“Every so often a TV show comes along that changes the way we think about others, about society, about ourselves.
Positively, for the better and in a way that enriches the lives of everyone”
– Paul Kalina, The Age, 31/07/14
Tonight on ABC sees the start of The Dreamhouse, an Artemis International production that invited three young adults with intellectual disabilities into a new home for ten weeks. If it all works out for them they can stay on and call the place home.
The six part series, narrated by Adam Hills, documents life changing journeys for the three individuals and their families.
Susan Walshe, a Central lecturer who trains students to work with people with disabilities was delighted to be involved in the show. She worked alongside one of her students, Sarah Brown, who completed a Certificate IV in Disability Work here at Central. Matilda Martin who also volunteered to be involved is currently completing her Diploma of Community Services.
At one point or another all three of the housemates have completed some training here at Central.
Susan was thrilled at the opportunity to work on the production.
“I was happy for the opportunity to get back to working directly with people and I can safely say I got way more out of the experience than I put in”, she said.
“It reignited my passion as to why I am working in the disability field. Even the actual filming itself was a great experience, in terms of working with a very respectful and sensitive crew who knew exactly when it was appropriate to proceed and when to pull back.”
Such as show hasn’t been seen on Australian TV before in terms of examining increasing independence for people with a disability, in close parallel with how such change affects their immediate families.
I don’t want to spoil the outcomes for those of you all set to watch it, but needless to say it is a powerful, poignant journey for everyone involved.
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