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Independent Living Tardiss Disability Support believes inclusion occurs when a diversity of people feel valued, respected and have access to opportunities. As the General Manager of the Townsville and Regional Disability Individualised Support Service Tardiss (Tardiss), Sandi Sims is focused on enabling people to achieve their goals and aspirations by honouring each person’s uniqueness, talents and abilities. “My epiphany moment came while working in a head injury unit in Brisbane,” Sandi says. “I was nursing people my own age whose lives had been changed forever. With no appropriate purpose-built accommodation in the community, a dedicated unit was created at the hospital, as home for over 50 people.” So, after nursing for 10 years, Sandi decided to work in the community and now, 25 years later, she’s making a difference at Tardiss. “At Tardiss we provide support to individuals through social and community participation activities, skill development and 24 hour supported independent living,” says Sandi, who was born in Townsville and grew up in Mt Isa. “We provide individualised support services based on person-centred practice and believe that everyone has the right to feel included in their community.” The Tardiss culture is one of safety, human rights and service excellence, where staff and clients are treated with the upmost respect.

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“One of Tardiss’ many success stories is Helen, who previously lived in shared accommodation with three other women for several years,” Sandi says. “Helen always had a desire to live independently and the NDIS provided her with this opportunity. She’s now been living independently for the past three years and selects her own staff, so she has people supporting her who she knows, trusts and gets on well with.” Like many providers, Tardiss has experienced significant growth since the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and will be moving from its office on Ross River Road to 40 Thuringowa Drive (Townsville Plaza), opposite Workways, in early November. Tardiss Disability Support 40 Thuringowa Drive (Townsville Plaza) 4775 1397 www.tardiss.org.au

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