OAARSN SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN
SPECIAL ISSUES FOR ADULTS IN
responses are needed—this week, by
who lives with a developmental disability or who cares for or about
has a disability in
Opportunities and Action is available for public comment so that
Ontarians can contribute to shaping the future of a fair, accessible
sustainable developmental services system for
The Ministry says that
the consultation will guide a blueprint for the future of developmental
issues and respond as you see would best suit the needs and dreams of
person you know best. Adult autism issues have not been considered much
You may wish to refer to these. In our view, real transformation of
1. A person-centred approach of respecting and listening to each vulnerable person with a disability, so that people are not squeezed into programs.
2. Strengthening of circles of friends and personal support networks, including people who are not paid to be in the social service system, but know and care about their friend who is vulnerable. These entities may be strengthened by being incorporated and are the best safeguard of continuous quality improvement.
3. Independent planning and facilitation (on the model of the Windsor-Essex brokerage, and separate from current service provider systems) so that each person with a disability can make informed choices about how, where and with whom to live, who will provide the supports they need, and how they will spend their time.
4. Priorities defined through the previous three factors can best be implemented with Direct Funding for each person with a disability. Persons can choose to use their disability support dollars on what they most need, choosing among existing agencies if appropriate or niche social enterprises that may be started to meet specific needs. Funding for housing should be separate from funding for other supports. Direct funding must be complemented with infrastructure supports (such as ways to find support workers and ways to manage and be accountable for the funding).
5. No one blueprint serves every person. Adults with autism have particularly complex combinations of needs and abilities. Flexibility and portability must be built into the system.Read the Full Report http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/NR/MCFCS/developmental/DSreport_EN.pdf
Read the Plain Language Version
Read Executive Summary
a) you may complete and send the online feedback form (last link above)
b) or you may attach your responses to an email message sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
c) or you can fax your answers to (416) 325-5554 or toll-free to 1-866-340-9112
d) or you can mail your responses to:
Developmental Services Transformation Feedback
Developmental Services Branch
Ministry of Community and Social Services
Check out the very helpful resources of the IFCO website
representing a decade of effort by an umbrella group of
Read more on the OAARSN site at http://www.ont-autism.uoguelph.ca
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OAARSN welcomes discussion of ideas and topics related to adults with autism.
We support freedom of information and expression and encourage everyone
to try to see all sides of issues and to understand the viewpoints of others.
We do not endorse all opinions or interventions that we may report in this bulletin.
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discussion questions and comments, and accounts of experience to
Gerald & Elizabeth Bloomfield