On January 10th, 2008, Tammy van der Kamp participated in a roundtable forum on aging with a disability, hosted by the British Columbia Paraplegic Association. The discussion was the brainchild of the Canadian Centre on Disability Studies, in partnership with advisory committees from here in BC, as well as Manitoba and Nova Scotia.
The purpose of this research project is to look at the needs, gaps, and good practice models in care-giving and supports, transportation, and housing for people with disabilities as they age.
It is this kind of research that will eventually lead to new models of service delivery, community design, and supports.
Some important questions were addressed by the group:
- What makes a community desirable to live and grow older in?
- What distinguishing factors, if any, separate a disability independent living model of supports from a seniors’ health care model?
- Do the relevant agencies and support services from the two sectors (aging and disability) actually communicate with each other?
These are just a few of the issues aired at this meeting. For more information, visit the project website at www.agingwithdisabilities.com