Vidura Coppolaro is improving his yoga skills and gaining valuable work experience with National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports.
The 20-year-old from Wynnum is maintaining his fitness taking part in regular gym and yoga sessions with the assistance of support workers while also engaging in a work readiness program.
Vidura’s mum, Marie, said the skills he has learnt is helping him in other aspects of his life.
“I am a teacher working with young people, as well as a yoga/meditation teacher and wellbeing coach, so I know the importance of maintaining health and fitness as the foundation for anything else we do in life.
“Of course, Vidura didn’t want to hear it from mum, but was happy to engage with other adults (support workers) who encouraged him and helped him to see how his body could become strong and fit,” Marie said.
“Since starting yoga and gym two years ago, Vidura’s motor skills, posture and endurance has greatly improved.
“His focus is so much better now for an extended length of time, and he can walk for a few hours without tiring. He doesn’t fall asleep during the day anymore.”
When Vidura started in the gym, a physiologist designed a fitness regime and his support worker videoed his exercises and built on his practice.
During COVID-19 restrictions, Vidura also set up a home gym to keep his strength up so he wouldn’t feel he was missing out.
When he was not perfecting his yoga poses and in the gym, Vidura was engaged in a part-time work readiness program, at city architects Peddle Thorp, before the pandemic.
“He started a School Leavers Employment Support (SLES) program after leaving school and his first placement was at a yoga studio café in the city, then he moved to Peddle Thorp last year to continue his training,” Marie said.
“Vidura’s responsibilities included filling the photocopier with paper, maintaining the cleanliness of the office kitchen and his favourite task, collecting the mail at the post office.”
Marie said travel training was also part of his new learning, with Vidura taking a train from home to the city, and then walking 20 minutes to the office.
“This was all done with the support of his wonderful job coach Marsha, who very patiently helped him navigate transport to become confident in catching public transport independently.
“There were times he got the wrong train, ‘because he got tired of waiting for the train’, but it was all part of his learning and he was supported through navigating these difficulties. This is something I would never have dreamed Vidura would have been able to do.”
Marie said Vidura would soon be getting back into work, and hoped the experience gained will lead to an employment opportunity for him.
Vidura also loves music, is a natural at keeping the beat when playing the drums and regularly attends a music-based meditation centre.
“Vidura was attending the Australian School of Meditation and Yoga — his favourite place to go — three times a week, attending a deep peace class weekly, and with the help of a support worker, volunteering to help keep the yoga studio clean and tidy,” Marie said.
With COVID-19 restrictions, he now joins in online meditation with music, or kirtan sessions daily.
Vidura 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.
Marie said having NDIS supports has been important to Vidura and their family in helping him to have a better quality of life.
“He is engaged, happy with his life and has matured into a respectful, sensitive and helpful young man,” Marie said.
“Vidura has people in his life who like him for who he is, have high expectations and celebrate his achievements. They have been a wonderful influence, helping him to be independent and responsible and they are an important part of his success, made possible by the NDIS.”
While they haven’t had to seek much assistance from their Local Area Coordinator (LAC), Rebecca, Marie said they are happy with their experience of Carers Queensland.
“Our LAC Rebecca has been amazing in seeing Vidura is supported in the best way possible.”
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