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Shared Lives in Northern Ireland Annual Report

Published: July 2018

Shared Lives in Northern Ireland-Annual Report 2017-18. This report provides a useful baseline in relation to a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges in delivering an expansion of a shared lives approach as the sector develops in Northern Ireland.

Organisation: Shared Lives Plus
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 21
Region:United Kingdom
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State Of The Nation Shared Lives In Wales February 2020

Published: February 2020

Reflecting upon 2018-19, Shared Lives carers now support over 1,100 individuals for the first time, a clear indication that people, including commissioners of services, increasingly know about and understand the benefits of its support.

Organisation: Shared Lives Plus
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 24
Region:United Kingdom
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Shared Lives in England 2017-18

Published: July 2018

Shared Lives England 2017-18 Report tells the story of what the Shared Lives community has achieved in recent years. Shared Lives vision is a kinder, stronger society built on sharing our lives and our homes. We help build communities where everyone lives a full life, regardless of the support they need. We do this by turning Shared Lives and Homeshare into thriving, mainstream options, with all the right structures in place to support and guide who want to share their lives and homes.

Organisation: Shared Lives Plus
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 42
Region:United Kingdom
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Shared Lives in Wales 2017-18

Published: May 2017

Shared Lives in Wales – Annual Report 2017- 2018

Organisation: Shared Lives Plus
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 15
Region:United Kingdom
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Homesharing – Sheryl and Serena

Sometimes referred to as a host arrangement, homesharing involves sharing your home and life with someone with a disability. It’s where you have someone with a disability come and live with you and you support them by providing the essential basics of home and belonging, in the same way, that you’d support your mum, your dad, your brother, your sister.

Organisation: One2One Disability Support Services
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Western Australia
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I’m Going Home!

Sherry’s longing  to live in a home of her own was made possible by her determination, and the supportive community that rallied around her.

Organisation: Neighbours International Inc.
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:International, United States of America
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Riding Life

Brad lives in his own apartment, and works in partnership with his supporters to live a life of freedom and choice.

Organisation: Neighbours International Inc.
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:United States of America
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Tiffany- A Life That’s Mine

Tiffany is a young woman who lived in a “nursing” group home, and desired to direct her own life, live in her own home, stay connected to “her people”, and work…living life as most other young adults do. The Arc of Howard County partnered with Tiffany and her family, to transform their supports to make this possible.

Organisation: Neighbours International Inc.
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:International, United States of America
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Lester’s Home- The Power of a Dream

Lester gathered the people he loves and trust together to hear his dream, and his dream became a reality.

Organisation: Neighbours International Inc.
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:United States of America
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CRUcial Times – Creating Homes: One Person at a Time

Published: June 2020
Organisation: Community Resource Unit Ltd.
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 20
Region:Australia
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CRUcial Times – What It Means to Create a Home

Published: August 2019

This edition of CRUcial Times is an exploration of what it means to create a home. We want to explore how we can assist people with disability to have more than just a bed, a room in someone else’s home or basic shelter but a home that others would clearly recognise and maybe even envy. Having a stable home can open doors to community, growth and connection.

Organisation: Community Resource Unit Ltd.
Format: Journal (pdf)
Pages: 12
Region:Australia
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CRUcial Times – The Creation Of Home

Published: March 2008
Organisation: Community Resource Unit Ltd.
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 24
Region:Australia
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A Home of Your Own

Published: November 2019

Creating a home and lifestyle is a long lasting and universal topic. If moving out of home is a milestone for most young adults, then we need to consider why this is so often challenging or out of the reach of people who live with disabilities.

Organisation: Community Resource Unit Ltd.
Format: internet (web)
Region:Australia
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Adam Moves Out

Published: December 2014

My name is Adam. I am 25 and moving out of home for the first time. This is my story.

Format: internet (web)
Region:Australia
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Housemates

Published: October 2012

Building something from nothing – one families experience with supportive housemates.

Organisation: InCharge
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 5
Region:Australia
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The Lives We Lead – Immy

Immy talks about his experience living in his own place and how important it is for him to feel a part of his community.

Organisation: WA's Individualised Services
Format: Vimeo (videoV)
Region:Western Australia
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Scott and Daniel Harry’s Story

Scott and Daniel Harry are living their lives as they want, they are taking full advantage of the national disability insurance scheme. They arrange all their own support and lead a free and very social life, the way they want to be.

Organisation: Uniting Care Community - Queensland
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Australia
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Bree’s Story- My own home

Published: August 2015

Bree moved to her own home after years of transitioning between institutional respite centres.

