NDIS just ‘bril­liant’ for help­ing Cas­san­dra

Dalby Herald - - LIFE -

MARY-ANN and Stephen Crowe’s daugh­ter, Cas­san­dra, has a wicked sense of hu­mour, adores life, is fond of peo­ple and reg­u­larly tack­les 1000-piece jig­saw puz­zles.

Cas­san­dra, who has Down syn­drome, finds joy in colour­ing-in and cook­ing. She is in­tu­itive and loves to dance.

Mrs Crowe said her daugh­ter also loved fam­ily gath­er­ings – she “likes to be the glue and keep ev­ery­one to­gether”.

But Cas­san­dra has a raft of health com­pli­ca­tions and her con­di­tion is wors­en­ing.

Cas­san­dra was ap­proved for a Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­surance Scheme pack­age in Fe­bru­ary and Mrs Crowe said this week she has never felt so sup­ported in car­ing for her 39-year-old daugh­ter.

Cas­san­dra is deaf and suf­fers from life-threat­en­ing heart com­pli­ca­tions, in­clud­ing a hole in the heart and a mal­formed valve. She has gas­troe­sophageal re­flux dis­ease, a long-term con­di­tion that causes ma­jor di­ges­tive is­sues, and she’s epilep­tic.

Mr and Mrs Crowe, who own and run the Jacaranda Coun­try Mo­tel in St Ge­orge, said they had noth­ing but praise for the “bril­liant” NDIS and be­lieved pa­tients and their fam­i­lies will ben­e­fit from an an­tic­i­pated in­crease in care ser­vices to the re­gion as lo­cal jobs and in­vest­ment were gen­er­ated through the scheme. “The big­gest hold-up is with the equip­ment that has been ap­proved,” Mrs Crowe said.

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