My name is Karen Balind and I am writing this on behalf of my son, Dan. We live in Harrow.
We have been receiving support through an independent facilitator through Windsor-Essex brokerage for the past 5 years.
It has made a difference by helping us find strengths Dan had that we were not able to see. Seeds were planted to help him realize there were more opportunities for him. This was done through the personal support from Brokerage.
It has made our family life better because we have been given encouragement and we feel enlightened in ways we can empower Dan to be the best he can be. He feels he has the strength and confidence to do things he could not do before. This came through the facilitator talking and meeting with him one-on-one .
We need Brokerage to continue with Dan as he is now planning to move out on his own and looking for a place to,live. We need them to help Dan to grow more confident and realize that this journey not just a dream anymore....but is real.
Some of the obstacles we have had were finding Dan’s place in the community. He now works and volunteers and is a valuable member of our town! Brokerage was able to help us with all that as well as finding support workers to help Dan succeed.
brokerage has always been valuable to us answering questions and finding ways to overcome obstacles. They are always available, and find answers to any questions we may have.
If we don’t have brokerage we are unsure as to what will happen in Dan’s future. Will he move out on his own? Will he have the strength and confidence?
Dan has told us so many times.....I do not want to live in a group home! Please do not cut the funding for independent facilitators! People like Dan and so many others need to have the right to choose the life they want to,live!