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LETHBRIDGE - The province is in a transition phase with how it provides supports for people with disabilities.

 

Frank Oberle, the Associate Minister of Services for Persons with Disabilities, was in Lethbridge on Thursday and says they want to put an emphasis on supports that provide for better inclusion and engagement in the community.

 

He says "there are people that rely heavily on community access supports that need them and that's their only opportunity to engage with the community and for those people those supports will still be there, but some people are capable of more independent engagement with the community, whether that's volunteer work or part time work, and they're capable of forming their own social networks out there rather than being surrounded by paid staff and that's the model we want to pursue."

 

To identify who needs which supports, Oberle says they're undergoing an evaluation to come up with a support plan that will determine where they go from there.

 

Even though $42-million was taken out of Community Access Supports, Oberle says all that money stayed within the budget and a big part went directly to the service providers to give wage increases for all their staff.



Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 4/21/2014 4:31:23 PM
Source: Tristan Tuckett - Country 95 News
 
 
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