Planning for the future the theme of BACI family workshops

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Housing, employment and financial planning to be discussed
Tuesday January 10, 2012 — Deb Bartlett

Parents of adult children who have a disability will find a number of workshops and planning sessions being presented by Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI) and partner organizations.

Family information and support worker Carol Stinson says the spring is going to be all about planning for the future.

By partnering with other agencies, BACI is able to share resources, while “getting the word out a little bit more” using the other agencies’ networks, too, says Carol.

Parents will be able to learn where their children are going to live, work and how  to it will be paid for, says Carol.

“All three pieces are going to be there and I’m excited about this,” she says.

The B.C. Association for Community Living held an event Jan. 26 and 27 on housing called Searching for Home.

Carol says people who have lived in a group home for 20 or 30 years are being moved, and “it’s scaring a lot of people.”

The conference discussed creative financing, home ownership, and sharing, in which several families purchase units in one building and centralize caregiving for their children.

Building on last year’s financial planning session on registered disability saving plans (RDSPs), BACI and posAbilities are partnering on an all-day session called Financial Planning for Today, Tomorrow and into the Future.

“Parents are sophisticated,” says Carol, adding they already have a fair bit of knowledge about RDSPs. She says she is looking forward to the “holistic” approach that’s being taken at this financial planning workshop.

The Feb. 11 session at BACI Still Creek Centre will feature presentations by an RDSP specialist; a lawyer whose area of expertise is wills, trusts and estates for people who have a disability and how to protect their assets; and a financial planner who will discuss conservative financial planning, and how to protect the nest egg while allowing it to grow.

To RSVP for the financial planning session, e-mail the hosts at familyservices@gobaci.com or mnelson@posAbilities.ca.

Working with posAbilities and the Family Support Institute, BACI is presenting a session on creative employment.

Carol says the session will address not just entrepreneurship, but how families can use their networks and social assets to find jobs for their children who have a disability. 

Other topics to be discussed include the expectation of work, work ethic and what needs to be in place for a person to hold down a job. The session, called Families Promoting Employment First and family Works, will be held March 3 at BACI Still Creek Centre.

To RSVP for this session, contact Valerie Irving at 604-540-8374 ext. 521 or e-mail virving@fsibc.com.

To comment on this story, contact Deb at 800-294-0051, ext. 30, or e-mail deb(at)axiomnews.ca.

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