Basketballer named as 2000th National Disability Insurance Scheme participant at Hunter trial site

Jason Fullford with his father Greg.
Jason Fullford with his father Greg.

THE National Disability Insurance Scheme has made no difference to Jason Fullford's life but that is exactly what his family wanted.

The 26-year-old has Down Syndrome and is a keen sportsman. He plays basketball for the Special Olympics and NSW.

He volunteers at Gateshead Indoor Sportsworld, where he hopes to work.

This month he was named as the 2000th person signed up for the National Disability Insurance Scheme Hunter trial site.

His father, Greg, said the transition had been easy.

"We wanted everything to stay the same," he said.

There are 10,000 people with a disability in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Maitland and it is hoped they will transfer to the scheme within the next three years.