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VPA - A Family Guide to the Vulnerable Persons Act

Support Services

Support Services

Here’s how it is written in the Act:

The minister may make grants or payments to, purchase services from, or enter into agreements with, persons or organizations to provide support services for vulnerable persons under such terms and conditions as the minister considers appropriate.

And now in everyday language:

Your son or daughter may choose from a variety of housing options and supports, and a variety of daytime options and supports.

What are Housing Options & Supports?

Your son/daughter may choose to live in a house and hire a support person as needed. He/she may need and prefer a place to live with 24-hour staff. There are many options — he/she may choose to live in a home with foster care support, in a home with other people with disabilities, in the family home or . . .

What are Daytime Options & Supports?

Your son/daughter may choose from a range of day services. Services to assist in starting a business, career planning, or job training may be possible. There are also day supports to access a variety of social, recreational, or volunteer opportunities, available either in segregated settings (workshops) or in the community.

Something to think about

Something to think about

Something to think about: When your son/daughter is considering support services it is important to find services that fit his/her skills, talents, and interests.

Supported Decision Making

Supported Decision Making

Here’s how it is written in the Act:

“Supported decision making” refers to the process whereby a vulnerable person is enabled to make and communicate decisions with respect to personal care for his or her property and in which advice, support or assistance is provided to the vulnerable person by members of his or her support network.

And now in everyday language:

The process of supported decision making encourages your son/daughter’s support network to provide assistance for him/her to make decisions.

What it means:

Supported decision making is giving advice and encouragement, and sharing information that enables your son/daughter to make a decision.

The word “enabling” used in this legislation means opening up possibilities and opportunities.

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