Best way to get your needs met
Don’t just ‘put on brave face’
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 email@example.com.
HONESTY BEST POLICY: The Endeavour Foundation says being honest about your needs is the best way to have them met.