Organisation: Summer Foundation
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Australia
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Home is Where Our Story Begins

In 2017 Inclusion BC and Community Living BC came together over the shared issue of inclusive housing for people with developmental disabilities. Together they formed the Inclusive Housing Task Force made up of people with lived and professional experience with inclusive housing and drew upon the expertise of approximately 80 individuals from around the province through a Housing Forum held in January 2018.

Organisation: Community Living BC and Inclusion BC Inclusive Housing Task Force
Format: internet (web)
Region:International, Canada
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Homeward Bound

Published: March 2016

Kirby’s dream to move back to her own home was the focus of her NDIS planning. Kirby moved out of the nursing home into her parents’ home. Since this move, Kirby’s physical recovery has progressed significantly. Aside from ongoing physical recovery, Kirby’s goals include moving out of her parents’ home and living independently.

Organisation: Summer Foundation
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Australia
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Dee’s Place

Dee Holmes told her mum and dad that she wanted to live in her own place, like her brothers do.

Organisation: Australian Human Rights Commission
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Australia
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Julia: This is My Home

Published: July 2016

In her mid-twenties Julia moved out into a group home but she was not happy or well. Julia found out that her residence was closing and said she wanted to live in the city near her sister, so the family decided to relocate. They worked with friends and a service provider to plan how Julia could have a home of her own.

Organisation: Community Resource Unit Ltd.
Author Link:cru.org.au
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Australia
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Anything Is Possible

Published: November 2014

Matthew has always had a strong vision for himself as an independent person. His family were surprised and concerned at his plan to move to a larger nearby town. However, they wanted him to achieve his goals, so they supported him to that end. Originally, different options were considered, one of which was the idea of cluster housing with shared support. Matthew preferred the idea of a regular home in a regular street. He did not want to be defined by his disability. In the end they followed Matthew’s wishes.

Organisation: Belonging Matters
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Australia
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Home and Belonging – Cameron’s Story

Cameron Skinner lived with his parents Maggie and Greg but always knew he wanted his own home. With the support of his folks, his friends, and some brilliant house mates, he is now thriving in his own home.

 

Organisation: Belonging Matters
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Australia
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June’s Story – Never Too Late for a Good Life

Published: August 2016

June lived in an institution for about 40 years and then in a private hostel. There was a lot of abuse in the hostel system and June had lost contact with all her family. It took a long time for June to trust anyone but with the help of some advocates who remained faithful to her, she was able to find her family and to set up a home of her own.

Organisation: Community Resource Unit Ltd.
Author Link:cru.org.au
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Australia
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Enabling Home- Housemates

Warren O’Brien has successfully achieved living in his own home along with the support of housemates. Warren’s mother Anita, was instrumental in the planning and implementation of this living arrangement for her son, along  with Warren’s support workers and housemates

Organisation: Belonging Matters
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Australia
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Tony Makes Style Functional in his Inner-city Abode

Tony has a simple well-designed apartment that accommodates his extensive assistive technology and allows for him to move easily around. Tony has set up his home with assistive technology so that he can do most things for himself, including choose his own music, enjoy reading and organise his own clothes and personal care.

Organisation: JFA Purple Orange
Format: Vimeo (videoV)
Region:Australia
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Taking Charge of Joe’s Future

Published: July 2016

Joe has always had a large, loving family, who live in a country town. After he left school, he went to a group home because the family thought this was the best solution for Joe at the time. Over time this was found not to be the case. Joe’s parents were concerned about who would look out for him when they were no longer able to.

Organisation: Community Resource Unit Ltd.
Author Link:cru.org.au
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Australia
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Jonathon’s Story

Shared Living is about people living together, sharing experiences and building friendships in a place called home.  This short film on Shared Living is all about friendship, fun and independence. This is the story of Jonathan as told by his father Arthur, his housemate Justin and his Support Worker Lincoln.

 

Organisation: Western Australia's Individualised Services (WAiS) / Avivo
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Western Australia
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Luke: Leading the Way

Published: August 2016

Luke lived with his family until he was in his early 20s. His parents realised that they needed to start to assist Luke to build his own life and community as they would not always be around. Luke rents a small public housing home. When Luke was settled, his parents relocated to be close to him. Luke receives support through a small personalised service, which allows Luke to employ, train and direct the support-workers.

Organisation: Community Resource Unit Ltd.
Author Link:cru.org.au
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Australia
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The Lives We Lead – Shane

Shane tells his story of moving out of home and shows how much pride he feels about keeping his own place how he likes it.

Organisation: WA's Individualised Services
Format: Vimeo (videoV)
Region:Australia, Western Australia
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Angie’s Other BFF

Published: October 2019

While Angie Kent is narrowing down her true love on The Bachelorette Australia, there is one special man who already holds a small piece of her heart.

