WENDY Cuneo is worried. She is a face - and voice - of uncertainty surrounding the future of three residential disability centres in the Hunter region.
"It's killing us, it's killing us all; the staff, the families, the clients," Wendy Cuneo has told the Herald for its weekly online interview series, The Issue.
"What people don't understand is these people are disabled, they're not stupid. They know something big is happening."
The Stockton, Tomaree and Kanangra centres are to be replaced with group homes in the community.
Wendy Cuneo's son, David, has lived at the Stockton Centre for more than 20 years. She says the centre's slated closure has "made David anxious and worried".
"A country lives or falls by the way it treats its most delicate members," Mrs Cuneo says. "It's not right to treat them like they're just a parcel you can move around."