Supporting Brendan to Stand

NDIS funds new wheelchair.

Scope participant Brendan Fowler has received a brand new standing wheelchair thanks to funding from the NDIS.

The standing wheelchair can support Brendan in a nearly-standing position. It can be used as both a wheelchair and a standing frame, allowing him to sit or stand in the wheelchair as he wishes.

Brendan was very much looking forward to being able to stand again, after years of sitting.

Brendan told Scope it was his goal to stand, and Scope supported him to get the funding he needed for this specialised equipment. Brendan is working towards his ultimate goal of standing at the pub for a drink with his mates again.

The 45-year-old former fitter and turner had been using a standard wheelchair since he acquired a brain injury on a footy trip in 2002. The injury left Brendan with restricted ability to control his movements and limited communication.

This is a great example of how the NDIS enables people to achieve their goals and participate in their local community.

Photo: Brendan Fowler using his new wheelchair.

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