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Anthony gets job ready with the NDIS

Published On: 24 June 2019Categories: News

Fresh from completing a Certificate II in Business Administration, 19-year-old Anthony Deeb is on the hunt for part time or full time employment in the field.

As a part of the qualification, Anthony completed work experience with EPIC Assist, a Disability Employment Service (DES) in Windsor.

“At Epic I was a part time receptionist. I answered the phones, put calls through to the appropriate staff and emailed messages. I also greeted the clients and participants when they came into reception,” Anthony said.

“It was a great experience learning how everything works.”

Anthony has a condition called anophthalmia, which caused his eyes not to grow as a baby, resulting in a vision impairment.

He started his first NDIS plan while still in high school, and has used his funding to pay for a support worker to help with his ongoing studies.

“The majority of the first plan was focused on getting through the traineeship, so he had a tutor every week who would work with him. She would read through a lot of stuff and Anthony would type in his responses,” Anthony’s mother Brigitte said.

“He also had a support worker that worked at Epic with him. We put tactile markers on the keys and phone system and used a hands free headset. Anthony uses a program on his computer call Jaws which is a screen reader and reads what is on the screen.”

Anthony completed the qualification in February and celebrated with friends, family and a bottle of champagne.

“I must say it does feel good to complete the traineeship. It has given me a qualification but it has also given me that step forward to believe I can do whatever I want.”

Anthony is now focused on improving his independence, getting fit, building new skills and getting out into the community.

“Having the confidence to do stuff on my own is important, so it is good to be learning.”

“I want Anthony to be self-reliant. Now that Anthony has the funding for a support worker he will be able to get out and about and do all the things he wants to do,” Brigitte said.

Anthony is also taking the opportunity to give back to his community, volunteering at his former high school.

“I will be volunteering teaching braille to a boy at Aspley State High School. It will be nice to go back and help.”

Anthony and Brigitte are excited for the future and continue to explore options with the NDIS.

“Everything is really positive, I am really happy with how it is going. It’s great to see what options are out there for me with the NDIS and what things you can use it for,” Anthony said.

As her son continues to search for work in the reception and administration spaces, Brigitte could not be prouder.

“Anthony is determined to achieve and he can do anything. He will find the right thing for him. We are very, very proud of what he has achieved.”

For information about accessing the NDIS, please contact your local Partner in the Community organisation Carers Queensland on (07) 3215 9600 or at brisbanenorthlac@carersqld.com.au.