Best way to get your needs met

Don’t just ‘put on brave face’

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AS PEO­PLE with a dis­abil­ity across Cen­tral Queens­land get to grips with the Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­sur­ance Scheme, the En­deav­our Foun­da­tion says that be­ing gen­uine about your need is not a weak­ness.

Lynn Quirk, NDIS Tran­si­tion Man­ager for Cen­tral Queens­land, said many peo­ple had spent a life­time “putting on a brave face” and strug­gled to ar­tic­u­late the im­pact on their lives.

“I think, as a na­tion, we’re hung up on the ‘bat­tler’ men­tal­ity – putting our heads down and sur­viv­ing in the face of ad­ver­sity,” Ms Quirk said.

“At En­deav­our Foun­da­tion we work with peo­ple and fam­i­lies ev­ery day who are do­ing amaz­ing things, but at great per­sonal cost.

“Be­ing hon­est about the chal­lenges you face is not a weak­ness, nor does it mean you love your sib­ling, child – or who­ever – any less.

“The whole point of the NDIS is to move peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity, and their fam­i­lies and car­ers, from sur­viv­ing to thriv­ing. It’s about ex­plor­ing po­ten­tial and see­ing per­sonal ful­fil­ment as a right and not a priv­i­lege.

“I would urge peo­ple to re­flect on just how dis­abil­ity has im­pacted on your lives – this isn’t a time to ‘bat­tle’, but a time to push for the sup­port that you need and de­serve.”

We know that this can be a daunt­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, but help is at hand. En­deav­our Foun­da­tion’s plan­ning book­let, Map­ping My World, and Dis­cover Guide, which is de­signed to help peo­ple ac­cess the op­por­tu­ni­ties pro­vided by the NDIS, are valu­able, free re­sources for any­one get­ting to grips with the scheme.

Down­load ma­te­ri­als at ndis.en­deav­our.com.au /ndis/re­sources or con­tact the team by tele­phon­ing 1800 112 112 or email­ing hello@en­deav­our.com.au.

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HON­ESTY BEST POL­ICY: The En­deav­our Foun­da­tion says be­ing hon­est about your needs is the best way to have them met.

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