Master of Arts (MA)
Faculty of Science
Individualized funding and supports for people with a disability have emerged in Canada as an alternative to traditional supports such as group homes and day programs. In this thesis, I examine one family's experiences with individualized disability-related supports. From the perspective of an individual with an intellectual disability and her family members, friends, support workers and service providers, the benefits and challenges of individualized supports are profiled. Furthermore, how individualized supports impact upon relationships and community inclusion for this individual is explored along with the experiences of parents, siblings and support workers. As a qualitative study, information was gathered from participants through in-depth interviews, observations, and photographs. In addition, I discuss individualized funding and supports in relation to the concepts of self determination and quality of life for people with an intellectual disability and their families. Lastly, recommendations for resolving the shortcomings of the individualized approach are shared.
Baxter, Alison, "Towards a good life: One family's experiences with individualized supports" (2006). Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive). 781.