News | 27 May 2016

Friday Flashback – re-meet Peter

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Peter - NDIS supporter

The roll out of the NDIS is just weeks away so we thought it was a good time to celebrate the thousands of Every Australian Counts supporters who campaigned tirelessly for a scheme to give people with disability control of their own lives.

So, in the first of our Friday Flashbacks – we go back five years to re-meet Peter from Mandurah in Western Australia and revisit the beginnings of the Every Australian Counts campaign.

Peter became a quadriplegic after breaking his neck in a swimming accident when he was 16.

Nine years on he was an award winning youth development officer and youth counselor at risk of losing his job because of a lack of funding to enable him to get enough personal care.

Incredibly he would receive almost full time assistance if he resigned and became unemployed.

A self-described larrikin, Peter wanted an NDIS that would support his goals to work and get on with life – a scheme that would reward the positives by making it easier to participate and work if you choose.

In his words:

“You shouldn’t have to fight to survive and do the things you need to do.”

Here’s Peter’s story.

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