Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

New Year, New Lease on Life; Choice and Control for Bundy Residents

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

New Year, New Lease on Life; Choice and Control for Bundy Residents

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IT'S been a very merry Christmas for Barry Lord, with the Bundaberg man set to receive his first major supports from the NDIS.

Living with his wife Doris, Mr Lord's activities will begin to pick up in the new year thanks to his new plan.

His biggest Christmas present was a new vehicle hoist, which allows him to move his electric wheelchair safely.

This means he can travel and experience life in the community, despite his spinal injury.

Mr Lord said he came into his first conversation with his NDIS local area co-ordinator not knowing what to expect.

"Daniel was very good, very relaxed. He would explain everything, and if we didn't understand he would go back over it again," he said.

"(NDIS) is going to support me in getting out into the community more than anything, and let me communicate with people at the same level. At the moment I can't do that; I can't go out, and I have to stay home. Unless I'm in the car, we don't go out.

"But this plan gives me the ability to get out there to see people, speak to people, and also I can now get some further treatment for my injuries. …

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