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ILCWR Philosophy

ILCWR believes in and supports the rights and responsibilities of persons with disabilities and those persons working with them.

ILCWR believes that accommodation, which embraces the diversity of persons with disabilities and is sensitive to unique needs, is essential to support persons with disabilities to exercise their rights and responsibilities.

ILCWR believes that persons with disabilities are equal to their fellow citizens and must have access to the unique supports they need to be empowered to fully participate in their communities. ILCWR is also responsive to the needs of those who support persons with disabilities, such as staff, family members, friends and volunteers.

ILCWR believes that the mandates and regulations of government and funders are minimum requirements that must be met.

ILCWR believes in advocating for the elimination of barriers and in challenging public attitudes.

ILCWR believes that clear, respectful and open communication among all parties is required to achieve its purpose and vision.

 Key Terms

Accommodation means providing the necessary supports for persons with disabilities to fully participate in a manner which is sensitive to their individual circumstances. Their needs are to be accommodated, wherever possible, in such a way that the privacy, comfort, autonomy and dignity of the person are respected.Solutions are often unique to an individual’s specific needs and might not be applicable to other similar situations. Equality is demonstrated not by standard solutions but by successfully responding to individual need. However, this does not preclude that certain accommodations will benefit a large number of persons. - e.g. curb cuts

An attendant is someone who is employed to work in partnership with an individual with physical disabilities to meet their personal support and homemaking needs, based on the instructions of the consumer and on a plan that is mutually agreed upon with the supervisor.

A consumer is a person with a disability who uses the services of ILCWR. The term consumer is sometimes used more broadly to describe persons with disabilities in general.

Consumer Directed Services: Consumers are considered the best judge of their own needs and interests and should, therefore, have a decisive voice in determining which services they should receive and how these services should be delivered. They also have the right to direct their services without being guided or pressured by the service provider. In a collaborative fashion, ILCWR commits itself to hearing and considering all service requests while ensuring that they fall within the resources and mandate of ILCWR and comply with relevant legislation. Consumer direction and self direction are the same

Consumer-Staff Relationship: This is often a complex human relationship that involves a wide range of positive and negative emotions, feelings, conflicts and issues for both parties, especially in attendant services when two people work together very closely.

The ILCWR philosophy encourages both consumer and staff not to ignore but to address these issues as a part of a healthy relationship and, as equal partners, try to resolve them. The consumer and staff work as a team and are often interdependent on one another; consequently, mutual respect, understanding and responsibility are required to ensure success.

Disability: A restriction or lack of ability to perform an activity of daily living.

Empowerment enables all persons to exercise their responsibilities and rights to examine options, to make choices, to take risks, and to make mistakes, unless such activities lessen the empowerment of others.

Full Participation means creating a barrier free, supported environment that enables individuals to participate in the community as much or as little as they want to. While full participation has been a core principle of the independent living movement, it is the individual who determines the level of involvement.

Inclusion: The creation of a climate of understanding and mutual respect for the dignity and worth of each person so that all feel a part of the community and are able to contribute to it. For ILCWR this includes the opportunity to participate in organizational decision-making and policy development, as well as consumer representation on the staff and board.




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