STEPHEN Davies is feeling more independent and settled thanks to the support from the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
The Warwick man, who has a significant physical and intellectual disability, lives on a property with his parents and has just celebrated his 30th birthday.
“The NDIS has been absolutely life changing for the three of us, ” his father Greg Davies said.
“With the support from the NDIS, and with the regular out-of-home care and overnight stays, Stephen has become more independent and more trusting.
“He knows the carers and the other clients, he is much more settled and happier – it has made a big difference, ” his mother Heather Davies said.
Stephen’s parents recently were able to go away for a holiday for the first time in years knowing that Stephen was more settled and familiar with his environment.
“Prior to NDIS, we didn’t get the funding for regular out-of-home care, he was much more dependent on us, and he was quite reluctant to be away from us for any length of time,” Ms Davies said.
Stephen Davies enjoys a ride in a vehicle on his family’s property.
“Last year we were happy enough to leave him for a couple of weeks and we went on a holiday with some friends and he was fine.
“He has become more trusting of other people and different environments.”
The Davies family lives on a property and Stephen loves to ride around with his mother in their Honda tractor, enjoying the experience of being outdoors and surrounded by nature.
“Stephen loves cows, we have about 70 animals at present,” Mr Davies said.
“Heather runs a small stud and when we go down to the cattle yards, Stephen will watch the cows for hours and we will feed them near him.”
“We like being in the country, and Stephen loves the cows, he is my secret weapon in keeping them nice and quiet,” Ms Davies said.
The Davies family received assistance to apply for and implement Stephen’s NDIS funding from Carers Queensland’s NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Toowoomba region.
Carers Queensland is an organisation which helps people apply for funding and those looking to get started with the NDIS.
For people who have a disability but are not eligible for the NDIS, Carers Queensland can also help identify and link to options for community support.
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.