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ndis Tara Heit (right) with her mother Robyn. “With the NDIS support she receives now and the skills she has built, I can come home and I know she is being well looked after.” For Robyn, it was the freedom of choice which the NDIS had afforded the family that had made the biggest Independence for Tara Since finishing high school more than 10 years ago, Ferny Grove local Tara Heit and her family had received little in the form of ongoing funding for her support needs. T “It has all been very positive, from what we had before to what we have now, it's almost unrecognisable,” Robyn said. “There are a lot of options to explore and we've been able to get the right supports to suit what Tara is trying to achieve.” Tara is also accessing and enjoying ara, who has Down syndrome, for independent living with the help of was receiving just six hours of support workers. personal care and community By early November, Tara had her local community more than ever. “I volunteer at Everton Park State School. I help out in the classroom access support a week up until this moved into her own unit, and was with laminating, ruling books, year, for which the family had to make enjoying living alone for the first time. sharpening pencils and helping out a co-payment for each hour used. However, since being approved for “I love living here,” Tara said. with the kids,” Tara said. “I can still go home to Mum and Tara also performs in a choir in her first National Disability Insurance Dad’s on the weekend if I want, so I’m Coorparoo and has represented both Scheme (NDIS) plan last July, Tara now really happy.” Queensland and Australia in the sport receives funding for up to 30 hours Throughout the week she is visited a week of support to help her meet by support workers who help her with her goals of participating more in her shopping, cooking and cleaning. community, meeting new people and increasing her independence. With Tara’s long-term goal of moving out of the family home in 14 difference to their lives. of bocce. Despite living apart, Robyn and Tara are as close as ever. Tara’s mother Robyn said it was “We FaceTime every day to see a very proud moment to watch her how each other’s days have been,” daughter live independently. Robyn said. “Prior to receiving the NDIS, Tara “I am so excited to get back our mind, she was able to tailor her NDIS was at home a lot and by herself. mother-daughter relationship, rather plan to suit her needs and so began Depression kicked in with being home than having a carer style relationship.” using part of her funding to learn skills alone three days a week,” Robyn said. ndis www.ndis.gov.au linkonline.com.au