Leanne tells about how she and her son Thomas have benefited from the NDIS.

Thomas is a teenage young man.

He has autism and an intellectual disability.

But he's still very much a teenage young man, who likes to do things that boofy boys do with boofy boys that you can't do with mum, anymore.

So with NDIS came choice and opportunity to do the things that he wanted to do.

Things like cooking classes - not just with a disability support group, cooking classes in the Jamie Oliver Ministry of Food.

Things like getting out and doing what he wanted to do which might mean going to Melbourne, might mean travelling further, might mean going to Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.

And the answer was always 'yes, absolutely'.

So he learned to access his community, he learned to do bigger things, in bigger ways, through his own choices.

Some of the biggest differences I think we've seen for all of us, under NDIS, we didn't expect it's Thomas' plan it's all about him but I guess what we didn't realise was as his independence grew so would ours.

His first goal was for increased independence for Thomas and I thought I was being very cheeky throwing in increased independence for mum, but it came.

Almost from the very first week.

As his independence and confidence grew, mine did too.

As he got more courageous so did I.

And as you have successes your confidence builds to try more so our world's gone from a very small place where we carried a really heavy load of responsibility it was very lonely, it was very isolated, our world's a much, much bigger place.

He's become our teacher instead of our child with a disability.

There's so many things I'd like to say to people who haven't yet experienced the NDIS.

It's new, it's big, it's scary because it's unknown. It's different to how things have been done in the past but I truly believe it's better.

It's better for everyone.

It's about choice.

It's about options.

And don't be afraid of what you might lose, start to dream about what you might gain.

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