Leaving No One Behind

By Kate Reid, 1 December 2017 , Comments

International Day of People with Disability is on Sunday 3 December and this year’s theme is based around the idea of creating a sustainable and resilient society for all.

In more simple terms it is about making sure that no one is left behind.  

Being left behind can happen in many ways and Northcott works with people with disability to help them achieve their potential in whatever area they want to focus on.

In Travis’ case he didn’t want to be left behind in being able to visit his sister in Queensland. Northcott’s life skills training and support assisted him to plan and organise his visit, including reliving his childhood holidays to theme parks on the Gold Coast. 

This involved learning new skills around researching, budgeting and booking his accommodation, looking at accessibility issues and support worker costs that would be covered by his NDIS package.

Travis has cerebral palsy. An important part of the process was ensuring that the theme parks properly consulted with Travis about his physical capabilities so that he could go on as many rides as possible. The visit was a great success as Travis recounts in his story.

Chloe didn’t get left behind in developing her social skills and pursuing her passion. With the support of Northcott’s Everyday Life Skills service she has now achieved that.

Before Chloe met her Northcott worker Emma, her mum said she was ‘shy and didn’t like going out’. Two years later and Chloe is busy working as a waitress six days a week, while spending her free time focusing on her passion, which is training and showing miniature horses.

With a busy work schedule, and a jam-packed social life, Chloe no longer requires support from Northcott or the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

“I’m always going out to town for dinner with my friends and going for drives,” says Chloe.

“I’m going camping in the bush for New Year’s and am planning to go to Texas on holiday next year.”

Not being left behind can also mean embracing difference and making it work in practical terms. Shirls Wong, who works with Northcott as an Advisor in Inclusive Practice, is both a staff member and a customer of Northcott.

As someone who uses alternative methods of communicating, including alphabet boards, Shirls offers her expertise on how to communicate with people who use alternative and augmentative communication devices.

Together Shirls and Inclusive Practice Program Manager Elizabeth Hopkins work to develop and present inclusive workshops and information sessions, helping to challenge people’s expectations about what people with disability can do, rather than just being left behind.

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Travis embraces his love of adventure with a trip to Queensland

Chloe found her passion for training and showing miniature horses

Shirls offers her expertise on how to communicate with people who use alternative and augmentative communication devices


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