Paving the way to independence

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The end of high school can be a nerve-wracking time for parents, and this feeling is compounded when your child has a disability.

The new National Disability Insurance Scheme has introduced changes to funding arrangements, which can make the process of transitioning from school to adult life even more challenging.

New support services available through Challenge Disability Services and their Connexions program can pave the way for your child’s independence. Senior Manager Maxine Smith said that through their NDIS Support Coordination, Challenge Disability Services could assist parents and their children find the right providers for their needs.

“We can help you access funded services, assist with the development of your plan, and ensure you are on the right track,” Maxine said.

"We can help you coordinate a range of supports, both funded and mainstream. We work with you to build on informal supports, resolve points of crisis and develop connections important to you in your community."

Challenge’s Connexions program is designed to provide valuable socialisation and skills development to active adults living with a disability, aged 18 to 35, who have low support requirements.

Matt is just like any other 20-year-old: working, volunteering, studying and socialising. However, due to his learning difficulties, he requires a bit more support to achieve his goals than others his age. Matt works as a teacher’s aide, cleans windows for local businesses and, with Challenge’s support, was also given the opportunity to volunteer for his local PCYC’s Vacation Care for primary school children during the school holidays.

“I liked going to school, but I prefer the time I spend at Challenge. I really enjoy my time, and the staff are all really nice. I have made quite a few new friends, and I have recommended Challenge’s services to my friends,” Matt said.

For more information about Challenge Disability Services please email disabilityservices@challengecommunity.org.au or call 1800 679 129.

Article from the Port Stephens Examiner, 15 June 2017.

http://www.portstephensexaminer.com.au/story/4727767/paving-the-pathway-to-independence/

Author: Challenge Community Services

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About Challenge Community Services

60 years ago we were a small band of parents and friends seeking support services for our children with disabilities. Today, Challenge has grown to be one of the largest community support services in New South Wales. We provide support to over 2 500 people from Albury to Lismore, Sydney, Dubbo, Tamworth and beyond. With over 600 staff, 85 of which have a disability, we strive to comply with and exceed all standards required under State and Federal Acts.

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