Hannah uses her NDIS funding to change her life
'All I wanted was a good life – a life everyone else I saw had.'
Three years ago, 28-year-old Hannah Potapczyk never wanted to leave her house.
She hid behind doors when people arrived, scared to talk but with the help of her persistent mum, Marianne, and support from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and provider, House With No Steps, she’s now enjoying a whole new life.
At age seven, Hannah was diagnosed with ADHD, and at age 12 she was diagnosed with high functioning autism. She said she felt frustrated with the world she was living in.
“It was like being Australian and the rest of the world was speaking Japanese… you communicate differently,” she said.
“I wanted to be an adult but I had no idea how to, and I was frustrated to the point I really got depressed because I thought why bother having dreams if I’m never going to see them come true.”
Then in June 2014, Hannah transitioned to the NDIS, where she met with an NDIS planner to discuss her goals and what she hoped to achieve in the future.
Hannah and her planner talked about how she could become more independent, find work and eventually move out into her own home.
To enable Hannah to achieve her goals, supports were put into her plan. She received supports, which meant she could have driving lessons as well as guidance with finding activities to meet people of her own age. She also gained assistance with coordinating her volunteer work, ambassador work and public speaking engagements.
With all these necessary supports in place, Hannah was able to overcome her challenges, and it wasn’t long before her confidence grew as she enjoyed the opportunities for increased social activity.
“Now I’m on my way to getting my driver's licence, I volunteer for House With No Steps two days a week, I’m part of the Newcastle Self-Advocacy Group and I enjoy public speaking,” Hannah said proudly.
“I’m a lot more confident and now I can actually see my dreams coming true."
Hannah Potapczyk, story first told on the NDIS website