June 1, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government will roll out its Disability Support Program province-wide on July 1, six months ahead of schedule, Premier Shawn Graham announced today.
"I am pleased to announce that, because of the hard work by the disability sector and by staff at the Department of Social Development, the implementation of the Disability Support Program has progressed more quickly than expected," said Graham. "This program is making a significant difference in the lives of people with disabilities. Through this individualized approach, persons with disabilities can be more fully included in our communities."
He spoke during the annual legislative breakfast marking Disability Awareness Week. Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock was also in attendance.
The Disability Support Program is based upon the premise that every person with disabilities faces unique challenges. The program provides individualized and flexible support to adults who have long-term disabilities to address their physical, social or mental health needs. This could include home support, respite care, transportation support, or assistive devices not covered under other programs.
The program focuses upon individual development and community participation, and provides individualized services for participants.
Graham also recognized the advisory and developmental role of the New Brunswick Disability Executives' Network (NBDEN), and its member organizations, and announced a $400,000 service capacity fund for the network.
"This fund recognizes the significant contributions currently being made by NBDEN organizations," he said. "It will assist them in assuming a larger role as a result of the roll-out of the Disability Support Program and the work to implement New Brunswick's Economic and Social Inclusion Plan."
The Department of Social Development will work with NBDEN to develop criteria for the fund, determine how best to distribute it and develop the appropriate accountabilities.
MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Connor, communications, Department of Social Development, 506-444-3730.