Safeguarding the future conference - Canberra, 23-24 May 2024

Anna Coventry

Anna Coventry presented on Day 2 of the Opening Opportunities conference alongside her son, Will Coventry. They shared how they developed a meaningful week of work and volunteering with the support of Will's Circle of Support.

About Anna Coventry

Portrait of Anna Coventry

Anna Coventry is an Occupational Therapist who has a private practice in Brisbane, conducting functional and care needs assessments. She is married to Keith, and they have two adult sons, Henry and Will. Will lives with a complex disability.

Anna self-manages Will’s NDIS plan and is involved in Will’s Circle of Support. The circle consists of significant people in Will’s life who support Will in fulfilling his vision of living a good life, including work, contributing to his community, and planning to live in a home of his own.

Will at work

Will Coventry and Anna Coventry

Will and Anna shared their journey in crafting a meaningful week of work and volunteering with the support of Will’s Circle of Support. In this presentation, you will hear about:

  • Will’s vision for lifelong employment
  • when and why Will’s family decided to look for volunteering and employment roles for Will
  • the steps his family took to explore and set up work experience, volunteering and employment, with the help of Will’s circle of support
  • the role Will’s school played and what it might have done to make the transition from school to work even more successful
  • what Will’s family and supporters have done to sustain paid work
  • how good workplace relationships have been nurtured, including through the use of Will’s alternative communication method
  • the supports that are in place to help Will succeed.

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