The first edition of Array Services Newsletter is now available. Please click here to read about the latest news at the organization.
Employment & Modernization Projects
We have completed the work on our EMF 2 project in an effort to modernize employment supports. Our EMF 2 funding gave us the opportunity to develop WHMIS and Health and Safety Training in an American Sign Language format while researching best practices for employment supports in developmental services. We were also able to complete a small business guide and workbook to further explore alternative employment opportunities for people facing challenges to traditional employment. All resources developed are now available on our Resource page – arrayservices.ca/resources.
In May 2018 we were excited to discover that our proposal to continue our redevelopment was approved for the EMF phase 3 of the modernization of supports. The $75,000 we received in grant funds from the Ministry of Children Community and Social Services will be used over 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 terms to modify existing Job Path curriculum to suit the needs of of people who don’t speak English as a first language/use American Sign Language to communicate. It will also afford us the opportunity to work with the Ontario Disability Employment Network in an effort to bring AVAIL technologies into Canada. AVAIL is an app that is being used in the United Kingdom for people who face challenges in communication, and services as both an integrated task list, and communication device. We’ll be using the technology and building an ASL library for use by anyone using the app. For more information on the Employment and Modernization Fund please click here.
Array Services celebrates 40th Anniversary
On Tuesday May 15th, 2018 we marked 40 years of providing exceptional services to people living with disabilities who benefit from a Sign Language environment, with a celebration and the launch of our new name. Stakeholders from near and far came together to reminisce, to celebrate achievements and to imagine the possibilities for the future. Thank-you to everyone who was able to attend in person and those who were there in spirit.
We are currently working on scheduling our spring sessions and will post here when we finalize the dates. Follow our facebook page for regular updates.
Innovative Housing Solutions
Array Services is a member of the Intentional Community Consortium (ICC), a group of provincial non-profit agencies working towards increasing safe, accessible and affordable supportive housing for people with developmental disabilities. We have been lobbying all levels of government to set aside at least 5% of housing budgets for those with developmental disabilities. Currently, we are working with local partners on a proposed housing project in Peterborough in an effort to increase housing for the people we support, as well as other vulnerable populations.
On November 22nd 2018, Array Services was pleased to learn that the Federal Government through the National Housing Strategy made a promise to allocate at least 2,400 new units for people living with developmental disabilities.