A phone call today has changed everything. Community Living has accessed internal funding and has agreed to pay the increased fees for Becky’s day program!!! We can continue accessing the program for the same amount we’ve been paying for as long as we want…can you believe it. I feel a huge relief; I must admit. The thought of organizing seven days a week for Becky was pretty daunting. Anyway, with my new, “do nothing” attitude, it all got sorted.
Well…it wasn’t exactly do nothing; I had a call last week asking if we wanted them to look into extra funding for Becky. It was Becky’s decision and she took a full 24 hours to think about. She decided that she wasn’t ready to leave the day program just yet; that she was still a bit young. We asked them to please look into the funding possibilities, and then we had to wait, and wait, and wait…Funding for people with disabilities is part of a complex and fragmented system. In this case, it was funding that we couldn’t access as individuals; it was only available to community service groups. Without their help, we would never have received the extra support.
It’s been a bit like a pin ball machine; you’re going one direction, and then, ‘wham’ you’re going another, ‘wham’ another direction, ‘wham’ again, and you’re back where you started feeling a bit dazed. Dazed but not confused. We have a huge issue resolved, thanks to the generosity of Community Living Mississauga. If it took a couple of hits to get us here, I’m okay with that.
We’re moving forward again…