Ipswich’s Jenny Taylor, who, in 2016, was diagnosed with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), is utilising her National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding to become more independent.
The neurological condition has meant Jennifer, 38, is now a wheelchair user and she relies on support worker assistance with daily living tasks.
“Generally I was hating life because there was so much I couldn’t do, whereas now there is so much I can do because I have help,” she said. “I can do things better for myself around the house.”
Jenny said the assistance she receives from the NDIS has made a huge difference.
“The NDIS has given me so much more freedom to be able to enjoy life, and what I can do has made such a difference to my life,” she said.
“I am able to get the therapy I need, and I have been able to build up the strength I need so I can use a manual wheelchair.”
Jenny’s goals are centred on becoming more independent and learning new skills.
She now enjoys gardening, and has created a courtyard garden where she is growing flowers and herbs.
“I go to Bunnings once a week, and I have been able to build a garden with the help of my support worker,” she said.
The NDIS has given me so much more freedom to be able to enjoy life with what I can do.”
Jenny received assistance to apply for and implement her NDIS funding from Carers Queensland NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Ipswich region.
“My Local Area Coordinator, Lilly, is so helpful, and she is knowledgeable with what’s going on,” Jenny said.
“It is good to have the one person to go to and Lilly checks in on me to make sure I am going ok.”
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.
To find out more about how the NDIS and Local Area Coordination program can work for you, contact Carers Queensland on
1300 999 636, or firstname.lastname@example.org.