PROVIDING SERVICES TO PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
BETH TIKVAH FOUNDATION OF HAMILTON
History of Beth Tikvah
The Beth Tikvah Foundation of Hamilton was founded in 1990. By August of 1991, the Beth Tikvah Foundation opened its six (6) bedroom home in Westdale area of Hamilton. The need for specialized accommodations for individuals with developmental disabilities was great and continues to be great. In a multi-cultural community the Beth Tikvah Foundation of Hamilton continues to be the only agency providing services to individuals with the focus on the individual’s culture, religion and history that is not the mainstream Christian Anglo-Saxon. The Beth Tikvah residence is an Orthodox Jewish home that strictly follows the rules of kashrut, but one does not have to be Jewish to live or work there. The Beth Tikvah Foundation of Hamilton has developed an expertise in providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities with cultural sensitivity as the primary focus of service delivery. In the last dozen or so years it has built a reputation in the community as providing extremely high standard of services.
Person Centered Planning
Person Centered Planning (PCP) is a set of approaches designed to assist someone to plan their life and supports. It is used most often as a life planning model to enable individuals with disabilities to increase their personal self-determination and improve their own independence. Person Centered Planning involves the individual receiving the service, with family members, neighbors, employers, community members, and friends, and professionals (such as physician/ doctors, psychiatrists, nurses, support workers, care managers, therapists, and social workers) developing a plan on community participation and quality of life with the individual.
Person-centered planning utilizes a number of techniques, with the central premise that any methods used must be reflective of the individual's personal communication mechanisms and assist them to outline their needs, wishes and goals. There is no differentiation between the process used and the output and outcomes of the PCP; instead, it pursues social inclusion through means such as community participation, employment and recreation.
Person Centered Planning is a strategy Beth Tikvah uses for developing support plans which change and develop with the individual throughout their lifetime. A plan is developed with the individual, their family and those who provide support which identifies personal, educational, vocational, medical, safety needs and goals. Person Centred Planning fosters an attitude of respect that allows all people to participate in decisions about them.
Contact Beth Tikvah Foundation of Hamilton
Get in touch with Beth Tikvah Foundation of Hamilton to learn more about our work and how you can get involved. If you would like to leave feedback, please contact Chris Barone.