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WHEN Sharon Kachel heads to Canada next month the business aspect will also be a personal pleasure.

The disability services supervisor with Challenge Community Connexions will travel to help a young client and his family experience the same joys adventurers enjoy.

"We assist high-function people aged between 18 and 35 with desire to live what many consider a normal life to reach goals,” she said.

"Many arrive upon leaving school and together we help them become as independent as possible with group activities, short stay holidays and other activities.”

Connexions staff meet with families every six months to continue programs with regard to a healthy lifestyle, including learning how to cook.

The aim is to bring young people living with a disability together in a fun and friendly environment, helping them learn new skills and make friends.

Assistance is given to achieve literacy and numeracy and even sporting dreams are pursued.

"I love netball and now three girls now playing in the Coffs competition,” Sharon said.

"One of our Tamworth teams is running second against players without disability, which is really something.

"Apart from recreation some people have driver learner's permits and are working towards P-plates.

"Others train on computers with the aim of later seeking paid employment and gaming is a big hit among boys with most showing above average skills.”

Sharon can also help clients with their NDIS plan.

"We help them understand the NDIS world in simple terms as I have noticed after talking with a lot of parents, sometimes they don't understand how it works.

"I am able to show parents how their funding works and what is the best possible way to use it.

"Supporting clients and families at NDIS meetings is another part of the job.”

Challenge Community Connexions

Phone: 1800679129


Article from The Coffs Coast Advocate 20 April 2018


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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 2500 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.
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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