Big step towards independent life

September 02, 2017

TWENTY-FIVE year-old Martyn Lawrence has a goal to live independently by the time he is 30.

And the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is going to help him achieve that goal, the Echuca man said.

Martyn, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, joined NDIS in May and received a 400 per cent lift in funding, which will allow him to get the support he needs.

‘‘It’s given me a lot more choices,’’ he said.

‘‘I am looking at doing some more courses and public speaking around the district.

‘‘I don’t have to stop and think whether I am going to run out of money by the end of the year.

‘‘The NDIS gives you more wiggle room.’’

He has now created his own Operation 30 plan to help him move out of home in the next five years.

‘‘I want to be as independent as I can be by the time I’m 30,’’ he said.

‘‘I want to give mum and dad their lives back. They’ve devoted so much time to me which has been very well appreciated but I want to live my own life and be independent.

‘‘I don’t think I would be able to do this without the NDIS.’’

His Mum Jo said it was also the little things.

‘‘He is now doing a creative writing course, cooking classes and Zumba and he can get out and do these things without having to ask me to take him everywhere,’’ she said.

‘‘It gives him more independence to do what he wants to do and where he wants to go.’’

Martyn said the future was looking brighter thanks to the NDIS.

‘‘I have a lot of things to look forward to,’’ he said. ‘‘Having a normal life, or as normal as possible, is becoming possible.’’

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