Project Remote Job Coach App

COVID-19 has fundamentally altered the way in which job support is provided to people with Autism or Intellectual Disabilities. Remote Job Coach App is a communication technology pilot project to test job coach software applications that can be used in the workplace.

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COVID-19 Circular 2020-172(r) – Restrictions Designated as Red (Critical) – Revised

Sent on behalf of Catherine Gates, ADM, Sandra Dorbolo, A/Executive Director and Brian Malkowich, A/Executive Director

Please see attached COVID-19 Circular 2020-172(r) regarding updated visitation restrictions for Community Living disABILITY Services participants in accordance with the new public health orders that came into effect on January 23, 2021. New information appears in bold.

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Annual Report 2019 - 2020

This Annual Report covers the period April 30, 2019 to March 30, 2020. We have also included an addendum to update our membership on our activities since the worldwide COVID19 pandemic.

A letter from the Executive Director

“IT’S KIND OF LONESOME” NOW MORE THAN EVER WE NEED CONNECTIONS

Today (March 19, 2020), I called a gentleman who I met over 25 years ago when he was living on his own for the first time in his 50 some years. He is in many respects a very solitary person and being on his own has never stopped him from enjoying a variety of activities, celebrating holidays and filling his time. He has never said he was lonely until today. When I asked how he was doing he said, “it’s kind of lonesome”.

He did travel out of the country, and when he returned from his trip cut short by four days, he had to go into quarantine. Social distancing is not what my friend needs. He will follow the quarantine orders to the letter and will not step out of his apartment. When his fourteen days are up, he will practice physical distancing. In the meantime, he needs social connections more than ever. This is a scary time for all of us.

Social isolation and loneliness can lead to even more medical conditions such as anxiety, depression and cognitive decline, even death. Fourteen days is a long time for someone to be on their own.

  • We need to ensure people are not forgotten as they become less visible in our community
  • We need to ensure that medical care is accessible on an equal basis as other Manitobans.
  • We need to stay in touch just to ease loneliness.

This is a time to stay socially connected. We are all in this together.

Janet Forbes – Executive Director Inclusion Winnipeg

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Inclusion Winnipeg Inc. is seeking governance volunteers to serve on the Board of Directors

Incorporated in 1958, Inclusion Winnipeg Inc. is a registered charity operating in the City of Winnipeg.
The vision of Inclusion Winnipeg is a community where all people are fully included and participating in the community.

Our mission is to enhance the lives and status of people living with an intellectual disability by promoting full inclusion and participation in the community.

We are guided by the Canadian Charter of Human Rights and all subsequent conventions.
The Board is a governance board which provides leadership and direction for the organization in advancing our vision and achieving our mission.

Director Requirements

To be eligible to serve on the Board of Directors you must be:

You must be willing to provide a current Criminal Record Check including Vulnerable Sector Verification, Child and Adult Abuse Registry Check, at the request and direction of the board or in compliance of relevant legislation.

Director Expectations

Board Directors must demonstrate a commitment to the Vision, Mission and Values of the organization. All Directors are required to have a working knowledge of the organization’s By-laws, and are expected to participate in the following activities:

  • Attend 10 regularly scheduled board meetings per year, the Annual General Meeting, and any special meeting called in accordance with the (article of By-laws);
  • Chair or be a member of at least one committee.
  • Attend Board development and strategic planning sessions;
  • Participate in an annual evaluation of the board;
  • Vote on all motions unless they have declared a conflict of interest;
  • Fulfil the term of office for which they were elected or resign in accordance with the By-laws.

All applicants will be asked to complete Inclusion Winnipeg Inc.’s volunteer form or provide a one-page statement of interest and/or current resume and relevant contact information. You may also request additional information or seek assistance at info@inclusionwinnipeg.org.

The election of Directors will take place at the Annual General Meeting of members in October 2020.


Invisible and Forgotten in the COVID-19 Crisis: Canadians with Intellectual Disabilities

While Canadians are well informed of seniors’ vulnerability to COVID-19 and all too aware of its devastating and life-threatening impact, the same cannot be said for individuals with intellectual disabilities, leaving them in harm’s way.

The Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) and its provincial and territorial associations have been raising the alarm and pleading for governments to act and protect the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities, just as they have for other vulnerable populations. Governments have rightly committed to protecting those who are homeless, people experiencing domestic violence, and seniors yet remain unmoved by the comparable needs and risks of people with intellectual disabilities.

However, to the virus, individuals with disabilities are neither invisible nor forgotten. As families and those who provide support to people with intellectual disabilities, we are forced to conclude that individuals with intellectual disabilities are not equally valued and their lives are expendable.

“The blatant disregard of the value of my daughter’s life and others with intellectual disabilities is unconscionable and should never have been possible in this country,” stated Robin Acton, CACL President and parent of an adult daughter with intellectual disabilities. “Every day across this land, politicians and health authorities attempt to reassure us. With each passing day, my daughter and others with intellectual disabilities remain invisible and forgotten. My anxiety and fear mounts.”

Whether they live in their own homes, with their families, group homes or residential facilities, the vast majority of individuals with intellectual disabilities require personal support workers. Without these supports their very lives are at risk at the best of times, so it should not be difficult to understand their vulnerability to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many cannot fully isolate from others due to their disabilities or living arrangements and therefore have a higher risk of contracting the virus.

The personal support workers who continue to provide support are among the many unsung Canadian heroes, yet remain unrecognized and unsupported. They are deserving of additional wages as they risk their lives in the support of vulnerable Canadians. They continue day after day in their commitment to be in the homes of individuals with disabilities, without essential guidance from health professionals, access to needed protective personal equipment (PPE), or measures to address COVID-19’s impact when it strikes an individual they support and/or themselves. These resources and measures, which need to be available to families as well, must be brought to bear today, not tomorrow.

Although proposals have been made to government by CACL and its member associations, plans still do not exist to ensure a trained workforce is available when individuals or staff become ill or to provide alternative living arrangements for those who require isolation. Government is only taking action when there is a COVID-19 crisis in a residential facility. As a result, lives will be lost which might otherwise have been saved.

Recently, Minister Carla Qualtrough announced the COVID-19 Disability Advisory Group to which Krista Carr, CACL Executive Vice-President was appointed.

Mrs. Carr stated, “I will be seeking a nationally coordinated approach with the provinces and territories that is immediately responsive to individuals with disabilities, their families and those who support them to ensure they are no longer invisible, forgotten, or treated as if their lives do not matter.”

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Media Contact: Marc Muschler, Senior Communications Officer, CACL,
mmuschler@cacl.ca
The Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) is a national federation of 13 provincial-territorial associations and over 300 local associations working to advance the full inclusion and human rights of people with an intellectual disability and their families.

CACL leads the way in building an inclusive Canada by strengthening families, defending rights, and transforming communities into places where everyone belongs.


CUPE Manitoba, Inclusion Winnipeg, Inclusion Westman, Children’s Coalition Keep Education Assistants and Support Staff Employed During the COVID-19

Manitoba – Workers and disability advocates are calling on School Divisions to keep Education Assistants (EAs) and other support staff on the job during the COVID-19 crisis.

“Education Assistants are providing critical support to children with disabilities during the COVID- 19 virus crisis,” said Janet Forbes from Inclusion Winnipeg.

“The COVID-19 virus puts children with disabilities at greater risk due to existing health conditions, reliance on outside support and disruptions to daily routines.”
“Families are more isolated than ever and there is so much work that needs to be done to support those children and their families who may not be used to instruction from home.”

As the union that represents 5,000 school support staff in twenty-four school divisions across Manitoba, CUPE is ready to work with School Divisions to help ensure there are no layoffs to Education Assistants and other support staff.
“CUPE has reached out to School Divisions to see how we can work together to help EAs either work remotely from home or find creative ways to support their students during this crisis,” said CUPE Manitoba President Abe Araya. “With so many students studying at home, we need a strong, fully-staffed education system to get these students the support they need.”

