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Joe gets out in nature to raise money for charity

Published On: 15 November 2021Categories: NDIS, News

Getting out in nature and keeping fit by walking has seen Wishart local Joe raise $5,000 for charity.

The 20-year-old – who has autism – uses his National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding to get assistance from his support workers to climb Mount Gravatt, Mount Coot-tha and hills throughout the Scenic Rim for the Everest Climb Challenge.

Joe’s dad, Nic, said he loves being physically active while also being able to help others.

“He enjoys being in nature, he enjoys exerting himself, he definitely enjoys helping other people; I guess it was joining those things together,” Nic said.

“Joe understands lots more than he is able to communicate, so the idea that ‘I want to do a walk for a charity’ he generally wouldn’t be able to say that to you, but he had those visual things where he was ticking off each mountain that he did to get to the end and show he was achieving.

“Whether doing it for charity or doing it as a recreation, he loves doing it.

“It would be impossible to do this without NDIS support.”

When he’s not walking for charity, Joe’s support workers help him with other activities, including horse riding, walking by the water in Wynnum and having fish and chips on the beach, going to the local library, and cooking and food preparation at home.

Currently Joe lives with his mum and dad, but is working towards his goals of living independently.

“Joe regularly attends a service that helps people develop confidence and skills, and a support network so he can ultimately live independently,” he said.

Joe also attends a School Leaver Employment Supports program two days a week to help him develop the skills to eventually find a job.

“They focus on the individual on what they want to do and help with generic skills around communication, organisation and confidence,” he said.

“Joe enjoys helping people and needs a job with the right level of stimulation.”

Joe also attends speech therapy every fortnight and uses a communication device to help with this independence and career goals.

Joe received assistance to plan and implement his NDIS funding from Carers Queensland’s NDIS Local Area Coordination (LAC) Partner in the Community Program for the Brisbane region.

Nic said the NDIS has been great for Joe and it is making him happy.

“I have no idea how we could be without it. As a parent, we couldn’t have provided near that level of support. We are incredibly lucky to have the NDIS.”

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 cq.enquiries@ndis.gov.au