We want to share our Vision, Mission, and Goals with you, so you understand what we're about and what we are working with our Members to create.

We first developed our Vision and Mission and the goals we see supporting them when we started operations in 1996. Everyone associated with Possibilities at that time came together to create something that spoke to our hearts, was respectful of the needs and strengths of our future Members, and represented what the government of Ontario was funding us to provide.

This is what we came up with. Please feel free to share your reactions, your comments, and your questions with us. That's how we grow and develop, after all!

 Our Vision

Our vision is to develop residences and support services which enhance the possibilities for individuals living with the effects of brain injury to participate in sharing, supportive communities.

From 1995-1997, our founder, Dr. Karen Shue particpated in a collaborative Ontario-wide study of individuals who were being repatriated from U.S. brain injury rehabilitation programs (McColl, Carlson, Johnson, Shue, & Willer, 1997).  

What we found was that participants consistently reported that the elements most important to their lives and feeling part of a community are:

  • To live as independently as possible.
  • To have meaningful relationships with others -- not only family or program staff, but to recognize and be recognized by others as part of everyday activities.
  • To participate in productive activities which make a contribution to their community (as well as those that are just plain "fun"!).
  • To "fit" in a community in which they know their way around and can accept, and be accepted by others.

 

We want to work with individuals to develop the "living, loving, doing" lives they describe by providing places they can create and share in community life.  The services of abi Possibilities aim to provide "just enough" support to allow individuals to live as independently as possible in spite of ongoing needs for assistance.

 

 

Our Mission

We are committed to working collaboratively with individuals ("Community Members") to support their lives in the community by:

Developing Collaborative Action Plans based on Members' goals

Collaborative Action Plans (CAPs) are created by listening to a future Member's vision for themselves and their life after brain injury. CAPs are written with the Member and are the guide for actions to be taken by the member, service providers, and other Partners involved in the Member's CAP. They focus on what the Member wants from themselves and in their relationships with others. They acknowledge that a high quality life is not only something that everyone has a right to expect, but also a responsibility to develop and maintain. Our role as service providers is to provide the support each person needs to access that right and meet those responsibilties.

Plans may include:

  • Linking Members to a variety of community resources and services to promote inclusion in their local communities.
  • Coaching Members to develop, establish, and maintain mutually satisfying relationships.
  • Promoting self-advocacy by supporting participation in decision-making that affects their lives.
  • Providing opportunities for continuous learning through collaborative action, mentoring, and sharing of life experiences.
  • Working with Members to participate in activities resulting in personally meaningful productivity.

Ensuring fiscal responsibility through monitoring and maximizing cost-efficiency of service delivery

Because our services are funded through the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, we are anxious to make sure that taxpayer's contributions are used wisely and efficiently.

We aim to:

  • Explore innovative means of controlling and minimizing administrative expenses
  • Continually evaluate models of service delivery and create innovative alternatives (linked to our "just enough support" model).


Developing community partnerships

None of us "go it alone" in creating our lives. Neither should our Members or the organization of Possibilities itself. We are keen to develop Partnerships of many types and you can read more about our Partners and what we are working on together in other parts of the website.

Some of the community contributions we hope to make include:

  • Providing ABI education and training
  • Promoting an active volunteer program
  • Hosting local community groups
  • Establishing local community networks

 

Responding to future needs of the abi community

What we do now and how we do it aren't all that persons living with brain injury need and want. We know that and they know that. So we value being part of efforts to create better, more valued, more effective, more responsive services that enhance the quality of life for persons living with brain injury. These efforst include:

  • Participating in research and evaluation projects on the needs and support strategies for life-long living following acquired brain injury
  • Working with other public and private agencies to enhance service delivery in the areas of housing, community support, respite, and productivity