People and families living with developmental disabilities in Ontario have had strong opinions about the Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) being used as a way to assess people applying for supports and services. Other jurisdictions, including the Province of Alberta, have stopped using this assessment tool, favouring more respectful approaches to assessing the supports that people need for the life they hope to live. Kory Earle was President of People First of Canada at the time this video was recorded. Kory and three local parent leaders, mothers from Windsor and Essex County, share their thoughts openly and candidly. Click on the link above to watch the video.
A provincial resource for people & families interested in individualized funding & independent facilitation
The Individualized Funding Coalition for Ontario offers excellent and timeless resources and information on individualized funding. Important to Windsor-Essex, the coalition also promotes the importance of independent facilitation as a key to a good life – which has been a hallmark of support for people living with developmental disabilities in Windsor and Essex County since 1997 through ‘Brokerage’. Some people and families in Windsor and Essex County have been using individualized funding for over three decades as they build a good life at every stage of life.
See how one person from Essex County has been able to live out a favourite passion with the support of family, friends, and an independent facilitator to assist him in the creation of tailoured supports. Check out this link to the Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rV01D4hMGHc
The Individualized Funding Coalition for Ontario (IFCO) has a solid history as a valued partner with Windsor-Essex Family Network providing mutual support during the ups and downs over the years. From family participation at a provincial symposium in Orillia in the late 90’s, to our first IFCO community engagement conference in Windsor-Essex in 2001, to the IFCO Workfest in 2004, and numerous local and provincial gatherings from then on thru the years. This coalition has also done a good job educating and lobbying government about the need to enhance and expand individualized funding options over the years. To learn more you can go to the IFCO website, by clicking on the brown title above.
To check out some stories about what individualized funding means to IFCO members go to this webpage: https://individualizedfunding.ca/people-and-places/