Trecia-Ann reaches employment goal with NDIS
Trecia-Ann Cummings is working in her first paid job since leaving her home country of Jamaica, and accessed support from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to help with finding employment.
The 24-year-old now calls Toowoomba home and is working as a Disability Support Worker since undertaking volunteer work and receiving assistance from an employment service provider.
Trecia-Ann said the supports she is receiving is greatly improving her life.
“I’m mostly grateful for the chance to be part of the work industry for the first time as a paid employee, and it acts as a stepping stone to further my career using my experience. I now have the confidence to start a career and move on to a new chapter in my life,” Trecia-Ann said.
Diagnosed with autism a year ago, Trecia-Ann began her journey to access the NDIS at the end of 2019 after seeing how supports were assisting her brother, who has cerebral palsy.
“Before the NDIS, my only real supports were my family, who came together to help me throughout my life. My parents are the reason why I am able to drive and complete everyday life skills such as shopping and house chores, although I am still in the process of learning how to manage these tasks on my own.
“It is important to me to have my own job so that I am less dependent on my family. I feel like I can now give back to my family when they too need help.”
Trecia-Ann is also accessing other NDIS supports, including a therapy assistant, occupational therapist, finance manager and transport allowance.
She has completed a Certificate III in Aged Care and hopes to complete further studies in related fields as she intends to become even more independent.
“As I gain more support and accomplish more goals, I will take on other goals such as improving my social and motor skills, and eventually, moving out to live on my own.”
Trecia-Ann 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 Toowoomba region.
She said her experience with Carers Queensland and her Local Area Coordinator (LAC) has been a positive one.
“The process and the support I received was quick, with little hassle. I especially appreciated my LAC consistently keeping in touch with me during the COVID-19 shut down.”
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