Primary Lead: Dr. Tim Stainton – School of Social Work, Faculty of Arts, UBC Vancouver
Co-Lead: Dr. Rachelle Hole – School of Social Work, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan
This stream will have a broad focus on issues concerned with policy, structures, and direct practice in the field. This will encompass both Provincial (the primary responsible jurisdiction) and National policy and practice in Canada as well as international policy and practice developments. While issues directly affecting people with I/DD and their families will be the core focus, this stream will also extend to health care practices, which may impact people with I/DD as well as global issues such as the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with a Disability. Dr. Stainton is ideally suited to lead this stream having been recognized for many years as one of the leading international experts in this area and having consulted with governments and organization across Canada and internationally.