DCLS client Mark Moodie this year started his own business, an Indigenous mining and energy consultancy, where he hopes to train young Aboriginal people to use drone technology. He is also a tetraplegic.
He sought support from the NDIA to help him overcome some of the challenges associated with his disability and enable his economic participation. The assistance requested was for an automated front door as the current door is too cumbersome for him to open, upgrades to his bathroom so he can shower independently, and a wheelchair with bigger wheels that would prevent the 140-kilogram machine tipping or getting bogged on rough surfaces.
He spent months battling the bureaucracy, facing knockbacks, delays and reviews for what seemed a fairly straightforward request that would support his independence. Finally, after media attention, the supports he requested have been agreed. But it didn’t need to be so hard and others with less resilience would have given up trying.