Braydon Stevens has gone on a journey of self-discovery through the creation of artwork and researching his family history.
The 23-year-old is an adult with additional needs but he doesn't let that stop him from learning about his Indigenous heritage and culture.
Mr Stevens has a foster family and a biological family. His biological family members are Dunghutti Aboriginal people.
Mr Stevens has developed a strong bond with James Ford from SuPort Macquarie.
The service is designed to help people who have disabilities achieve what goals they want out of life.
Mr Ford helps his clients establish creative projects and conducts outings tailored to individual needs.
It's Mr Stevens' dream to one day become a zoo keeper, after his idol, the late Steve Irwin.
Mr Ford and Mr Stevens enjoy exploring the area of the Port Macquarie-Hastings region.
Before they visit a location Mr Stevens conducts research on the wildlife they might come across.
Mr Ford said he's had the privilege of witnessing Mr Stevens' confidence grow over the time they've known each other.
He's been able to secure a job for Mr Stevens at Big W, where he takes pride in restocking the shelves.
Mr Stevens is also a keen musician and enjoys playing the guitar and the didgeridoo.
Mr Ford and Mr Stevens have worked together to establish a social gathering called the Kombi group on Friday nights.
Group members participate in a variety of activities such as martial arts, fitness club and barbecues.
Mr Stevens would like to meet someone special and have a family one day.
For more information about SuPort Macquarie or the Kombi social group, please email email@example.com
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