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Friday, 25 September 2009

Summer Bay myth

This letter was published by the Sydney Morning Herald on 24th September. The writer is referring to the current story-line in the popular soap, and the reality of accessing supported accommodation for people with disabilities in NSW.

Home and Away has gone from fiction to ridiculous. How can the scriptwriters ever think viewers would believe such a nonsense story line as a ''community house'' for people with disabilities with not only a spare bed but also where potential residents just need a desire to live there to start their ''trial transition''? Obviously it's written for the overseas market. Parents of people with disabilities in NSW know it doesn't happen anything like this.

The really sad thing is that it perpetuates the myth that there are supported accommodation places waiting to be had. How wrong can they be?

Jenny Rollo

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