Support moving forward

Karlie's story shows that with the right support, people can build their confidence and independence and live life the way they want to.

GETTING OUT: Working with the team at Disability Supports Australia, Karlie has been able to develop her skills, confidence and increase her independence.

GETTING OUT: Working with the team at Disability Supports Australia, Karlie has been able to develop her skills, confidence and increase her independence.

Disability Services Australia (DSA) has been delivering a wide range of support services in key areas of NSW for more than 62 years and for over a decade in the wider Hunter area.

Every day DSA has the opportunity to see the difference the right supports can make in a person's life.

A growing service area for DSA is its Mentoring Service which provides a safe and stable service in the community for people with complex support needs.

Using an evidence-based framework designed by highly skilled clinicians and mentors, people are supported in managing complex trauma, behaviours of concern and communication needs.

DSA's mentors focus on enhancing overall quality of life, reducing behaviours of concern and encouraging responsible community participation.

Positive working relationships with primary medical and mental health services ensure that effective processes are in place that enable people to access the services they need, when they need them.

DSA mentors take the time to get to know each person - not just their barriers, but also their strengths, skills and interests.

Karlie's big adventure

Karlie has been with DSA for about 5 years.

When staff at DSA first met Karlie she wasn't comfortable around people she didn't know and had very high support needs, at times requiring 3:1 staff support due to her behaviours of concern.

Karlie has worked hard to develop her skills, confidence and increase her independence.

She has developed new interests and enjoys a range of social activities including playing board games, watching movies, taking care of her pet goldfish and most of all, listening to music.

Karlie is a huge music lover, and particularly enjoys listening to Eminem.

When she found out that he would be performing in Sydney earlier this year she made it her goal to attend the concert.

Karlie worked with her Mentor Laura to develop a plan to make it happen!

She organised the money to purchase the tickets with her Trustee, she checked with her Public Guardian if she could attend the concert and planned the train journey.

The plan worked perfectly.

Karlie had an amazing time at the concert with support from Laura.

"Karlie was so excited at the gig, she was blown away with being able to be with 60,000 other people, singing along to the music and kept repeating, 'I can't believe I'm actually here!' " Laura said.

Karlie's story shows that with the right support, people can build their confidence and independence and live life the way they want to.

DSA is committed to supporting people to live their best life and is always looking for people with passion and commitment.

For more information about joining the team, give DSA a call on 1300 372 121 or visit www.dsa.org.au.

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