Entities for Personal Empowerment and Support
resource for a person with a disability, as for anyone, is a circle of
or personal support network. For someone who is vulnerable, it may be
consider incorporating an entity to supplement or succeed the role of
in ensuring the person has a good life.
Aroha in Ontario was
incorporated in 2002 with and around a man in Guelph. This
Aroha has shared its experience with other circles of families and
want to incorporate. One condition of an agreement with GSA for a home
own is that the person has an Aroha.
An Aroha entity can be
helpful in many circumstances,
whether or not it is a person wants to live in a home of his own. Each
vulnerable person and situation is different and unique.
What can an
incorporated Aroha do for personal empowerment and support?
ensuring that available resources and supports are used for the
keeping with her/his wishes and needs—now, and into the future, after
are no longer available to take care of the many details that add
quality of life.
supporters of the Aroha entity ensure that the person with a disability
ways to understand options and make decisions about her/his life. We
a supported decision-making agreement.
an incorporated Aroha entity can have legal powers to:
a) receive and administer individualized funding directly from
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
e) make contracts and agreements with independent service
f) make contracts with facilitators and agencies that may provide
g) carry liability insurance.
introduction to chapter in CREATING A
HOME AND GOOD
LIFE OF MY OWN: Strategies and formal agreements developed
by Guelph Services for the
Autistic in its role as housing trust (2008).
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