Our astute readers will, of course, be familiar with the Community Living Coalition - the lobby group that was fathered, in part, by Doug Walls and ultimately gave birth to the provincial government's independent authority for developmentally disabled adults. Established in November 2001, the group's "immediate goals were 1) address threatened cutbacks to community living services and supports; 2) develop a new governance structure for community living; 3) promote Individualized Funding as an option for individuals and families." But with at least two of those goals being accomplished, there was some discussion among members that the coalition should be disbanded. And that proposal came up for debate at a group meeting earlier this month. But, according to those familiar with the debate, it was decided the coalition would "carry out in a relatively quiet role" except around the role of community councils at Community Living British Columbia - as well as budgetary and access issues.
January 19, 2006