Thursday December 8th, 2011
For decades governments have struggled with addressing the needs of developmentally disabled adults in a humane manner. Many thought that the closure of the large institutions and the creating of group homes was a step in the right direction. Community Living BC was this province's approach and while it appeared that this was the right move the government failed to provide sufficient funding and as well changed the original structure of the board overseeing the organization.
Over the past several months families out of desperation began to speak out and the media began to give some profile to the issue.
Michael Prince from the School of Social Policy University of Victoria and Lindsay Kines from the Victoria Times Colonist look at the issues around the failure of CLBC to provide for the needs of the developmentally disabled and how best to move forward. They speak with Vancouver Sun columnist and host of Voice of BC Vaughn Palmer.