A brighter future for people with a disability

People with a disability will enjoy new opportunities for independence thanks to a state-of-the-art house opened by Endeavour Foundation and the Queensland Government in Cairns today.

Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services Tracy Davis joined Endeavour Foundation CEO David Barbagallo in declaring the four-bedroom house open, creating three new supported accommodation places for people with a disability in North Queensland.

Mr Barbagallo said the house was purpose-built to provide 24-hour support by a rostered support worker on site.

“The small number of tenants in this house provides greater opportunities for independent living skill development and personal lifestyle choices, within a supportive environment,” he said.

“Assistive living technologies will provide residents with maximum independence and a safe living environment – and the installation of a 5 kilowatt solar power system will reduce power costs and carbon emissions.”

The $571,000 house was built by Endeavour Foundation, with funding provided by the joint state and commonwealth Disability Assistance Package (DAP).

Mr Barbagallo said assistive technologies in the houses were designed to suit the varying needs of the individuals living there, with optional environmental sensors to detect smoke and fire; entry and exit sensors; help alarms and panic buttons.

“Extras such as a patio attached to each bedroom ensures individuals have access to their own private space,” he said. “This kind of simple inclusion provides an appropriate living arrangement for adult occupants with a disability.

“Endeavour Foundation welcomes the creation of new supported accommodation places for people with a disability – and especially for people with ageing parent carers.”

Ongoing support for tenants will be provided by Endeavour Foundation, with support funding provided by the Queensland Government.

Pictured: Frank Casey (on left) and Edward Hill hold the keys to their new house in Cairns, which was officially opened by Disability Services Minister Tracy Davis and Endeavour Foundation CEO David Barbagallo.