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Brownies and Downies – a coffee shop in Cape Town

[responsivevoice_button voice=”US English Female” buttontext=”Listen to this page”] Brownies & Downies Cape Town is a coffee shop and lunchroom that is open to the public, tourists and businesses. First and foremost, however, it is a training centre for people with intellectual disabilities, and a vessel to create change and acceptance in the South African culture. Special needs trainees are trained to be employable in the hospitality and service sectors.

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Exploring New Ways to Live in Community

Exploring New Ways to Live in Community – A conversation about supported living for people with developmental disabilities in BC This report offers some thinking about supported living for people with developmental disabilities in BC – how it looks like now and how it could look like in the future. It highlights many of the strengths associated with this residential option and identifies some of the challenges we need to collectively tackle. The content of the report is based on a survey and roundtable discussion, both conducted in 2013. These were initiated by a group of service providers and supported by Community Living BC (CLBC). The survey results showed that supported living is funded and delivered in a variety of ways and supports people with a wide range of issues – health, home and financial management, housing, social and community life, relationships, coordinating with other supports, and responding to crises. The service providers who responded articulated some key strengths of supported living. It offers individualized supports and choice allowing people to live in their own homes. It is strengths-based and can help people build relationships outside the “service world”. It is an important safeguard and can offer one way to…

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Newspaper carriers deliver gift that touched hearts of TC staff

Wendy Sutherland still believes in Santa Claus. She doesn’t read or write and doesn’t really understand money. But she would be distressed to know Santa sometimes can’t bring toys or gifts for everyone, said her father, Ray Sutherland. A few months ago, the 45-year-old woman, who operates on the same level as a five-year-old, became a newspaper carrier. Accompanied by caregiver Maria Batocabe, she delivers 75 copies of TC Extra! Extra! every week. “They’re working hard,” said Tanya Clark, district manager, circulation. “Rain or shine, Wendy and Maria are out there trying to find safe, dry locations to leave the papers.” On Dec. 1, Clark received a letter from Ray Sutherland, enclosing two of his daughter’s uncashed cheques. “It would be Wendy’s wish that the sum of these cheques be deposited to the TC Christmas Fund as Wendy and Maria’s gift,” he wrote. The letter touched the hearts of Times Colonist staff. “It made people cry. For Wendy to be so positive and happy and wanting to do that. It was a really kind thing for her to do,” Clark said. “We know how hard they work and it’s a thankless job. It was her entire month of December profits.”…

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