Brigitte Wruck is utilising her National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports to free up her time to study and find a job.
Since accessing the NDIS in April, the Heritage Park local has had support workers helping around the house, taking her to medical appointments and running errands, leaving her more time to complete her study so she can eventually become a counsellor.
Brigitte, who uses prosthetics after losing both legs below the knee and two hands 19 years ago from a Streptococcal A infection that resulted in Septicaemia, was finding it difficult to get back into the workforce after years raising her daughter.
“I want to work. I owned my own hairdresser business before, but I was focussed on enjoying my child, being involved in her schooling, and being a part of the community,” Brigitte said.
“When my daughter finished school two years ago, people couldn’t look past (my disability). It’s been challenging because people look at me and assume I can’t do anything.
“When I got approved for the NDIS, it was unbelievable and such a relief; I felt like I’d won the lottery!
“Three months ago I started studying at the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors, and hope to be finished by the end of next year. I would like to work in case management or community services, even with the NDIS.”
Brigitte also uses NDIS supports to improve her fitness and to get out and about in her community.
“The NDIS helps with my personal trainer sessions twice a week to get some exercise,” she said.
“My personal trainer knows how to adapt everything for me to lift weights. I’ll soon start reformer Pilates and she will be there to set it all up.”
Brigitte is also looking forward to getting into the pool again with her new wet legs.
“I am about to get a set of everyday legs and a set of wet legs. As I have my own pool it will be good to easily be able to get in and out of it.”
Brigitte is looking forward to visiting a friend on the Sunshine Coast soon and said she’s planning to make the most of going to the beach.
“My support worker will drive me up to Maroochydore, and help me with things for three nights for a friends 50th birthday. I can’t wait,” she said.
Brigitte received assistance to apply for and implement her NDIS funding from Carers Queensland’s NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Brisbane region.
“My Local Area Coordinator, Mary, has been wonderful and is lovely.
“I am self-managing my NDIS plan, but I will contact her to check things and to make sure I am doing everything right.”
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.
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