Accessible House Becomes A Reality

The Christchurch branch of Conductive Education (CE) has a new house available for lease from 21 April, at 27 Grenville St, Phillipstown, Christchurch. (See photo) The house has 5 bedrooms. 3 of the bedrooms are downstairs and they are accessible and the two bedrooms upstairs are either for carers or ambulant flatmates. There is 1 bathroom on each floor, the downstairs bathroom is fully accessible. The kitchen is also designed to be accessible. The people at CE has worked very closely with BJ Clark of CCS Disability Action Christchurch to ensure all the accessible needs are met including data cabling to all bedroom, underfloor heating and LED lighting. The double glazed house also has a washing machine, dryer, fridge and double drawer dishwasher and an amazing heating system, heatpump and ducting throughout the bedrooms. Overall the environment is very open with a modern feel. All this could be yours for $700 per week or by negotiation for long tern leases. Inquires to Rebecca Courtney, at cecanterbury@xtra.co.nz or phone 372 1399.

To fully understand how this exciting project developed it’s important to delve into the past. Conductive Education Canterbury Incorporated is a Charitable Society. The preschool was established in Christchurch in 1992 by a group of passionate parents. As their children have grown they have established Conductive units at Addington Primary School, Cashmere High and the newly established Adults Centre. It was the hard work and dedication of these parents that has meant Conductive Education Canterbury is now in a position to build an accessible home for physically disabled young adults.

To enable them to fulfill their dream for independence the CE Society has a strategic plan they have been working towards since 2008 when they purchased a property in Phillipstown. This property is ideally placed; close to the city, Polytechnic, bus routes and more. The plan has always been to build two accessible 5 bedroom homes on this site that would enable up to 3 young adults and their careers to live independently in each home.

The dream has finally become a reality.

Thanks to Kaye McGrail for the above information. Kaye is a trustee of this housing project.

Ross Flood