PATH is a person-centered planning tool that helps individuals plan for their future. Used widely with persons who have a disability, though not limited to this use, the process involves a carefully ordered structure that uses graphics to focus energy and support memory. PATH also identifies supports and people that will help to accomplish the goals identified, guiding the individuals toward the future they desire. PATH outcomes are achieved through a collaborative process by first planning backwards, from the vision of a desirable future to a detailed action plan.
Participating in PATH helps individuals navigate a successful future, but it also involves the participants support network and helps them invest in the same vision for what a bright and inclusive future will look like.
NSACL's goal is to train more PATH facilitators so that this tool may help more individuals across the province plan the future they dream of.
Ready, Willing And able
Ready, Willing and Able (RWA) is a national partnership of the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL), the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA) and their member organizations. Funded by the Government of Canada and active in 20 communities across the country, including Halifax Regional Municipality. RWA is designed to increase the labor force participation of people with an intellectual disability (ID) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Nova Scotians with intellectual disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder are able to access this program through Autism Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Association for Community Living (NSACL).
NSACL has a Labor Market Facilitator (LMF) and is responsible for generating the business demand to hire inclusively and share this demand with employment service agencies supporting job seekers with an ID or ASD.
The LMF is the link between business, community employment agencies, autism organizations, member ACL’s and community and facilitates meaningful and equitable employment opportunities.
Ready, Willing and Able is changing the landscape of employment across Nova Scotia and the country!
This support program focuses on comprehensive tools, guidance and community resources that will assist individuals with intellectual disabilities to overcome obstacles to inclusive living. The one on one relationship with the Inclusion Support Facilitator provides individualized supports and assistance with issues that are often complicated and challenging to navigate. The Inclusion Support Facilitator meets individuals in the community and their home and accompanies them to any meeting in which they need support. Some of the barriers faced include housing, employment, legal issues, parenting and education.
In a cooperative and supportive setting, individuals are listened to and understood. Their goals are set and the Inclusion Support Facilitator works through the steps to success and navigates additional supports where needed. This process not only helps to reach immediate goals, but educates individuals on how to navigate processes and resources for the future.
Registered Disability Saving Plan
The Registered Disability Savings Plan is a federal program designed to assist families and individuals with a disability to plan for a financially secure future.
Unfortunately, often those caring for disabled family members have little time and resources to coordinate and navigate the process to become eligible for this program. NSACL has developed an information session that is targeted to individuals and caregivers that want to take advantage of the benefits of the Registered Disability Saving Plan. This information session helps to better understand the program, the steps to participate in the program, and to answer questions that may be barriers to funding.
By meeting families in their community we are increasing access to this program and to the tools for financial support.
Healthy Sexuality and consent
Spreading the Word About Healthy Sexuality and Consent for people with intellectual disabilities.
This professional development tool is based on the "Doing it Better" curriculum developed by Sexual Heath Nova Scotia. They focus on educating residential service providers across Nova Scotia on strategies that are culturally specific to the ID community.
The focus is on how to support people with ID to make choices, engage in healthy, consensual relationships and to prevent and report incidents of sexualized violence when they occur. Session topics include privacy, consent, relationships, legal rights and responsibilities, and how to apply the information shared in your professional practice.