NDIS fam­i­lies mark year of progress

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - RACHEL RI­LEY

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.

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