The Canadian Disability Corporation, (CDCA), is often seen as the savior of Canada’s disabled. But, as troubling as some of its activities are, the Corporation is not all it’s cracked up to be. The Canadian Disability Corporation (CDCA) was created in 1986 by the former government of Canada. “The disability aid system” is inequitable, unorganized, fragmented and financially unstable. People with disabilities often have no choice but turn to organizations that may be insufficiently helping them.

Celebrate Disability Day with the Support of Disability Care and Support

As the CDCA enters its third century, it is experiencing radical change. It recently held its first national inquiry conference to bring together people from all sectors of the disability support services industry to discuss key areas of need and future focus. More than 200 disability experts from across Canada met at the gathering to discuss ways their industry can provide better services to Canadians. Participants discussed their plans for Canada’s future at the seminar held in Toronto from July 12-13. One theme that was predominant was how the sector needs to develop a strategic plan focused on the needs of the disabled.

Celebrate Disability Day with the Support of Disability Care and Support

The convention brought together professionals from the various fields of disability care and support, including psychologists, social workers and medical doctors. The convention brought together people from different professions with the common goal to improve the system for everyone. Among the issues discussed at the seminar were how the system can adapt to changing needs, how to increase access and service to people with disabilities, how to increase productivity and reduce cost, and how the system should be regulated to protect the interests of clients. These key issues are discussed in the following article, with the hope that they will inspire other associations and institutions to examine how they can improve their services for those who require them.

The Disability Care Association of Canada (DACCA) is the professional body representing the interests of people who are physically disabled. The association set up a task force, which included people with disabilities and people with training and experience to reform the current Canadian Disability Corporation (CAD) scheme. In March, their final report called for an independent third party to review the scheme.

Independent review involves an external body outside of the government that examines the effectiveness of a government scheme. Its purpose, apart from the government, is to ensure that a scheme achieves its goals over time and that it provides reasonable assistance to those who are in need. When reviewing the CDIC, the Independent Review Task Force looked at three elements: structure, training, and supervision. They recommended that the Disability Discrimination Act is updating to incorporate a definition of permanent disability and introduced legislation that require the Minister of Social Services to create a register for these individuals. The Task Force also recommended that the Minister implement a process for selecting and supervising operators of community organizations that provide supervised inpatient care for people with disabilities.

The Task Force’s recommendations raise concerns about the Minister of Social Services’ inability to adequately supervise contractors who administer the CDIC. They also recommend the creation of a national register that would assist the Minister in assigning appropriate staff to the scheme. CDIC’s independent review committee recommended the creation of a model code for quality practice for private care providers in Australian communities with a higher-than-average percentage of people who have been permanently injured, recently injured or disabled. They also recommended expanding the eligibility criteria to include people with certain types of disability.

This is a tiny section of the Social Service Star’s latest article on jubilation. Their congratulations go to NDIA, the newly created National Disability Insurance Agency. The NDIA’s primary function is to administer the new Disability Insurance Act in the US and Territories. The agency also runs the Parental Assistance Program, (PAP), for children and their families with disabilities. The Disability Discrimination Act for Australia, which is a nationally consistent law that covers all segments of society, now includes people who require disability support. The DDA formula also applies to mental health services, domestic violence, labour laws, criminal law, education and training.

The Australian Government released a statement today confirming that the scheme’s long-term goal is to reduce long-term disability support costs in Australia. The scheme will be managed through a single national portal which will allow more business to register and become approved by the scheme. The single portal will also provide simplified application procedures, better claims handling capability and greater choice of benefits and features for eligible providers. The Australian Government is committed towards implementing a transparent system that is predictable and will improve the performance of this scheme. It will also make it more accessible for more people.