Larissa Baker is keeping busy and having fun, improving her health with physiotherapy and an exercise program thanks to National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports.
The 30-year-old from Warner attends a day program during the week, keeping active by taking part in gym stick twirling to music, walking and running exercises.
The therapeutic routine is helping Larissa – who has an intellectual disability and visual impairment – improve her strength and posture, as well as communicating easier with others.
And according to her mum, Donna, she’s loving it.
“Larissa has allied health workers visit her at the centre to do exercises to increase her mobility,” she said.
“Her goals have always been to manage her emotions, increase communication and to maintain meaningful connections with others.
“By continuing to access the centre five days a week, it will allow her to build her confidence so she can eventually move into supported independent living.
“Larissa has formed a close bond with her support workers and looks forward to seeing them.
“It has also had a profound effect on us and we are a much more relaxed family, and it has really taken the pressure off as it helps Larissa realise there are other people who can help and care for her.”
Larissa received assistance to apply for and implement her NDIS funding from Carers Queensland’s NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Brisbane region.
Donna said Larissa’s Local Area Coordinator, Cass, is always willing to help and only a phone call away if she is needing information.
“Cass has always taken the time to get to know us and Larissa; to me it feels like someone really does care and is prepared to listen and help.”
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.