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Canadian Association of Muslims with Disabilities

Press Release

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, Executive Director.

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 Centre"

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.

Visit www.camd.ca and www.deensupportservices.ca for further details.

For more information, contact:

Rabia Khedr

Cell: 905-270-9679 e-mail: camd@camd.ca