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AROHA - Entities for Personal Empowerment and Support

The most valuable resource for a person with a disability, as for anyone, is a circle of friends or personal support network. For someone who is vulnerable, it may be good to consider incorporating an entity to supplement or succeed the role of parents in ensuring the person has a good life.

The first Aroha in Ontario was incorporated as a legal entity in 2002, with and around a man in Guelph who is also a founding member of OAARSN. This Aroha has shared its experience with other circles of families and friends who want to incorporate.

An Aroha entity can be helpful in many circumstances, whether or not a person wants to live in a home of his own. Each vulnerable person and situation is different and unique.

An Aroha ensures that the focus person’s voice is heard and that available resources and supports are used for the individual, in keeping with her or his wishes and needs—now, and into the future, after parents are no longer available to take care of the many details that add up to quality of life.

An Aroha can have legal powers to:
a) receive and administer individualized funding directly from Government 
b) administer trust funds set up by families
c) be the employer of record for support workers
d) own and maintain property such as the home of the person with a disability
e) make contracts and agreements with independent service providers  and consultants
f) make contracts with facilitators and agencies that may provide direct and infrastructure supports
g) carry liability insurance.

OAARSN webpage about Aroha-Entities, including the following sections:
-Questions and Answers
-Guelph Focus on Microboards (report of a workshop in 2001)
-Guide to Incorporating an Aroha: Models: Strategies, Objects and Bylaws
-Story of Ontario's First Aroha

To reach information about Aroha-Entities, please send a message first to OAARSN at oaarsn@uoguelph.ca

 

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