. At Luke’s Air Base in Perth.
  10. 10. Ben and Selma
  11. 11. Luke and Louie
  12. 12. Now I am 18! <ul><li>Lots of people ask me what I want to do. Well I don’t know I think I will just chill out with My mum and Dad until I can live by myself when I am older.I know I am different but I still can do lots of things. </li></ul><ul><li>My mum wants to write a book and call it Mr T . </li></ul><ul><li>My Dad wants to go sailing with mum and me too.. I hope </li></ul>
  13. 13. Jenny, My special friend who I stay with in Gympie
  14. 14. Xmas 2005/6
  15. 15. I started my love of driving…anything <ul><li>I started with a Go Cart. I had a motor bike for a while but I just love my Bush bashers!!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Dad reckons I have had 14 cars. </li></ul><ul><li>Cortina, Chevy-Luv ,Mini-Moke, Ford XD, Corolla, Datsun 200B,Corolla, </li></ul><ul><li>Camira ,Lancer, Datsun 120Y, Laser, Datsun 1200,Corona </li></ul>
  16. 16. Doing Doughies!!!!
  17. 17. Schizophrenia. I almost forgot to tell you that I am suffering from schizophrenia. It is really a bit scary but I am OK if I take my tablets. Lots of people suffer from depression and I have a type of that.
  18. 18. My Mum with her friends and mine too.
  19. 19. Thank you <ul><li>Thank you for being my friend and a friend to my special family. </li></ul><ul><li>You have really helped Mum, Dad Ben and Luke especially when I have been a pain . </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t feel sorry for me cos I have a great life . </li></ul><ul><li>Why wouldn’t I when I have such cool people in my family !!! </li></ul>
  20. 20. Think about this <ul><li>If a man does not keep pace with his companions, </li></ul><ul><li>Perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. </li></ul><ul><li>Let him step to the music he hears </li></ul><ul><li>However measured or far away. </li></ul>