With just one look, you will be drawn right into Matthew’s world. He is so engaging – he could really teach a thing or two about communication. It’s obvious he has lots to say – the story this young man might tell is one of the importance of social connection, community involvement and, of course, fun.

Approach Matthew with the intention of starting a conversation and, with your brief hello, he is wheeling toward you, hand raised awaiting your touch, eyes glued on you. Before too long, he is making you feel as though you’re the only person in his world. With everyone’s spirits lifted, this outgoing, fun-loving young man, without a word spoken, clearly communicates that it’s time to consider what is happening next!

Whether it’s sharing a meal, going out for a coffee/snack-break, walking through the mall, or meeting up with friends at the pool, Matthew is always ready to be entertained … and he’ll let you know when he’s decided it’s time to ramp up the fun meter. A few bumps of his chair clearly communicate he’s ready to go. Even the most sedentary of friends will soon be in high gear – he is an activity catalyst!

The words “perpetual motion” must certainly have meaning to Matthew – if he and his supporters are not busily arranging meaningful activity and connections with people he knows or whom he is yet to know, then he is already engaged in one of his favourite activities … or, he is preparing to rest up for the next day’s adventures. No moss grows under his wheels!

Matthew has the gift of living in the moment, but one thing is for sure – his future is sure to be filled with lots of hustle and bustle, either as an observer or active participant. Either way, there is no doubt that he will be ready to discover where the action is and join in, or he will make it happen for himself and his friends. Either way, it’s both a challenge and a reward keeping up with him.