Tania Hornberg is a person with a spinal cord injury trying to lead an ‘ordinary’ life in rural Queensland in all its fullness, including accessing the support for leading an active community and social life.
For years, she has been held back by having the control of funding and design of services outside her own hands. The National Disability Insurance Scheme is set to put the power back in her hands, with new, targeted support and better coordination of access and services.
The introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme will generate a growth in the sector, with thousands more job opportunities. Tania believes it is a basic human right to receive adequate lifestyle support funding, and why she is committed to sharing here experiences with young people.
“For my quality of life and in my experience as a person with a disability, it is very important that we engage with young people and make them aware that there are good careers in the disability sector,” she said.
Tania Hornberg works part-time and has recently become a workshop facilitator with projectABLE, a free program for high school students offering an interactive disability awareness and an insight into careers in the disability sector.
Her openness, out-going nature and honesty have made her a natural for the role. Ongoing training and support will help her engage with school groups, and develop new skills for her advocacy work and career.
Tania, along with a team of projectABLE presenters in Townsville, recently held her first successful workshops with mixed groups of public and private school students. It was a fulfilling experience, she said.
“I’m proud of having the opportunity to use my skills to make people aware of the range of career options available in the sector. There are a lot of young people with the nature, the aptitude and the passion for advocacy work or to be good support workers or to design the next generation of wheelchairs,” she said.
“With the NDIS kicking off, people like never before have the opportunity to look at the type of services and support they might need, think outside the square. “They’ll be saying ‘this is what I need’ and we’ll need more workers who can deliver on what people like me need.”
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