FBIC welcomes new president Sean McCandless

Welcome from the New President

I’d like to say welcome to all the family and friends of the children we look after at Friends of Brain Injured Children ACT (Inc). For those of you who don’t know me I am first and foremost a parent of a child with a brain injury. We have been with FBIC for about fifteen years and we have been treating our daughter for all of those years with alternative treatments that include acupressure, acupuncture, point percussion therapy, remedial massage, conductive education as well as more traditional methods like physiotherapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy.

I know first-hand how difficult it is to help our children reach their potential and I struggle to come to grips with policies that send us all on a trip to nowhere in an effort to wear us down with red tape and stone walls.

In taking on the Presidency this year I want to give back to the community some of the support we have received over the past fifteen years. I want to meet each and every family in the next two months and find out what matters to you. What will help your child develop the skills to make their life easier and yours?

The picture posted is from the National Disability Services conference in 2015 we were asked to write down our dream for the NDIS. Sadly at the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme on the 12 May 2017 my dream had not been realised. The link will take to the official Hansard record of what I and other parents, carers and providers had to say about the NDIS.

My opinion is that FBIC has been impacted significantly by the NDIS and other policy proposals and we need to get back on our feet this year and seek direction from those that matter most the families of FBIC.

To help us do this we need input, we need to develop stories about our journeys in giving our children a better quality of life. We need to know what has worked and what has not. We need to know when red tape and stone walling has stopped you in your tracks, and we need to know if you found a way around it.

Finally we need more parents on the committee so we can start to address some of the problems we are all facing in raising our children to the best of their abilities. Feel free to contact me any time.

Sean McCandless
Friends of Brain Injured Children ACT (Inc)
Tel 0414768610
Email sean.mccandless@iinet.net.au

Sean McCandless NDS Conference 2015