by Heather Fairbairn
Originally published: May 16, 2016
Nova Scotians with disabilities will have expanded opportunities for community living and day programs.
As part of Budget 2016-2017, the province is investing $3 million for new initiatives in the Disabilities Support Program. Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard announced the funding at the Dartmouth Adult Service Centre today, May 16.
"Nova Scotians with disabilities have told us they want new opportunities to live as independently as possible," said Ms. Bernard. "We're committed to offering people with disabilities more opportunities for support and inclusion in the community."
New funding of $2.2 million will support moving 25 residents out of larger adult residential or regional rehabilitation centres and into smaller community settings. This will include having existing residential program clients move into independent living or alternative family support programs. These programs are growing to increase community living opportunities.