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Lachlan’s working towards independence

Lachlan at his new job at the Melbourne Cable Park

A chance visit to Melbourne Cable Park is what led Lachlan to discover a passion for wakeboarding and find new employment opportunities.

Lachlan, 19, who has cerebral palsy, has always been excited about his future but struggled to find the right opportunities that met his needs.

Lachlan worked with Brotherhood Local Area Coordinator, Sasha, to develop an NDIS plan which addressed his goals of increasing social and community participation as well as securing employment.

Like most 19-year old’s, Lachlan was wanting more independence and to meet new people.

“The NDIS has provided Lachlan with opportunities to be more independent, and we now feel confident to take a step back and let Lachlan explore new activities,” said Lachlan’s mum, Jane.

Lachlan is now spending more time in the community, working with a personal trainer twice a week and attending live music gigs, with the assistance of his support worker.

After a visit to the Melbourne Cable Park, Lachlan was introduced to an accessible wakeboarding program, which he now attends every Friday evening.

Connecting with people who share his love for adventure has made the program even more enjoyable for Lachlan, as well as allowing him to share the experience alongside his sister, Eliza.

Lachlan’s positive experience at the Melbourne Cable Park encouraged his parents to enquire about part-time employment opportunities.

Now, Lachlan is working three days a week at the Cable Park, with tasks including photography and editing, assisting with social media and maintaining the events calendar.

“It’s been valuable work experience for Lachlan, and his workplace is really supportive and inclusive,” said Jane.

Lachlan is thrilled with his new job, which has allowed him to build his capacity and turn his hobby into paid employment.

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