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Mr and Mrs Junor

Support systems lead to independent lifestyle for Junors

WA National Disability Insurance Scheme (WA NDIS) planning is enabling Mark and Melissa Junor to live their life in a way they would not have imagined a few years ago.

By having support systems in place around them, they are no longer completely dependent on their families and are enjoying life to the full in Augusta.

Mark’s mum Lynne says the couple, who have Down Syndrome, worked with Local Coordinator Valerie Mansfield to achieve their individual goals.

“Valerie spent a great deal of time with Mark and Melissa, to better understand their needs and wants, working out ways to achieve what they wanted from life,” Lynne said.

The couple have been married more than 15 years, and like any couple, they don’t always see eye to eye, or want to spend every waking moment with each other.

Lynne says that was the reason for developing separate plans that recognise them as individuals and as a couple, with responsibilities to their home and each other.

“Melissa has always wanted to ride a horse and we have made this happen,” Lynne said.

“Margaret River has a ‘Riding for the Disabled’ club and, through WA NDIS planning, Melissa now has a support person to take her,” she said.

Some of the goals the couple wanted to do have taken a little time to put in place, such as moving into their own home.

They are now used to do doing things for themselves and putting day-to-day living routines into place.

As their home is a little way out of town, they have used WA NDIS funding to buy gophers that have enough power to deal with the hills in Augusta.

They use the gophers to go to town, as and when they need, to do shopping, pay bills and meet up with friends.

The highlight of Mark and Melissa's week is to spend time with other people at their art club in Margaret River called Artzability.

The WA NDIS planning has enabled them to employ a support person to assist them while they spend time with friends, do art, drama and socialise.

Planning has also made it possible for them to have a support person help them in their home, providing encouragement and helping them understand why it is necessary to do some things – like throw away food that isn't fresh.

WA NDIS planning has enabled Mark to be “amongst the guys”, through his involvement in the Men’s Shed in Augusta.

He has a support person to take him, and he has several very good woodwork projects under his belt.

“The WA NDIS plans have given Mark and Melissa a more independent lifestyle,” Lynne said

“With the support systems in place around them, they are enjoying life to the full.”

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