Cerebral Palsy Week will be launched today with the opening of a new supported accommodation complex for people with cerebral palsy.
Westminster Apartments is the result of a successful collaboration between the residents and their families, the Cerebral Palsy Association of Western Australia, the Disability Services Commission, the Department of Housing and Works, Lotterywest and the City of Stirling.
Disability Services Minister Tony McRae said it was wonderful to see people with cerebral palsy able to lead happier and more independent lives.
“This new supported accommodation makes a wonderfully positive difference in the residents’ independence and quality of life,” Mr McRae said.
“Some of these people are living independently for the first time in their lives and that is a fantastic feeling for them.”
Westminster Apartments comprises a mix of individual and shared accommodation on one site, and is now home to nine people with a disability.
Some of the residents left their parental homes for the first time, while others regained their independence, but all have discovered a renewed zest for life in their new home.
They tell of their sense of belonging to their local community, the companionship they share with each other and their hopes for the future.
These rich stories are captured in a booklet about the residents and their journeys entitled ‘Our New Home’, which is now available.
“I would like to acknowledge the residents, their families and all those who have worked towards the success that is the Westminster Apartments,” the Minister said.
“The State Government has increased funding for disability services by $78million since 2001 and we will double funding for people with disabilities by 2008.”
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