How do you deal with work and money for now and in the future? Do you live from day to day or are you deliberately planning your financial future? And do you arrange ‘later’ yourself or are you participating in a pension fund?
Leena de Wilde receives benefits under the Wajong legislation (Law on provision of incapacity benefit to disabled young people). “But I would rather work to earn money.”
Leena de Wilde (33)
Profession: Secretary, model, actress, volunteer
Weekly works: Irregular
Income: Receives benefits under the Wajong legislation
Savings: A little
Pension is arranged? No
You receive benefits under the Wajong legislation (Law on provision of incapacity benefit to disabled young people), but you also work. What is it that you do?
“Currently mostly modeling and castings. I suffered from a lack of oxygen at birth, causing cerebral palsy. That's why I use a hand-driven wheelchair. I participated in Lucille Werner's beauty contest in 2007 where I managed to make it to the finals. I noticed that I really enjoyed being photographed and signed up for this kind of work at casting and modeling agencies. I was then offered all kinds of jobs and that continues until today. When I am able to make a valuable contribution and the assignment fits me, I definitely go for it. That's also important for the image of people with a physical impairment. If it's functional, I let myself be photographed in my wheelchair and if it's not, I pose sitting or lying down. I have already participated in several commercials and campaigns. It's very varied work that takes you everywhere.”
How often do you model?
“I have a photoshoot, casting or interview every month. I completed regular education and have secretarial qualifications, so I could also look for a job in that area. I previously worked in a hospital, at an insurance office and at a law firm. I could practically start working everywhere people are looking for secretaries or administrative employees. It's a good thing employers are more and more open to the idea of giving people with a disability a chance. It's also a matter of your own attitude towards things. I am very motivated and enthusiastic, and just give it a go. Once you start talking to one another, you can always look for a way to make it work.”
How much do you earn modeling?
“I am usually just paid indemnities. Every now and then I earn something extra. I have to declare that amount to the UWV (Executive Institute for Employee's Insurances) in order to avoid problems with the payment of my benefits. The work generally leaves me with next to nothing.”
How much do you get paid under the Wajong legislation?
“That amount is 1,041 euro net per month.”