Minda client Jessica’s body language and bright smile says it all after an fulfilling day out with Minda.
“Jessica was one of the first people to participate in Minda’s MyPath program when it started 18 years ago and loved it so much she’s been attending ever since,” her father Trevor said.
Minda’s MyPath program provides a wonderful steppingstone for people living with intellectual disability to reach their goals, build skills and achieve their dreams through a variety of day option programs.
Throughout the week, Jessica takes part in the swimming program, communications and speech therapy programs, dance, music and the MyPath leisure programs to help her go out in the community and out [on] excursions.
“For Jessica, participating in activities of her choice means she is able to expand her circle of friends to establish meaningful social connections and work on developing her skills and independence, all while having fun,” Trevor adds.
“When Jessica comes home and starts dancing on the porch, we know she’s had a great day!”
Minda MyPath not only offers group programs, but also one-on-one options that are very beneficial to help participants grow and develop new skills.
“Jessica loves participating in the day activities, but I have seen significant benefits from the one-on-one activities that she has taken part in over the past two years. It’s empowered her with more skills and confidence.”
Participating in activities also helps establish a routine - getting up and out, getting used to schedules, being on time and being involved.
“The benefits [of the one-on-one program] have enabled her to catch public transport and go on the tram to go and visit places in the local community,” Trevor says.
“Jessica loves the variety – if she’s been out on an excursion one day, then the next day she’ll enjoy participating in MyPath activities. The activities are so fulfilling for her.”
Minda’s MyPath programs have grown over the years, but the one thing that has stayed consistent is the support and dedication shown by the MyPath staff.
“We love MyPath, we couldn’t find anything that matched that…the dedication [the] staff show is what blows us away.
“How they treat us and how they treat Jessica is incredible. When she participates in the Minda MyPath programs we have the confidence and peace of mind she’s feeling supported, she’s happy learning, discovering and having fun. In addition, as a family, we can clear our minds for six hours and get to take a little break.
“Having that continuity of the program is so important. Everything is about routine for Jess and that routine of MyPath is important to her. It’s her happy place.”
MyPath participants become an integral part of Minda’s inclusive community and are provided with a safe, supportive environment to help them learn new skills, form new relationships, and reach their full potential.
If you (or someone you know) would like to join MyPath or find out how Minda can support you to achieve goals in your NDIS plan, contact us on 1800 164 632 or complete the contact form below.