Manitobans with an intellectual disability are growing older and are facing dementia but experience exclusion from supports and services available to the general population. Your input and direction is required on a draft provincial Framework for Quality Community Supports for People Living with an Intellectual Disability and Dementia. The Framework will guide efforts to address this growing need.
The existing Manitoba Framework for Alzheimer Disease and Other Dementias fails to fully recognize or address the unique needs of people with an intellectual disability and dementia. In response to common concerns expressed by community living agencies, a working group formed and developed the draft document to set a course for advocacy and service development.
In order to be a provincial strategy, we must gather perspectives and input from families and support network members. Your attendance at a focus group will raise awareness, help determine priority issues and actions and further a commitment to move forward.
The focus group in Winnipeg will be on June 27, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until noon, at 120 Maryland Street. If you would like to contribute but daytime does not work for you please let us know as we are open to having a second group in an evening if there is sufficient interest.
Please call (204) 786-1414 or (204) 779-1679 by June 19, 2017 to register. We are also including a document summarizing the content of the Framework so you can come prepared to contribute.