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Independent youth with disability
Fiona Macken writes about Diamond Creek brigade’s successful education initiative for local residents with intellectual disabilities who live independently.
Diamond Creek Fire Brigade has recently started a program of education for local residents with intellectual disabilities who live independently.
The program was commenced following a request from concerned parents for fire safety education for their adult children who live independently and have an intellectual disability.
These parents were primarily concerned about the safety of their children in the event of a house fire and believed that a visit from the fire brigade would reinforce the safety messages they had taught their children.
In addition, the brigade educator conducting the visits can provide additional tips and advice that parents have often not considered, along with important fire prevention information.
Following the success of these recent visits, the brigade is now hoping to expand the program and target more local residents with an intellectual disability who live independently.
The brigade is planning to work in conjunction with Council (and perhaps other agencies) on this program, to ensure the needs of these vulnerable local residents are comprehensively addressed.