Sandgate local Josh, 23, uses his National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding to pursue his passion for film production.
Josh applied for the NDIS when it first rolled out in Brisbane in July 2018.
After getting started with the NDIS, Josh began using his funding to reach his goals.
“My goals were to get support to look for a job, to get tutoring with money and time management and also to make friends,” he said.
Josh’s mum Frances says she has seen her son make big strides through his first year of NDIS support.
“The NDIS has allowed Josh to be more active. The first year was about getting Josh out into the community and interacting with other people.
This year his NDIS goal is about getting a job in a supported environment and building his life skills and independence,” she said.
Josh now has funding for a support worker to help him build life skills and has just completed a supported job trial.
“Once a week someone takes him shopping and helps him cook dinner so he can start building a bit of independence and start doing stuff on his own,” Frances said.
Josh attends a number of social, exercise and skill building activities throughout the week, including a film and TV group where he has been learning the ropes of documentary filmmaking, contributing to a short film entered in the ‘Focus On Ability’ Film Festival.
“The film is called ‘Too Easy.’ It is a biopic about a mate of mine from the group and how he deals with his disabilities.
“I have done a lot of pre and post production work. It’s really good, I love working on films.
“I quite enjoy it, especially the social aspect and making friends,” he said.
Josh is supported on his NDIS journey by Carers Queensland, NDIS Local Area Coordinator Partner in the Community for the Brisbane region.
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 Brisbane Region at Level 1, 120 Chalk Street Lutwyche or call 3215 9600.
You can also contact Carers Queensland on 1300 999 636, or firstname.lastname@example.org