Self Direction

Hi. My name is Hamish Sewell and welcome to Self Direction, a series of podcasts by people with disability and their  families who have chosen to self-direct with their support funding. This a particularly pertinent issue in Australia at this point in time with the roll out of the NDIS, the National Disability Insurance Scheme. 

Podcast 1 - Adrian and Carol

In Episode One we’re in south-east Queensland with Carol Thorne and Adrian Kooistra. Adrian was born with Quadraplegia cerebral palsy, and when Carol first met him he was three years old,  medicated and  Living in a Church run home, funded by of Disability Devices Queensland.  This was a time of de-institutionalisation and over the next two years he became an integral part of Carol’s family.


Twenty six years later, and Adrian and Carol now have an amazing bond that has been forged through obstacles, determination and love. Adrian today is a highly intelligent young man who exercises real and meaningful choices in his daily life. Hot off the press. This is Adrian and Carol’s story.