Re: "Appeal board hears complaints over supportive housing initiative," article, Airdrie City View, Oct. 6
Airdrie is vastly underserved when it comes to providing adequate services for the city's disabled adult and youth populations.
Whether you know it or not, there are already disabled people living in your community. Their needs can be complex and a struggle, not only for themselves, but the families they live with. Due to provincial funding issues, many families are put into a position of having their (adult) child remain in the family home for longer than is safe or healthy for themselves or the other people living in the home.
If these people aren't meant to live in a community, where should they go? Ever Bright's website makes it very clear that their focus is on their clients' wellbeing as well as maintaining safety for all involved. Community access is integral for the person's wellbeing and also for the community they're living in.
People with disabilities deserve equitable access to the community and its resources. Families should not have to move to another city to access safe and appropriate care for their children (adult or otherwise)
Homes like Ever Bright's are a blessing for their clients and their clients' families.
Linda Wiebe Dickenson