Researchers promote integration for people with developmental disabilities

Carleton Journalism Intern, Hilary Thomson

Researchers and professionals from across the province are asking communities to reconsider how they react to people with developmental disabilities.

Teams from the University of Ottawa, Queens and Lakehead along with various community organizations have come together to create two videos and a comic strip to help promote an approach called Person Directed Planning, which is focused on helping disabled people plan their own lives and achieve their goals.

At a meeting held on Friday at the University of Ottawa the project leader, Virginie Cobigo said there have been many success stories with this approach. The short documentaries and comic strip illustrates three of these stories.

Rebecca Jones, who has cerebral palsy, says Person Directed Planning has made a huge difference in her life.

“It’s helped me so much to become more independent and helped me realize I can do anything I want to do,” she told CFRA.

With the help of her support worker Jones goes swimming, to concerts and even has the goal of being a public speaker.

Jones said she wants the support she received to be available to whoever needs it. “It will teach them to break down the barriers because they are just like everybody else,” she said.

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