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Love is in the air with Canny Plan Management!

What’s love got to do with it? 

We’ve all seen the supermarkets shelves fill up with stuffed toys, coffee mugs with cheesy sayings, chocolates and valentine cards and we’re all seeing and hearing the ‘for your Valentine’ advertisements. For me, February 14th goes by without a fuss, regardless of relationship status, but this year has me thinking, what does love mean to me? Love is that shared bond or deep connection you have with a friend, family member, or partner and you know you’re there for each other no matter what happens or how far away you are. It’s the feeling of butterflies in the pit of your stomach and nervousness, the jittery feeling you get when you see someone you love. It is the intense feeling of deep affection for them when they are not with you. It is that overwhelming feeling to protect that special someone.

Love is that commitment and deep connection to someone or something, it is a bond that two people share or a great interest and pleasure in something.

COVID was a chance for me to reset and reevaluate what I love in my life and what my core values are, 2021 is a chance for me to refocus and stick to my values and spend time with people I love and doing the things I love doing most.

I love my family, I love my friends, I love my dogs, I love the beach, I love what I do. I appreciate each of these every day; they bring me immense joy, are there for support during the trying times and to celebrate the good times.

Love What You Do…

February 2021 marks 10 years since I packed up my house, said goodbye to my friends and family, jumped on a plane and moved to Argentina to start a new job, which unbeknownst to me, would lead to a 10 year (and counting) career as an ABA (Applied Behavioural Analysis) Therapist. My world opened up that year. Despite studying Primary Education Studies for almost four years I’d only had one lecture on disability and inclusion in the classroom. I didn’t even know what Autism was, but I jumped at the opportunity to home school a 14-year-old non-verbal ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) boy in Argentina. I had no idea how to cater for disability or deal with behaviours of concern. I also had no idea how to speak Spanish!

I accepted the job offer anyway and was sent to Melbourne to be trained up as an ABA therapist. Three weeks later I was on a plane on my way to a new life, in a new employment field, in a new country, in a new language!

This 14 year boy couldn’t dress himself, he couldn’t socialise, he couldn’t cross the street or leave his house safely. He couldn’t ride a bike. He was pre-pubescent and had a lot of sexualised behaviour. I worked hard to teach him skills to become more independent within the community he lived and within the family home. I taught him to dress himself, I taught him how to order his favourite drink and a chocolate muffin at his favourite café, which was half-way between his house and a train station. He could sit in the window sipping his coke and spilling his muffin crumbs down his shirt completely mesmerized by the trains coming and going across the road. He loved trains, I loved watching him learn new skills and have some impendence.

I taught him about puberty and appropriate behaviours in private vs public spaces. I taught him how to ride a bike, I taught him to make his own breakfast. I taught him life skills and he taught me that you can communicate in other ways than words.

This opportunity opened up a world of possibilities for me and when I moved back to Australia, I had a new passion and a drive to not only support people with a disability but to educate the wider community. For the last 10 years I have been achieving this through the many different roles I have had in disability, but ABA will always be my side hustle that fuels my love and passion for the different employment avenues I explore.

I love being able to promote and upskill the community to better understand the neurodiversity in this world whilst supporting individuals with disabilities to increase their opportunities, expand on their quality of life and help them to achieve their goals by providing them with information on funding and or supports that are available.

We love you…

And for us, love is in the air with Canny Plan Management!

Canny Group have shown we care for our clients and are passionate about what we do, expanding our services in to areas we are passionate and knowledgeable about. Our newest arm of operation, Canny Plan Management (or CPM) is no different.

Canny Plan Management is here to support you with navigating your NDIS needs and to celebrate your everyday successes.

As an NDIS participant you want to be able to enjoy life and have the same opportunities available to you regardless of your disability, after all, “There is no greater disability in society, than the inability to see a person as more.” – Robert M. Hensel

As a plan nominee, partner, friend, or family member of a participant you want your loved ones to be able to enjoy life and you want to be able to spend time doing things together rather than for them. NDIS is designed for this. Rather than spending time paying invoices, or worrying about money to pay for extra supports your child requires, you want to be running around at the park with them or sitting back, hearts full and eyes brimming as you observe growing successes and triumphs.

Your NDIS plan should be developed around your goals and your needs whilst also providing you choice and control over the providers you access with funds available to access these supports across the lifespan of the plan.

We will help you get the most from your NDIS plan whilst providing non-biased information on the options available to you and your loved ones.  We love all things NDIS so that you don’t have to! Let us deal with the time consuming, administrative work so you can get out there and love life.

So let us put the love back in the air for you with Canny Plan Management, helping you with your NDIS funding, get in touch today and we can help you celebrate your everyday success!

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