Independent Advocacy 2010 Inc.

Delivering high quality services using the Creating Excellence Together (CET) Standards

Obtaining Services from IA



Independent Advocacy (2010) Inc. has a process for accepting people with developmental disabilities into services.

  • To be considered for services with IA, a candidate must be an adult who has been formally referred to us through a Canadian government funding body.

  • The referral information will be reviewed by the management team and/or the Executive Group.

  • An intake meeting/conversation will be held with the referred individual and/or their guardian(s) to gather relevant information that will include but not be limited to: medical, health, behavioral, strengths/abilities, daily living needs, and history. Information will be documented on an Intake Form.

  • A decision regarding whether or not to accept the referral is made by the management team and/or the Executive Group. IA’s decision will be relayed to the funding body in a timely manner.  All efforts will be made to ensure prompt responses, but it is important to note that an emphasis will be put on taking the necessary time to ensure an appropriate match for all involved.

  • Successful referral candidates will be provided an intake information package which includes the Individual/Guardian Handbook, and instructions on how to access our website and online Policy Manual.

  • IA cannot adequately offer supports for individuals with acute medical needs (e.g. home IV therapy, etc.), nor do we provide supports for individuals listed on the National Sex Offender Registry.

  • IA may not be able to adequately support individuals with complex needs involving addictions, especially if the individual is unwilling and/or unable to participate in and benefit from addictions treatment.

  • Based on the information gathered during intake, the management team will determine whether or not a risk assessment is required.  Funding bodies and other stakeholders[1] will be asked to provide details around any risks associated with the individual to facilitate management’s decision.

  • The referred individual must have funding approved to cover the supports they require prior to services starting. IA requires full disclosure of all information related to the individual. IA will request and obtain pertinent information including but not limited to assessments, risk to self or others, medical, behavioral, functional, financial, physical/mental well-being, etc.