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Jared’s swimming dream becomes a reality thanks to the NDIS

Sep 10 2019

Jared Bryde was always hopeful that when he began learn-to-swim lessons recently, it would help him become swim-safe.

After only a few weeks of lessons, funded through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Jared surpassed even his own goals and is now moving confidently through the water without floatation aides; and every lesson he continues to progress.

Jared’s mum Kylie said the 25-year-old, who has spina bifida, previously tried learn-to-swim lessons when he was younger with other coaches, however, he found they didn’t know how to instruct with his disability in mind.

“As a result, Jared was quite nervous when he was in the water. Earlier this year we received a letter from Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Queensland (SBHQ) who were running both group and individual hydrotherapy classes.

“Using our NDIS funding, we inquired to see if they could come out to our friend’s pool to assess Jared, with the idea of making him pool safe, as well as to advise us whether they thought Jared might actually be able to learn swim,” Kylie said.

Jared’s new swim coach devised a swim program demonstrating to Jared’s support worker how he could practise with Jared each week.

“The program consisted of simple understandable steps and stages to work through. He is now booked in to assist Jared further with some stroke and breathing techniques. Jared is very proud of what he has achieved so far.”

While learning to swim was an important goal Jared wanted to achieve as part of his NDIS funding, he is also focussing on becoming more independent.

“We have also received amazing help in achieving another milestone in Jared’s life – he now has a learner driver’s licence. The world is his oyster.”

Jared is hopeful he will soon live more independently and be financially independent by preparing to find a job, as well as starting to take part in wheelchair sports and self-defence lessons.

Jared 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.

Kylie said when working with her Local Area Coordinator, Rebecca, that she was just as excited about Jared’s achievements as she was.

“Often people who don’t deal with disabilities can’t really comprehend how amazing some of Jared’s milestones are, and don’t understand why it is so wonderful for me. Rebecca knew and celebrated with me. She was willing to give us the time during the review to explain everything and then after we received the new funding, she took the time to explain everything and answer all our questions.

“The NDIS is amazing. The windows it opens that were never there before is nothing short of miraculous.”

Carers Queensland can support you to find out more about the NDIS, to apply for the scheme and to help you get started with your NDIS plan.

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