NDIS plan help bayside resident handle mobility problems

Cameron Donald's improved mobility has seen his confidence soar since accessing National Disability Insurance Scheme supports more than 12 months ago.

GO CAMERON: Cameron Donald is cracking along with improved mobility.

GO CAMERON: Cameron Donald is cracking along with improved mobility.

The 36-year-old from Manly West has greatly improved his balance through regular exercises developed by an exercise physiologist, to enable him to train his brain to deal with uneven surfaces and steps.

Cameron's dad, Peter, said he could not run, jog or move quickly, and even crossing roads at crossings was scary for him.

"He was unable to go to the football as the grandstands don't have hand rails. He was in danger of falling down the stairs so he just couldn't go," Peter said.

However, in the last year he has improved with each visit.

"The exercise physiologist also prescribed the use of a gym that would enhance his balance and improve his strength in areas necessary to obtain his goal of being able to run again.

"The combination of Cameron's session with the exercise physiologist and gym has enabled him to run on a treadmill for 15 seconds, and also trot about 15 metres unassisted in her workroom," Peter said.

Cameron, who has an acquired brain injury, also accesses supports to help him become more independent and get out into the community.

"Cameron receives supports to help with cooking, cleaning and washing, using a computer to seek out receipts and all Translink journeys he has taken with a support worker.

"They have also engaged him in a numeracy and literacy course to help him read and count better."

An occupational therapist also helps Cameron to practise his conversational skills.

"Through story boards, use of restaurant menus and problem-solving, he is getting keener to choose his own meals and speak to friends with open questions.

"She has also set a programme to solve small, medium, and hard daily problems so he is getting his life more balanced."

Cameron loves sports and is passionate about playing golf and recently took up bocce.

"With his balance issues improving, both of these sports have seen improvement. This of course has allowed his confidence to grow and now he is very keen to get out into the community and mix with anyone who is prepared to befriend him or let him join in their groups."

Cameron received assistance to apply for and implement his NDIS funding from Carers Queensland's NDIS local area coordination partner in the community program for the Brisbane region.

Peter said accessing the NDIS has given his family hope for his long-term future so he could feel supported to eventually live independently.

"Carers Queensland was the stepping stone that got Cameron to this position. They have provided us with the tools to manage his funding, and review his progress. Being self-managed, the initial advice and training allowed us to manage his supports without any issues."

If you have a disability but are not eligible for the NDIS, Carers Queensland can also help you identify and link to options for support.

Contact Carers Queensland on 1300 999 636, or cq.enquiries@ndis.gov.au