New option for people with disability in Bendigo

FOSTERING CONFIDENCE: Catherine Woodger from Distinctive Options. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

FOSTERING CONFIDENCE: Catherine Woodger from Distinctive Options. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

A DISABILITY service provider has held an open day in Bendigo to introduce its new service to the community.

Distinctive Options offers a small service, open to just six to eight people, that is driven by participants according to their wants and needs – even down to the choice of furniture and fittings.

Distinctive Options chief executive officer Murray Dawson-Smith said this service model gave participants a sense of ownership, fostering their confidence and independence.

“Often for people with a disability, choice and control is in the hands of other people,” Mr Dawson-Smith said.

As part of the open day there were screenings of three short films Distinctive Options screened at disability film festival The Other Film Festival and talks from members of the service.

Distinctive Options moved its small service model into Bendigo after it reported finding success with such a program in St Albans.

Mr Dawson-Smith said the Sunbury-based organisation had already been providing support to people in Bendigo and saw there was an opportunity to offer this service.

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