16 April 2020

Taking the responsibility of being a pet owner seriously, Emma is having a wonderful time feeding and caring for her chooks and enjoying yummy fresh eggs every day.

Emma lives on the NSW Central Coast in supported accommodation, with Life Without Barriers’ support workers on-hand during the day and evening to assist her.

Emma has been diagnosed with Autism disorder, moderate intellectual disability, mid scoliosis of the spine, hemi-facial microsomia, blindness in her left eye and deafness in her left ear, anxiety and challenging behaviours, but it’s Emma’s mischievous personality, humour and gorgeous smile that people always remember.

Image: Emma with Eggs and Bacon

Emma enjoys swimming, singing, playing piano (Emma’s way!), long drives, sensory play, swings, jelly baths and flavoured milk, and she has just added another hobby to her long list of interests…keeping chooks!

Emma recently took up gardening and loves eating fresh produce straight out of her garden, she also loves animals. So, in consultation with Emma, her family and Public Guardian it was decided that a low maintenance pet would be perfect for Emma. After some research, chickens were adopted, a coop was installed, and the eggs started arriving just in time for Easter.

Meet Emma’s new pets – Bacon and Eggs! They are a welcome addition to the home and Emma loves having fresh eggs and some new friends to interact with and take care of.

Image: Emma and her carer Courtney admiring the new chicken coop

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