Community-based report describes cuts in services to adults with developmental disabilities

The B.C. Community Living Action Group (BC-CLAG) has released its report Reaching Out, Weighing In which is the result of broad based community discussions, including two major public forums hosted in Victoria and Vancouver in the fall of 2010.

Reaching Out, Weighing In reflects an unprecedented consensus among major partners in the community: agencies, families, self-advocates, and employee groups. It warns that sweeping cuts to residential and other supports are violating the fundamental rights of people with disabilities to autonomy, independence, choice, and support. They also impose a crushing lifetime burden on families. Adults and their families are being denied a voice in individual and system redesign decisions that have major consequences, including potential safety risks.