NDIS families mark year of progress
TOWNSVILLE has marked the oneyear anniversary of the National Disability Insurance Scheme with a family day celebrating success stories.
North Queenslanders were the first to enter the scheme on July 1 last year.
Magnetic Island mother Cheryl Staunton was among hundreds to pack Riverway to mark the milestone of the Federal Government initiative that has helped turned her son Daniel’s life around. Daniel, 26, has a brain tumour which has affected his mental and physical abilities but under the NDIS he is now thriving.
“It took us a while to find the right provider but he is now with Endeavour and every day he comes home he tells me he’s had the best day ever,” Ms Staunton said.
“It’s made a major difference to Daniel and I really want people who are embarking on this journey to understand they need to look at their goals and dreams and they will find a provider who can help them achieve that.”
Disability Services Minister Coralee O’Rourke said while there had been some challenges, many families were already seeing the benefits.
“We want every Queenslander with disability and their families and friends to be able to experience these same life changing opportunities,” she said.
Mrs O’Rourke said the NDIS would be good news for the whole community, with 950 extra jobs set to be created.