Format: internet (web)
Region:Australia
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Jac’s Place

Published: June 2019

Jacob Hughes has made the move to live independently. This short film celebrates his life, the plan to give him the opportunity to have his own place and the team of people who worked together to make it a reality.

Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Australia
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Home is Important to Me Because……..

Published: March 2016

Home is important for so many different reasons. Shelter. A place to rest. An expression of Identity. Independence. Autonomy. Love. What would it take for more people with a disability to have a home of their own?

Organisation: Community Resource Unit Ltd.
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Australia
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Keys To Life

Published: June 2010

Keys to Life describes examples that illustrate the context of innovation; guiding ideals, four leadership commitments, and innovation in the design and delivery of residential supports for ten people that have emerged from the organization’s commitment to innovation.

Authors: Beth Mount, Ph.D. Sandy VanEck, M.S.
Organisation: The Arc
Format: Presentation (pdf)
Region:International, United States of America
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Wish Fulfilling Justice

Published: July 2009

The stories in this paper provide examples of residential design that maximise individual’s relationship to others – families, paid support workers, advocacy and their growing network of support. The goal of  the AHRC Homebuilders Program in NYC is to increase the capacity of  individuals to live independently.

Authors: Beth Mount, Carole Gothelf and Jennifer Teich
Author Link:www.ahrcnyc.org
Format: Presentation (pdf)
Region:United States of America
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Paul’s Story: From Hospital to Home

Published: June 2021

Paul lives in his own home, with the independence any adult deserves and back in the community where he belongs. Today, Paul lives the life he chooses.

Organisation: United Response
Format: internet (web)
Region:United Kingdom
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Geoff and Sarah

Published: July 2019

Supportmatch matched Geoff with Sarah,a music teacher who had previous Homeshare experience. They connected immediately at the first meeting; Sarah built a relationship of trust with Geoff from the start.

Organisation: Homeshare UK
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 1
Region:United Kingdom
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NACBO: Meaning Of Home Submission

Published: June 2020

The National Alliance of Capacity Building Organisations (NACBO) is a national network of not-for profit, values-based, capacity building organisations. This document is NABCO’s  submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. We define the meaning of home and what we consider to be best practice in home and community living. We list what each sector can do; people with disability themselves, families, allies, services, or government. We then consider how best practice for a few can become accepted practice for many. We offer three take-home messages from our work and offer four recommendations for government action. Finally, we share twenty-three stories which illustrate that people with disability can have a home of their own, establish networks of family and friends and contribute to a community where they belong.

Organisation: National Alliance of Capacity Building Organisations
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 30
Region:Australia
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Tea, Smiles and Empty Promises

Published: May 2021

31 May 2021 marks the ten year anniversary of the exposure of abuse and mistreatment at Winterbourne View, an Assessment and Treatment (inpatient) institution on the outskirts of Bristol, UK. The BBC Panorama documentary ‘Undercover Care’ highlighted a regime of physical and psychological abuse, neglect and mistreatment in a hospital intended to assess and treat some of society’s most vulnerable. This collection of family stories has been developed by some of those families.

Organisation: The Challenging Behaviour Foundation
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 56
Region:International, United Kingdom
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Moving Beyond Institutions: Supporting Independent Living in Europe

Published: June 2017

Simona lived in an institution in Romania for 34 years, where she endured poor living conditions and unnecessary restrictions. Three years ago, Simona moved into a regular house in the town of Mihailesti. She now has friends, a job, the ability to make her own decisions about her life—freedom, in a word. This short film follows the stories of Simona and others who have flourished since leaving institutions and finding a place to call home.

Author: Katharine Boaden
Organisation: Open Society Foundation - Voices
Format: internet (web)
Read time: 20 min(Approximate)
Region:International, European Union
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Leading My Life

Published: March 2020

Luke Nelson shares his story of gaining independence to live the life he chooses.

Author: Luke Nelson
Organisation: Valid
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Australia
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Claire’s Story

Published: November 2015

Claire’s family describe their journey to support Claire’s  transition from institutionalised care to her own home and community.

Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:United Kingdom
Cover art for: Living Independently: Trevor chooses how he wants to live

Living Independently: Trevor chooses how he wants to live

Published: January 2021

Trevor’s life has changed since he chose to live independently in his own apartment.

Organisation: Housing Hub
Format: internet (web)
Region:Australia
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Independent Living: Things that Helped Me Move

Published: January 2021

Sam has moved from a group home into his own apartment. Sam would like to share with others the things that helped this move.

