David’s Story

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David Paping is a 56-year-old travel addict.  David has an intellectual disability and has spent most of his adult life living in a hostel in Wacol with little opportunity to participate in society and enjoy what life had to offer. 

David’s mother felt she couldn’t confidently navigate the services available to David under the NDIS, so she started looking for a support coordinator. When she found Gail from Acacia Plan Management, she was able to better understand the NDIS process and work with Acacia Plan Management to receive the best level of support for David.

Since then, there have been significant improvements to David’s life including a relocation to an Endeavour home in Redbank. David and the other residents at Endeavour have greater choice in activities and entertainment through the support of the NDIA. David’s Endeavour care worker takes him on regular walks which David really enjoys. These walks assist David’s overall health and his recent diagnosis with prediabetes. His care worker also picks him up from Bribie Island when he spends the weekend at his mother’s house, and they walk together before returning to David’s home.  

David has received support in learning to read, better communicating with other people, and understanding words that he comes across in everyday life. This has been helpful for David who is now able to catch a taxi from home to the train station where he commutes to work.

David has also been able to explore his passion for travelling. Having visited most of his must-sees in Australia, he is excited to continue discover more new history, culture and wildlife through travel experiences.  He also loves to read books and watch the news and share what he learns with family and friends.

Says David’s mother, “I would recommend Acacia Plan Management to any parents who want the best for their sons and daughters. Their help has been invaluable. From the beginning, everyone at Acacia Plan Management has worked hard to give David a better life. Nothing is too much trouble for them.”


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