Caregivers of adults with developmental disabilities, community members, and developmental services workers are concerned and angered by the abrupt closure of six day program sites by Community Living Guelph Wellington.
Day programs provide valuable opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities to congregate, have a good social life, get out of the house, and learn new skills. Day program closures have forced adults with developmental disabilities to be home-bound, isolated from their friends, and has left their parents and caregivers without any much-needed respite.
Hundreds of parents and caregivers of adults with developmental disabilities are now stuck without any support. In many areas impacted by the day program closures, there are no similar programs that parents can turn to.
Community Living Guelph Wellington is eliminating day programs in favor of limited supervised community outings, which poses many challenges for workers, parents, caregivers, and adults with developmental disabilities.
We call on Community Living Guelph Wellington to immediately restore funding to day programs, invest in appropriate community outings for program participants, and begin a meaningful consultation with caregivers, parents, and adults with disabilities to develop a new and inclusive path forward.
Please add your name to our letter to the Executive Director, Cindy Kinnon, the Board of Directors of Community Living Guelph Wellington; Randy Pettapiece, PC MPP for Perth—Wellington, Mike Schreiner, Green MPP for Guelph, and Ted Arnott, PC MPP for Wellington—Halton Hills and Speaker.