Rocky Bay customer Dylan in the living room of his SDA in Pearsall. He is smiling at the camera.

Dylan

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Shift Accessible Homes is enhancing independence and contributing to new experiences for people living with disability, in Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA).

Dylan Augustson is a 31 year old Rocky Bay customer, currently living out of home for the first time, in Shift’s SDA in Pearsall.

Dylan moved in six weeks ago and is enjoying the new experience, making his room his own with West Coast Eagles posters and bonding with fellow residents over cricket and the AFL.

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Divia Claudy, Team Leader Supported Accommodation Rocky Bay said after many years of following a specific routine at his parents, he can enjoy the flexibility of making his own decisions daily.

“He can do a lot of things for himself here,” Ms Claudy said.

Dylan works Tuesday to Friday and prepares his own lunch, “ham sandwiches” he explains.

For the first time, Dylan welcomes his close friends into his home, where they all meet before heading to bowling, a weekly Saturday tradition.

Dylan enjoys visits from his family, parents Peter and Jane Augustson and niece Emily, especially when they bring “homemade sausage rolls.”

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Dylan’s parents said they are seeing him become more independent.

“It’s great his friends visit him now he has his own space; their visits make him happy and feel very special,” Ms Augustson said.

“He is coming out of his shell, becoming more independent and more responsible for things such as personal finances,” Ms Augustson said.

Rocky Bay Chief Accommodation Officer Jane Edmond said it was stories like Dylan’s that showcased how living more independently in SDA could positively impact everyday life.

“SDAs, along with support that is empowering and encourages choice and control, enables our customers to experience the independence and freedom we all want when moving out of home, but within a safe and supportive environment,” Ms Edmond said.

With Dylan no longer at home, Peter and Jane are getting used to the new flexibility it brings to their lives.

“I think we might enjoy chilling out a bit more and going for more holidays, we’ve got some catching up to do,” Ms Augustson concluded.

For more information about Shift Accessible Homes, click here.

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He is coming out of his shell, becoming more independent and more responsible for things such as personal finances

- Jane, Dylan's Mum

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