Through his NDIS package 23year old Chris is learning to become more independent, setting himself up for his life into the future.
One of the early rollout clients, Chris and his family have now had the chance to really experience the difference his NDIS plan has made. While the family opted for NDIA the look after the financial side of the plan, they nominated IOE to coordinate Chris’s supports and services from both IOE and other organisations.
Chris is still doing all the things he was before but with the added support he has been able to purchase he is now able to accomplish so much more. With a support worker now assisting him each afternoon, routines have been able to be put in place where he learns and practices those life skills he will need for a more independent life – personal care, cooking, organising, household tasks. He is also looking after his health and well-being by getting out and about in the community and getting regular exercise.
A support worker accompanies Chris to his work experience one day a fortnight. His funding provides him with additional support to explore more options for employment – like most young adults his age, work is one of his goals.
The funding of an O.T. has been a huge bonus for the family. She has been an ‘absolutely wonderful’ (quote from Mum!) hands on asset and has helped to put Chris’s afternoon routines in place and organised much needed, but previously unaffordable, home modifications.
Chris’s Mum, Linda, says she has seen Chris grow in happiness and confidence as he becomes more independent and less reliant on her. He now has his own future firmly in his sights thanks to the NDIS.