Ann Greer has lived and worked in disability for over 40 years. She is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities get an equal opportunity life and believes that this will occur if we pay attention to the twin needs of the person themselves and the community. Valen, Ann’s son is now 36 years of age. His future did not look bright as a little boy as he was very troubled and the family did not always understand what he experienced on a day to day basis.
Ann sees Valen as one of her greatest teachers and is very pleased to say that Valen is a wonderful son – loving and kind. He still lives with many challenges but he and his support team have built the necessary skills to create a great life. Valen lives with his dad, John and is supported every day to manage his life, bank, shop and manage his micro business – two coffee machines that he maintains and replenishes with the support of his team.
Jane celebrated her 43rd birthday on the 20th March. She celebrated her first birthday as a married woman and in a new town as she moved from Townsville (her birthplace) to Bundaberg with her new husband in October. Jane has had paid work, been a student, an international public speaker and has a rich life. Ann who is Jane’s mother will share with the audience, the thinking behind how Jane’s support is configured, the challenges in supporting her in the context of her relationship with her husband Peter and how support has been wrapped around her to ensure that her needs as a human being are met as well as those of her disability. The presentation will be rich with stories to help in understanding what it takes to make this possible.