Thank you for interest in the Leading Practice Guidelines. The guidelines reflect the current understanding on best practice in service delivery. They were developed through a partnership with Abilities Manitoba and the Department of Families.
It has been one full year since work on the Quality Assurance Framework has begun and we are excited to share an update on the information we gathered from stakeholders across the Province.
We began the project by going out to talk to people with disabilities, their families and service providers through a variety of methods. Focus groups and surveys were done in order to tell people across the province about the quality assurance project and to get their feedback.
This week is Direct Support Professional (DSP) Week and in pausing to honour the important and impactful work of DSPs in our Province, I reflect on their considerable contribution to the quality of life of the people they serve every day.
John F. Kennedy Jr., wrote, “Quality is defined at the point of interaction between the staff member and the individual with a disability.” Indeed, Direct Support Professionals define quality in every personal interaction they have each day. People with developmental disabilities work to fully contribute as valued members of their communities. The availability of qualified, competent, and stable Direct Support Professionals plays an important role in supporting people to accomplish these goals. To be successful, it is critical that DSPs have the competence, confidence, and ethical decision-making skills with the guidance necessary to provide quality support.
Since the inception of community living, wages for direct support staff have been a chronic issue. We are calling on the Province to improve funding for wages for direct support staff. Sign the petition…