Young woman creates memories for people with disabilities through them & # 39; normal teenage experiences & # 39; to give
Bronte Hendricks created Stellar Experiences to broaden the horizons of young people with disabilities
A counselor invites young people with disabilities to sporting events and music festivals to give them a taste of & # 39; normal teenage experiences & # 39 ;.
Bronte Hendricks, from the NSW south coast, launched Stellar Experiences this year to create recreational and travel options for young adults aged 16-35 with mild to moderate disabilities.
On Saturday, the 23-year-old and two other counselors attended the Grapevine Gathering Music Festival in the Hunter Valley with seven people with disabilities.
The 10-person group quickly became mini-celebrities at the event – with people stopping for photos and applauding for having such a great time.
Ms. Hendricks said that Daily Mail Australia took seven customers to Grapevine a & # 39; calculated risk & # 39; was that bearing fruit.
& # 39; Every guest said it was one of the best days of their lives, & she said.
She said other partygoers were so supportive and wanted to give the group the best possible festival experience.
Bronte (in the photo with one of her clients) attended the Grapevine festival with a bunch of friends, seven of whom have mild to moderate mental limitations
Mrs. Hendricks told Daily Mail Australia that every member of her group felt included and entertained
& # 39; Every person was so acceptable and made our group feel included. They went on the shoulders of random people, dancing, making friends, & she said.
& # 39; It was everything I could have asked for and more … It really gave them a special feeling, it was a night they will never forget. & # 39;
Who can participate in fantastic experiences?
Stellar Experiences is currently not a registered NDIS provider, but is accessible to any young Australian with a mild to moderate disability who is self-managed or plan-managed.
The organization is primarily aimed at people aged 16-35 who want to meet new people, socialize and try new activities.
It is currently based in New South Wales, and the caregivers are all young, fun and want to develop friendships with their customers.
Some of the activities the group recently participated in included a music festival, aqua golf, NRL games and a trip to the Hunter Valley.
Mrs. Hendricks and her business partner, 31-year-old Luke Muttdon, launched the company after years of working together in the disability sector.
& # 39; We were frustrated about the lack of opportunities for young people with disabilities & # 39 ;, she said.
Both felt passionate about creating a more inclusive option for people with disabilities who had day programs and wanted them to participate in normal teenage experiences, such as going to music festivals and trips.
& # 39; We just wanted to give them the opportunity to pursue their passions and interests, & # 39; she said.
All seven guests – as well as the three & # 39; caretakers & # 39; – were interested in music and were enthusiastic about going to the festival.
Mrs. Hendricks said that it is so important to her that both she and the other two employees are the same age as the group that was present, because they looked more like a group of friends having fun than an employee-customer relationship.
& # 39; We're trying to have fun, young staff, to make it look and feel more like a group of friends hanging out and having fun, whatever it was & she said.
Mrs. Hendricks' company also encourages people with disabilities to explore their interests and passions
The group all wore matching t-shirts so that they could easily be identified during the day
The business owner said that young people with disabilities see their siblings, school friends and colleagues going out and trying new things, and that there should be more access for them to do the same.
& # 39; We want to offer these young adults endless opportunities to have fun, develop friendships and live any kind of life they choose. & # 39;
The experience, she said, was a positive risk for all involved, but it certainly paid off, and Stellar Experiences would go on to music festivals throughout the state.
The organization is currently not an NDIS registered provider, but anyone who is Self- or Plan Managed has access to the services.
& # 39; We strongly believe in a positive risk and want to challenge these attitudes and beliefs to prove not only to society but also to our guests themselves that they have access to everything they want in life, & # 39; said Mrs. Hendricks.
Mrs. Hendricks said that other party people & # 39; super accommodating and friendly & # 39; and even made some of her customers dance on their shoulders
This season, Stellar Experiences will certainly & # 39; certainly & # 39; go to more music festivals because of the successful first
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