The positive results convinced the Ministry of Health to expand Self-Managed Attendant Services — Direct Funding into a permanent program, with $18.7 million committed over the next three years to increase the number of participants.
Self-Managed Attendant Services — Direct Funding is planned and implemented by the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto. An evaluation of Direct Funding showed that its key benefits include more flexibility and control over attendant services, more efficient use of health-care services, fewer days in care facilities, and even increased employment for some participants.
UPCOMING CAILC PROJECTS:
CORRECTIONAL SERVICE CANADA
CAILC just got word from Correctional Service Canada that our proposed pilot project, Opening Doors, will receive funding and can now get up and running at its first site. This three-year pilot will enable CAILC and eventually five ILRCs to implement a support model, based on the IL philosophy, to assist people with disabilities who are leaving the federal prison system and reintegrating back into society. This transition is hard enough as an able-bodied person, let alone as someone facing additional barriers due to disability. Opening Doors will make the passage a little smoother.
DisAbled Women’s Network (DAWN) Canada has submitted a proposal to HRDC’s national Opportunities Fund for an innovative training/leadership initiative for women with disabilities across the country. This initiative will “train trainers” across Canada to provide either a condensed, eight-week or full, six-month Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition Program, enabling the participants to create Personal and Marketable Portfolios.
As we are all aware, we develop many skills through life experiences that we tend to overlook. However, this training will bring women together to help them review and identify the skills they do have and where skills are lacking. The participants will either volunteer or work in the community to build skills and build their portfolios.
DAWN will be working with local ILRCs to test out the eight-week pilots. Both DAWN and CAILC are extremely excited at the prospect of working in partnership throughout the course of the project.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
…about any of CAILC’s activities, contact:
CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTRES (CAILC)
1004-350 SPARKS STREET
OTTAWA, ON K1R 7S8
TEL: (613) 563-2581
FAX: (613) 235-4497
TTY: (613) 563-2581