In 2015–2016, CCDS partnered with Association of Community Living Winnipeg to seek funding for the research and development phase of the tentatively named “Emergency Card Project”. The core team has since secured funding, and preliminary work has begun on the developmental phase of this project. Tasks in the development phase of this project include conducting a literature review and environmental scan, program development, and seeking funding for subsequent phases.
The aim of the Emergency Card Project is to design a communication device that can be used by persons with communication challenges in high-stress situations when they are interacting with first responders and community members. With the utilization of the communication device, it is anticipated that positive interactions between persons with cross-disabilities and first responders will be increased. The objective is to begin the project in Winnipeg, expand it throughout Manitoba and then to the rest of Canada. During these latter phases, CCDS will provide evaluation and consultation.