Living independently is the best way for Stephanie
Even as a little girl, Stephanie was fiercely independent. She did have a short, shared living experience with three other flatmates; however, felt it wasn’t for her so decided to explore the option with her family of buying her own unit where she lives today.
Over the past 14 years since moving into her unit, she has created a life for herself with the assistance of her family and disability support staff.
“I like the quietness,” says Stephanie. “I like that I can do what I want when I want.”
Stephanie keeps very busy. She loves playing tennis and plays at two clubs three to six times each week. She goes to group fitness sessions at her local gym, and …she is a passionate supporter of the Dockers who she has been following for over 25 years!
“I am also studying a Certificate lll in Business through Maxima in Fremantle (an employment service and training organisation),” explains Stephanie. “I am hoping it will help me to get employment.”
Stephanie’s mother, Leonie, says she demonstrated a need to be independent very early on in her life and definitely wanted to make her own decisions and do her ‘own thing’.
“We recently sought in-home support from Identitywa on a weekly basis for Stephanie. It is our hope that she will further develop her life skills with this support, “explains Leonie.
Leonie says having Stephanie living in her own home is as ‘bittersweet’.
“Whilst we are very happy to have her living independently, we do think of how she is doing all the time,” says Leonie.
Identitywa is one of WA’s leading agencies supporting people with disability to live the life they choose. With a strong commitment to Person Centred Active Support, staff work in partnership with individuals to explore, plan and design support options to suit their individual needs.
For more information call 9474 3033.
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