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New home to build independence for people with a disability

27 June 2012

NSW Minister for Disability Services Andrew Constance and Member for Goulburn Pru Goward today celebrated the official opening of Abbeyfield Goulburn Disability House.

The house provides affordable, long-term accommodation for 10 people with low to moderate support needs who have the potential to live outside of home with support.

"This house is unique in its approach to supported accommodation because it focuses on independent living, rather than the traditional care model for residents," Mr Constance said.

"A home like this gives people with a disability the opportunity to be more independent and learn to be less reliant on their parents."

Member for Goulburn Pru Goward said the Abbeyfield House will give residents the opportunity to increase their social relationships and feel more part of the Goulburn community.

"Within the dynamic of a shared home and with the support of a live-in housekeeper, the house will accommodate people with a disability who need that little bit of extra help to live their lives as independently as possible," Ms Goward said.

The Ministers were joined by Anne-Marie Athea, the Chairperson of Abbeyfield Australia Goulburn Society Inc, whose 24 year old son Michael will be one of the first residents.

"All parents can teach their children to do the laundry and make meals before they leave home but it is not the same unless the child is able to express their independence and learn first hand how to make their own decisions," Ms Athea said.

The NSW Government provided $1.8 million for the purchase of the land and the construction of the house.

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