I can’t thank Mission Australia and NDIS enough for supporting me to do everyday things other people might take for granted.Larry

Larry was born with a low level of vision, and at 26 he lost half of the small amount of vision he had as a result of an issue with his cornea. 

Being very outgoing, Larry loves spending time with his family but with his failing vision, everyday tasks were becoming increasingly difficult.  

Simple things, like getting dressed, grocery shopping and cooking were becoming harder and it felt easier to stay at home instead of leaving the house.   

Not wanting to burden his family, Larry kept to himself and became extremely isolated and alone, his only companion was his guide dog, Rufus.  

Thankfully, Larry’s life took a positive turn when he met with a Mission Australia NDIS Local Area Coordinator (LAC) in Western Australia. They listened to his needs and connected him to people who could help.  

“For the first time I was actually being asked what I wanted to do,” Larry said.  “They had my best interests at heart, listened to my needs and helped me to achieve my goals of getting out and about and living a good quality life.” 

Thanks to funding from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), Larry has the support he needs to thrive.

He is now able to cook basic meals, visit his family regularly and is enjoying life to the fullest. 

One day he hopes to ‘give back’ to the community that helped him. “I’m keen to volunteer at the local hospitals or animal shelters with Rufus and support other people living with vision impairments,” he said. 

Larry is loving life and is excited for his future. 

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