CAPALABA local Shannon Isdale is not letting his disability stand in the way of keeping fit and doing what he loves.
Mr Isdale, who has down syndrome and autism, has been showing off his dance prowess at his mum's Zumba classes where he teaches moves to the Michael Jackson hit Thriller.
He also keeps fit with horse riding lessons, has recently taken up bowling and is a keen gardener.
"Shannon loves animals and his horse lessons also help him to gain confidence with larger animals," she said.
"I am hopeful that these lessons can lead to employment or work experience maybe at an animal centre or pet produce store."
Mr Isdale has been learning how to cook healthy meals with the support of NDIS carers as he looks to become more independent.
"He grows vegetables and Asian greens and also has chooks who help fertilise the soil," Ms Isdale said.
"He sells the eggs and greens to friends, with money made going straight to chook food."
She said Mr Isdale hoped to sell his plants and vegetables at the local markets, with any money made to go towards buying more seeds for the garden.
"He enjoys the rewards of growing his own produce and finds it rewarding doing this all with his support worker," she said.
Mr Isdale has been building up his confidence by staying in short-term accommodation and hopes to transition into full-time supported accommodation.
"Shannon looks forward to living away from home and developing his independence skills," Ms Isdale said.
"When he comes home he seems more grown up and holds himself higher and has so much self-confidence."
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