Support to achieve your goals after school

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For some school leavers, deciding life goals is easy; it’s finding the appropriate supports to achieve those goals that can be hard.

This is the case for young entrepreneur Mark, who has a learning difficulty. Mark is a conscientious worker with a special knack for children. He runs his own window cleaning business and has built up his client base over the years. While he doesn’t require assistance to find work, he does wish to increase his skills so he can take his child education career further.

“I am a teacher’s aide at the local primary school where I help any of the students, from Kindergarten to Year 6, that are having difficulties. I enjoy assisting them with their maths and art,” Mark said.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) allows clients to align the supports they receive to their personal career and life goals. To continue his passion of working with children, Challenge helped Mark become a volunteer for his local PCYC’s Vacation Care for primary school children during the school holidays.

When you create you NDIS plan, you will decide on the goals you want to achieve and the supports you need to allow this to happen. Having a driver's licence will allow Mark to independently travel to his various work and social commitments. He used his NDIS  Capacity Building budget to fund Challenge’s support to assist him through the process of applying for his provisional licence, and the process of passing the test improved his self-confidence.

“It is pretty good to have my P's, but I am also a bit scared,” Mark said. “I have already driven by myself a few times. Mum helped with the test questions, but Kasey from Challenge helped me book the test for my P plates.”

As an insurance scheme, the NDIS invests in early intervention and skills-building to give you the tools that can assist throughout your life, rather than temporary, short-term fixes. Participating in skills training and work placements not only improves your independence, it also provides the opportunity to socialise with others your age. Through his supports from Challenge, Mark spends time in the gym on Mondays and group activities on Thursdays including trampolining, learning how to cook and playing basketball.

“My favourite activity so far was our excursion to the Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters at Port Stephens, it was interesting and I learnt new things,” Mark said.

“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.”

Challenge has launched an ebook to help you navigate the NDIS while facing the transition from high school to adult life. For more information on the NDIS and how you can use the budgets in your NDIS plan to achieve your goals, download the ebook:

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*Names have been changed and photo is for illustrative purposes.


Author: Challenge Community Services

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Over 60 years ago we were a small band of parents and friends seeking support services for our children with disability. Today, Challenge has grown to be one of the largest community support services in New South Wales. We provide support to over 2500 people from Albury to Lismore, Sydney, Dubbo, Tamworth and beyond. With over 880 staff, 95 of which have a disability, we strive to comply with and exceed all standards required under State and Federal Acts.
In the spirit of Reconciliation, Challenge Community Services acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this country, and their connection to land, water and community. We pay our respect to them, their cultures and customs, and to Elders both past and present.
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