- We have applied for some grants which we hope we will be successful in receiving. The purpose is to fund a program to assist students leaving modified high school programs to attend an individualized college or university program.
- We have offered education sessions for families to learn more about Children’s Special Services, the government program which delivers services to them, and facilitated a dialogue about some of the areas where there is a lack of consistency, clarity of eligibility, or access to services. We also offered a workshop for families to learn how to move effectively participate in their child’s Individual Education Plan.
- We have a role in discussions provincially about services for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum disorder, representing families in the Westman Region. In these discussions we are reflecting the gaps in services that have been shared with us by families affected by them, and relaying this information through the larger provincial group directly to the government departments responsible for service delivery. Families taken up with the day to day care of their child or children with autism are not in a position to attend meetings in Winnipeg – which highlights the problem of Winnipeg based service options.
- We have established an online presence, with this webpage, a Facebook page and a Twitter account. We recognize that meeting in person is not as easy for families for whom child care is a challenge, and for whom time away from home is a respite need that meetings may not fill. Our intent is to provide online information, support and connections for families that will create a community of common concern.
It is my goal as Executive Director to maintain more of a blog than a seasonal newsletter. This way I can post timely information and articles, and direct people here from our social media sites. I hope that you will check in now and then to see what Community Living Brandon is up to as we work towards an inclusive community.
Debby Dandy – Executive Director