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A young girl and a therapist sitting at a table using a communication device
 
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Have you received your NDIS plan but not sure what your next steps are? We've put together this short guide to help you start the next phase of your NDIS journey. Let's get started...

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Andrew West with Cerebral Palsy at the top of the Sydney Bridge Climb with his support crew.
 
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Last year Andrew West achieved his goal, to reach the top of the Sydney Bridge Climb. With his family, Exercise Physiologist Teigan Butchers and Channel 7 news in tow he did just that. We spoke to Andrew and his family about how Andrew reached his goal. 

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A picture says a thousand words, and judging by Maddie’s smile here it’s clear her relationship with Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Angela Tiedeman is full of fun, even when they’re talking about ‘serious’ topics like the NDIS. Here, they talk about Maddie’s NDIS journey since she transitioned to the new scheme three years ago.

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Three siblings in an accessible vehicle. Two girls either side of a young boy in a wheelchair
 
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The local Accessible Vehicle Expo received the thumbs up from one Hunter family who already have a modified van thanks to the support of Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

Rachael Laing and Kurt Banks have three children – Millie, 9, Joe, 6, and Audrey who is soon turning 5. Little Joe has level five cerebral palsy and uses a specially-designed wheelchair to sit comfortably and move around.

He has been receiving therapies from the team at Cerebral Palsy Alliance Stuart Centre at Croudace Bay since he was four months old. And the team have supported him and his family every step of the way. The team were right there when the family decided that they needed a motor vehicle that Joe could easily enter, be secure and safe, without having to lift him or his wheelchair in and out.

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Johanna Garvin holding up her Krazy Kosci Klimb certificate after participating in the event
 
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Twenty five year old Johanna has graduated university and working in her chosen field of communications. This is the second blog post she is sharing on her experience at university for anyone who is going to make the leap into tertiary education.

Hi my name is Johanna. I am 25.  I have Cerebral Palsy. I use a wheelchair for mobility. This year after five exciting years at uni I got to graduate with a Bachelor of Communications and Media, with a major in film and Social Justice, from the University of Notre Dame.

I never expected to have the opportunity to go to University, so when I arrived on my first day I was bursting with excitement. 

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Newcastle Ignition Mentoring Program Mentors and Mentees with a beautiful harbour view behind them
 
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The fifth Newcastle Ignition Mentoring Program had a successful year and finished off with the graduation dinner on Tuesday 8 November. It was a special night with several of the mentees writing and presenting poems and speeches. One mentee sang while the room watched a slide show of the photos from the year. Thanks to the support of the Greater Charitable Foundation, the 22 mentees and mentors spent the past eight months meeting fortnightly under the guidance of Cerebral Palsy Alliance Facilitator Meredith Hudson.

The program wouldn’t run without key supporters, the biggest being the Greater Charitable Foundation. A big thank you to the Foundations for making it happen.

We would also like to thank Parent Facilitator Angela Tiedeman, the parents who drop their children off every fortnight without fail, guest speakers Daniel Mullen and Georgia Beikoff, the Belmont 16 foot Sailing Club who waived the room hire, Sid Fogg Coaches, Great Sydney Race, Arrive First Class, Balloon Boutique at Charlestown, Battle Zone Play Live, and the Oasis Salvos centre.

To celebrate the Newcastle Ignition Mentoring achievements we have a poem and speech delivered by mentees at the graduation event to share with you:

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Johanna Garvin in her wheelchair at her university campus
 
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Making the jump from high school to university can be a challenging, scary and exciting time. Our guest Johanna Garvin shares her experience and advice as many students take their final high school exams and look towards the future. 

Hi my name is Johanna. I am 25.  I have Cerebral Palsy. I use a wheelchair for mobility. This year, after five exciting years at uni, I graduated with a Bachelor of Communications and Media, with a major in Film and Social Justice, from the University of Notre Dame, Sydney.

If someone had told me seven years ago that I would get the opportunity to go to uni, let alone graduate, I would not have believed them. I wasn’t very academic at school. To be completely honest, I found learning quite hard. 

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laptop screen shot of About CP page on Cerebral Palsy Alliance's website
 
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Our website’s About Cerebral Palsy section has been updated to make it easier for you to find the latest information on a range of therapy and intervention topics related to cerebral palsy.