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A toast to public speaking goals

Colin Hughes’ public speaking dream is continuing to grow, after joining the WA National Disability Insurance Scheme (WA NDIS).

The 32-year-old Banjup resident, who has cerebral palsy, has been part of the WA NDIS in the Cockburn-Kwinana area for more than a year now and is enjoying a much busier social life and being an active member of public speaking club Toastmasters as a result.

Photo of Colin Hughes.

With the support of his WA NDIS local coordinator and the individual planning process Colin has improved his social and sporting connections.

With the supports and services Colin receives he is now going out for meals with friends and playing golf regularly.

“I can honestly say the WA NDIS has changed how I use my funding,” Colin said. “I can go out by myself during the day and it’s helped me to see lots of different things.”

The WA NDIS allows individuals to work with a Local Coordinator to create a personalised plan with strategies specific to their support needs and goals.

Colin and Jon created a personalised plan to suit Colin’s interests, which means he can access support as and when he needs it.

With local decision-making, people can also amend and update their plans as their lives, circumstances and choices change.

“I think there will come a day when I may need to move out of home and my plan will change when my life changes, which is the good thing about it,” Colin said.

For now, Colin is happy his plan allows him to go out to dinner and see movies with his friends. 

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