Orangeville Citizen

Our Executive Director, Sara Clarke, was interviewed and included in this article from the

"Online group, Canadians with Disabilities and Their Allies, share challenges they face"


Excerpt:

In Orangeville, the Citizen spoke with Sara Clarke of Branching Out Support Services, now its executive director, which offers support to [mainly] the Neurodiverse although, as Sara said, “We would provide support to anyone.”

By support, she means trained support people who deal one-on-one with clients and are paid by the clients. Many of them only receive $5,000 a year to cover this service through their passport funding with the government, used to access their support people.

“That doesn’t go very far,” she said. “There is a funding crisis.

“When we’re in the field we get a sense of what’s happening and quite a few of the staff are very frustrated – the system feels broken. We have many fantastic people do their best for connection.”

Another important issue for this disability, for funding model is a lot of people who have aging caregivers and a housing crisis worry what will happen when those caregivers can no longer do that.

Said Sara, “We look at our past history of people with disability, when eugenics was a real thing and we’re at risk of going back to that again.”





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