In The Media | 3 August 2016

Parents’ lobby group push for appropriate housing for adult children with disability

PARENTS are pushing for greater housing options to ensure their adult children with disabilities are properly cared for when they die.

Valley Carers Accommodation, a support group for parents of adult children with intellectual disabilities, is hosting a public forum in Moonee Ponds to discuss secure, safe and supported housing for their sons and daughters.

Chairwoman Catherine van Wilgenburg said her son Michael, 21, was “one of the lucky ones” after securing accommodation and moving out of home three weeks ago.

“It makes an enormous difference with the person’s self-esteem, their ability to make decisions, their ability to think … often what has happened is that the parents have done it all for them.

“I can’t tell you the difference it’s made to him and to us.”

But it’s not the case for all families.

Source: The Herald Sun; Community News Moonee Valley Leader