The Junction started out as a trial project to see how the participants got along together in a rental house and to also track any issues that could occur in such a change.
These three young men amazed their families so much with their skills and ability to learn and grow, that in June of 2015 the project moved to a final stage, with the families looking to buy a house in Newcastle.
‘NDIS have been really wonderful. The project coordinator, Sam, has understood our situation because I think we’re a little bit different to the others. So we’ve got three young men who divide up the funds in equal proportions,’ explains Josh’s father Phillip.
‘I think the biggest handicap that any of our sons and daughters have is ourselves. I find it extremely hard when I’m at the gym with Josh, and rather than driving him home myself, which I really loved and enjoyed doing, I now have to pull back and allow a car to take Josh home. Because this is his independence. It’s not up to me. This is for Josh’s life, not my life.
‘At some stage, I’m not going to be here. I know that the skills that Josh is developing now, through me withdrawing, will allow him to have a better life when I’m not here. Don’t ever think that they can’t do it, because they can. They only need you to withdraw and allow them to do it.’
Story adapted from video Living My Plan 2