September 28, 2017

New Group Home Opens Its Doors in Saskatoon

Social Services Minister Paul Merriman helped officially open a new replacement group home in Saskatoon.  The home is operated by the Canadian Deafblind Association (CDBA) and will support three individuals experiencing disabilities.  This home replaces a prior one to better serve the needs of those living there.

“Today is an exciting day for three people of our province as their new home officially opens,” Merriman said.  “I am proud of our government’s partnership with CDBA and our ongoing commitments to this organization. Community-based organizations play a valuable role in supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities to be included in their communities.”

The Canadian Deafblind Association is a community-based organization that has been supporting people experiencing deafblindness since 1975.  The Government of Saskatchewan provides funding for three group homes and one day program operated by CDBA.

“It is an exciting time for CDBA; this new facility provides a comfortable home atmosphere along with the required amenities to meet the accessibility needs of those who live here,” Saskatchewan Chapter of CDBA Executive Director  Dana Heinrichs said.   “Our thanks go to the Government of Saskatchewan for the funds and support to make this long-term goal a reality.”

The Saskatchewan Disability Strategy was released by the Citizen Consultation Team in June 2015.  Government accepted the Strategy and is focused on the foundational work of six priority areas including: transportation, respite, accessibility legislation, residential services, service co-ordination and navigation, and awareness/understanding of the rights of people experiencing disabilities.

Saskatchewan residents and communities that have done work that aligns with the Disability Strategy are encouraged to share their accomplishments using the hashtag #SKDisability.  The Saskatchewan Disability Strategy Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/skdisability.