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Building independence

A true blue happy-go-lucky Aussie larrikin, Matthew loves his music, cricket and AFL, proudly displaying his Hawthorn memorabilia around his home.

Matthew has an intellectual disability, hearing impairment and has limited speech capacity. Four years ago Matthew and his Grandfather met with Possability to discuss the level and variety of support that staff could offer to meet his specific needs, and to continue to develop and learn new skills. Matthew worked with support practitioners and identified the personal goals he wanted to achieve in order to improve his social and independent living skills.

After four years of one-on-one support with Possability staff, now aged 38 years old, Matthew has significantly improved his social skills and self-management. He shares his home with a housemate and continues to have the one-on-one support.

Matthew works with staff on day-to-day activities around the home, assisting and taking the lead on tasks he knows well. Matthew’s capacity to take on more responsibility around the house has grown resulting in improved skills in maintaining personal care, household duties and shopping. Matthew continues to set goals with his support staff to improve his lifestyle, now enjoying activities such as cooking, cleaning and washing.

Possability staff work with Matthew to apply his developing skills to real life situations, including saving, budgeting and planning the redecorating of his room and the purchase of new household items.

Matthew’s improved self-management and independent living skills have had flow on benefits to his confidence and social interactions. Friends and family have praised the progress Matthew has made since working with Possability. His focus now is to continue working with staff to further his independence and skills.