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Building on Abilities is a new initiative to improve supports and services for Manitobans with intellectual disabilities. It builds on the work of Community Living disABILITY Services (CLDS), a program of Manitoba Family Services, by helping people with intellectual disabilities live in the community with a good quality of life.
Whether you have just qualified to receive services, or have been eligible for services for some time, you will find this short guide useful in understanding what the building on abilities initiative is and how it affects you.
The Vulnerable Person’s Living with a Mental Disability Act recognizes the rights of people with disabilities to make their own decisions and receive the support they need to be as independent as possible. CLDS wants to ensure that:
People with intellectual & developmental disabilities who are eligible for services get the services and supports they need to live, love, work, and play, just as others do in their community.
To help achieve this goal and ensure that the service system is fair for everyone, CLDS is making some changes to the way that services to people with disabilities are provided; the building on abilities initiative aims to make sure that people with intellectual disabilities:
Starting January 1, 2016, CLDS will introduce a new intake process that will start with adults with an intellectual disability who live with families. It is based on the Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) – a tool designed to measure the type, frequency and intensity of support a person needs to fully participate in community life.
There are four key steps in the Building on Abilities initiative:
Starting in January 2016, all new and some existing CLDS participants will be assessed using the SIS. The SIS interview will be held once every three years afterward to make sure the supports still match the participants’ needs.
CLDS staff will meet with the participants and members of the participant’s support system (ex: family, community support workers, and workplace or school support people). Staff will ask about the supports the participants needs at home, with friends and family, at community centres, school and/or work. The group will also talk about health, safety, medical and behavioural support needs. A written report will later be sent to the participants and the participant’s Community Service Worker. A few weeks after the interview, participants will be invited by phone to another meeting to talk about the report.
CLDS wants to continue to build a system that focuses on individual needs to will help current and future generations of Manitobans with intellectual disabilities.
The new initiative will make sure that people get the supports they need by: