Monday, 9 January 2012

Self managed support - one young woman's experience

Services and government funding for people with disabilities in NSW are moving towards giving those who wish to consider it, the option of managing their own services (all funded services by 2014).  Ability Options' quarterly newsletter, Able Cable - Summer 2011 recounts Bridget Parker's experience with a self managed support package. Bridget has Down syndrome, and lives with significant communication challenges:

For the past two years, twenty-three-year-old Bridget Parker and her family have worked in partnership with staff at Ability Options Self-Managed Services to further Bridget’s interests, meet her needs and achieve her goals ...

Bridget leads an active life.

“I like going to the Merry Makers ... and dance classes ... going to the gym ... working at Penrith Disability Resource Centre and Life Line Op Shop ... I am learning to type, said Bridget. "I am happy now!" 

Read the full article online here (p 10).

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