The NDIS has given Mitch a great opportunity to live away from home and gain more independence,” Laurie said.
Mitch has moved out of home with the help of SIL funding. After becoming an NDIS participant, Mitch has moved into his own home with housemate Jack.
Mitch now has such a busy social life, his mum Jo jokes “we have to book in to see him!”
Mitch’s SIL funding allows him to live independently. Support workers visit in the morning and afternoons, and stay overnight to support Mitch and Jack with cooking, cleaning and household chores.
They also help with shopping and getting Mitch out into the community.
“The NDIS has given Mitch a great opportunity to live away from home and gain more independence,” his dad, Laurie, says.
“In the past there weren’t many chances to spend time with people his own age and similar interests. Now he’s going out with people, to markets, for a coffee, they’re out and about all the time.
“Mitch can do so many things when he puts his mind to it. The NDIS provides a great opportunity to do that, to grow, have fun and enjoy life.”
Mitch works a nine-day fortnight at a local laundry company, where he’s worked for more than 10 years. Along with work, he’s always been an active sportsman, playing basketball, athletics, rowing and karate over the years.
While Mitch is loving his new found social life, his parents say it’s also given them peace of mind about his future.
“Mitch has quite often fallen through the cracks because his disability is not as visible as some others, or not as severe. But he still needs support with decision making, outings and household tasks and the NDIS now caters for which is fantastic.
“Our biggest concern is what would happen to Mitch if something happened to us. The NDIS has filled that gap and provided that support to Mitch.”