Recommendations

  1. Recognize and Secure the Right to Sufficient and Appropriate Supports through legislation to enable people labelled with intellectual and developmental disabilities to flourish in the community, as citizens and not merely to survive at the edges of society.

By Sufficient and Appropriate Supports We Mean:

  • Enabling people to make their own decisionsabout where they want to live, with whom they want to live and how they want to spend their time;
  • Ensuring that supports are mobileso that people can move without losing their supports;
  • Ensuring that supports are individualized and person-directed, and not conditioned by the needs of private sector service providers;
  • Ensuring that public servicesfunded at the municipal level such as transportation and communication supports like alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) respect international and newly revised provincial law by serving people labelled with an intellectual/developmental disability;
  • Investing in people labelled with intellectual/developmental disabilities, their families and other support networks by providing the resources to build the capacity to coordinate and manage individualized funding and by providing the resources to hire a coordinator when this option is needed;

Use the Language of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) in the Social Inclusion Act.

  1. Collaborate with Disabled People to Revise the Needs Assessment Processto make it accessible and respectful of people’s ability to know best what supports they need and their right to decide.
  2. Collaborate with Disabled People to Create a List of Desirable Outcomesfor all individuals receiving government funded supports, in line with person-directed objectives and the UN CRPD.
  3. Collaborate with Disabled People to Revise Risk Modelsthat support the right to autonomy, to supported decision-making in the context of person-directed supports and individualized funding.
  4. Make the Social Inclusion Act More Inclusiveof people living with a diversity of conditions that affect activities of daily living such as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Acquired Brain Injury, schizophrenia, etc.
  5. Support Policy for Affordable and Accessible Housingbased on the fact that people with intellectual disabilities don’t need special homes or facilities. Like many other marginalized groups, they need affordable housing and sufficient and appropriate supports that to live in the community of their choice and to participate fully in that community.
  6. Develop a Clear Policy Whereby Personal Assistance and Housing are Separateto increase disabled people’s safety and ability to maintain control over their lives; this allows for checks and balances and helps reduce conflicts of interest within service providers’ roles.
  7. Develop a Clear Policy that Aims to Build a Sustainableperson-centred and person-level system of support.
  8. Adopt a Lifespan & Intersectional Approach to Supports and Servicesto reduce program fragmentation, confusion and wasted human and financial resources. Provide flexibility in funding based on the assumption that needs will fluctuate throughout a person’s lifespan and that a variety of personal & cultural characteristics must be taken into account when designing and delivering supports and services.