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Living with intellectual disability in The Dreamhouse

Gothard, J. (2014) Living with intellectual disability in The Dreamhouse. The Conversation, 7 August 2014 .

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“I’m not a mummy’s boy any more!” proclaims Justin. “You never were!”, counters his mother Margaret.

Justin, aged 32, is leaving home for the first time. He has Down syndrome and he and two others who also have intellectual disabilities are housemates in The Dreamhouse. The new six-part reality TV series goes to air on ABC1 tonight.

It features three young adults finding independence. They’re not living by themselves. Rather, they’re placed in a situation where, with the help of support workers, they are learning to lead sustainable lives in an environment largely of their own shaping, away from immediate parental support and direction.

Publication Type: Non-refereed Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Arts
Publisher: The Conversation Media Group
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