When we last met Annette from Rockhampton she was volunteering in a local school library, with support from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to get her back on her feet after a serious car accident left her with ongoing pain and mobility restrictions.
Since then, Annette’s been back in the classroom herself: nine years after she started her degree, she has achieved her registration as a teacher.
She’s now working as a relief teacher in both State and Catholic schools, including shifts back at Depot Hill where it all began.
“Working again is just marvellous,” Annette said.
“All of this would not be possible without the support of the NDIS.
“The NDIS has changed my life, it’s helped reduce the barriers my physical disability placed on me and my family, have a new lease on life, and am able to contribute to the community.
“I love working in the classroom, and can’t wait for my next working day. I always find students and teachers to be accommodating and understanding.”
Annette is a strong believer for children to see people with disability and different access needs in schools.
“In our everyday world there are thousands and thousands of Queenslanders who face similar challenges, and seeing people with disability functioning seamlessly in the community prevents kids and adults from developing negative stereotypes, and helps reduce discrimination and create a more inclusive and accepting society.
“The more we can do to break down physical and social barriers faced by people with disability, the stronger, more diverse and inclusive our society will be.”
To find out more about how the NDIS and Local Area Coordination program can work for you, call Carers Queensland NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program on 1300 999 636, or email@example.com.
Read our original story on Annette and her journey with the NDIS here.