The Possibility Post: What We Heard

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.

We visited seven different areas of the Province (Selkirk, Steinbach, Winnipeg, Dauphin, Brandon, Thompson, and Winkler)

We asked two main questions:

  1. What is a good life?
  2. What do people need from their paid services to support that good life?

We held focus groups with each group separately to make sure that people felt able to freely share their thoughts and ideas.  We limited the number of people who attended each group in order to make sure that the size stayed easy to facilitate and small enough to have good conversations.

For those that did not wish to or were not able to attend, we offered the opportunity to send in answers to the two questions in writing or online.

All information received from focus groups and surveys was reviewed by Health in Common who developed a detailed report of the findings. We then took that report and summarized it into a plain language version that you can find here: What We Heard Summary

We offered those that attended focus groups an opportunity to sign up to receive a copy of what we learned. This report is being emailed or mailed out to those that requested this shortly.

What we heard will shape the development of the framework, outcomes, and standards. We appreciated the time, energy and candor that was shared with us. This work will be better informed because you took the time to share your thoughts!

Keep watching here for new Possibility Post updates to keep up with what is happening and when you can have input once again!

The Possibility Post – What’s in a name?

The other day, someone asked me… “So why do you call the blog, The Possibility Post?” In this blog, I plan to explore concepts related to quality services and supports … about how everyone can live a good life shaped by their own interests, dreams and goals in the community.

The inspiration for the name of the blog came from two of the great minds that have written widely in the field of disability for decades. Several years ago I stumbled upon this essay written by John O’Brien and Beth Mount and it has stuck with me ever since.. John and Beth remind us that an essential part of our work is to constantly ask “What else is possible?” … to stretch and grow, to gently nudge, encourage and walk with those that we support towards that positive and possiblecropped future.

Over my career, John O’Brien has continued to shape my thinking about working for people with intellectual disabilities. His commentary on the Five Valued Experiences along with his guidance to service providers on the Five Accomplishment acts as a guiding North Star for all of us to reach for. To learn more: click here

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