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Ryan’s living his best life

Ryan clocked up 14 years of working service at Orana last year and he said he’ll become part of the furniture the way he’s going.

The 32-year-old lives at home with his mum and has Joubert syndrome, which can sometimes give him difficulty with his memory.

Ryan’s transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been seamless thanks to support he received from Orana’s Capacity Building team.

After preparing with and organising an Orana representative to advocate on his behalf during the important planning stage, they met with a National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) employee to design his NDIS plan.

Ryan was able to secure support deemed reasonable and necessary and identified obtaining a driver’s licence as a goal he’d like to achieve. He hopes to get behind the wheel and further his independence through Orana’s Preparing for L’s course, which is facilitated by Orana’s Capacity Building team.

Ryan wanted to participate in tenpin bowling and he is now at the bowling alley twice per week after having the recreational activity funded through his NDIS plan.

Ryan has enjoyed supported employment at Orana the last 14 years, where he’s learned new skills and gained confidence after working in a variety of roles.

Ryan has worked in the dollies and water filters assembly, as well as the display board and kitchen areas, while he even heads to external sites like the Tonsley Mitsubishi factory to clean cars when needed. However, it is in the wine labelling section where he finds the most enjoyment.

He has developed a range of skills in these different lines of work, such as increasing his cognitive hand-eye coordination in the assembly areas while his keen eye with attention to detail and social skills have prospered in the wine area.

Ryan also assists the Orana Communications Team bumping in and out of various promotional events. Occasionally he represents Orana at different events including the Disability Ageing and Lifestyle Expo. After helping set up the Orana stand, he was happy to liaise with attendees, telling them all about the work he does, the fun he has and support he receives at Orana.

Ryan, who is one of the most versatile workers, said he is thankful for the support and opportunities afforded to him through Orana and the NDIS.

Orana Netley Business Service Coordinating Supervisor Andrew said that Ryan is a great team player and is always willing to lend a helping hand – no matter how big or small the task is.

“Ryan is great young lad who has a great work ethic and is always smiling and happy,” Andrew said.

“He likes learning new things and suggests how we can improve our work health and safety or do things differently.”

Ryan is buoyed by the NDIS and loves his work so much that he is aiming to achieve 20 years at Orana Netley Business Service, where he is surrounded by great friends.

Congratulations Ryan! We look forward to seeing you enjoy more success throughout your long future at Orana!

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