History

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Summerland House Farm is open 7 days from 9am - 4pm

History

In 1956, Lionel Watts contracted poliomyelitis, an illness that left him a quadriplegic. After a long recovery from the acute illness, Lionel tried to find a rehabilitation program, which would enable him to re-enter the workforce. None was available. He also found a sad lack of training and rehabilitation programmes for many other types of disabilities. At that time he, and his wife Dorothy, committed themselves to helping people with a disability to gain employment, independence and inclusion. So began ‘House With No Steps’.

Today, the House With No Steps organisation is still dedicated to creating opportunities for people with a disability to make the most of their abilities. House with No Steps businesses and community services have been established around 160 locations along the east coast of Australia, all working towards the empowerment, respect, inclusion, commitment and achievement of people living with a disability.

Summerland House Farm is one of the most successful disability enterprises in Australia, and perhaps arguably, the world. Celebrating 40 years in 2012, and with over 90 people with a disability employed at the Alstonville site in the Northern Rivers of NSW, the establishment has gone from strength to strength as the agricultural hub of the region and in more recent times, as a must-see tourist attraction and education centre with over 150 000 visitors per year.