Community Visions & Networking is committed to promoting social inclusion, individual choice, interdependence and all legal and constitutional rights for all persons receiving services.
Community Visions & Networking promotes individualized approaches in supporting people with developmental disabilities who also may be deaf, hard of hearing, or have a communication difficulty and who need and seek assistance to enhance their opportunities to live interdependently and to access their community. Our employees strive for the highest quality of participation in citizenship.
Donations are greatly appreciated to enhance the quality of life for people receiving services and the quality of supports provided by Community Visions and Networking (Quinte). Please click on link below through CanadaHelps.org.
Community Visions & Networking (Quinte) has had a community presence in Belleville since 1978. We have been actively involved in supporting people in their community evolving from a group home setting with 8 people to supporting over 65 people in their own homes throughout the greater Quinte area.
1990 was extremely exciting, yet an emotionally charged year for the organization. We physically restructured the agency and worked through a complete change in philosophy, mandate and goals in concert with the people we support, their families, friends and other community members.
In 1996 the organization expanded their mandate, which enabled the agency to support anyone who had a developmental disability and who required assistance to live interdependently in the community. During this year, Community Visions & Networking (Quinte) more than doubled its size.
In June of 1999, with the closure of Prince Edward Heights, five more individuals were supported; four of whom needed 24-hour staff support, and one who required respite services. These 4 individuals moved into a house together, we provide the same individualized supports as we would to anyone who is living in their own home (Supported Independent Living).
The organization continues to grow and provide further supports to meet the needs of the community. We believe that, given the opportunity, everyone can have diverse relationships with family, friends and community members that encourage mutual participation and lead to a fulfilled life.
Board of Directors
Community Visions & Networking (Quinte) is governed by a community based volunteer Board of Directors.
Community Visions & Networking (Quinte) is funded by Ontario’s Ministry of Community & Social Services, and through the generosity of donors.
Community Visions & Networking (Quinte) met Quality Assurance Measures 299/10 compliance review requirements in January 2017.
Members of Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs
Community Visions & Networking (Quinte) is committed to promoting social inclusion, individual choice, interdependence and all legal and constitutional rights for all supported individuals. Community Visions & Networking (Quinte) promotes individualized approaches in supporting people with developmental disabilities. The agency’s services and supports are based on the respect and dignity of each individual and recognizing diversity and reflecting the cultures of people receiving services.
Community Visions & Networking (Quinte) is mandated to support people who are challenged, deaf, hard of hearing, or have a communication difficulty, and who need and seek assistance to enhance their opportunities to live interdependently and to access their community.
Principles of Services
- every person has dreams and hopes and that the opportunity to realize them affects how they perceive themselves and how others perceive them.
- people have control over their own lives and choices and that everyone needs to have information, knowledge, experiences and opportunities to make informed decisions.
- how people choose to involve themselves in their community affects their quality of life. At the same time we believe that the community has a responsibility to ensure opportunity for participation.
- people learn through life’s many challenges and risks which promote enthusiasm, personal growth and help to determine future direction.
- given the opportunity, everyone can have diverse relationships with family, friends, and community members that encourage mutual participation and can lead to a fulfilled life.
- in work experiences, living conditions, and opportunities for health and fulfillment that contribute to social and self-respect.
- people require a place to live of their choosing where they can exercise ownership, reflect their personality through their possessions and choices and decide with whom they share this space.
Quality of Life Statements
- Exercising control over our lives and having the necessary information and experiences to make informed choices.
- Opportunities to meet a wide variety of people in diverse community settings, and to form relationships in which we are able to be depended upon and to give to, as well as receive from others.
- A sufficient income to provide a reasonable standard of living and opportunities to make decisions about how our money is spent.
- Being valued and respected by others and having opportunities with encouragement to occupy valued roles, thus increasing our feelings of self-worth.
- Chances to learn new skills, develop our talents and interests, and have new experiences in order to make choices about our lives.
- Employment that provides a sense of self-worth and satisfaction, that is valued by the community and provides a fair living wage.
- Pleasant, cheerful, place to live, filled with the items we enjoy having around us; and that we decided where we live and who we may invite to share our home.
Community Visions & Networking – Individual’s Bill of Rights
1. The Right to Relationships
- Love & Sex
- Have and raise children
2. The Right to be Safe
- On the street
- In our homes
- From people taking advantage of us
- From bullies
- From prejudice, persecution
- From disease
- In Smoke free environments
3. The Right to Education
- Anger management
- Sex education
- Safer sex
- Abuse prevention
- Someone to teach us the way we learn best
4. The Right to Shelter & Food
- Emergency relief
5. The Right to Privacy
- Private space with girlfriend, boyfriend, spouse
- To lock the door
- Privacy of body
- Privacy of files
- “People should leave our stuff alone”
- Privacy of personal things (e.g.: alcohol, drugs, belongings)
- Safe place to keep our stuff
- Right to be alone
- Privacy of mail
6. The Right to Support
- For all people
- Legal support
- Budgeting and financial support
- Respectful support
- Counselling and therapy