Tell us about your partnerships
We have excellent partnerships with our peer organizations, the umbrella advocacy groups BCACL, BCCPD and BC People First, as well as Community Living B.C. and U.B.C.'s Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship. Our webinar series was done through TASH (www.tash.org), which is the largest international advocacy and education organization in North America. Partnerships, and the possibility of growing networks of interdependence for those we support and for organizations, is a focus area of our strategic plan.
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your solution? If so, where and why?
Our concern at this time is people with intellectual disabilities, or those with an intellectual disability and concurrent diagnosis (mental health, physical disability, etc.).
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
Our organization is led by three people who share accountability for the whole, but bring different strengths to a dynamic cooperative. The "good idea" of one of us, or in this case Ted's good idea, can quickly be mapped out as we each contribute strengths around project planning, leadership, communication and research. We are well supported by a long-term infrastructure created when we were only focused on service delivery but excited about our new directions and innovation in general. Many of these are family members and friends of people with disabilities.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list
We have sought out and accomplished some great learning around entrepreneurship but have been challenged to find ways to continue those relationships. We have and will always make ourselves available to anyone concerned with innovative ideas around interdependence and intellectual disability.