Community Group Supporting People With Intellectual Disabilities Opens New Office Space
Social Services Minister Paul Merriman joined community members, staff members and dignitaries in Saskatoon to celebrate the public opening of Saskatchewan Alternative Initiatives’ (SAI) office space.
“Our government appreciates the support provided to individuals with intellectual disabilities by Saskatchewan Alternative Initiatives,” Merriman said. “We are committed to our partnership, and to continuing to create inclusive communities across our province while improving the lives of people with disabilities.”
The Government of Saskatchewan provides SAI with more than $6 million in annual funding. SAI has been supporting people with intellectual disabilities since 1997. They operate two group homes, 12 group living homes, one supported independent living program and one day program.
“Our goal has always been to help individuals with intellectual disabilities live fulfilled lives within our community,” Saskatchewan Alternative Initiatives Executive Director Tim Jones said. “This new space allows us to offer expanded opportunities for people with connectedness and community at the forefront.”
The work of organizations such as SAI supports the Saskatchewan Disability Strategy, which was released in June 2015. It focuses on six priority areas: 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 who have done work that supports 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.