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VPA - A Family Guide to the Vulnerable Persons Act

Who is a vulnerable person?

Who Is A Vulnerable Person?

According to The Vulnerable Persons Act a vulnerable person is defined as:

An adult over 18 who has a:

a) Mental disability (lower IQ, needing help in daily living, and having the disability before the age of 18)

b) And who needs help with personal care or property and money management

In order for your family member to fall within this Act, all three of the above bolded criteria must be in place.


Q & A

Q & A Vulnerable Persons

1. What if my child has never had an IQ test or life skills assessment?

If an organization or school is referring your son/daughter to adult services, they will organize and fund whatever testing is necessary to ensure acceptance. If you are calling the Department of Family Services on your own (self-referring), Family Services will make those arrangements. The official word from the Department is that they will fund the process of testing.

2. I have resisted IQ tests throughout the school years, why do I have to have one now?

The VPA uses an IQ measurement as one of the three basic standards in defining a person’s eligibility or access to the Act. Many families have never been comfortable with the IQ test as an accurate measurement of a child’s abilities and needs. Some have refused to have their son/daughter tested over the years. The reality is that it is required in order to access adult services and qualify under the VPA. Legislation always provides some definition or clarifies its target population. As families we have learned to pick and choose our battles and in terms of this specific issue, we will need to compromise if we are looking for services or for status under the Act.

3. My daughter’s disability happened when she was 19 years old when she was in a vehicle collision, why doesn’t she fall under this act?

The Act states that the disability must have occurred prior to the age of 18. This means that your adult child will not fall under this specific legislation. That does not mean that her needs are not similar or even the same as individuals who do fall under the Act. It is simply a reflection of the definition of who qualifies. There may be other legislation, policies or services that relate more specifically to your daughter. Check with the Department of Family Services, the Department of Health or a medical service provider.

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Elma What is the process for under 18?

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