Story: Disability and disability organisations

Deinstitutionalisation: Take 5 community house (1st of 2)

Deinstitutionalisation: Take 5 community house

By the late 1980s the idea that people with disabilities were best cared for in large, hospital-like institutions had fallen from favour. The better option was to place them back with their families or in small residential facilities. In between were community houses, where former patients could learn life skills to enable them to lead more independent lives, with professional support available where needed. The Take 5 community house in suburban Naenae, in Lower Hutt, was a place where people who have experienced mental illness could meet and be supported. Three of the house's regulars cook sausages during the Christmas barbecue in 1991.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1991/4499

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Martin Sullivan, 'Disability and disability organisations - Ideas about disability care', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/29171/deinstitutionalisation-take-5-community-house (accessed 12 November 2019)

Story by Martin Sullivan, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 12 Jul 2018