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LISA... is a parent support and lobby group, for parents and families with a family member having an intellectual or multiple disability, and living in a supported accommodation group home in the State of Victoria, Australia.
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1. The department (the Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria) repeatedly uses "client-choice" as an issue avoidance/work avoidance tool.  When a very large percentage of clients do not have the intellectual ability or expressive communication ability to make value-judgements.

The department says, for example, a client is presented with three different flavour drinks, or shown two different restaurants to choose from...... He chose not to take/have a bath, not to clean or have his teeth cleaned.  Etc, etc.......

Whereas, an example of a meaningful test would be, a Drink, Piece of Cake and $20. 

Most with little real understanding, would go for the cake or the drink.  Whereas, for example, a 5 year old would take 2 seconds to know the money would buy lots of cake and drink.

So rather than use their standard catch phrase, "client's choice", for everyone, effort needs to be made to ascertain level of ability for each person individually.  So the areas where the person is unable to make a value-judgement - proper support and encouragement can/should be given.

PCAS is a classic, where it is often said the person walked away from the activity, so their choice was not to do this or that.  Whereas, they just needed encouragement and guidance to help improve their skills.      

2. All residents of supported accommodation group homes for those with intellectual or multiple disabilities have so little in their lives compared with most of the general population.  It is, therefore, essential they have the best of what they can appreciate, and that which will in any way enhance their quality of life.

Most of us would not give a second thought to the comfort of our shower/bath towel, as we buy new whenever we feel the need. 

Not so for most residents of the said group homes.  Even if they have quality towels, the guts is soon washed out of them by daily washing.  So one of their few quality of life factors, a soft, huggy-bear, bath towel is soon rough enough to sand wood - and not regularly replaced

Group homes are not hospitals - in most cases there is little reason for a towel to be washed after each use.  The military do not, and they often have many more living  in one venue. 

Questionable activities by service providers, especially DHHS, need to be, where possible, left to repeat in order to ensure there is sufficient evidence when the matter is finally raised. Otherwise the service provider will claim insufficient evidence or use consumer feedback to directly direct staff, rather than their management cop the wrath of direct care staff.  

3. Questionable activities by service providers, especially DHHS, need to be, where possible, left to repeat in order to ensure there is sufficient evidence when the matter is finally raised. Otherwise the service provider will claim insufficient evidence or use consumer feedback to directly direct staff, rather than their management cop the wrath of direct care staff.

4. Government fund services, as well as funding sources (advocates) to keep these services honest. Then spends its time protecting these services against consumer, advocate and public scrutiny............ What hypocrisy!

5. "Rights for People with Diabilities : Try getting some!"

ABC Lateline, 23 March 2015,  by Norman Hermant.

The ALS is the mediator between the Aboriginal client and solicitors, to ensure their vulnerable clients get treated fair and above board, no matter what they have done wrong.  The ALS gets federal government funding to support these vulnerable Australians and say, If you have legal or social justice problems, stay calm and have ALS called. We will always have a lawyer on call to help you.

Asylum seekers, like magnets, attract enormous legal support.  Lawyers almost fighting to get a case.

Whilst we do not question the above, people with disabilities are also very vulnerable people, yet have tofight the legal and social justice system for even the most simple support for their reasonable human rights with everyday living.   

LISA Inc   ~   Phone: 03 9434 3810   ~   Email: vk3qq@optusnet.com.au   ~   Address: 73 Nepean Street Watsonia VIC 3087

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