Stacey’s new skill set enhances her life

Independence: The travel training has provided a social outlet for Stacey to make new friends, something that has enriched her life significantly.
Independence: The travel training has provided a social outlet for Stacey to make new friends, something that has enriched her life significantly.

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Learning skills that many of take for granted can be life-changing for someone with a disability.

One example is Stacey, who went to Macarthur Disabiliy Services (MDS) to learn how to travel independently on public transport, achieve basic literacy and numeracy skills, money handing skills, cooking skills and she wanted the opportunity to socialise.

She joined the Pathways to Employment Program and is now learning cooking skills in the MDS training café including shopping for ingredients, preparing meals, serving customers and money handling. These skills have been transferable to home life with Stacey now being able to make dinner for her parents and herself for the first time.

Stacey also volunteers one day a week with the MDS administration team doing a variety of administrative tasks. The work experience has improved Stacey’s confidence and has been an invaluable vehicle for developing her work readiness.

MDS has also supported Stacey to participate in travel training where she and other participants do day trips out and around Sydney. The group learn how to decipher train and bus timetables and how to navigate around. Stacey is now able to independently catch the bus to MDS each week. 

With more than 35 years’ experience, MDS are NDIS specialists. It offers a very broad suite of services, from support coordination, day programs, employment preparation, supported employment, individualised programs, social groups, behaviour support and mental health supports.

 See www.mdservices.com.au or call 4621 8400.