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Father and son make dreams come true with the NDIS

Published On: 19 January 2020Categories: NDIS, News

Shaun Carley-Rogers and his dad Lee Rogers are using National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports to make their dreams come true.

High school student Shaun, who has an intellectual disability, is accessing an occupational therapist to help him become more independent by developing his social skills, as well as learning more about how to spend his money to purchase things at the shop by himself.

Shaun’s mum, Cathy, said learning these skills will help Shaun get a job in the future.

“When Shaun leaves school he wants to earn an income by mowing people’s lawns and gardening,” she said.

Shaun’s occupational therapist, speech therapist, and psychologist all visit Shaun during school time, with positive results.

“He is maturing a lot more with these supports; his teachers told me he is communicating better.”

Three days a week, the 16-year-old gets out into the community with his support worker to visit the shops, go to the movies, or to just kick the ball around at the local park.

Dad, Lee also utilises NDIS supports to get out into the community, including going with his support worker to watch races at the local speedway.

Lee, who has a rare neurological condition and uses a wheelchair, is also hopeful of being able to go on family holidays in the future.

“I’d like to go out more and maybe go on holidays; I would like to go to Surfers Paradise as I like watching the water,” Lee said.

The Jimboomba family are more than happy with what the NDIS has provided for Shaun and Lee.

“The NDIS is a 20 out of 10; it is brilliant,” Lee 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 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 Carers Queensland NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Logan region at Level 1, 6 Ewing Road, Logan Central or call 3441 3600.

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