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Liam is enjoying the great outdoors more with NDIS supports

May 25 2020

Liam* finds it easy to get around a work site as an engineer, relaxing at the beach or going camping, thanks to prosthetics funded through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The 34-year-old from Coorparoo, who has worn an artificial limb on his right leg since he was seven months old, was funded for a recreational limb and an everyday limb with adjustable ankle, helping to maintain his independence.

Liam said while his recreational limb allows him to get out more to do the things he loves, his adjustable ankle has been an “absolute life-changer.”

“Prior to having the ankle, I just had my everyday limb configured to a certain heel height (which) meant being selective in what shoes I bought and wore; it also meant I couldn’t walk around home bare foot. I’d usually end up switching out to my recreational limb which was configured to wear without shoes.

“When travelling, I’d have to take both limbs if I was to get around bare foot while at a motel. More often than not, I was unable to find shoes of exactly the same heel height, so when switching between my office leather shoes and steel cap boots for site, I’d invariably end up with a sore ankle or back as a result.

“I only realised how much difference the adjustable ankle had been when I was considering the last 12 months from my NDIS plan review and realised that since having it – thinking about shoe selection, travelling with multiple limbs and dealing with physical consequences as I switch between shoes – are all things of the past.

“It’s difficult to articulate how something so small has had such a drastic change to my lifestyle. It’s like having an almost insignificant nuisance your whole life just vanish; one less way in which my disability separates me from everyone else.”

Liam’s NDIS funding also provides funding for a physiotherapist, which gives him peace of mind for when he needs to use it.

“I’m yet to use the physio, but have confidence in knowing the support is there when I wish to, and is targeted at preventive physio to maintain my health as I age.”

Liam 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.

While Liam said he hasn’t needed too much support from his Local Area Coordinator, Carmel, she has been “thoughtful, empathetic, efficient and available – couldn’t ask for more.”

“Carmel has been there when I’ve needed her to explain the system and to get my plan in place.”

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, contact Carers Queensland on 1300 999 636, or cq.enquiries@ndis.gov.au

*Surname has been removed