Lifelong learning the goal for Eleni
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides Milton local Eleni Seitis, with the support to continue her studies and access her community.
Eleni is passionate about education and is currently studying a Bachelor of Myotherapy, a form of manual therapy which focuses on the treatment of musculoskeletal pain.
“I love learning, the more tools I have in my toolbox, the more benefit I can be to other people,” she said.
Eleni has a vision impairment which can make extended periods of study difficult.
“Sometimes we have to search through 30 different research articles.”
“With my vision impairment that puts a lot of stress on my eyes and can make me incredibly tired and brings my stress levels up.”
Eleni now accesses support workers via the NDIS to assist her with her study.
“When I am at home and doing study, I have my support worker there. They read through the material and I can say highlight that or copy and paste it to another document.”
“Having someone there who can do that for me has been really helpful.”
Eleni’s support workers also support her to attend entertainment and cultural events around Brisbane.
“The other thing that the support workers have been able to do, is to take me out to the movies or the theatre or to plays, events or concerts. These are things that I had never been able to do before without someone coming with me.”
“That for me has been amazing. I have done more cultural things in the past year than I have in the previous 50 years of my life. That’s how much it has helped in that way,” she said.
Eleni also receives support in the home; providing assistance with cleaning, meal preparation and the installation of grab rails in the shower.
“For me to do cooking and cleaning is incredibly dangerous as I can cut myself or burn myself.”
“I am now able to have meals prepared for three meals a day, seven days a week. My health has improved a lot. My bank balance has improved a lot, because I was having to go out and buy pre prepared food because it was safer that way than to make it myself.”
Carers Queensland can support you to find out more about the NDIS, to apply for funding and to help you get started using your NDIS plan.
If you have a disability but are not eligible for the NDIS, Carers Queensland staff can also help you identify and link to options for support in your local community.
To find out more about how the NDIS and Local Area Coordination program can work for you, contact Carers Queensland NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program on 1300 999 636, or firstname.lastname@example.org