Funding keeps Dion moving forward

1st June 2017 12:00 AM
Dion's not slowing down anytime soon! Dion's not slowing down anytime soon! Georja Ryan

DION, 25, is a talented artist who recently launched his second children's book Go Home Cheeky Animals, the sequel to his book Too Many Cheeky Dogs.  

Last year, Too Many Cheeky Dogs made its way to Buckingham Palace as part of a gift from the Northern Territory Government to welcome the arrival of Princess Charlotte.  

According to Dion's guardian Joie, Dion is 'mad keen on drawing dogs', all of whom he has met while living in communities across the Northern Territory.  

In 2014 Dion, who is profoundly deaf after contracting meningitis as a baby and has muscular dystrophy, became an NDIS participant.   "I met Dion when he was almost 12," Joie said.  

"When he came to town he was pretty unco-operative but drawing was the thing that connected him to others and so we could communicate that way.  

"I was very excited when the NDIS started because it is a needs-based system which I thought could be perfectly targeted to Dion."  

Dion already had wheelchairs and ramps, so his basic needs had been met. But with NDIS funding through his personalised plan for maintenance on his scooter, Dion's continued mobility has enabled him to keep in touch with his local and remote communities.

"That funding keeps Dion moving, and no doubt, down the track, things will change as his needs will change," Joie said.   More NDIS stories HERE