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
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.