Steven Hughes has made incredible progress through Toastmasters.
Steven Hughes has made incredible progress through Toastmasters. Robyne Cuerel

Stephen sparks formation of Toastmasters group for disabled

WHEN Stephen Hughes went to his first Toastmasters meeting in Maryborough in 2005, he could barely sit still long enough to pay attention to what was going on around him.

Living with Asperger's syndrome, he had difficulties staying focused and communicating with others.

But with every meeting Stephen learned something new and within three months he was ready to make his first speech.

He hasn't looked back since, and recently presented his 10th speech at the Westside Tavern.

Fellow Toastmaster Helen Pelling said it had been an inspirational journey to watch - so much so that she had decided to start another club for others with disabilities.

Helen said the new club meetings would be held on a Friday at the Door of Hope on Kent St.

"It's a daytime club for people with disabilities and anyone who has trouble coming out at night," she said.



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