Self Managed Individualised Funding
Self managed individualised funding is an option for people with a disability in accessing a day program. Since starting in 2009, after a two year trial, the self managed option has seen many people with a disability living life their way.
Chatter Hands has been there to assist people with a disability to move to the self managed model and connect with a service provider to manage their individualised funding. This has seen people with a disability transition directly from school, a centre or community based program, to self managed individualised funding.
The self managed option is available to people in Community Participation, Life Choices, and Active Ageing programs.
More information on the self managed model can be found by clicking on the booklet on the right.
Brenton is a young man with Down Syndrome, severe verbal Dyspraxia, and mild to moderate oral and motor Dyspraxia. After finishing school in 2008, Brenton qualified for Community Participation funding from the NSW Government. This would normally see Brenton attend a centre or community based day program but instead Brenton and his family chose to pursue a self managed individualised funding package.
With the assistance of Chatter Hands 'ABACUS LIFE' program, Brenton and his family sat down and discussed his talents, strengths, interests, connections, and what he would like his future to be. Join Brenton on his journey so far.
Before I left school, I tried all the different places to see where I could go after school. I did work experience and went to day programs, but it did not feel right for me. Mum went to an information day and she found out I could pick my own staff to work with me, and I could do things I wanted to do when I wanted to do them. It was called self managed.
I get to do so much. I have made many friends. I work (volunteer) 3 days a week at a sport and recreation service for people with a disability. I coach a junior rugby league team, and help NSW Rugby League Western Sydney Academy coach people with a disability. I really like sport. With my funding I get to play rugby league, lawn bowls, go to camp, and study at TAFE. I also like behind the scenes in movies. I got to help with the lighting and sound at a theatre group, visit the Harry Potter exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and the Bradman Museum. All the things I like.
I got to pick the staff who work with me. They all like the same things I do. My staff teach me to surf, snowboard, cook and shop, all the things I want to do and learn. I even got an orange belt in Judo. We get to go out in the daytime or the nightime. I love my life. I'm living my dream. (Brenton, 22yrs old)