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Community Development / Self-Managed
Attendant Care Service - Direct Funding
The mission of The Independent Living Centre London & Area is
provide information and support to all people with disabilities as they
take risks in directing and managing their lives.
- To provide information and referrals which
will assist people with all disabilities to make informed choices
regarding independent living.
- To develop and support informal interest groups as
indicated by the community.
- To facilitate informative and educational seminars
on relevant topics
for people with any disability, their families, their friends and
interested community members, as well as social gatherings to build new
bridges of peer support.
- To gather current and updated information and
resources on all disabilities.
- Share information with the community upon request.
Information and Networking Program
the Information and Networking Program, Independent Living Centre staff
respond to questions and requests from consumers. A
response-oriented approach is the key to the Information and Networking
program since Independent Living Centres are there to answer community
needs. By answering these questions, we try to offer
and resources to answer consumer needs. The staff
try to be
as helpful as possible and when no information is readily available
they will help the consumer in his/her search. The
this program is to empower consumers to make informed decisions.
We can be reached in the following ways:
The Independent Living Centre London & Area
433 King Street, Suite 101
London, Ontario N6B 3P3
Telephone: (519) 660-4667
Fax: (519) 660-6818
Peer Support Program provides and promotes opportunities for people
with disabilities to share information, ideas, life experiences and
skills. We believe that it is through the context of
supportive peer environment that the individual can gain the skills and
self-confidence needed to overcome barriers and learn to manage
personal and community resources better.
program encourages people with disabilities to speak with others and to
share their thoughts, concerns and hopes with one
another. Very often, peer support spontaneously
people get together. With the Peer Support program,
to see those occurrences happen more often.
our centre, we conduct small informal gatherings which may include a
guest speaker or may not. Brainstorming sessions take place on a
regular basis at which people suggest topics for future
events. We have had guest speakers come and talk
collective kitchens, budgeting, self esteem and goal setting, to name a
are informal and a great opportunity for participants to talk to each
other and make new friends.
also conduct regular seminars in a public place with guest
speakers. This provides another opportunity for
come together and also to learn something new.
public is welcome to attend also. Some of our topics
included the Ontario Disability Support Plan, the Assistive Devices
Program, Things to Do in and Around London, and
Acupuncture. Usually, after the speaker is finished
plenty of time for refreshments and chatting with one another.
Living Skills Development Program
the Independent Living Skills Development Program, we help one another
to exercise our rights and provide support to people pursuing
individual advocacy goals. The Centre does not
advocate for the individual consumer; rather, they provide the advice
and the tools each person needs to advocate his/her own point of view.
seminars on various skills, the Centre gives information that is
different than what is found elsewhere.
lot of emphasis is put on the individual as he or she develops skills
that are perhaps not confrontational but teaches them to fight and
negotiate for their rights.
our centre, the Independent Living Skills Development Program can
include one to one communication, workshops that develop useful skills
for advocacy, or a series of workshops on self advocacy.
and Community Development
research is done on issues, projects, and with input from consumers to
identify unmet needs in the community. Options are
researched and developed to meet the need. It is
that all aspects of this program remain true to the basic Independent
Living principles. They must be consumer-controlled,
cross-disability, community-based, non-profit and promoters of
integration and participation in the community.
Attendant Care Service - Direct Funding
Control Over Your Life!
Funding lets you self-manage your attendant
services. Do you
have a physical disability? Do you use or need
help? Would you like more control, flexibility and
your life? Self-managed attendant services may be
program is now full. Still, we encourage people who
interested to apply. Applicants will be placed on a
list. Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health, this
innovative program enables adults with physical disabilities to become
employers of their own attendants. (Attendants
routine activities of living, such as dressing, grooming and
bathing.) You would receive monthly funds to manage
within an individualized budget. The maximum service
is 6 hours per day and it is higher for full-time ventilator
users. Overnight coverage is also possible using
direct funding, you are in charge of your own
staff. You can
schedule your attendants to meet your daily living needs, not somebody
else's timetable. You can hire people based on your
individual requirements and compatibility. And
funding is portable - you can live anywhere in Ontario you
like. "I cannot imagine going back to my old
situation-receiving attendant care [in an apartment with
services.] Direct funding has improved my life far
Funding participant, age 30: If
you are over 16, you require attendant services due to a permanent,
physical disability, and your needs have been stable over the past
year, you may be eligible for this program. You must be capable of
recruiting, hiring, training and managing attendant workers, and
understanding and carrying out the responsibilities of an employer by
yourself. If you think you are a good candidate,
call for an
Information booklet and Application kit (applicants are interviewed in
various locations around Ontario) - it may be your first step along the
path to a happier and healthier lifestyle! "...the
and flexibility that I am experiencing were not imaginable in other
settings. The relationship with my attendants is
in that everyone can be treated with respect and dignity."
Funding participant, age 46:
"I have found self-managing wonderful! There are no
that can describe the change. I know that I can get
I want, I can decide who I want to help me in and out of my bath, I
don't have to worry about having so many people in my home from so many
Direct Funding is
administered by the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (Website: www.cilt.ca),
in partnership with the Ontario Network of Independent Living
Centres. For more information, check out the above
or call 519-660-4667.
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of Independent Living Canada