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Andrew is maintaining his independence with assistance from the NDIS

Sep 11 2020

Andrew Currie is developing his wood working skills with assistance from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Andrew, who has Down syndrome, is also accessing NDIS supports to develop his confidence and independence with daily living to allow him to eventually live independently.

The creative 35-year-old from the Darling Downs has made a coffee table and is working on making a dining table as the next project with his support worker, Brett.

Andrew plans on sharing a house with his best mate Jo, sometime in the future, and he is working on his daily living skills so he can be independent.  He has a passion for cooking and is building up his repertoire by preparing a meal for his family once a week with the assistance of his support worker.

Andrew’s mum, Judy, reflected that Andrew is now more confident, and that he is able to be more independent and has built his capacity for daily living skills.

“The NDIS has been wonderful to help him develop a little bit more independence and for him to follow what he wants to do.” Judy said.

Andrew has been a participant in the NDIS since 2018 and up until then only had access to occasional respite services. He now has regular speech pathology sessions and weekly support from his support worker, Brett.

“He and Brett have a great rapport. Brett takes him up to footy matches in Brisbane. He loves going with Brett. His life has been enhanced and broadened,” Judy said

During the COVID-19 lockdown, Andrew has maintained his therapy sessions via Zoom and has been able to keep connected with his friends using his smart phone.

“Andrew has been able to keep in touch with his mates with video chatting. He can communicate via text and by sending photos and emojis so he has been able to keep connected using his smart devices and he is developing skills, ”Judy explained.

The Currie family has been assisted by Carers Queensland’s NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Toowoomba region.

“Our Local Area Coordinator, Lynette, has been good, she is wonderful, she was the first on the phone in lockdown, she asked ‘What can we do, what do you need?’ I really, really appreciated that.”

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 and Local Area Coordination program can work for you, contact Carers Queensland on 1300 999 636, or cq.enquiries@ndis.gov.au