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Acting dreams come true for performer David

Jan 31 2020

David Waldie admits his passion in life is to be the next Hugh Jackman, and he is well on his way of making his dream come true as he prepares for his upcoming big performing role.

The 34-year-old from South Brisbane will feature in the children’s story, ‘Wilbur the Optical Whale’ at Adelaide Fringe in February with inclusive theatre company indelabilityarts.

David, who has Down syndrome, is supported in his journey to pursue his acting and performing career with support from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Since accessing funding, David also uses supports to attend an inclusive dance group three times a week, performs regularly with Dave and Kate of D&K Duo and at other local fundraisers, as well as recently taking part in a community choir at Southbank.

David’s mum, Mary, said he also attends community groups during the week for singing and theatre workshops, through his NDIS funding.

“His life revolves around the arts; he is a passionate performer, singer, dancer and actor. David’s goal is to continue to access NDIS support to pursue his acting career and assist him in his future career development,” Mary said.

David has choice and control of what he wants to do with his days, and his social life is much broader now than just doing family activities.

“I do like socialising with my friends for when I am out and about,” David said.

Mary said David’s support workers are well-matched to his age and interests, as they are also musicians and artists.

“This has an additional outcome of his access into the local music community, plus it has been good for his career work development.”

David is also supported in cooking healthy food, and now has more control over food purchases and meal preparation.

“My life goal is to keep staying healthy as long as possible. I like cooking healthy food with support. I’m doing lots of steps on my Fitbit every day. I’m eating lots of healthy foods and drinking lots of water,” David said.

David received assistance to apply for and implement his NDIS funding from Carers Queensland’s NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Brisbane region.

Carers Queensland can support you to find out more about the NDIS, to apply for funding and to help you get started with the NDIS.

If you have a disability but are not eligible for the NDIS, Carers Queensland can also help you identify and link to options for support in your community.

To find out more about how the NDIS can work for you, visit Carers Queensland NDIS Local Area Coordination Partners in the Community Program for the Brisbane region at the Garden City office, Building 20, Level 1, 2404 Logan Road, Eight Mile Plains or call 1300 999 636 or 07 3719 9600.