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Leadership role just the beginning, thanks to WA NDIS plan

The WA NDIS planning process has supported 14-year-old school boy Connor to become more outgoing and confident, and he is now embracing a leadership role.

Two years ago, Connor was experiencing social isolation and struggled to maintain friendships because he lacked the skills to communicate properly.

To address this, his parents forged a strong relationship with the Commission’s Local Coordinator Nicole Crane.

“The relationship between Local Coordinators and families is paramount because it allows individuals and parents to contact them with any questions, concerns or issues,” Nicole said.

“I believe this support has assisted Ann and Garry (Connor’s parents) to make informed decisions and support their son.”

She said the WA NDIS planning process not only helped Connor’s parents to identify local supports they could tap into – including Kidsport funding through the City of Cockburn – but also assisted Connor to identify goals he wanted to achieve.

Nicole also advocated for the family at school meetings to ensure Connor had an individual study plan, which has supported him to study at his own pace.

To assist him to learn how to interact and converse with other people, Ann and Garry set up role-play situations, resulting in Connor communicating better with people.

The support from his family, school and Local Coordinator has led to a positive change in Connor’s life.

“He joined the cadets program in Year 8 and is now involved in local football and basketball integrated teams,” Ann said.

“His school’s Student Leadership Team also put his name forward to be on the school leadership program.”

His family is happy  about the remarkable change in Connor’s disposition and the fact he has now set short-term and long-term goals – established through his WA NDIS plan.

“He wants to be part of an airline cabin crew,” Ann said. “He’s started the planning process, seeking work experience in a café or restaurant and then he wants to enrol in Certificate I and II hospitality courses in Years 11 and 12.

“Connor will hopefully be able to combine these qualifications with a school-based traineeship. After he finishes school, he’ll enrol in Certificate II and III cabin crew courses at TAFE in Jandakot.

“We are very proud of Connor and what he’s achieved over the past 12 months – he’s a leader not only in his classroom but also at school.

“None of this would have been possible without the support of his Local Coordinator Nicole and his education support teachers, who have been fantastic.

“We can see a positive, bright future for Connor, who is setting some realistic goals, and we’ll continue to work closely with Connor, Nicole and his school to ensure he achieves them.”

Note: The Commission respects requests for privacy, and surnames have intentionally been omitted from this article.

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