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NDIS is creating life-changing independence

Oct 09 2019

Mum Debbie and her daughter Hayley often talk about the positive impact the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has had on their lives.

“My mum, Debbie is an inspiration. She was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy shortly after her 30th birthday and has never considered herself a victim. Her positive and up-beat attitude is inspirational. Sadly in 2016 she lost her soul mate (my dad) who was mum’s carer until his own health deteriorated.

“With dad’s loss and the many years of physical deterioration, mum reached an extremely difficult crossroads and was questioning how she could continue to live independently. Then the NDIS was announced.

“With some strong scepticism on my part, we awaited our first plan meeting with Rachael, our lovely Local Area Coordinator from Carers Queensland. As we waited, I remember reading posters talking about ‘miracles’ and ‘choices’ and wondering who could possibly believe them – until we stepped inside the meeting room.

“Mum’s NDIS funding was approved and her life changed dramatically. Mum self-manages her funding and since March she has researched and selected a local cleaning business and an independent yard maintenance contractor to help her maintain her home – what was once a burden is now a haven again.

“She appointed a fabulous independent care worker to support her with daily activities and to access the community, and she is now exploring group hydrotherapy classes to get her body moving. She has also engaged with a local organisation to scope out assistive technology and upgrade her 12 year old wheelie-walker.

“This has laid a strong foundation for her to meet her goals of living independently within her own home, increasing her social and community engagement and – something we are both looking forward to – being able to take a mother-daughter holiday together.

“Mum is 60 this year and it is extraordinary to think that, thanks to the NDIS, she will be even more independent in this decade than in the last.”

Debbie is supported on her NDIS journey by Rachel, a Local Area Coordinator at Carers Queensland, NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community provider for the Moreton Bay region.

Carers Queensland can support you to find out more about the NDIS, to apply for the scheme 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, visit Carers Queensland NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Moreton Bay region, Level 5/10 The Corso, North Lakes 4509 or call (07) 3384 1600.

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