About the Project
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AGING WITH DISABILITIES:
From Research and Knowledge to Better Practice: Building Strategies and Partnerships for Livable Communities that are Inclusive of Seniors with Disabilities May 2008- March 2009
Co-Project Leaders: Olga Krassioukova-Enns and Christine Ogaranko
Background: In 2007-08, CCDS conducted a participatory action research project on Aging with a Disability, funded by ODI. The purpose of the project was to identify the needs, gaps and effective service models for individuals with long-term disabilities who are aging, specifically as it related to the areas of home supports, caregiving, transportation and housing. Activities of the project included the completion of an environmental scan and literature review, as well as roundtable consultations held with stakeholders in British Columbia, Manitoba and Nova Scotia and a national forum hosted by CCDS. The results of the research led to the development of recommendations for policies, programs and services to more effectively assist individuals aging with disabilities.
Overview: In May 2008, CCDS received a grant from ODI to continue work in the area of aging and disability, building on the previous research findings and recommendations. The intention of the current project is to assist communities to evaluate elements associated with livable and inclusive communities for seniors with disabilities; build knowledge, leadership and partnerships; and develop a plan to address the gaps identified. The elements of the community to be evaluated include: housing; transportation; support services; health and well-being; education; spiritual/cultural; recreation; natural environment; employment; volunteerism; and policy.
Goal: In collaboration with community partners, apply research and knowledge to service, program and policy development that will contribute to the establishment of livable communities that are inclusive of seniors with disabilities, in all aspects of their lives.
How does this project benefit communities?
• Builds community knowledge, fosters leadership and participation of seniors with disabilities at the grass-roots, program and policy levels
For more information visit our project website at: www.agingwithdisabilities.com
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