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The grass is always greener for Josh

Jun 03 2019

Josh Ball loves donning his work boots, high-vis shirt, and Akubra hat to mow the lawn.

His passion for the great outdoors has seen the 21-year-old use his National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plan to pursue a career mowing lawns.

Josh, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), receives support to develop his skills and independence in gardening, assistance to access the community for social events and a psychologist and occupational therapist to further gain independence and help in his capacity to learn to drive.

His mum Linda, said the difference the NDIS had made to Josh had been life-changing since accessing the scheme in July last year.

“It is every parents desire to see their kids set up in a pastime or occupation that they love to do, that they can do well and that is appreciated by the community around them.”

“To find that special talent or passion can be very difficult with people with a disability but with Joshua it was easy; he loves being outdoors, loves helping out in the garden and over the years has become a very capable worker.”

Josh’s drive and desire to work is also represented in his aspirations to establish a business of like-minded garden-enthusiasts to maintain the lawns of NDIS participants who are living in supported accommodation in the community.

“Once we have our little work crew established we are hoping to source the necessary equipment to become a mobile gardening group. What a wonderful relationship that would be and an inspiration to others with disabilities,” Linda said.

Josh was lucky enough to fulfil a long-held dream this year when he travelled to Canberra to mow the lawn on top of Parliament House.

“It’s been a really great year for Joshua as he was one of the winners of the Endeavour Foundations’ ‘Imagine what’s possible’ competition where he got to show the world what people with a disability can do if given the opportunity.”

Josh received assistance to apply for and implement his plan from Carers Queensland’s NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Beenleigh region, at the Capalaba office.

Linda is full of praise for Carers Queensland who continue to encourage Josh to dream big.

“They have encouraged us to follow those dreams, to look outside the box and not give up. Our Local Area Coordinator, Rebecca, has been so supportive and shares my enthusiasm for the scheme which has made me brave in my pursuit of meaningful and beneficial activities for Joshua.”

To find out more about how the NDIS and Local Area Coordinator program can work for you, visit Carer’s Queensland NDIS Local Area Coordinator Partner in the Community Program for the Capalaba region at 2/8 Dollery Road, Capalaba or call 3565 8600.