Luke Watson is all smiles since accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) 12 months ago.
The 22-year-old is at his happiest hanging out with friends or spending time with family and is now receiving funding that is supporting him to socialise and develop his communication skills and independence.
Mum Kirsty said everyone who knows Luke is happy with the positive changes the NDIS has contributed to Luke's life.
“Since Luke has been receiving support through NDIS his life has changed dramatically and has had a positive effect on Luke personally and our family unit. Luke has become a very happy young man and we could not be more proud of the joyful disposition that Luke now portrays in daily life,” Kirsty said.
Luke, who has cerebral palsy and an intellectual disability, receives support with his personal care needs at home in the morning before heading out to his day service.
“He now has a shower, gets dressed, and eats breakfast without being unsettled and anxious as someone is there to support him. Luke then attends a day service in which he has access to the community and social participation.”
In the afternoons, Luke is supported for two hours until his family returns home.
“During this time he attends physiotherapy, speech therapy or hydrotherapy, and takes part in dance; on Thursdays he is supported to do cooking at home. He now looks forward to his daily life and routine and is a much happier young man.”
Kirsty said because Luke is now leading a more structured routine for his daily care and has access to the community, his former feelings of vulnerability and anxiety were decreasing.
“Luke's plan for the future is that one day when all his siblings have left home he will have built on aspects of his independence and improve his physical and mental health and wellbeing with the hope that he will be able to live outside of the family home, but still remain a very valuable member of the family unit.”
Luke 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.
Kirsty appreciates the support her Local Area Coordinator, Meera, has provided for Luke and her family.
“Our experience has been very positive. Meera is always very helpful in clearing up things I was not sure about and I felt very comfortable talking to her about any hurdles we had originally had.”
Carers Queensland can support you to find out more about the NDIS, apply for funding and help you get started with the NDIS.
If you’re not eligible for the NDIS, Carers Queensland can also help you identify and link to options 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 Garden City Office, building 20, Level 1, 2404 Logan Road, Eight Mile Plains or call 3719 9600.