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High-achieving TAFE SWSi graduate overcomes hurdles to champion NDIS roll-out

TAFE SWSi graduate and NDIS Champion Quang Nguyen with Kerri Leadbitter, Head Teacher of Business and Finance at Bankstown College.Local activist Quang Nguyen has gained renewed enthusiasm in advocacy work after completing a Certificate II in Business Administration from TAFE NSW - South Western Sydney Institute (SWSi) Bankstown College.

The graduation was a triumphant event for the 35 year-old with cerebral palsy, who uses a computer to speak and a wheelchair to get around. Quang is a well-known local advocate who has overcome all hurdles to arrive at this remarkable achievement and still finds time to fit advocacy work into his busy schedule.

The Yagoona resident is passionate about using his personal experience with cerebral palsy to improve public transport access for people with disability: “I’m invested in improving my life and the lives of other people with disability” he said.

He has previously worked with the NSW government to improve disability access at his local train station and is a board member of the NSW Council for Intellectual Disabilities (NSWCID), where he assists the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) roll-out a more ‘person-centred’ approach to service provision.

“I like the way I’m living now and I would like other people with disability to benefit from the support I’ve had. Government support will allow people with disability to enjoy a better life” he said.

The ‘NDIS Champion’ is also on the board of the Diversity and Disability Alliance (DDA) and Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association (MDAA), as well as a member of the Disability Advisory Committee at Bankstown City Council and Parramatta City Council.

With a TAFE qualification under his belt, Quang is keeping up the momentum by enrolling in the Certificate III in Business Administration. He dreams of pursuing a career that combines his passion for cars, computers and fundraising.

“The best part of my course was learning new things, making life-long friends and having the support of my helpful and enthusiastic teachers. I couldn’t have done it without them.”