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Gary's NDIS story

27th June 2019

Gary lives with mobility and balance problems, which means that he uses an electric scooter as his main mode of transportation when out of the house. Recently he received funding from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to have a car lifter installed to lift his scooter in and out of the car, and he says it’s the best thing he’s ever done.

Working as a surveyor in the Northern Territory, Gary’s work colleagues started asking why he was limping when he walked. A few years later, he went to the doctor to get it checked out and was diagnosed with primary progressive MS.

As his mobility issues started to progress, Gary was on the lookout for a mobility aid that was easy to transport and fold up. He found a transportable electric scooter, which folds up at the touch of a button. But weighing at 27 kilograms, it took two people to lift in and out of the car.

When Gary was approved for an NDIS plan, the first support he asked to be funded was a car lift to help lift his scooter into the back of the car.

Gary approached Anita, an occupational therapist at the MS Society, to help write up a report to verify that the car lift was a reasonable and necessary support. Anita reported the symptoms Gary lives with, how they impact his daily activities and how a car lifter could help him become more independent when travelling.

Five months later, the funding for Gary’s car lifter was approved by the NDIS. “Before the lifter, me and my wife used to lift it into the back of the car… But by doing that, it meant my wife had to come with me,” Gary says.

With the car lifter, it now takes Gary just a couple of minutes to get the scooter in and out of the car on his own. He has his independence back, and he can now drive out to the local shopping centre and peer support group meetings without the help of his wife.

Do you want to be more independent like Gary? Contact our NDIS support team through MS Assist 1800 812 311 for access to our NDIS funded services and supports.

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