Hi my name is Tania and I'm a proud Aboriginal woman from the Awabakal tribe in NSW.
I'm a mother to a beautiful and very talented 17 year old daughter and I'm also a wife to a doting, loving and caring husband of 27 years.In 2011 I had a severe and devastating stroke at the age of 39 that forever changed all my families’ lives.
I have endured living in aged care facilities for 3 years because of lack of services for young people with disabilities and in 2014 I finally came home to my family thanks to the support of the NDIS and advocacy of the Aboriginal Disability Network NSW.
I work for the Aboriginal Disability Network of NSW as a Disability Community Connector for disabled people needing support to navigate NDIS.
Having a plan with the NDIA, I love reaching out and supporting Aboriginal people with disability and their families who need help achieving their goals through planning to achieve a good life.
As your Peer Mentor I can offer skills to:
Support you with planning to achieve your goals and aspirations.
Be there for you to support and listen throughout this mentoring process.
Be a sounding board to the challenges or obstacles you may face to achieve your goals, and encourage like minded people to share their experiences.
In my spare time I love to do public speaking to tell my story and empower other people with disability in how the NDIS has helped me to get out of an aged care facility and back home with my wonderful family.
I want as many Aboriginal people with disability to get the chance and support to change their lives through the NDIS and get back their lives, like I have.
Most of all, I love spending time with my beautiful family and on Sundays, I love going to watch my talented daughter play Women’s Premier League Soccer.
A video about the NDIS and the importance of peer support. Made by people with intellectual disability for people with intellectual disability.