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3. Guiding Principles

The APSW program is based on the over-arching principle that adults who have a developmental disability are people first, and focuses on social inclusion, independence, dignity, and self-reliance for people with a developmental disability. The following guiding principles were created to help shape the TRANSFORMATION OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES. The five underlying service principles also support the delivery of developmental services, including the work of the APSW program as follows:

  • citizenship
  • fairness and equity
  • accessibility
  • safety and security, and
  • accountability.
  1. Citizenship
  2. Services and supports for people who have a developmental disability should:

    • Contribute to the development of thriving communities sustained by the economic and civic contributions of Ontarians who have a developmental disability.
    • Enhance the community perception of people who have a developmental disability and promote their participation and inclusion in the local community.
    • Wherever possible, integrate with generic, community-based supports and services generally available to members of the community.
    • Recognize that people who have a developmental disability have the same rights as other members of society for participation and inclusion in community life and to realize their individual capacity for physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development.
  3. Fairness and equity
  4. Services and supports for people who have a developmental disability should:

    • Focus on increased independence, employment, voluntary and recreational opportunities, and inclusion in the community.
    • Be tailored to meet their individual needs and goals.
    • Be appropriate to their age and disability.
  5. Accessibility

    People who have a developmental disability should have:

    • Supports that are flexible and tailored to individual needs.
    • Opportunities to participate in decision-making about the use of funding or supports they receive.
  6. Safety and security
  7. Services and supports for people with a developmental disability should:

    • Promote safety.
    • Have regard for the benefits of activities which prevent the occurrence or worsening of disabilities.
    • Be designed and administered so as to respect the rights of people who have a developmental disability to privacy and confidentiality.
  8. Accountability
  9. Services and supports for people who have a developmental disability should:

    • Be accountable to people who use the services and to the Ministry for providing information to assess the quality and outcomes of their services.
    • Be characterized by meaningful engagement with the public and those affected by any proposed changes to programs (e.g., changing the way a program is delivered or how and by whom the individual may receive supports or funding) and provide opportunities for people who use the services to participate in the planning and delivery of the services they receive.