Interchange Australia: Offering Choice, Opportunities and Positive Outcomes
Mary and her daughter Alice moved to the Southern Highlands from Sydney when Mary’s father was in need of care.
Alice was born with Down syndrome, and despite Alice being a strong-minded, fun loving, caring young woman who loves people and celebrating life, Mary was concerned that her daughter would be vulnerable in society and wanted to ensure that she had access to the supports she needed to provide her with the best opportunities in life.
Mary approached Interchange Australia shortly after she moved to the Southern Highlands so that Alice could make new friends and feel at home in their new area.
Mary was pleasantly surprised by the amount of choices, opportunities and activities Interchange Australia could offer Alice. Initially, Mary was concerned that Alice would not cope with too much time away from her, so Alice was introduced into day activities first. Alice settled in very well and was soon asking to participate in more activities. Shortly after her introduction to Interchange Australia, Alice started to go on peer support outings with the new friends she had made. Based on these positive outcomes, Mary felt that choosing interchange Australia as a service provider was the best choice she could have made for her daughter.
Mary happily proclaims now that her strong minded daughter counts the days to her next outing or activity. Mary keeps the calendar on the fridge for Alice to refer to. Alice especially loves the dress up movie nights with dinner and dancing, respite and day options with of course all her new friends.
Mary and Alice are one of many families that Interchange Australia is proud to offer services to. Contact us at interchange Australia if you have a loved one that could have their life enhanced by the services we offer. Call 1300 112 334
The names in this article have been changed to ensure the privacy of this family.