For­mer ARC/RRC As­so­ci­a­tion re­named to Di­verse Abil­i­ties NS

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The as­so­ci­a­tion for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tres across Nova Sco­tia has been re­named to bet­ter cap­ture its goal that per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties thrive and reach their full po­ten­tial.

And Kings Re­gional Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre CEO, Judy Hef­fern, says it’s a move in the right di­rec­tion.

The as­so­ci­a­tion, which rep­re­sents adult res­i­den­tial and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tres across the prov­ince, in­clud­ing the KRRC in Waterville, has been re­named as Di­verse Abil­i­ties NS.

Hef­fern says this new name, re­plac­ing the for­mer ARC/RRC As­so­ci­a­tion ti­tle, will “help more peo­ple un­der­stand what we do.”

In a re­lease, the cen­tre says this new name will help peo­ple see how it strives to show­case the po­ten­tial of ev­ery in­di­vid­ual who re­ceives sup­port from the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“Rather than fo­cus­ing on dis­abil­ity, the new name em­pha­sizes the abil­i­ties of the peo­ple be­ing served,” it reads.

It also says the new name aims to re­flect all in­di­vid­u­als who re­ceive sup­port from the re­hab, ac­cord­ing to chair­woman Mil­lie Col­burne, and is ac­com­pa­nied by the tagline, “Com­mu­ni­ties Em­pow­er­ment Choice.”

Ac­cord­ing to the re­lease, this tagline “re­flects the goal to sup­port in­di­vid­u­als to learn and de­velop the skills they need to en­able their tran­si­tion to other com­mu­nity liv­ing op­tions.”

The as­so­ci­a­tion is part of a sec­tor that pro­vides com­mu­nity and fa­cil­ity-based liv­ing for 600 in­di­vid­u­als with in­tel­lec­tual and phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties and de­vel­op­men­tal dis­or­ders such as autism, chronic men­tal ill­ness, ad­dic­tions and ac­quired brain in­juries.

The KRRC it­self sup­ports more than 200 clients in eight dif­fer­ent pro­grams at the cen­tre, along with 10 com­mu­nity op­tions homes.

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