Organisation: Housing Hub
Format: internet (web)
Region:Australia
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Finding Home in Caring Communities

Published: July 2017

A Place to Belong asked three service users about their experiences of home, exploring the meaning of Home.

Author: Damian Le Goullon
Organisation: A Place To Belong
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 4
Region:Australia
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Ned and his Housemates

Published: September 2021

This video describes Individualised Living Options (ILO) in action – Ned’s move to independent living, with his housemates, Nic and Duncan.

Author: Housing Hub
Organisation: https://www.housinghub.org.au/
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Australia
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Working Towards an ILO

Published: September 2021

Jo talks about her journey of exploration with her son Ned, to achieve an Individualised Living Option that works for him.

Organisation: Housing Hub
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Australia
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Morning in Tewantin – Troy’s Story

Published: July 2013

Troy and his family talk about what had been involved in the planning for Troy’s move to his own home.

Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 8
Region:Australia
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Chris Klein – Building Relationships through the Tools of Communication

Published: July 2018

Chris uses augmentative communication to help support his work as a Motivational Speaker, and to be an active member of his community. Chris lives independently in Holland, Michigan and strives to live his life to the fullest.

Author: Chris Klein
Organisation: AAC Learning Centre
Format: internet (web)
Region:United States of America
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Joe’s Story

Joe values living in his own home, has a busy and independent life and advocates for  people with disabilities to be seen and take part in their communities – without being limited to living in institutions.

Organisation: Inclusion Ireland
Format: internet (web)
Region:United Kingdom
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Essays on Aging in Place

Published: June 2021

These essays were printed weekly in Community Living Ontario’s Update Friday newsletter, in a special Aging in Place series that ran from January to June 2021. The Community Living movement, including people who have a disability, parents, leaders, advocates and service providers have contributed freely to this writing project because they have long known and deeply understood the harmful effects of institutionalizing people in order to receive care and support.

Organisation: Community Living Ontario (CLO)
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 38
Region:Canada
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My Life Story

Published: June 1982

Justin Clark tells the story of how he fought for the right to make his own decisions and  leave the institution where he  lived  for 18 years, to live his life as he chose. In 1982, he won the right to leave the institution and make his own decisions about his future. The impact of his case — a pivotal moment in the Canadian disability rights movement — continues to be felt today.

Author: Justin Clark
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Canada
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My Share House

Published: February 2021

Ruth Faragher shares her insight into moving into a share house with a friend.

Author: Ruth Faragher
Organisation: Imagine More
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Australia
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Institution Watch Newsletter: Volume 7

Published: October 2013

In this edition, Institution Watch have asked individuals from across the country to provide their perspective on the issue of de-institutionalisation and provide commentary as to why we have successfully closed large institutions but have not yet enabled people to exercise true choice and control in and over their lives, and to offer suggestions as to how this situation can be changed.

Organisation: Institution Watch
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 21
Region:Canada
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Institution Watch: Volume 11

Published: February 2020

This newsletter is written and produced by the People First of Canada and Canadian Association for Community Living joint task force on De-Institutionalisation. “An institution is any place in which people who have been labelled as having an intellectual disability are isolated, segregated and/or congregated. An institution is any place in which people do not have, or are not allowed to exercise, control over their lives and their day to day decisions. An institution is not defined merely by its size.”

Organisation: Institution Watch
Format: Presentation (pdf)
Pages: 4
Region:Canada
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Claire Hendrick – My Life as a Ward of Court

Published: September 2017

This article features Claire Hendrick, who discusses the effect of the Ward of Court System and the Lunacy Act in Ireland, and why it must change to satisfy Article 12 of the UNCRPD. Claire grew up in Beaumont with her family. She lived as a Ward of Court for 3 years until, with the support of her family, she got out of the system in 2012 and bought her new home on Valentine’s Day 2013.

Author: Claire Hendrick
Organisation: Frontline Magazine
Format: internet (web)
Region:European Union
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Maureen’s Story

Published: December 2018

It was Maureen’s ambition for many years to live independently and move in to her own apartment.

Organisation: Inclusion Ireland
Format: internet (web)
Region:European Union
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Listening to People: An Ongoing Journey of Liberation

Published: March 2015

Bojana Rozman PhD shares the journey of the Association for Promoting Inclusion and the people they work for with as they have established community based support services for people leaving institutions in Croatia.

Organisation: Association for the Promotion of Inclusion
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:European Union
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100 Leaders Project

The 100 Leaders Project is about people living with disability who have taken control of their own life, who have a vision of what is possible, and who are taking personal action to build the life they want to live.

