Don’t Tell Me I Can’t


Born with cerebral palsy in 1955, and growing up in a world of discrimination, Maria Dalmon strives to educate people on the need for acceptance, recognition of individuality and inclusion of people with disabilities.  She believes that people with disabilities have much to contribute to today’s society.


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  • Title: Don’t Tell Me I Can’t
  • Published by: Jabiru Publishing
  • Year of publishing: 2019
  • Book format: Paperback
  • Pages: 84 pages, 29 photographs and illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780648292999

Maria Dalmon

Maria grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney. As a small baby, she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. With the love and support of her parents and two older brothers, Maria enjoyed a happy childhood. She has accomplished much in her life.

Maria was educated and received treatment at the Spastic Centre of NSW (now known as the Cerebral Palsy Alliance). She later worked and trained at their sheltered workshop as a computer operator.

In 1990, when the government decided that people with a disability should be integrated into the general workforce, Maria secured an administrative position at a Returned Servicemen’s Leagues (RSL) Club. She retired in 2009 and now enjoys sailing, swimming, going to the gym, doing jigsaws on her computer and many other activities.

Maria married Lindsay in 1986. Lindsay was also born with cerebral palsy. Together, Maria and Lindsay live life to the fullest. The couple own their home, have travelled extensively, and sail regularly with Sailability. The pair have competed in many Australian and international sailing regattas, winning many titles.

Maria enjoys life; she can’t imagine it without cerebral palsy.

“Don’t Tell Me I Can’t” is available from the Jabiru Publishing.