Disability Awareness Week 2017
North Lake man Brandon Tomic is one of thousands of Western Australians achieving their goals through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
With his sights set on enhancing his skills and confidence to live independently, 19-year-old Brandon, who has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, has started his own business ‘Brandon’s Shredding Boxes’.
With many clients already on the books, the business involves a pick-up service where small to medium businesses can have their paper shredded and recycled.
Brandon’s confidence to explore different options and opportunities that come his way has been possible with supports he accesses through the NDIS.
Supported by his Local Coordinator, Brandon and his family developed a personalised plan to suit his interests and aspirations. Together, they have planned the strategies to achieve one of Brandon’s goals of gaining greater independence.
In recent years Brandon’s mother, Simone, has employed a range of support workers to assist Brandon both within the home and when he’s out in the community. This has given him the opportunity to interact with a diverse range of people and has led to significant personal gains. It has also enabled Brandon to spend time away from the family home and participate in informal activities in his local community.
Brandon is showing what can be achieved through the NDIS and how it will improve the lives of people with disability and their families.
Department of Communities (Disability Services) Assistant Director General Marion Hailes-MacDonald said more than 10,000 people were now eligible to participate in the NDIS in WA.
“People are benefitting from life-changing opportunities brought about by the NDIS and its individualised planning process,” she said.
“This process, together with the supports and services provided by the State’s disability sector, means people with disability can achieve great personal outcomes.”
The NDIS is the biggest reform in the State’s disability sector. It gives people with disability greater choice and control over the supports and services they receive to actively participate in their community, while also working towards their personal goals for the life they want to live.
Following on from the areas that rolled into the NDIS from July 2014, people with disability in the Kimberley-Pilbara, South Metropolitan region and additional areas in the Perth Hills have had access to the NDIS since 1 July 2017, with more than 39,000 people with disability expected to be part of the NDIS in WA by 2020.
To participate in the NDIS, people can test their eligibility by using the ‘Am I Eligible’ tool on the Department of Communities website at http://www.communities.wa.gov.au.