Opinion: Living with intellectual disability in The Dreamhouse

August 13, 2014

A new reality TV series is underway on the ABC which sets out to record an important rite of passage.

The Dreamhouse series focuses on three adults with intellectual disabilities moving out of home with the support of a volunteer support crew.

In a recent article in The Conversation, Associate Professor Jan Gothard from Murdoch University, discussed how the series has caused some disquiet within the disability support community with fears of exploitation of the participants.

You can read her full article here.

Associate Professor Gothard, who has a 22-year old daughter with Down syndrome, was involved in pre-production discussions of The Dreamhouse with Artemis Productions and is the author of Greater Expectations. Living with Down Syndrome in the Twenty-first Century (Fremantle Press, 2011).

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