Moving out of your family home is a rite of passage for many Australians, but for the thousands of Australians living with a disability, it’s not so easy.
For CPL client William, his dream of moving out of his family home is set to become a reality.
The 40-year-old, who was diagnosed with an acquired brain injury (ABI) and quadriplegia after he was hit by a car when he was eight, will move into his forever home in early 2021 and is looking for roommates to join him on his journey.
Once construction is complete, the new three-bedroom, two-bathroom home located in Woody Point, Redcliffe will be one of just a handful of purpose-built disability homes in the region. Built with safety and accessibility top of mind, the house's features include wide hallways, clear doorways, structural provisions for hoists, plus all the trimmings of a new home.
William’s mother Denise said she is excited William will finally get to live out his dream and hopes he can find roommates that enjoys his adventurous lifestyle.
“Like most people when they grow up, they want to leave home, and it’s been William’s dream to move into a share house for a few years,” Denise said.
“He is very creative, loves art and has been doing it for more than 20 years. He also loves to go sailing, swimming, bowling and even fishing.”
Denise said William is on the hunt for people with outgoing personalities who don’t mind leading the conversation.
“William has two blinks for yes and one for no and has an excellent understanding of what people say to him,” she said.
“It’s just a matter of asking the appropriate questions.”
“He would love to be with someone who enjoys having a chat.
“Ideally, it would be great to find William long term roommates, so they could create a bond and trust.
Denise said sports fans and movie buffs need only apply as William is a big fan of action movies, football and cricket.
“He’s a Broncos supporter, so it’s been a tough year for him,” she laughed.
“He used to love going to games, but that hasn’t been possible with COVID, so a fellow sports fan in the house would be great.
“William likes variety, so someone that enjoys activities and new experiences or existing interests would fit well.”
Denise did warn potentially roommates that they would have to contend with William’s cheeky sense of humour and penchant for clothes.
“I’m quite concerned the wardrobes won’t be big enough for him,” Denise joked.
“He has quite the collection of clothes he has accumulated over the years. We might have to get a special modification for larger wardrobes.”
“William also loves a good prank. He has a real mischievous smile and likes to be cheeky and tell you little fibs with his blinks.”