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Daniel Staunton with parents Brian and Cheryl Staunton

“Now he is much more confident and independent,” she said proudly. “He catches the ferry over to Townsville by himself – I’ve noticed a huge difference in him.” An NDIS participant since the scheme rolled out in Townsville, in 2016, Cheryl said Daniel has become a confident advocate for people with disability, and now he has the Orcam, he is looking forward to achieving more NDIS goals, in particular, becoming a clown doctor and writing a book. “Daniel wants to be a clown doctor – he’s always wanted to do that,” she said. “When he was younger, he spent a lot of time in hospital with a brain tumour. The clown doctors would come in and he just loved them, that’s why he wants to be one – doing magic tricks and balloon twisting, entertaining kids in hospital,” Cheryl said. “It’s the ideal activity for Daniel. He just loves helping people so now we have enrolled him at La Luna performing arts where he is learning how to perform magic and do balloon twisting. It will keep him active and involved in his community.”

Daniel is also looking to write another book, after having had two ‘dad joke’ books published when he was younger as a fundraiser, supporting Camp Quality – an organisation who take children with cancer on camp, which he was a part of, and also the face of, as a child. “When Daniel was younger he loved being a part of Camp Quality so to help raise money for it, he decided to write some joke books aimed at school children,” Cheryl said. “He sent letters out to schools, asking teachers and students to submit a joke to be published for a $10 donation per student or a $50 donation per classroom.

“Becoming a clown doctor and writing another book are ways I can give something back and make a real difference in people’s lives, like they’ve made in mine,” he said. The NDIS provides Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability the supports they need to live an ordinary life and to increase their social and economic participation. The NDIS is now providing support to more than 300,000 Australians. For more information on the NDIS, visit www.ndis.gov.au

“He also sent letters out to celebrities, associated with Camp Quality, asking them to send him a joke too. Then he added the ones he had written and book publisher, Scholastic, published the books and sold them as part of its book club through schools.” “Now I want to write another book,” Daniel said. “This time about learning things like drama, art – all kinds of stuff.

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