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Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities says that ‘people with disabilities have the opportunity to choose their place of residence and where and with whom they live on an equal basis with others and are not obliged to live in a particular living arrangement’.

Across the world, there are many people living with a disability in their own homes including people whose support needs may be complex. There are a number of assumptions or myths associated with people living in their own home. Some of these are that it is ‘too expensive’, ‘isolating’ or ‘only for people who can look after themselves with little formal support. .

WAiS know these assumptions and myths to be incorrect and untrue.  We challenge these assumptions so people will be more aware of what is actually possible.

In our “Mythbusters” series of videos you will hear from people with disability themselves, who challenge and disagree with these myths.

You're too disabled or your needs are too complex to live in your own home

You can only get the supports you need, if you live with other people with disability

Living in your own home means you'll be lonely

People with disability dont have the skills needed to live in their own home

Living in your own home means you have to be capable of doing everything or most things yourself

It's too dangerous for people with disability to live in their own home in the community

This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Go to for more information.

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