The Establishment of My Home Disability Services

ACWA has been involved with so many important and needy projects, however the biggest and by far its major achievement was the establishment of My Home Disability Services in 2005. The My Home project came about as a result of community pressure, requesting the establishment of a centre to care for Muslim adults with intellectual disabilities.

To accommodate the community, ACWA purchased a property located at 41 Cooper Rd Birrong NSW 2143 in June 2003 through extensive fundraising efforts. ACWA members and the wider Muslim community rallied extensive support and generously contributed to the acquisition, renovation and adaptation of the My Home Resource Centre to meet the needs of persons with intellectual disabilities aged 18 years and over. The overwhelming response from our community, who saw the value of this unique project, enabled ACWA to pay off the mortgage on the property within a three- year period.

ACWA recognises that better support for families and carers has significant long-term benefits for the whole community, not just for those being cared for. Our vision is to assist carers to achieve quality of life themselves and the people they support.

For many people with a disability, their families and carers provide the best opportunities to assist them in building a life within their local community. ACWA understands the importance of strengthening family relationships and provides support services that help to strengthen these relationships. Family respite is one of these support services which plays an important role in keeping families together.