Investment in Developmental Services Will Help Stabilize the Sector, Eliminate Waitlists

TORONTO, April 11, 2014 /CNW/ - Congratulations to the Wynne government and Minister Ted McMeekin for an unprecedented investment in the developmental services sector and families and individuals with a developmental disability. 

"This is great news for individuals with a developmental disability, their families and our staff. This morning's announcement tells us that the government has heard the system has been in desperate need of support for some time now," says Brad Saunders, Regional Executive Director, "We are very pleased that the government has developed a 3 year plan to eliminate waitlists and support the thousands of people waiting for service, including those in urgent need of residential supports.  This plan will help begin to stabilize the sector for future generations of people with a developmental disability and greatly reduce the stress many families face every day." 

Today's announcement will address the 16,000 people currently waiting for direct support over the next four years while providing support to those families and individuals in urgent need, or facing a life transition. Further investment in frontline staff and agencies will help to stabilize the sector and support innovation in housing and employment. "Our staff are well trained and very committed to the individuals and families they support," says Saunders, "They play a critical role in helping individuals with a developmental disability realize their goals and be a valuable part of their community."

Community Living Toronto thanks Minister McMeekin for investing in people with a developmental disability.  "We are hopeful that our continued partnership with government will help to realize meaningful transformation of the sector," says Saunders. "People with a developmental disability deserve every opportunity to live full lives in their community. Today's announcement shows that government believes every person counts, and we look forward to continue working with government to realize that vision." 

About Community Living Toronto
Since 1948 Community Living Toronto has been a grassroots leader in developing community-based services and supports for people with an intellectual disability and their family. One of the largest organizations of its kind in Canada, Community Living Toronto provides services and support to over 6,000 people and their families across Toronto. Our mission is to change the lives of people with an intellectual disability by giving them a voice, and supporting their choices where they live, learn, work and play.

SOURCE: Community Living Toronto

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