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Donny connects to community and family with NDIS supports

Published On: 14 December 2021Categories: NDIS, News

Donny is getting his confidence back and picking up his son from school with ease, thanks to a new mobility scooter funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The Corinda local – who has a quadriplegia level spinal cord injury from an accident eight years ago – said he was apprehensive about getting out in his community with his family, which was affecting his mental health.

“I never walked anywhere, and I was sad my son was missing out,” Donny said.

“Now I can go for a walk with my son, go to the shops and to the local creek with the scooter.

“I can also go to Coles by myself – no need to wait for anybody, and pick up my son from school with my scooter.

“My scooter is the best thing that has happened to me; I can’t stop smiling.”

Donny began his NDIS plan in February and is continuing with his goals of becoming happier, healthier and getting out in the community more by accessing a support worker who takes him to the gym, swimming and to his physiotherapist.

“Every few days I go to the gym and do weights for my legs, and afterwards I go for a swim at the pool as it helps relax my muscles in the water,” he said.

“I am always looking at anything that could help me; everything I have access to is what I need for now, but I am always asking my physio if there is any more extensive exercise.”

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

“What has happened to me in the last six to eight months – wow. My whole life has changed and I am so grateful,” he said.

“I advise and encourage a lot of people that the NDIS is there for you.”

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 help you identify and link to options for support in your community.

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