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NDIS supports are music to Ben’s ears

Nov 29 2019

Ben Eaglesham is putting his classical music knowledge to good use, increasing his time volunteering at a community radio station, thanks to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

While Ben has programmed hours of music at 4MBS for the past 20 years, he accesses supports to enable him to now work two mornings a week.

Ben’s dad, Geoff, said he travels to the radio station with Al (his NDIS-funded support worker), either by train or by car.

“Ben has gone from being at home most of the time to now looking forward to every day when his support worker arrives and they head off on another adventure,” Geoff said.

While Ben, who has an intellectual disability, has a real passion and an amazing amount of knowledge on classical music, he also enjoys interacting with radio staff.

“Ben completes all the programming himself, which involves selecting pieces to fit into an hour or two of radio time, which is then played at a later date by the announcer.

“I don’t know where Ben got his love of classical music from; it’s just something he’s always been interested in. He doesn’t just know all the music, but he knows a lot about different performances of the same composition, conductors, and orchestras.”

When Ben isn’t at the radio station, he can be found utilising his NDIS supports to become more independent.

“His support workers are encouraging and helping him with cooking at home; this year we would like to include washing and some other housekeeping skills.

“The support he receives has also allowed him to engage in activities like bowling, swimming, picnics, bush walks, movies and travelling by train – which he loves – all over Brisbane to different parks and other venues.”

Funding for a physiotherapist is also helping Ben with his general fitness and strengthening his body to become more flexible.

Ben 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.

Geoff said they have welcomed the advice and support of Ben’s Local Area Coordinator, Laura.

“All contact has been very positive and there is a definite feeling that she is there to help.”

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, visit Carers Queensland NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Capalaba region at 8 Dollery Road, Capalaba or call 3565 8600.

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