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Disabilities which may be accommodated in Freedom Housing include - but are not limited to - the following:
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spina Bifida
  • Motor Neuron Disease
  • Autism
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Down's Syndrome
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Stroke
  • Non-violent mental disability
  • Old age (aged care)
 
 

ORTENZIA 

Ortenzia is a young MS sufferer. She knows what it's like to be forced - by a twist of Fate - to leave the family home, to live in a custodial old-age nursing home, and to then be placed in a group accommodation facility, separated from her children. She misses her two boys.
 
She hopes to move into Freedom Housing so that she may live under the same roof as her children and enjoy a normal lifestyle.
 
 

PROFESSOR WARWICK FOX

Professor Warwick Fox is an Australian professor of philosophy based in London, who is an expert in Environmental Ethics. He is also the originator of General Ethics.

General Ethics is a single, integrated approach to ethics that encompasses the realms of interhuman ethics, the ethics of the natural environment, and the ethics of the human-constructed, or built, environment.
 

have argued for some time that the most valuable examples of their kind, in any domain of interest at all, are those that exhibit a responsively cohesive form of organization.

This means that they can be characterized as holding together by virtue of the mutual responsiveness of their elements, or salient features, rather than as holding together in some other, non-mutually responsive way (which I refer to as fixed cohesion) or not holding together either very well or at all (which I refer to as discohesion).

Now, Christos Iliopoulos’s concept of Freedom Housing strikes me as an admirable example of responsive cohesion in the social realm: it represents a way of holding a small community together [family/household] in a way that is responsive to the varying needs and desires for care, connection, and privacy, of the people with disabilities, and those to whom they are most closely connected.  
 
In contrast, the more orthodox forms of institutionalized care, for all their good intentions and good work, can too often seem by their very nature to impose a fixed formula kind of regime upon people with widely different needs and, by separating them off from their home contexts, to disconnect people with disabilities from the kinds of day-to-day interaction with those to whom they are most connected, despite the fact that these forms of interaction are fundamental to the well-being of all concerned.
 
Thus, these more orthodox forms of institutionalised care can represent a combination, to varying degrees, of both fixedly cohesive and discohesive elements.

If I had disabilities to the extent that I needed daily care from others, or if I was closely connected to a person with disabilities, then I know which kind of caring and living context I would choose – providing, of course, that the responsively cohesive option of Freedom Housing were available!

  • Author of A Theory of General Ethics, and originator of the Theory of Responsive Cohesion approach to General Ethics.
  • Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom.

 
Philosopher Christos Iliopoulos, the inventor and designer of Freedom Housing, presenting to the
Gippsland Carers Association - 26 May 2015