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Mr Les Walter

"Many of our older generation………were quite old-fashioned in their thinking on today's values as they accepted 'these were our kids' and they were their responsibility. And of course, the modern generation didn't see it that way. They see them as their children and they've got a responsibility, but they also see the government as having a responsibility too to accept them, so that (older) generation was really very protective, and there was no way they were going to accept the proposition that their kids should be able to go and live in a house on their own...…because they believed, of course, that they needed protection?

..In those days, if you had an intellectually disabled son or daughter you were stared at when you went out, and people were virtually saying 'You shouldn't be out with that kid; they should be put away in Claremont'…in fact, what our specialist doctor said to my wife Chris when she went back to see him after the birth was 'Put her in Claremont and forget her'. And this was the general attitude. I can remember travelling on buses and people staring at us. The kids going up and down the street to school…saying 'That's where the silly kid lives'. All that kind of thing. If they could only see her now, she's one of the happiest ladies in the world, and freely moves around in the community without people staring at her."