June 2, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government is joining with the New Brunswick Association for Community Living (NBACL) to help people with disabilities be more independent, Premier Shawn Graham announced today.
"A healthy, vibrant self-sufficient community reflects the contributions of all of its members," Graham said. "The Social Inclusion Facilitation Program will support disabled persons in their efforts to make meaningful contributions to their community."
The Department of Social Development will provide $288,800 a year to NBACL for the next four years to hire four social inclusion facilitators to help persons with a disability, especially those with an intellectual disability, to seek supported living arrangements, to make connections to volunteer opportunities in their communities, build personal support networks, and enhance community awareness about inclusion. The facilitators will be in the Edmundston/Grand Falls, Moncton, Fredericton and Bathurst regions.
"This program will address a huge need that we are seeing right across New Brunswick," said Krista Carr, executive director of NBACL. "People with disabilities want the opportunity to live in homes of their own with support and become actively involved in their communities, have friends and relationships. This program will allow us to help facilitate that."
Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock said he hopes that helping to develop supported living arrangements for persons with disabilities will give them new independence.
"The social inclusion facilitators will help clients develop and implement a plan for supported living," he said. "The facilitators will also monitor the arrangements to make sure they continue to meet the client's needs."
New Brunswick's Economic and Social Inclusion Plan envisions a province where everyone has the resources necessary to meet their needs and to live with dignity, security and good health. The plan also promotes the importance of opportunity for employment, personal development and community engagement.
MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Connor, communications, Department of Social Development, 506-444-3730; Krista Carr, executive director, New Brunswick Association for Community Living, 506-453-4400.