Sophia Geminelli is accessing National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports to help her with her goals of living independently, holidaying with friends and eventually getting a job.
“My life has changed and is the best it has been for a long time. I am laughing a lot with the friends that I have made and I feel that I am more confident with expressing my feelings and thoughts,” Sophia said.
Sophia, who has cerebral palsy, is working to develop and improve on her life skills and the way she communicates so that she can eventually live in her own home while also learning better ways to make healthy choices to improve her physical and mental health.
“I am very passionate about keeping my independence and being happy about life, and also learning and doing new and exciting things and loving every adventure.
“I would love to improve my social skills so I could participate in more activities, go on holidays and build and maintain friendships.”
Sophia’s long-term goal is building her confidence to enable her to do volunteering or paid employment in the future.
“Before COVID-19 started, I was actively participating in group activities with friends; I did gym, picnics, movies and drives to Mt. Tambourine, and I enjoyed going on weekend getaways to Alexandra Headlands and Kirra Beach.”
She said she is looking forward to getting back to her regular activities soon, and is contemplating a holiday to Tasmania.
Sophia 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.
Sophia credits the NDIS with helping her develop an even better relationship with her sister.
“It has been a great relief for my sister, Dani, as she feels that someone is finally helping and looking after me very well now, which is helping take the responsibility away of her.
“My relationship with her has improved a lot which makes both of us happy.”
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, contact Carers Queensland on 1300 999 636, or firstname.lastname@example.org