Centre for Independent Living
With its Headquarters in Toronto, Ontario the Centre for Independent Living (CILT) provides a range of resources for people with disabilities and their families. (source) One of their main programs is called Direct Funding.
Direct Funding is an innovative program enabling adults with physical disabilities to become employers of their own attendants [attendant care]. As employers, participants are fully responsible for managing their own employees within a budget that is developed on an individual basis.
Different people have different needs. Direct Funding is intended as an option suited to people with physical disabilities who are willing and able to take on the extra management responsibilities (and possible risks) of the program.
Available province wide, the Direct Funding Program enables adults with physical disabilities to receive monthly funds for attendants of their own choosing, to schedule as they please - whether their needs are at home, at work, or in the community. Individuals self-manage their lives, making their own choices with greater flexibility and control. (source)
What areas does this program cover?Funds must be used within Ontario, but are portable, meaning you can move to another community within Ontario or have your personal needs met in various locations, such as at home, in the community or while traveling within the province. (Ontario).
How long is the wait list?The Direct Funding Program can only start new participants when spots open up (due to people departing the program) or when new funding becomes available. Currently, applicants can expect to wait approximately two years before they are invited for an interview with a panel that includes one Direct Funding employee, a representative of the local Independent Living Centre and a local consumer of attendant services. The applicant discusses his/her needs and routines with the panel, which determines if the individual is eligible for DF.
While a two-year wait may sound like a long time, the waitlist is significantly shorter than in previous years. Various groups around the province are working towards shortening waitlists for attendant services in Ontario. As a result, Direct Funding could receive a funding increase with little notice, as it has in the past, making the wait even shorter. If you are interested in the program, you are encouraged to submit an application as soon as you can.