Cafe outing represents ‘godsend’ for Mackay family
A CHAT in a cafe may be nothing out of the ordinary for most families, but for Scott Adams it represents 45 years of progress.
The Rural View resident was born with Down syndrome and was diagnosed with autism as a child.
When Mr Adams kept falling over as an adult, his family discovered he had incurable lax ligaments, or loose joints in his legs, which would permanently limit his mobility.
But a "godsend" has allowed Mr Adams to overcome most of these hurdles, his sister Sharron Varnham said.
Ms Varnham said her brother's blossoming independence was due to the arrival of the National Disability Insurance Scheme four years ago.
"The NDIS was a godsend to us because we were having some issues with our previous funding, it had caused a lot of issues to get the right support for Scott," she said.
"It was going to be a big adjustment, but it turned out to be the best thing that ever happened."
Mr Adams has been able to find a new home at a shared accommodation facility, carers, therapies and equipment.
Through this help her brother has been able to connect with the community and his family, Ms Varnham said.
Every week, Mr Adams has a slice of banana bread and a sparkling mineral water with his family at The Coffee Club at Caneland Central.
His sister said this was a sign of his increased independence and gave the family much-needed peace of mind for his future.
"He has the most amazing group of people around him that really care for and love him," Ms Varnham said.
"He has a better quality of life, he's happy and we know that whatever happens to us, Scott is going to be looked after."