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    Participant Testimonial

    - by Bespoke Lifestyles

    Our long term vision was for our son to live in his own place – we started this process 10 years ago and took one step at a time. Firstly, we used one-on- one support to mentor him in the domestic skills of cooking and cleaning in our home. He actually really enjoyed this and the feeling that he was being a contributing member of the family. We then took the big step of the whole family moving to a house where there was an area on a lower level that we could convert into a self-contained area for him to see how he coped with more independent living. This was going to be a 5 year plan but within a couple of years, we realised that he was ready for the next step of moving into his own place. I bought a unit (with a mortgage) and he moved in two years ago. He is able to get Centrelink rental assistance and the rent that he pays, covers the mortgage and body corp fees. He still needs 24/7 support but he is doing remarkably well and is continually learning and developing. He is now also a well-known member of his local community.

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    Inspiration

    - by Bespoke Lifestyles

    When one door closes, another one opens.

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    The Natural Authority of Families

    - by Bespoke Lifestyles

    At the core of Bespoke Lifestyles is the belief that people should be self-determining and have personal autonomy. We believe that this should be no different for someone with a disability and that it therefore makes sense that the person themselves is the one who should be in the driving seat of their own life. If the person with disability needs support with decision making, it makes sense that this support should be from those who are closest to them who know them best. This involves a shift in power from the traditional disability system where organisations are often the ones with the authority.

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    Participant Testimonial

    - by Bespoke Lifestyles

    I attended the September/October 2011 workshops and found them to be very informative. They gave a good background of the Bespoke philosophy and how to achieve independence. The atmosphere was friendly and welcoming and it was interesting to hear other families’ experiences and hopes for the future.

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    Participant Testimonial

    - by Bespoke Lifestyles

    I have re-read my comments on the feedback sheet for the first workshops held late 2010. It all seems a long time ago and we have learnt so much since then. The value of the workshops was that everything was relevant and the information was specific. Probably most people, if they don’t have a business background find employing and paying workers quite daunting, but the information was concrete and easy to understand. The fact that the information was together and accessible saved lots of time – we can refer back to the workshops to remind ourselves of something we’re not sure about.

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    Inspiration

    - by Bespoke Lifestyles

    The future is not something we enter. The future is something we create. Creating that future requires us to make choices and decisions…that all begins with a dream. – Leonard I Sweet

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    Inspiration

    - by Bespoke Lifestyles

    Invest in good people.
    Spend time around positive people.

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    Inspiration

    - by Bespoke Lifestyles

    Sometimes we stare so long at the door that is closing, that we see too late that one is open.
    -Alexander Graham Bell

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    A Reflection on Community Access

    - by Bespoke Lifestyles

    Community Access is the common term used in the disability sector when people with disability go ‘into’ the community. Unfortunately there is a tendency to label things for people with disability and make it into something ‘special’ or different from the norm. If people without disability go shopping, to the bank or for a walk in the park, they don’t talk about having community access. These activities are simply a natural part of their everyday lives.

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