Why is this important?
One measure of a caring community is the extent to which it creates an environment that strengthens all aspects of the health and well-being of adults and helps improve their quality of life. This dashboard includes measures relating to developmental disability, mental health and addiction services for adults aged 18-64.
What are the trends?
Adults with developmental disabilities are the most vulnerable segment of the Jewish community as services greatly diminish at age 21, although needs are constant. Their parents are aging and children with disabilities are living longer, thus economic, social and emotional pressures continue to grow. Adults with a range of addiction issues are turning to the community in greater numbers.
The Toronto Special Needs Resource Network, a coalition of Jewish communal agencies serving individuals with special needs in the Jewish community, was recently formed to explore collaborative solutions to support people with disabilities living in the Jewish community.
How are we doing?
Within the context of flat or decreased government funds and increased demand for services, there is considerable pressure on the social service agencies to meet growing needs.