Achieving independence and maturity

“I never imagined he’d be quite as independent as he is,” said Jacinta.

Jacinta’s son, Sean, has autism and an intellectual disability and has recently started a full-time job doing what he loves—working at the Yarra Ranges nursery.

Thanks to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Sean received funding for the School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) program. The SLES program, Achieve, supports school leavers in a wide range of activities from cooking and budgeting, to workplace safety.

Sean is one of 5,900 locals in the Outer Eastern Melbourne region currently benefiting from the NDIS with more than 71,700 people receiving support across Victoria, including more than 14,600 people receiving supports for the first time.

“Local provider Knoxbrooke suggested Sean start in the Achieve program to see how it went,” Jacinta said.

Along with his parents’ support, the Achieve program helped Sean with navigating public transport, something which he now does confidently on his own.

“Sean now gets over to the nursery and to Knoxbrooke by himself, which we’re really proud of. He really loves the Achieve program and he’s matured so much because of it.”

“I am looking forward to working and having money,” Sean said. “I like being outside and potting up plants, but I am most excited about seeing my best friend Tom (another employee at the nursery).”

For Jacinta, she is proud to see her son achieving.

ABOVE: NDIS participant, Sean, excited about working at the nursery.
See Part 2, Chapter 2.3 for more information.

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