Day 1, 2:20pm Concurrent Session 2C
Sheree Henley and Brianna Smith
Becoming A Housemate – Sheree Henley
Beadlemania is the name for a house in the “burbs” of Canberra that was coined by the twenty-something housemates that call it home.
Five people, one cat and three pet rats share Beadlemania: Savannah is studying teaching and works as a nanny; Patrick is studying journalism and works as a head waiter; Ben is studying teaching and works as a learning support assistant.; Michael works at Pickles Auctions and is into cars; Isaac is in year 12 and is working as a delivery man. Isaac has a complex disability and is slowly transitioning to becoming a housemate.
In this session you will hear about how we are working towards Isaac living in his place to call home
- Why we chose the path of Isaac living in an ordinary share house rather than a disability services group home
- How we found and purchased the house
- How we found the housemates
- Why the housemates want to be involved
- How we are preparing the house, the housemates and Isaac for the transition
- How we are nurturing freely given relationships with neighbours
- How we have used the NDIS to enable the transition
- The long term vision for Isaac and where he will live
I Got Out Of The Group Home – Brianna Smith
Brianna will share her story of moving out of a group home into a place of her own.
It seemed impossible at first, living on just over $100 per fortnight…but she did it. Brianna will talk about the obstacles and how she overcame them. This is the first step towards realising her dream of living on a sustainable farm near Canberra. A farm run by solar panels, which has a large garden, a place that provides peace and quiet.