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Jocelynne And The Transformative Power Of Home


Jocelynne was born with vision impairment, profound deafness and with an intellectual disability. She spent the first half of her life in foster care, group homes and institutions. She did not thrive in these environments. At the age of 22 she got the opportunity to move into a home of her own. It transformed her life. Check out what she's achieved with her independence!

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At one point in time, it looked like Jocelynne was destined to spend the rest of her life in either institutions or group homes. She never had the opportunity to be independent, and so it was difficult for others and for herself to imagine what she was capable of.

A few key people in her life realised that Jocelynne was not doing well in her living situation. They banded together to get her out of a group home and into a home of her own. At that point in time, Jocelynne was dependent on others for everything. She had been moved between many different types of the same place, and so she had not been able to form lasting relationships. She'd become afraid of people. It took a long time for her to learn to trust others and to realise her own authority, but with the sense of stability and safety that comes from living in your own home, she slowly began to find her confidence.

Today she has been in her own home for over 20 years. She receives support from Community Living Project to live her life the way she wants. Jocelynne looks after herself and her home. She runs her own business from home. She's made long lasting friendships in her local community. She volunteers. She travels.

All she needed to unleash her potential was a home of her own, a few access features and a little support.

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