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  • Writer's pictureJacqui Grant

Uniquely Me - Meet Peter

Connect and Grow Magazine June- July 2024 - Edition 10



 

We are excited to share that we are relaunching our clothing range very soon.

 

We have t-shirts and are working on hoodies with empowering messages on them. A percentage of the money raised from their purchase goes back to the community.

 

This month, for Uniquely Me, we are sharing Peter's story.

Peter is 32 years of age and has an acquired brain injury. He lives with his father and younger brother, who provide most of the support that Peter requires.

 

Peter had a horse-riding accident when he was 30 that left him with an injury to his brain, impacting his speech and use of his right arm; with physiotherapy, he has been able to walk independently now of all mobility.

 

 

Peter's father, Angelo, reached out to share their experience of the NDIS and Living with a disability. As we will share, they have had a rough time over the past two years.   Their journey into NDIS started during Peter's rehab sessions when the Physiotherapist suggested that they apply for NDIS, and the specialist supported this.

  

Angelo and Peter met with a local area coordinator who assisted them with their application, and it all appeared to be smooth at the time; they provided all the reports, including occupational therapy functional assessment, letters from medical specialists stating that Peter has a permanent disability and that any improvement will only be a small amount as long as he keeps going with his therapies. Peter would always need someone to assist him with his day-to-day living tasks and reminders as his short-term memory is impacted, and his communication skills are being delayed due to this speech. Peter had to learn to do many physical activities, such as dressing again.

 

After three months of trying to get other services in place, Angelo looked for another support coordinator. That support coordinator, a man in his 40s, was very positive; however, once again, he did not understand disability and kept asking his wife, a nurse, to help me; this made Angelo worried. Eventually, Angelo's cousin helped him and Peter find service providers, and they stopped using a support coordinator. They asked questions of people and developed their support team, who had Peter's best interest in mind. 

 



Communication is extremely important between support worker, family and the person who lives with the disability.


Angelo shared with me that his concerns were that with so many people who live with a disability, they need to have qualified staff. Yet, most people that he met had no qualifications or proper understanding of what can occur for people who have a disability. He was concerned that the wrong things could be done or said to Peter and, given how emotionally vulnerable Peter is, that someone could do some real damage.

 Angelo shared that he hopes the NDIS will improve business compliance, help businesses understand what it means to run a business and provide support to people with disabilities.

 

Peter and Angelo are still doing their best to have the right people in their life and that Peter can enjoy his life and be safe.

 

If you want to share your story or that of a family member or learn more about the Uniquely Me Project, visit our website, Break Free Consultancy, or contact us.

 

We would love to hear from you.

 

Written by Jacqui Grant


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Disclaimer: All information is accurate at the time of publication

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