Centacare Brisbane marked the transition of more than 1000 clients to the National Disability Insurance Scheme at a celebration with Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge. Source: The Catholic Leader.
The event, held last month at the Archbishop’s house in New Farm, was also timed as a celebration of Disability Action Week.
There were six clients at the event, including Special Olympics gold medallist Zac Kimber. It was as much a celebration of their achievements as it was of NDIS.
“NDIS has given Zac the opportunity to actually access other supports like speech therapy,” Centacare service delivery manager Helen Eager said.
Ms Eager said Mr Kimber had achieved some great results with his literacy and numeracy, with one big achievement being learning how to write.
“He’s achieved it all,” she said. “He’s worked really well with our team. We’ve been developing the best relationships and he’s taught us a few things as well.”
Mr Kimber said his time with Centacare and NDIS had been good. “I’ve gotten a bit better in my reading and everything, which is good,” he said.
Ms Eager said Mr Kimber’s achievements weren’t just with literacy. Mr Kimber recently participated in a triathlon for the first time without support workers.
“He’s got a lot of talent and (he’s) really motivated,” Ms Eager said.
Archbishop Coleridge told the gathering that the "Catholic Church is everywhere, we are everywhere for better or worse, usually for better".
“And one of the things we do best is our work (with) those who are less abled, that’s right at the heart of what we’re supposed to be and do.
“We’re not a corporation seeking to generate profits for our shareholders, we are seeking to serve those who need to be served the most.
“That’s why the NDIS is so important to us and why all of you who are here today really are very, very important."
NDIS enabling 1000 Centacare clients to reach their full potential (The Catholic Leader)