How the National Disability Insurance Scheme is helping Luke

19-year-old Tasmanian, Luke Sutcliffe.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has changed Luke Sutcliffe’s life.

Before starting with the NDIS, the 19-year-old Tasmanian, who has an intellectual disability and autism, found life difficult to navigate.

Now, with NDIS supports, Luke is volunteering in his local community, making new friends and learning new skills, including cooking for the dinner parties he likes to host.

He also finds helping out at the local Food Bank particularly fulfilling.

“I help provide food to older people who can’t afford it. It’s one of my favourite things to do,” he said.

Luke lives in a supported unit run by Mosaic Support Services where a team helps him to live independently.

Support Services Manager Michelle Bowerman says she is amazed at the difference in Luke since he started with the NDIS.

“Luke lacked confidence and was often hesitant to try new things,” she said.

“The NDIS is all about choice and control and, with choice and control over his own supports, Luke is a very different young man.”

“He’s enjoying greater social inclusion and learning skills as part of an individualised community access program to help him reach his goals, one of which is to get a job.”

“We couldn’t be happier with his progress.”

Transition to full-scheme NDIS commenced on 1 July 2016.

The Commonwealth, state and territory governments and the National Disability Insurance Agency will continue working together on transition to full scheme.

See Chapter 2.5, Program 5.2 for more information.

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