Grant’s story: A man on a mission
For Grant, the NDIS can’t roll out fast enough.
A resident of the Sunshine Coast, Grant will wait until 2019 to access his NDIS funding package that will enable him to search, select and manage his own support workers.
It’s a change he is looking forward to.
Until I have my own funding and choose my own carers nothing will change.
Until then, he’s on a personal mission to change public perception around how people with a disability should be entitled to access their care.
It’s a big job, even for someone as ambitious as Grant.
A keen sailor, talented musician and an automotive engineer by trade, Grant was left with a mild acquired brain injury (chronic organic solvent neurotoxicity) caused by inhaling toxic solvents on the job.
Even so, that didn’t stop him from pursuing a dream to compete in his sport at an elite level, taking out the bronze in an A-class catamaran at the 1995 World Masters Games in Melbourne.
But Grant’s story doesn’t end there. About 10 years ago, while returning from a two week sailing camp for people with a disability, his stationary vehicle was hit by a semi-trailer, leaving him with a severe physical disability.
Since his accident, Grant requires a much higher level of support, an experience that has left him frustrated with a system that gives him little choice over who delivers his care.
True to form, Grant has turned his experiences with the system into an opportunity, embracing the role of advocate for Better Caring – a new model that enables individuals to choose and engage independent support workers directly via an online platform.
Grant sees the Better Caring approach as having the potential to change the industry, and people’s lives, for the better. And he’s not afraid to shout about it.
In what can be a complex and confusing landscape, Grant wants others in his position to understand that they have choices too. For an advocate like Grant, it’s about spreading a simple message: empowerment.
Better Caring helps take out unknowns…. It allows me to simply manage my funding and offers me the flexibility I need to live my life.