Diagnosed in year seven with a degenerative, neuromuscular condition, Julie was struggling at school and was exhausted from having to walk between classrooms. Because Julie was in a mainstream school, support was understandably limited. By the time Julie reached year 11, she started to talk about dropping out. Her mother, keen for her to continue at school, contacted CCNB for support.
CCNB helped Julie:
- find information and apply for a transport subsidy scheme which allows for a percentage of her taxi travel to be paid
- apply for a mobility allowance, to help with travel to and from school and also a mobility parking permit
- attend an occupational therapist assessment which resulted in the installation of rails in the bathroom at home to help maintain her independence
- meet with the school authorities to discuss ways to minimise the physical demands of walking between classrooms
- plan for the use of a wheelchair further down the track
- find information on post-school options and various disability programs she may be eligible for in the future
Julie remains at school and is planning for her future post HSC.