Shane Brand (Housing Choices Australia)

Due to a car accident in 2001, Shane became a Quadriplegic and spent 14 months in hospital, undergoing major rehabilitation. Shane and his care-worker searched the private rental market for six months to find a home suitable for his newfound disability. Many landlords were simply not prepared to modify their properties for his needs.

As a consequence, Shane was fearful that he might have to live in a hostel until he came across a transitional housing property.

"My fortunes began to change once I found this home because it gave me the chance to lead an independent lifestyle and the freedom to have my own place" he says.

With a stable long-term living arrangement in place, Shane could re-focus on his life and new goals. Shane fulfilled an achievement many only ever dream about, when he represented Australia and won a silver medal in Wheelchair Rugby at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.