Dylan Howe loves getting out and about on his trike, developing friendships and building on his social skills with the support of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The Cleveland teenager, who has Williams syndrome and autism, is utilising an occupational therapist, a personal trainer to work on his fitness and support workers who make it possible for Dylan to visit his local park and go for rides, helping to improve his independence and communication skills.
Mum, Karen said growing up Dylan was unhappy as he didn’t like noise or being around people, but since accessing the NDIS his attitude has changed.
“Now he is thriving and wants to be around his peers or younger people, which is what we want to seek more of now he is turning 16. His goals will be evolving; I can see that,” Karen said.
“There is now an amazing difference to Dylan’s confidence and he will try things now and is seeking enjoyment.
“For us, it is a knowing that he will be able to access unlimited opportunities and continue to build on his skills as he evolves.”
Recognising the growing supports Dylan will need as he gets older, Karen established local organisation, Fun Farm, to support teenagers and young adults with a disability.
The organisation will deliver activities and experiences to help build individual capacity and connections for people with disability and their families, helping to create a community.
“I saw this vision for Dylan as he approached his adult years to have a place he can visit, develop skills and make some real friendships,” she said.
“To create more independence and a fun, safe place; a one stop shop where people from their teens to adulthood, in our disability community, can share their hopes and dreams.”
Dylan received assistance to apply for and implement his NDIS funding from Carers Queensland’s NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Brisbane region.
Karen said their experience with Dylan’s Local Area Coordinator (LAC), Sharon, was “amazing”.
“Sharon is very helpful and understands,” she said.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org