Liam builds his own path

ESTABLISHING HIMSELF: Outside of TAFE, Liam attends Challenge Connexions social events and learns new life skills, such as cooking and dealing with public transport, which he says has improved his confidence.
ESTABLISHING HIMSELF: Outside of TAFE, Liam attends Challenge Connexions social events and learns new life skills, such as cooking and dealing with public transport, which he says has improved his confidence.

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Taking part in Connexions can lead you to be more confident to do things in life.

Since finishing high school last year, Liam has made good use of his time.

Work experience, TAFE, and Challenge Disability Services Connexions Program, means Liam has lots of opportunities to find out what he enjoys doing in life.

While currently studying IT, Liam is looking forward to discovering what other opportunities are available.

“I wanted to try a computer course where I could expand my knowledge; to learn how to use more Microsoft programs, improve my understanding of the hardware components inside a computer machine, and so forth,” Liam said.

 “I’ve been doing the TAFE course for a few months now, and it’s been going along really well.

“When I finish, I would consider doing another TAFE course.”

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Outside of TAFE, Liam attends Challenge Connexions social events and learns new life skills, such as cooking and dealing with public transport, which he says has improved his confidence.

 “Challenge has helped me out a lot; they are teaching me some important things like skills in everyday life. It's made me step up with my confidence as well,” Liam said.

“For example, before I wasn't confident to get the train into Newcastle by myself, but my support worker talked me into it.

“He just outlined positive things that could lead your confidence to rise up and make you independent with traveling.”

Liam is a sports fan, and enjoys taking part in Challenge Connexions social events to watch games and participate in sporting activities such as mini golf and ten pin bowling. Liam’s support worker also joins him on bike rides and for golf at the driving range.

Liam highly recommended Challenge Connexions to other young people, saying it was a great way to learn new skills, meet new people, and improve your self-confidence.

 “Taking part in Connexions can lead you to be more confident to do things in life, like getting to meet new people, building friendships, and also learning to cook and getting your driver’s license.”

Challenge Disability Services has created an ebook to help guide young school leavers through the transition from school to adult life. Download your copy for more information on how the NDIS can help you achieve your career and study goals by visiting www.challengecommunity.org.au. 

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