It is against the above backdrop, that ACDS has been identified by CSS as a key partner in collecting and disseminating information during this critical time. It is, however, equally important that ACDS has the independence to act in the interest of our service provider members and facilitate their ability to meet the need of individuals living with disabilities during this challenging time.
A critical piece of the advocacy we have been undertaking with CSS, is the need to respond to urgent issues service providers are facing, but also the need for CSS to communicate directly with service providers. We have stressed that communication is necessary to provide answers to questions service providers have about their funding and services, to facilitate the necessary decision making to sustain services, make staffing decisions, as well as address critical needs regarding Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and other issues.
Although ACDS has appreciated the opportunity for daily contact with the Ministry and weekly SPPC meetings, and we are aware of the challenges faced within government to act in this ever-changing environment, it became clear that a stronger message was necessary. In my call last night and in today’s SPPC meeting, we were able to communicate the consequences for both service delivery and the current advocacy channels through ACDS, should this communication not occur.
We are encouraged by the commitments made at today’s meeting.