“It is important that all students have access to the supports they require to learn at home during this time,” said Amanda Hamm of Inclusion Westman. “We know that Education Assistants have a role to play in providing this needed support especially in terms of supporting students with additional needs. We are calling on schools to provide this consistent support to all students so they can continue their learning at home.”

In a letter to School Superintendents, the Education Minister suggested that “savings generated as a result of the closures of schools must be held in a separate account”. It is CUPE’s position that this is not a time to generate savings, rather it’s a time to support staff and be creative.

“School Divisions in Manitoba have already budgeted for their staff for the year, and those staff need to be focused on helping students succeed,” said Araya. “Many students and their families face additional challenges working remotely, and addressing those challenges cannot happen without school support staff.”
This position is also endorsed by the Children’s Coalition, an advocacy organization for children with disabilities.

CUPE Manitoba represents approximately 5,000 education support staff in twenty-four school divisions across Manitoba, including EAs, custodians, maintenance and trades, secretaries, library techs, mechanics, bus drivers, international student support, school liaisons and more.

Inclusion Winnipeg is a registered charity which, for 60 years, has been dedicated to making life better for children and adults living with intellectual disabilities.

Inclusion Westman is a not-for-profit organization committed to enriching the lives of people who live with an intellectual disability in the Westman region by promoting their full inclusion in the community. The work we do benefits not only the individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families, but the community in which they reside.

The Children’s Coalition is a network of organizations which exists to unite the voice of families in matters that have a direct impact on their supports and services. The Coalition is committed to working in partnership with community-based agencies and government departments including Family Services and Housing, Education, Citizenship and Youth, and Health, to achieve a coordinated network supporting the full inclusion in community life of children with disabilities and their families.

Contact:
Abe Araya, President, CUPE Manitoba – 204-509-5923
Janet Forbes, Executive Director, Inclusion Winnipeg – 204-953-5876
Amanda Hamm, Executive Director, Inclusion Westman – 204-573-1210
David Kron, Chairperson, Children’s Coalition – 204-250-4226

Support Letter from Trustee Chen

Inclusion Safety Bulletin: Social Distancing

Dear friend of Inclusion,

Inclusion Winnipeg produces “inclusion information bulletins” to draw your attention to important issues that impact children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Bulletins are fact-based and provide background for you to understand an issue in more detail.

1. ISSUE: For people with intellectual disabilities, COVID-19 is a serious risk due to pre-existing health conditions, a reliance on outside support, a lack of understanding of new requirements and congregate living arrangements. “Social distancing” is the best way to reduce the spread of viruses like COVID-19. Also called “physical distancing” it means changes to our day-to-day lives to minimize close contact with others, whether we know them or not (source: Province of Manitoba).

2. ACTION:

  • Call, email, text, face-time and send a message to a loved one today.
  • Make sure they know all about “social distancing” and how to keep themselves safe.
  • Reinforce these messages

(source Province of Manitoba):

Province of Manitoba: https://www.covid19manitoba.ca/social-distancing?fbclid=IwAR37xVx27WftjtV21dwIq1RWmfROXSAWQmhlPPyW_QQBa08_p1XpJ_rHFbg

3. SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH INCLUSION WINNIPEG:

Please send us your thoughts on this via email to info@inclusionwinnipeg.org.

4. BACKGROUND: Please find below credible information about “social distancing”:

Public Health Agency of Canada
Plain language COVID-19 explanation
Plain language for caregivers and families from the Canadian Association of Community Living

Please stay healthy and be socially creative while keeping your physical distance from each other. We are all in this together.

PDF version of bulletin

November 2019 Newsletter

The November 2019 edition of our newsletter.

  • St. Charles Members Play a Round for Inclusion
  • Decision-making is a Fundamental Human Right
  • Vera Sue: Owning the Runway
  • Commission: Remove the Barriers
  • Poutine, Soda and Some Inclusion, Please
  • Smiles Everywhere at Community Barbecue

Newsletter Volume 4 - November 2019