I had the privilege of working with Independent Facilitators when I worked in a vocational program for transitional-aged youth with a dual diagnosis.
Independent Facilitation is a crucial component of a holistic community support team. I can still remember my first meeting with an Independent Facilitator.
One of the individuals that I worked with had developed a visual map of their goals, dreams and aspirations for the future. The IF played an important role in identifying the appropriate community supports to help this individual accomplish their goals.
Recognizing, validating and encouraging the dreams of those with a developmental disability is the most important part of any service provision, and this importance should never be minimized.
Although I now live in the UK, I am deeply disheartened that such a vital service will no longer be funded. I know the community will continue to mobilize and demand that this decision be overturned.