Families access the supports and opportunities they need to assure
inclusion for family members with intellectual disabilities through
their lifetimes, and to secure family social and economic well-being.
Benchmarks for Achievement
- Families have access to needed supports and services (i.e. respite, in-home support, and home modifications).
- Policies are established, and implemented, that ensure families
can play their caring role and at the same time participate in the paid
labour market, advance in their careers.
- Families have the option to withdraw from their primary caregiving role as their family member enters adulthood.
- Strong incentives are in place for families to: plan for and
invest in the future financial security of family members with
disabilities; and to ensure that any financial benefits that result do
not negatively impact on their family member's access to
government-funded income support programs.
- Governments and communities are investing in a sustainable
local-to-national capacity for family leadership, empowerment and
networking that advances the citizenship and inclusion of Canadians with