LEIGH Creighton's dream in life is to walk in the front door of his house after work and say: "honey, I'm home".
The desire for a job, a wife and a family is closer than ever for the 35-year-old under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Mr Creighton, who has Down syndrome, is one of the people with a disability who have already been self-managing their care.
He works one day a week at Belmont 16 Foot Sailing Club - and has done for 10 years now - and is in the process of moving out of home.
The Swansea resident hopes when the trial of DisabilityCare launches in the Hunter on Monday it will allow him to be even more independent.
Mr Creighton spoke publicly about self-managing at Newcastle Panthers yesterday at the My Choice Matters workshop.
More than 50 people attended the forum, which was organised by the state government to help people with a disability and their families move to a more person-centred approach.
Mr Creighton plays lawn bowls, loves travel and the Toastmasters graduate lives to get out and advocate for people with a disability.
"My message to people is to go for your dreams," he said.
"Life is amazing and beautiful and we've got two hands we can put to work.
"You've got to do it by yourself but with people supporting you along the way."