Jamie’s Journey to get Back Behind the Wheel
27 April 2021
Jamie had not ever thought this was a possibility. Returning to on-road driving would not only support his independence, it would also mean Jamie had community access and could look at expanding his online motorbike parts and advice business. Simone and Jamie started to explore possibilities, with Simone arranging a visit with one of the modifiers, Freedom Motors to discuss and view car modification options that could make it possible.
Around this time, Indigo (then Independent Living Centre) was also facilitating a high-level assessment vehicle to be transported to Perth, giving our West Australian customers access to determine their capacity to return to driving. Prior to this, customers had to travel to the Eastern States for this type of assessment, at a substantial cost.
The timing was perfect for Jamie!
He received NDIS support for his high-level driving assessment, then proceeded to fund driving lessons and passed his practical driving assessment with the Department of Transport. Friends used crowdfunding to help Jamie in purchasing his vehicle.
Almost two years later, and Jamie is on the road and managing his independence with reduced reliance on support workers for transport and a much-improved confidence to follow and progress his life goals.