What happens when a family with intellectual disabilities struggles to keep their heads above water?

What happens when a family with intellectual disabilities struggles to keep their heads above water?

A family with a disability struggles to stay afloat in a rapidly changing society.

But they say they are not alone.

A series of devastating events in recent years has prompted some people with intellectual disability to question whether they should be treated as second-class citizens.

Andrea and David, who live with intellectual and developmental disabilities, say they do not have to worry about being discriminated against.

“We have a very good chance, and we should not feel bad about it, we should feel really happy,” Ms Andrea says.

The couple are part of a community of like-minded families that call themselves the Intellectual Disability Support Group (IDSG) who say they help families in need of help in the community.

The IDSG has a network of about 60 families, and says more than 90 per cent of them have a family member with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

It has partnered with a local community group to offer free training for community members and staff.

“You can get in the training and just sit down and do it.

It’s just an opportunity to get out there and do something, get some help, get someone to listen to you, get something to say to somebody, to say what needs to be said,” Ms Glyn Davies says.

They also provide support to people with mental health issues and to those who have been discriminated against in the past.

The training includes topics like empathy, communication, motivation and conflict resolution.

“It’s an opportunity for you to understand your family and your partner, how they’re feeling,” Ms Davies says, adding that they are often in need and in need for more support.

She says there are many more families than they can count in the IDSG network.

The families have taken a risk, she says, but it has paid off.

“They’re really getting to know each other, they’re not just like-for-like, they understand each other and they are able to get through life together.”

The families also share their experiences, sharing their stories and giving advice and support.

“I think what we have is this shared journey of understanding our families and each other.

We’re not always together in the same place, we’re not the same people but we’re still in the process of understanding each other,” Ms David says.”

And then you really see the things that you need to do to stay together.”

Ms Davies says the training has been a life-changing experience.

“There’s nothing quite like it.

The family has been so supportive, there’s no one that hasn’t been a really great resource for them.

They’ve done it for us, it’s been so rewarding.”

It has also given Ms Davies hope.

“A family with this is going to feel so much more secure in their lives, they’ll have someone who is going with them on their journey and they’ll be able to trust and have that support,” she says.