On March 31st, 2009, Ontario ended a 160 year tradition and practice of segregation by closing its final three large-scale institutions (often over-crowded and dilapidated) for people who have intellectual disabilities. This was a triumph for activists, and friends and families of people with disabilities, and affirmed the right of people everywhere, no matter the level of ability or disability, to lead productive and fulfilling lives in the community, ushering in a new era of social inclusion.
At Altus, we have a number of clients using our Altus Dynamics Social Services (powered by Dynamics NAV), which enables Organizations providing Supported and Assisted Living (SAL) services to people with disabilities. I like to think that, in some small way, we are helping further the goals of Social Inclusion for people with disabilities.
Attending the Community Living Ontario conference, I was reading a booklet commemorating the closing of these large-scale institutions, and I was touched by the story of one father’s difficult choice in the 60s. I’ve attached that Article here, and would encourage you to read it. I defy anyone, especially parents, not to be moved by this story.