Promoting Inclusion of Seniors with Intellectual Disabilities in Winnipeg Senior Centres

Final Report (Added November 24, 2014)

Click on the following link to access the final report for the Project: Final Report – Inclusive Senior Centres Project

Research Highlight

Click on the following link to access a summary of the project: Inclusive Seniors Centres Project – Research Highlight

Resource Materials (Updated August 25, 2014)

Guide for Inclusive Centres for Older Adults:
How to Make Your Centre More Inclusive for Older Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Many senior centres strive to create an inclusive, welcoming environment for all older adults. Here is helpful information to guide you in making your centre more inclusive for older adults with intellectual disabilities.

Guide for Seniors Centre Staff

Guide for Support Workers for Older Adults with Intellectual Disabilities:
How to Facilitate the Participation and Social Inclusion of Older Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in Senior Centres

Support workers can play a critical role in facilitating social interactions and meaningful engagement in senior centre programs and activities. This guide provides helpful tips for support workers.

Brochure for Support Workers

Senior Centre User Guide for Older Adults with Intellectual Disabilities, and their Families, Friends, and Support Workers

This user guide provides information about seniors centres to a wider audience who may support people with intellectual disabilities.

Senior Centre User Guide

Project Description

As a continuation of its work in the area of aging and disability, the Canadian Centre on Disability Studies worked on a project through a grant from the Winnipeg Foundation for a project called “Promoting Inclusion of Seniors with Intellectual Disabilities in Winnipeg Senior Centres”. This project was undertaken in partnership with the Manitoba Association of Seniors Centre (MASC) and Winnserv Inc.

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

This project attempted to:

  • 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 engaged three groups of stakeholders: a) community senior centres, b) people aging with intellectual disabilities, and c) agencies supporting these individuals. In this project, people aging with intellectual disabilities participated in one or more programs of their choice at select senior centres in their community. While providing necessary support, the project team monitored 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 webpage.

For more information about this project, please contact:

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