Five Ideas about Housing for People Who Have Intellectual Disabilities

The 2021 federal budget included several welcome announcements about affordable housing, including the Federal Community Housing Initiative and the Affordable Housing Innovation Fund. These programs will add to the already substantial funding provided by the National Housing Strategy, which includes a goal to create 2,400 new affordable housing units for people who have developmental disabilities. As these programs are rolled … Read More

Separating Housing from Disability Supports: An Idea Whose Time has Come?

It is common practice in Ontario for people who have developmental disabilities to access housing and other needed supports from a single service provider. A number of stakeholders have argued that separating the provision of housing from other supports would boost system flexibility and increase people’s ability to obtain a full suite of supports. READ THE ARTICLE

The Myth of Economies of Scale in Developmental Services

It is commonly believed that large congregated residential facilities for people who have developmental disabilities are less expensive to operate than group homes or supported independent living. Yet information from the United States shows that, even for people with high support needs, large congregated facilities are in fact more costly than small group homes or supported independent living. Furthermore, smaller … Read More

Lessons from Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is often referenced as a leading example of disability service reform, and there is much to learn from the country’s experience. However, the NDIS has been plagued by a number of issues – especially for people who have an intellectual disability – and it is crucial that we learn from Australia’s mistakes. READ THE … Read More

Sandra & Gary’s Story

Community Living Ontario’s Family Leadership Series provided the support Sandra and Gary needed to support their son in a new way. Sandra and Gary first heard about Community Living Ontario’s Family Leadership Series through a friend. Gary’s son, Sean, has an intellectual disability, so they were keen to hear from others in similar situations. The Family Leadership Series provides a … Read More

The Importance of Our Autonomy

Volunteering with various organizations to flame the social change movement, Joyce Balaz has been advocating for persons living with disabilities to have equitable access to the supports necessary to live an everyday ordinary life in the community. Joyce holds leadership roles in the Individualized Funding Coalition for Ontario, Ontario Independent Facilitation Network, Family Network Thames Valley and Family Alliance Ontario. For me, … Read More

Position: The Right to Live in the Community

People First of Canada (PFC) believes that no person, regardless of disability, should live in any kind of situation that promotes or practices congregation, segregation, or isolation. It is our belief that all people, regardless of disability, can live within their community, with appropriate supports. We also believe that people should exercise their right to voice and choice in determining … Read More

Crystalizing the Case for Deinstitutionalization: COVID-19 and the Experiences of Persons with Disabilities

Crystalizing the Case for Deinstitutionalization: Covid 19 and the Experiences of Persons with Disabilities[i] From the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK (LSE) May 2021 Martin Knapp, Eva Cyhlarova, Adelina Comas-Herrera, Klara Lorenz-Dant FORWARD Professor Gerard Quinn United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Chair, Leeds University Centre for Disability Studies, UK Affiliated Chair, … Read More

Bill 218: The Death of Memory

It was on or about May 20 that the Canadian Armed Forces submitted what has to be described as a whistleblower report to the federal government as to the conditions of the long-term care homes in Ontario. In part, this report detailed cases where residents had not been fed or bathed and many were literally crying out for help. Cockroach … Read More

Aging in Place – We Have a Way to Go!

Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley is committed to sharing practices and processes that relate to success and enhancing people’s quality of life. However, we have a way to go before we can celebrate success in supporting seniors in the most dignified and respectful manner. We support some people who are in their 50s, 60s and 70s that live in long-term … Read More