Join us for our first ever Awards Gala! For tickets, to nominate someone for an award, or to explore sponsorship opportunities, check out our Events page! Thank You to Our Sponsors!Continue reading →
Last night, we were pleased to present a free information night. The room was full of parents and a few teenagers looking for information on Transitioning to Adult Services. Six presenters provided a wealth of information on options for education, … Continue reading →
As we begin another season of activities, Community Living Brandon is looking at a number of priorities. We have been grateful to receive funding from the THOMAS SILL FOUNDATION, the CEREBRAL PALSY ASSOCIATION OF MANITOBA, and the MANITOBA SOCIAL SERVICES COUNCIL to support a project at Brandon University, which will offer post secondary education opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities. This project will formally launch in January 2017, so watch for press releases at that time.Continue reading →
On Saturday April 30, Community Living Brandon sponsored a workshop with Suzanne Swanton, a Social Worker from Continuity Care in Winnipeg to explain the Registered Disability Savings Plan, and John Poyser, a lawyer also from Winnipeg to share advice about wills and estates. This was great information, and the families who attended wanted to be sure that any money they had available to leave for their family member was left wisely and could be used in the way they wanted it to be. Some had young children, and were looking at a lifetime of saving. Some were looking at an inheritance which would be available when they were no longer here. Others recognized the Registered Disability Savings Plan as an excellent savings vehicle which is available to individuals from childhood up to the age of 49 years. Even if families or individuals do not have funds to deposit, they can still take advantage of free bonds available from Government.Continue reading →
A small agency in south western Manitoba welcomed a middle aged man from the Manitoba Developmental Center at the end of 2007, This was not his original home community, and he brought with him a “reputation”. Many of the individuals leaving institutions after many years as residents do. Communal living with other individuals who may have experienced loss, abandonment, abuse, and traumatic stress can lead to behaviors which are labeled as anti-social, inappropriate, aggressive, even dangerous. In fact, people may develop behaviors which have been self protective, or expressions of pain, need or fear. When Mr. C moved to this small agency, his reputation was one of aggression and safety issues – he needed to be monitored, and managed in case he became frustrated or upset, and threatened harm to someone around him.Continue reading →
” …However, the mess that we are in is in part due to the government’s choice to throw all their eggs into one ABA basket. For some reason they refuse to expand the availability or quality of these other programs. Doing so would use our resources more effectively while providing families with an opportunity to choose an intervention that works for them, and provide help at any age. It’s never too late to make a difference.
My family tried ABA for three years. It taught our daughter to do some things, and then we realized it wasn’t helping her in the way she needed. We switched to the other options, and now both our school-age children with autism are thriving.”Continue reading →
Community Living Brandon has been hard at work over the last months. Our goal is to facilitate the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in all aspects of community. We want to reach individuals and families who understand the challenges involved in reaching this goal. We can then support them in identifying the areas where they need services, policies or standards to change in order to enhance inclusion – and then work with us as an advocacy voice in responding to the gaps. We want to help bring “grass roots” voices together to help them lead change.Continue reading →