It has been wonderful to see Brady and his housemate living together in what has been a largely smooth transition, which emphasises the importance of independent living for people with a disability. “It’s overwhelming how cool they are with each other. They have enough verbalisation together to make you laugh. We’re still having Brady stay with us every second weekend. I’d brought him back one day and had given him a haircut, and his housemate comes up to me and says, ‘Brady haircut.’ Just that observation, and that he wanted to let me know that he’d noticed Brady’s haircut, it was so sweet.” Kathy says. The journey of securing and building these townhouses was gruelling and strenuous, and many families would have likely not persevered in the way these families have. But as the SDA program evolves, hopefully this process becomes more streamlined and accessible. “We just feel very fortunate and blessed for Brady. You guys at HCA were very supportive and inclusive along the journey. Guys like Michael Mikulic on the build side of things and having Roberta and Jacalyn and Laverne, it’s an amazing organisation with great people. It’s really nice to deal with people who care and want to see it through,” says Kathy.
Pictured: Brady relaxing in his new home.
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