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Shane is living a fit and full life

Sep 11 2019

Shane Falconer’s life could easily be made into a Hollywood movie – full of drama, romance, and inspiration.

In 2004, Shane was living a life like any other 22-year-old, until he fell asleep at the wheel of his car and crashed into a power pole.

When he woke in hospital he found he could no longer see, and he now lives with a visual impairment.

After the accident, Shane became more determined than ever to make his dreams come true.

After three years of adjusting to his new life, getting fit lifting weights, and casually training his friends, Shane became a certified personal trainer.

“I am happy in my life, running a successful personal training business helping many people get into shape and live a healthier life,” Shane said.

It was during this time that Shane met his wife, Bec, after accidently calling the wrong phone number.

“If I wasn’t blind I may have not ever dialled the wrong number and met her. With luck and the wrong number, I got to meet my wife.”

Shane took his fitness to further heights when he began to train as a body builder, and in 2016 won his first body building trophy.

“I have found happiness since the accident and I am content and satisfied with what I have now.”

Shane now receives additional support since joining the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in November last year.

Shane received assistance to apply for and implement his NDIS funding from Carers Queensland’s NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program at the Capalaba office.

“Before the NDIS I found it hard to get out and about by myself. Now I receive mobility funding to access transport and use a support worker to get out into the community more.”

Finding some domestic tasks difficult, Shane also hires a cleaner to help around the house and a gardener to maintain the yard.

“I am also learning how to do housework by myself so I can maintain my independence.”

Shane credits his increased independence since joining the NDIS to his Local Area Coordinator.

“I didn’t know anything about the NDIS and what supports I could access until my Local Area Coordinator, Laura, helped me think about what I wanted from my plan.”

Shane has big plans for his future, including improving his business and his client’s experiences, renovating his home, as well as writing a book on fitness and a book about his life.

Carers Queensland can support you to find out more about the NDIS, to apply for the scheme and to help you get started with your NDIS plan.

If you’re not eligible for the NDIS, Carers Queensland can also help you identify and link to options in your community.

To find out more about how the NDIS Local Area Coordination program can work for you, visit Carers Queensland’s Capalaba office at 2/8 Dollery Road, Capalaba or call 3565 8600.

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