Promoting Inclusion of Seniors with Intellectual Disabilities in Winnipeg Senior Centres

 

As a continuation of its work in the area of aging and disability, the Canadian Centre on Disability Studies has been awarded a grant from the Winnipeg Foundation for a project called “Promoting Inclusion of Seniors with Intellectual Disabilities in Winnipeg Senior Centres”. This 15-month project (October 2012-December 2013) is undertaken in partnership with the Manitoba Association of Seniors Centre (MASC) and Winnserv Inc.

The purpose of this project is to enhance the social inclusion of seniors with intellectual disabilities by promoting their participation in community senior centre programs around Winnipeg.

This project will:

  • Facilitate the participation of seniors with intellectual disabilities in senior centre programs and activities and examine their experiences;
  • identify barriers and best practices in supporting seniors with intellectual disabilities to participate in senior centre programs;
  • provide knowledge, strategies, and/or resources to facilitate the participation of seniors with intellectual disabilities in senior centre programs; and
  • identify best practices in supporting seniors with intellectual disabilities in various activities in the broader community.

This project will engage three groups of stakeholders: a) community senior centres, b) people aging with intellectual disabilities, and c) agencies supporting these individuals. In this project, up to 15 people aging with intellectual disabilities will participate in one or more programs of their choice at select senior centres in their community. While providing necessary support, the project team will monitor their experiences and outcomes through interviews with those involved in the process.

The findings of the project and resources developed will be shared with senior centres, agencies that support people aging with intellectual disabilities, and advocacy organizations for people with intellectual disabilities across the city through seminars and presentations, newsletters, and this website.

As the project proceeds, this project website will provide:

  • Update on its progress,
  • Resources and recommendations that this project will develop, and
  • Reports of the project.

For more information about this project, please contact:

Youn-Young Park (Project manager)
research3@disabilitystudies.ca
(204) 287-8411