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Chris builds his way to independence

Oct 04 2019

Christopher Grant is an aspiring entrepreneur and sportsman who is playing indoor basketball with the Special Olympics team the Logan All Stars.

“I am an athlete for the Special Olympics Queensland, I am part of the Logan All Stars we train every week, and I’ve been doing it for six years. I am also an athlete advocate if they have question I can help so I am a bit of a mentor for the athletes,” Christopher said.

He joined the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in 2017.

Christopher is working towards his goals of being more independent and gaining employment.

With his NDIS funding, his family and a strong support network, he is building his skills, and has started two small business ventures.

“My two biggest goals are to gain independence across a lot of everyday living skills and also to gain employment. It is extremely hard for people with disabilities to gain employment so we came up with an idea of doing projects,” Christopher said.

Christopher is an entrepreneur. He has two small businesses that he has started with the assistance of his parents.

He and his good friend Chris have formed their own business venture called CC Squared (a mix of both their initials), they are making handmade recycled wood products and selling them at their local market in Beaudesert.

“We now have made that into a business; it is our take on wooden cutting boards, cheese boards and multipurpose wooden storage boxes. The local Men’s Shed has a workshop and another friend has a wood working workshop that we use.”

“I’m a very hands on and practical person, I like to work with small motors and wood,” Christopher said.

The other business Chris is involved in with his friend (Christopher Gaunt) is a fish tank cleaning and restoration business that they promote through the local community.

Jacqueline Grant, Chris’s mum is self-managing Christopher’s NDIS plan.

“Being self-managed gives us choice and flexibility, we have been able to interview and hire the right people to work with Christopher based on their personal skills and values. It is all about his health and wellbeing, everything he does, even the businesses and his sport; it is all part of the goal to keep him active and mobile.” Jacqueline said

“Christopher has been getting stronger and he has more stamina now. We have noticed a really, really big difference with all the work he is doing.”

Christopher is supported on his NDIS journey by a Local Area Coordinator at Carers Queensland, NDIS Partner in the Community Program for the Ipswich 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 staff can also help you identify and link to options for support in your local community.

To find out more about how the NDIS and Local Area Coordination program can work for you, visit Carers Queensland NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Ipswich region, at Level 3, 28-30 Thorn Street, Ipswich 4305, or call 3454 0500.

You can also contact Carers Queensland on 1300 999 636, or cq.enquiries@ndis.gov.au