Articles & Documents

We hope you find the following collection of articles and documents of assistance. You can read them on line or download by clicking on the green buttons. For further information or queries please contact Belonging Matters on Phone/Fax +61 03 9739 8333 or Email

Circles Of Suppport

A Guide to Circles of Support

Many people with a disability, with the support of their families have taken great strides to improve social inclusion and access to their community but often this task depends on one or two key family members. This creates a significant concern about what will happen when these family members are no longer able to provide support in the future. Circles of Support are one of the ways people with disability can safeguard their vision and support in the future.

Voice - The Journal of Down Syndrome Australia: Deb Rouget and Teresa Micallef

Home Share

Are you living with a disability and looking for an opportunity to live independently? Maybe you’re looking for a housemate, but worried about finding the right person? We’re here to help... Home Share Melbourne provides a range of services that make it easier for you to make a great choice about where you live, how you live and who you live with.

Home Share Melbourne

Home and Accomodation

Crucial Times - CRU Newsletter

This edition of CRUcial Times is an exploration of what it means to create a home. We want to explore how we can assist people with disability to have more than just a bed, a room in someone else’s home or basic shelter but a home that others would clearly recognise and maybe even envy. Having a stable home can open doors to community, growth and connection.

Community Resource Unit

Why Group Homes Are No Longer Optimal: A Commentary

Though the group home was at one time the leading edge option for improving the lives of people with disabilities, it is now no longer considered the best option by leaders in the field

By Michael Kendrick

Who is Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) For?

No matter who is deemed eligible for Specialist Disability Accommodation, we must uphold the sanctity of home - what it means to have a real “home”.

By Deb Rouget


The aim of the project was to learn more about the characteristics of Individual Supported Living (ISL) in order to inform, educate, and influence greater “take-up” of these options by families and support services to enhance the lives of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

By Professor Errol Cocks, Professor Patricia O’Brien, Dr Stian H Thoresen, Professor Keith McVilly

A Home of My Own

Cameron Skinner lives in Warrigal, Victoria. He is a receptionist for the Jeremiah Business Group, lives in his own home and believes in the importance of giving back to community through volunteering and sharing his story at workshops and conferences. He is also an avid Collingwood Football Club supporter. Deb Rouget has been involved in the lives of people with a disability and families for nearly 30 years. She has been the Chief Executive Officer of Belonging Matters since its inception in 20

By Cameron Skinner & Deb Rouget (First published in Monash University's jounral, 'Parity' 2018)

Enabling Home:

How Genuinely Supportive Persons, Agencies And Systems Can Enable People To Have Real Homes Of Their Own​

By Michael J. Kendrick PhD

One family's experience with supportive housemates

By Libby Ellis

A Home Thats Right For Me! Ontario Report:

Valuing Choice, Evolving Individualized Residential Options

By Jenny Carver & Associates

Personalised Residential Support:

PRS Report

By Professor Errol Cocks and Ross Boaden

Personalised Residenial Supports:

Guide To Decision Making

By Professor Errol Cocks and Ross Boaden

Individual Supported Living:


By Professor Errol Cocks, Monique Williamson, & Dr Stian H Thoresen

My Friend Bradley:

I have been an advocate for a man with complex needs for nearly 20 years. The journey I have been on with him and his family over this time has seen some great outcomes for him, but it remains a constant struggle to ensure he has the funding needed for his support. We are hopeful that the NDIS will change this.

By Megan Buntine

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The purpose of life is a life with purpose: creating meaningful futures through valued roles.

Conference paper from the 'The Odyssey: celebrating achievements, progress and change', Family Advocacy, Sydney 2012.

By Jane Sherwin and Meg Sweeney

Ways to build and join Community

Suggestions on how to foster community and develop roles within it.

Belonging Matters

How to live, not just survive, with an intellectual disability:

Community Living Ontario Canada

By Daniel Share-Storm

Good Lives:

Research on Self-Directed Lives: Perspectives of People with Disabilities and Families

By the Research Group on Self-Directed Living - Princiapl Authors Dr Eilionoir Flynn, Jonathan Angus and Rachel Cassen


Belonging Matters' Submission to the Inquiry into the Social Inclusion of Victorians with a Disability, Parliament of Victoria, September 2014

By Belonging Matters

Connecting People And Building Social Relationships:

Relationships and friendships arise from sharing common interests and passions

By Deb Rouget

Leadership For Social Inclusion In The Lives Of People With Disabilities:

Five challenges for those in leadership roles

By Jane Sherwin

Some Reflections Of What Might Be Needed To Assist People With Disabilities To Become Included In Community:

Our reflections stem from the individuals and families we have assisted over many years who have struggled to live a "typical" life in the community.

By Deb Rouget

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Seven Steps to Self Direction

Building right relationship between people with disability, their families, friends and support workers

Valued Lives Health Passport

In light of the COVID-19 Virus The passport is a detailed document that can be used as communication tool to fill out with important information that is readily available to whoever supports/cares for you in a changing/emergency situation e.g. if visiting a doctor, having to go to hospital, having a new support worker care for you

Valued Lives

Social Role Valorisation In Action

An exciting array of practical articles and viewpoints based on Social Role Valorisation

By Values In Action Association

Good Lives:

Research on Self Directed Lives: Perspectives of People with Disabilities and Families

By The Research Group on Self-Directed Living - Principal Authors Dr Eilionoir Flynn, Jonathan angus, and Rachel Cassen

Manawanui Media Release:

New research shows giving people control over their government funding is better for everyone.

By Julz Britnell

Who Cares?

The impact of ideology, regulation and marketing on the quality of life of people with an intellectual disability.

By Robin Jackson

Beyond "Choice and Control":

Helpful Supports for Strengthening Personal and Situational Capacities

By Michael Kendrick PhD

Greame Innes gave his final speech as the Disability Discrimination Commissioner at the National Press Club of Australia on July2.

By Greame Innes

Discerning Actual Levels of Substantive Empowerment:

The Natural Authority of Families: