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Shannon is a man of many talents

Oct 01 2019

Shannon Isdale loves to dance and even teaches the moves of “Thriller” to his Mum’s Zumba class.

The Capalaba local’s prowess on the dance floor and fitness levels have improved since taking part in weekly community dance sessions accessed through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Shannon, who has Down syndrome and autism, also maintains an active lifestyle through horse riding lessons, and recently began bowling.

His mum, Carolyn, said she hoped these experiences may eventually lead to employment in the future.

“Shannon loves animals and his horse lessons also help him to gain confidence with larger animals. I am hopeful that these lessons can lead to employment or work experience maybe at an animal centre or pet produce store,” she said.

Since accessing the NDIS in August last year, Shannon has also begun to work towards his goal of becoming more independent and getting out and about in the community.

Shannon accesses supports to build on his cooking skills by making healthy food, while also actively taking part in a gardening program.

“He grows vegetables and Asian greens, and also has chooks who help fertilise the soil. He then sells the eggs and greens to friends, with money made going straight to chook food.”

She said Shannon hoped to have a stall at the local market soon to sell plants and vegetables, with any money made going to buy more seeds for the garden.

“He enjoys the rewards of growing his own produce and finds it rewarding doing this all with his support worker.”

Shannon also regularly stays in short-term accommodation, building on his confidence to soon start living in full-time supported accommodation.

“Shannon looks forward to living away from home and developing his independence skills. When he comes home he seems more grown up and holds himself higher and has so much self-confidence.”

Shannon 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 Beenleigh region.

Carolyn said their Local Area Coordinator, Ursula, has helped them greatly with Shannon’s plans for the future.

“Ursula has been very reassuring and encouraging of what we have done with his funding.”

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