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Barriers to Community-Based Services

In the process of developing One Community for All, the following barriers to providing community-based services have been identified for the primary service agencies to address:

  • Many service providers and community members may not have comprehensive information on all available community-based supports and services for persons with disabilities.
  • Accessible, affordable and integrated housing is scarce.
  • Persons with disabilities need assistance and support to manage the impacts of institutionalization, discrimination, fear and stigma that are a part of daily life.
  • Basic support services such as assistance with activities of daily living, transportation, employment and education are often unavailable to persons with significant disabilities
  • Direct support employees who work in the community with persons with disabilities need to be competently trained (including cultural competency), adequately compensated, and available in sufficient numbers to meet the support needs individuals with disabilities.