Organisation: Purple Orange
Format: internet (web)
Region:Australia
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Tracy’s Story

Published: May 2018

Tracy packed up her home in Florida and moved to Georgia in 2005, where she teaches at the University of Georgia. In this video Tracy shares her positive philosophy of life and love of the outdoors.

Author: Tracy Rackensperger
Organisation: Institute on Human Development and Disability
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:United States of America
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Jocelynne and the Transformative Power of Home

Jocelynne spent the first half of her life in foster care, group homes and institutions. She did not thrive in these environments. At the age of 22 she got the opportunity to move into a home of her own. It transformed her life. Check out what she’s achieved with her independence!

Organisation: Opening Homes
Format: internet (web)
Region:Australia
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Nick’s Renovation Plans

Nick took a leap and decided to purchase his own apartment. It’s a little bare at the moment, but he sees it as a blank slate to create exactly what he wants. He’s put a lot of research into his renovation plans and he wants to share so that others can learn from his experience.

Organisation: Opening Homes
Format: internet (web)
Region:Australia
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Glenda’s Rennovated Bungalow

As soon as Glenda laid eyes on this charming historic bungalow she knew it was the home she’d been searching for. Although it was old and a bit run down, she saw its potential. See how Glenda has transformed this house into her own colourful accessible oasis where she feels free.

Organisation: Opening Homes
Format: internet (web)
Region:Australia
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Maria – Finding Ways to Make Your Home Work for You

Maria is an outside the square thinker, and after years of experimenting and trying out different ways to do things, she has a ton of accessible tips and tricks to share. Recently she has been adding accessible technology into the mix, which has given her more control over her home environment than she thought possible.

Organisation: Opening Homes
Format: internet (web)
Region:Australia
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Living Our Dreams

Published: June 2019

Living Our Dreams introduces you to people who are thriving in homes they have chosen. Having a home of their own has allowed them to express their individuality. It has provided them with a sense of control over their lives and an understanding that their preferences and choices are respected. It has improved the quality of their lives and has provided them with new opportunities. Most significantly, it has strengthened their family connections and has allowed them to develop meaningful relationships with others.

Organisation: Community Living British Columbia
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 16
Region:Canada
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Heather – Designing a Home for Family and Lifestyle

Heather is a happy mum and nan. She raised her two children as a single parent, which meant that having a well-designed home that enabled her was a must. Heather knew exactly what she needed and wanted, and so she met with an architect to bring her vision to life. The result is a functional, warm family home that matches Heather’s needs, interests and values.

Organisation: Opening Homes
Format: internet (web)
Region:Australia
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Rachel – Strong and Independent in Her Own Home

For Rachel, living in her own home means freedom, strength and security. The location of her home is integral to her independence and well being. She lives a short stroll from shops, cafes, entertainment and public transport. She lives a busy lifestyle, which makes it all the more important that her home is her haven.

Organisation: Opening Homes
Format: internet (web)
Region:Australia
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Kate – Moving Into Her Own Home

At the age of 28, Kate moved out of her parent’s house. Her friends and family had encouraged her, but Kate wasn’t confident that it was the right choice for her. She worried she would be lonely. But after only a few weeks in her new home, Kate realised she loved living on her own. Tailored custom accessible design and a great location make Kate’s charming single story town house a winner.

Organisation: Opening Homes
Format: internet (web)
Region:Australia
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Stephen’s Country Home

Despite all of his challenges, Stephen was determined to stay in his home in the country. Stephen says that good design, technology, routine and practice, combined with motivation and courage are the key ingredients to his independence.

Author: Opening Homes
Organisation: https://www.openinghomes.org.au/about
Format: internet (web)
Region:Australia
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Pierre – Freedom with Automation

After Pierre’s mobility decreased, he moved into a nursing home where he thought he was destined to live the rest of his days. He felt bored and lonely and longed for his independence. With his physical restrictions, he did not think he had any choice. However, with his friends’ encouragement and the aid of technology, he’s happily out of the aged care facility and into a home of his own. See how technology has helped Pierre regain control!

Organisation: Opening Homes
Format: internet (web)
Region:Australia
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Tiffany’s Family Home

When Tiffany was 33 years old, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. At that time, her son was six years old. Her symptoms progressed quickly, but she remained determined to live together as a family.

Organisation: Opening Homes
Format: internet (web)
Region:Australia
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Trudy’s Purpose Built Accessible Home

Trudy’s purpose built accessible home is full of great design elements that allow her to maximise her environment. Her favourite features are the private backyard garden and the home’s spacious layout, which makes it ideal for hosting friends and family.

Organisation: Opening Homes
Format: internet (web)
Region:Australia