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Developmentally Delayed Adults Essay

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BRIEFING NOTE FOR THE MINISTER:
COMMUNITIES OF SUPPORT DIRECTORATE ON THE ABUSE OF DEVELOPMENTALLY DELAYED ADULTS

PURPOSE

The purpose of this note is to inform the Minister, of the October 5, 2016 issues/concerns related to the Communities of Support Directorate on the Abuse of Developmentally Delayed Adults. As the report is critical to government’s approach when receiving, and handling complaints of abuse involving developmentally delayed adults. The Minister may accept questions from the media and/or in Question Period.

CURRENT SITUATION

On October 5, the Communities of Support Directorate on Human Resources and the Status of Persons with Disabilities is commencing its report on The Abuse of Developmentally Delayed Adults: The Need to
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Adapting to the services that are available can be difficult, because the services are so culturally different from what they are used to.
• Placing abused developmentally delayed adults in facilities that are catered to their disabilities would be viewed as turning their backs on their loved ones.

NEXT STEPS

• Educate both persons suffering from developmental disabilities and persons of authority and care, such as police officers and official caregivers on how best to handle a situation where abuse has been reported, where the victim is not ignored due to their lack of authenticity.
• Further expanding the options of acknowledging abuse, as opposed to previous acknowledgement of physical evidence only.
• Prompt additional methods of acknowledging abuse in other marginalized groups according to their cultural norms.
• Reiterate the importance of treating every individual with respect and dignity, despite an individual’s status in mental or physical health.
• Conduct a public inquiry into how policies are designed and delivered.
• Conduct a survey throughout Canada to see how the Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act 2008, differs from the old Disability
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