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122 Housing Options Series – 200 Lives – Finding Out What People Actually Think

122 Housing Options Series – 200 Lives – Finding Out What People Actually Think

It’s difficult to develop better housing options if we don’t know what people want and need. This week’s guests Chris Hatton and Lauren Blood were involved with a research project which will in part help to address this issue. The 200 Lives project looked at the quality of supported living and residential care in England. Chris and Lauren discuss the research findings and some of the implications which are relevant to anyone, regardless of location, looking

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121 Housing Options Series –  Our Stomping Ground – Inclusive Communities

121 Housing Options Series – Our Stomping Ground – Inclusive Communities

For too long housing solutions for young people with additional needs have failed to consider the importance of inclusion. This week’s guests Paula Manion and Donna Budway, from Our Stomping Ground, are changing that by developing housing solutions that have inclusive communities at their heart. They discuss how the housing model has evolved, why Our Stomping Ground uses the housing first model, and the impact that has on young people’s lives.

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120 Housing Options Series – US Autism Homes – Building With Love and Science

120 Housing Options Series – US Autism Homes – Building With Love and Science

Creating a housing model for young adults with additional needs that really works means doing things differently. This is something Lisa Liberatore from US Autism Homes understands. We discuss the three-pillar solution they developed and how that has helped create an inclusive community. Lisa also discusses the important role science can play in helping young people develop the skills to live more independent and, more importantly, happier lives.

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Articles

Start Early And Often

Start Early And Often

My ultimate objective is to get rid of my daughter. That’s not quite as bad as it sounds! My goal is to enable my youngest daughter to move out and live in a place of her own. When I have spoken on the podcast to people involved in training programs, one common theme has been that often the young people that come to them lack some of the basic daily living skills.

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Why A Saturday Job Is So Valuable

Why A Saturday Job Is So Valuable

What’s in a part time or Saturday job? An awful lot, I believe, if you’re a young person with additional needs. I should qualify that by acknowledging that for some young people there will be restrictions on the kind of jobs they can hold down because of the nature of their needs.

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Our Focus

Young people with additional needs should have the opportunity to live independently in a way right for them. The podcast is about sharing stories and sharing solutions that enable parents and carers to support them on this path to greater independence.

Independence for most people consists of three things:
1) Having a Purpose for the day – usually paid employment, but possibly a place to go to make a contribution to the world.
2) Having the Daily Living skills for independence – being able to look after ourselves, cooking, shopping.
3) Having Relationships with family, friends and maybe even a partner one day.

There is also an additional consideration that serves as the foundation of all these – Financial Security. Like it or not money often dictates how we live our lives, and we need to confront the issue of how our children will survive financially when we are gone.

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119 Housing Options Series – Everyone Needs A Community

119 Housing Options Series – Everyone Needs A Community

Finding somewhere to live is about more than just about finding a place, it’s about building a life. Community is an important part of that life. How to build communities is the topic of this episode with Kathy Meyer, from Everyone Needs A Community. We not only talk about why community matters so much, but also about understanding that communities need to reflect where they are and how the people there live their lives. We also discuss Microboards and their role in strengthening the community around our children.

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118 Housing Options Series – Building A Supported Living Network

118 Housing Options Series – Building A Supported Living Network

Finding Supported Living that works means bringing together many things, from finding a property in the right location with the right access, to identifying a support provider and accessing the right level of support. This week’s guest Lisa Brown is determined to build a network that brings together the different people and organizations involved, so everyone can work together to increase the chances of finding a suitable supported living home for anyone that needs it.

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117 Housing Options Series – Parent Partnerships to Build Communities

117 Housing Options Series – Parent Partnerships to Build Communities

When we imagine where our children might live, when we’re no longer around, it isn’t just the place they will live, it’s the community around them and how they will live their daily lives that we also imagine. In this week’s episode I’m talking to Mike Sweeney about how he, and other parents, are working together to bring all these things from imagination into reality.

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Red Giraffe Guide

This guide is aimed at children who may live semi or fully independently at some point in the future, but a lot of the principles will benefit children with more challenging needs. One of the key objectives we have as parents is to make our children feel better about themselves and build up their self-esteem and confidence.

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