Inclusion Alberta Applauds Minister’s Commitment to End the Use of SIS
June 2, 2016 -Edmonton, AB
Human Services Minister Irfan Sabir, stated in the Alberta Legislature on Wednesday June 1, the following: “ … and we are not keeping the SIS.” “I am committed to reviewing the SIS and bringing in a policy that’s more respectful in gauging the supports that people with developmental disabilities need.”
Inclusion Alberta has repeatedly called for an end to the use of SIS (Supports Intensity Scale) and for government to consult and collaborate with persons with developmental disabilities and their families on the establishment of an individualized and personalized approach to planning in the pursuit of fully inclusive and meaningful lives. Many individuals and families have complained about the humiliating experience of being subject to the hours long interrogation of a SIS assessment that has little to offer in advancing their hopes and dreams. (Inclusion Alberta’s critique of SIS can be found here)
A previous review of SIS by the past government did not honour the voice of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, leading to the continued use of SIS. Inclusion Alberta commends Minister Sabir and is hopeful he will truly listen and ensure his Ministry ends the use of SIS and establishes, in cooperation with individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, a respectful approach to individualized planning and determination of needs.
We look forward to working with the Minister and his Ministry in the development of a process that honours and respects the dignity of individuals with developmental disabilities.
About Inclusion Alberta:
Inclusion Alberta (formerly Alberta Association for Community Living) is a family-governed, registered charity supporting thousands of children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families across Alberta for over 60 years.
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