CAM-D Introduces DEEN
Support Services and Muneeba Centre
Toronto December 20, 2013
A Small Step Toward a Big Dream of an
Inclusive Society for All Persons with Disabilities
Approximately 15% of Canadians have
disabilities of whom over 750,000 are individuals with
intellectual/developmental disabilities. In Ontario, developmental services are
plagued with waiting lists to meet the growing demand for day programs, social
activities and residential placements. Needs that go beyond basic provision are
difficult to address in an under-funded sector.
CAM-D is taking a small step to address
diverse needs through new initiatives and increased community participation.
"Our research and consultations with individuals with disabilities,
families and advocates living in Ontario have helped shape a clear direction
toward service delivery. Muslims with disabilities and their families want
culturally and spiritually sensitive social, recreational, life skills,
respite, residential and peer support programs," states Rabia Khedr,
Ali Mohamed, President of CAM-D
announces, "To meet these needs, we are proud to introduce DEEN Support
Services, a registered charity offering life skills day programming, peer
support groups, information sessions, respite and more in our new home "Muneeba
Following a round table discussion hosted
by His Honour, David C. Onley, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario back in June,
CAM-D established a partnership with a key corporate supporter, "without
whose cooperation the purchase of the house which we named Muneeba Centre would
not have been possible,"remarks Soraya Mohamed, Vice-President.
Pervez Nasim, President of Ansar
Cooperative Housing Corporation and father of a young woman with a
developmental disability says, "We as a business along with my family are
proud to support this much needed initiative. It is about time that we invest
in solid programs and services that address the needs of people with
disabilities in our communities."
Last week, a by invitation only brunch
attended by MP Brad Butt, MPP Dipika Damerla and Councilor Pat Saito along with
local Imams, lawyers, doctors, professors, families and individuals with
disabilities was held to launch the initiative and raise much needed funds. The
doors of DEEN Support Services at the Muneeba Centre are expected to open in the
summer of 2014.
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