Whether using a sit-ski out on the slopes or an all-terrain wheelchair to access horses at her farm, Emma Weatherley is embracing her active lifestyle thanks to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The 38-year-old from Runcorn recently utilised NDIS supports to obtain equipment from Disabled Wintersport Australia for a family holiday to the snow.
Emma, who was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy eight years ago, said the sit-ski enabled her to easily ski with her two daughters and husband.
“The sit-ski was amazing! I felt fast and free and had so much fun. The guide was amazing, so accommodating and helpful,” Emma said.
Emma has also been able to return to horse riding with the help of support workers who ensure her horse remains still while she mounts.
“My horse now allows me to lead him from my all-terrain wheelchair.”
Emma also credits the NDIS for helping her obtain full time employment within the Queensland Rail Accessibility team after working part time for years.
“I feel like I can make a difference and am really excited to have the position that I have. Increasing to full time has given my family increased financial freedom and has allowed me to take on a more senior role in the organisation.
“The support I now receive has helped free my husband more to let him work more on our farm. I couldn’t work full time without the support of my husband and the NDIS.”
Emma said her daughter, Hannah, would soon begin her own NDIS journey after also being diagnosed with muscular dystrophy.
“Hannah recently had her planning meeting and we are really looking forward to her having access to therapy and assistive technology.”
Emma is continuing to implement her NDIS plan with assistance from Carers Queensland’s NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Brisbane region.
Emma is full of praise for her Local Area Coordinator, Inga, who has helped her identify appropriate support.
“She is responsive, friendly and genuinely wants me to live my best life supported by my plan.”
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 also help you identify and link to options for support in your community.
To find out more about how the NDIS and Local Area Coordination program can work for you, visit Carer’s Queensland NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Brisbane region at Garden City Office, Building 20, Level 1, 2404 Logan Road, Eight Mile Plains or call 3719 9600.
You can also contact Carers Queensland on 1300 999 636, or firstname.lastname@example.org