Sophia is seeing the sights
After a recent move from Brisbane to the Gold Coast, Sophia, 26, has been exploring her new community with her team of support workers, funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Sophia has a genetic condition called Cri du Chat syndrome and applied for the NDIS when it arrived on the Gold Coast in 2018.
With the help of her mum and her Local Area Coordinator at Carers Queensland, Sophia has created a flexible support program that suits her needs and helps her achieve her goals.
“When I went to the first NDIS meeting I realised that we could get our own support workers that could tailor a plan to Sophia’s needs and to help build her independence and skills.
“Before that, Sophia’s life was very much spent with my husband and me, two oldies! She wasn’t really getting out and building independence and we wanted to explore that,” said Sophia’s mum.
The family now utilise NDIS funding to employ three support workers of similar ages to Sophia to build her skills and help her access the community.
“I like going out and cooking. We cook sushi. We go shopping and I have to pay at the check-out. We take the train,” said Sophia.
“I have been making money boxes with Natasha and putting coins in them. I have been learning about money and how to pay for things. I feel good,” she said.
The young women have been documenting their adventures in a series of scrapbooks.
“The scrapbook is a reflection of all the places Sophia has been and the things she has been doing. They do a lot of craft. Food also plays a big part. They get out to cultural events in the community, to Mermaid Beach, art galleries, botanical gardens and Southport Library. They are seeing parts of the Gold Coast we didn’t know existed,” said Sophia’s mum.
“Since these three lovely young ladies have come in to Sophia’s life it has been astonishingly good. It has created a very happy atmosphere.
“Sophia never got out in the community in that capacity prior. I have seen a really big expansion in her abilities in a short period of time. It’s wonderful and we have been blown away,” she said.
Sophia attends physiotherapy and is exploring the option of speech therapy.
She is also continuing her education by engaging with her support workers in classic literature.
“We have read Great Expectations, Little Women, and Anne of Green Gables. I listen to the book and answer some questions,” said Sophia.
Sophie’s mum says she has seen Sophia grow rapidly in confidence.
“It is such a good outcome. We can see the independence which has been built.”
“It really is all about building independence and for us, I think the NDIS has been a revelation,” she said.
Sophia is supported on her NDIS journey by Carers Queensland’s Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community program.
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 staff can also help you identify and link to options for support in your local 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 Gold Coast region, at Suite 10-12, 207 Currumburra Road, Ashmore, 4214, or call 5671 7600.
You can also contact Carers Queensland on 1300 999 636, or email@example.com