Montrose Toowoomba client Dom

Dom dances ahead

Montrose Toowoomba client Dom has increased her independence and launched a successful business venture supporting people with a disability – all through the power of dance!

Dom has a rare mixed diagnosis that results in Dystonia and stroke-like symptoms. As a result, Dom has struggled with fluctuating levels of capacity over the past ten years. Montrose has helped Dom to build and maintain her independence with equipment and therapy supports. This has included supporting Dom to receive a fitted wheelchair and power add-on so that she can easily get around in the community.

“Montrose has been so great to help with things when I need them. They are friendly people and nice to deal with. My fitted wheelchair fits so much better”, says Dom.

Dom’s disability means that her level of mobility fluctuates, and while she is walking now, that was not always the case.

“Three years ago, I had a hemiplegic migraine and ended up paralysed from the shoulders down. I only started walking again a year and a half ago”, say Dom.

Dom’s idea for D Dance Academy (Disability Dance Academy) started when she was in a wheelchair, and wanted to do a dance for a good cause. She had previously been a dance teacher with her own studio prior to her disability. Dom was determined to keep dancing and worked incredibly hard at rehab to be able to walk again.

“I love dancing, and have danced since I was a kid, so one day I thought I would start my own business. D Dance academy is all about giving back to the community!” she says.

Dom provides dance lessons to people with a disability. She caters to all individuals, including those in wheelchairs and those who are more mobile. Her key aim is to make dancing fun, and create an inclusive environment for people aged from 4 to adults. Current participants include people with Down Syndrome, ASD, OCD, Cerebral Palsy, non-verbal and wheelchair users. All abilities are welcomed.

“We have a range of participants now; it is really great to see them learning each other’s names and becoming a big family”, says Dom.

At Montrose, we love to support our clients to achieve their goals. Being able to assist Dom to maintain her independence, has meant that she can get out into the community, and continue to work towards her goals and dreams.

We are so proud to be associated with Dom. She is a powerful advocate for people with a disability, and D Dance Academy is a great example of this.

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