Watts Cottage Museum

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Watts Cottage Museum

Watts Cottage Museum was created to recognise the work of House With No Steps founder Lionel Watts and his battle to create equal opportunities for people with a disability. Together with wife Dorothy, his ultimate goal was to enable people with a disability to reach their potential and lead productive and satisfying lives.

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’.

The Watts Cottage Museum is a wonderful education centre and archive of the inspirational story behind ‘House With No Steps’, the history of social inclusion for people with a disability in Australia, and the personal story of Lionel and Dororthy Watts’  – their journey to make a difference.

Watts Cottage was the original Farm House on the Alstonville property – formerly a dairy farm of local family the Cawleys. This historic land mark has now been magnificently restored to its former glory, and well worth a visit.