Massive milestone hovering on Scott's horizon
Try not smiling when Scott Tiran is around. Go on, I dare you. Trust me it's impossible.
The 22-year-old exudes a love of life so genuine and uplifting it sweeps everyone up with it.
Now, the NDIS has given Scott one more reason to be happy, though he never needed one.
Scott was one of the first Toowoomba National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants to receive a package when the Scheme rolled out in the region a year ago.
All the funding he currently gets is aimed at helping him to live more independently in the future, in a house with his mates, which now might happen sooner rather than later.
"It's a dream now visible on the horizon," Scott's mum Michelle Weston said.
"It makes me feel so happy to believe living independently could happen for him. The NDIS has already been life changing, not just for Scott, but also for our entire family.
"It has been just perfect for us, and I'm blown away by what has been achieved," she added.
Since he graduated from Centenary Heights State High School, Scott has worked as a St Vincent's Hospital as a volunteer, and he is now enjoying paid employment, as a gardener, with Choice, Passion and Life (CPL), formerly known as the Cerebral Palsy League.
He is completing a Certificate I in landscaping conservation, and in 2017, he was runner-up in the Trainee of the Year Award. He does all the gardening around his parent's home, and brings a smile to everyone around him every day.
"With the help of his NDIS funding, he has been able to start using public transport on his own; iron his own shirt and make his own lunch every day, and recently he paid for his own tennis lesson," Michelle said.
"He is so proud to be a contributing member of society. We are just so delighted for him."
Perhaps what Scott gets most enjoyment from is time spent with his support worker, Anthony, at the Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) sports program on Saturdays.
"I like playing basketball, soccer and tennis. I like all of them the best," Scott said.
"Anthony comes with me now. He's a great cheerleader. He is my friend.
"We love singing together too. Sometimes we sing the songs on the radio. Sometimes we make up songs about each other."
What's not to love about that?
NDIS participant, Scott, will be attending the Toowoomba NDIS LAC PITC Carers Queensland offices' first birthday celebration, on Tuesday, February 20, at 632 Ruthven Street, from 11am to 2pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy a free barbecue lunch, activities, information and interactive art.
Call (07) 4646 2800 for more information.