Introduction to the Fernie Needs Assessment Report

Making our Beautiful Town an Inclusive Town

The Canadian Adaptive Network was offered the opportunity to be one of the advocacy groups included in an Occupational Therapy course in Advocacy and Occupational Justice at Moravian University, Pennsylvania.  Six graduate students were assigned to work with CAN to learn about our mission and then to develop a project designed to address an issue which CAN identified as a priority.  We decided that we needed to hear directly from people with disabilities and their advocates about what it’s like living in Fernie with disabilities.  The students then designed and conducted interviews and used the results to produce a Needs Assessment which included key findings and recommended next steps. 

CAN sends a big THANK YOU, to Dr. Mary Culshaw and students Christine Neu, Abby Weslosky, Jacob Meyers, Lauren Brown, Sara Ortiz and Maria Nagle and to all of the people who agreed to be interviewed by the students at very short notice. The findings and recommendations in the report provide a blueprint for CAN. 

We welcome feedback and if you are interested in being interviewed to provide more important information to CAN, please contact us.

Read the Final Report here and view the Final Presentation here.

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