Kirby Littleys’s story

“We all need some help sometimes and the NDIS can help,” Kirby says.


Kirby Littley loves spending time with her family and friends, watching movies and listening to music, heralding the beats of Lady Gaga among her favourites.

For the past decade Kirby, 30, has devoted her career to teaching children with disability at Barwon Valley Special School in Geelong.

“I love teaching. It was what I was meant to do,” Kirby says.

“I began teaching early years and went onto middle years. Each of my students were individuals and all had different needs.”

Two years ago, Kirby was diagnosed with a brain tumour and was admitted to surgery within six hours of diagnosis.

Kirby had multiple strokes after surgery and woke not able to move, walk, eat or talk.

After beginning therapy, Kirby was released from hospital and sent to live in a nursing home for twelve months - a place where she felt “lonely and scared, especially at night”.

However, she never doubted she would get home and that hope kept her determined.

“Mum and Dad were instrumental in keeping this hope alive. Hope is what drove my rehab,” Kirby says.