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Can you blog a microboard?

July 26, 2009

In the spirit of cross promotion, I thought I would mention microboards.  No, they are not a part of the new netbooks.  Microboards, as described Vela Microboard Association, are:

A  Vela Microboard is formed when a small group (micro) of committed family and friends join together with a person with challenges to create a non-profit society (board). Together this small group of people address the person’s planning and support needs in an empowering and customized fashion. A Vela Microboard comes out of the person centered planning philosophy and is therefore created for the sole support of one individual.

So microboards are circles of support, formalized as a non-profit society, focused on one person and with built in steps for sustainability to ensure the person maintains their support.

In BC, for many years, microboards were the only way to have Individualized Funding.   Government would contract with a registered non-profit society when they would not contract with an individual or family.  Now, CLBC has a number of mechanisms for Individualized funding, but I will save that discussion for another post.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 26, 2009 6:02 am

    Microboards are an excellent way to empower friends and family who want to support someone with a disability to live the life of their choice. Even though there are now some different ways of accessing funding, I think Microboards are still a superb way of involving one’s personal support network in effective, practical ways.

  2. August 6, 2009 4:20 pm

    i have been following your posts for a while now all i can say
    is they are great. I look forward to reading more from you.

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