Carl was separated from his family at the age of 7. He languished for decades in a dingy hostel for people with disabilities sharing a cramped room with four others.
Carl was 44 when he was introduced to his advocate, Patrick, who embarked on a remarkable journey finding a variety of ways to transform Carl’s life. Patrick took Carl to his very first movie – an amazing experience for both of them. (Patrick took more pleasure witnessing the look of wonder on Carl’s face than in the movie!) When Patrick discovered that Carl had money left to him by his parents he took him on a shopping expedition when, for the first time in his life, Carl excitedly chose his own clothes.
Patrick then spoke up strongly for Carl and saw to it that he left the hostel. With appropriate support, Carl now lives alone in the community. Patrick was also instrumental in assisting Carl to make a submission to RedressWA for neglect whilst in State care. And the icing on the cake … Patrick linked Carl into literacy classes, guitar lessons, and drama. What a change!
After 15 years of looking out for Carl, Patrick’s circumstances changed; he remains in touch with Carl and visits when in Australia. A co-advocate, Simon, now monitors Carl’s service provision, health, and wellbeing ensuring that Carl has the opportunities he was denied for so long, enjoys his life and retains his treasured independence.