Tyze: Online personal support network resource
Tyze was created by PLAN (Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network) Institute and is an online resource for people to develop personal networks of support. Tyze links people together and helps them to share stories, track to-do tasks and schedule events. Tyze online networks never discloses your information, there is no advertising, and your network is only open to the people you invite to join. Tyze has been internationally recognized for its innovative approach and has received many esteemed awards for its leadership.
CLBC is committed to developing a provincially coordinated demonstration project for adults under the Personalized Supports Initiative (PSI). Adults supported by the PSI, (who have both significant limitations in adaptive functioning and either a diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder or a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, officially known as Pervasive Developmental Disorder) can often be isolated and living without a supportive social network of family and friends. CLBC recognizes the importance of relationships to individuals’ health, quality of life and personal safety. The development of personal support networks is a key initiative to ensure informal safeguards are in place to reduce the vulnerability experienced by individuals.
CLBC has contracted with Tyze, whose goals and objectives are in line with CLBC’s approach to personal support networks. Tyze and CLBC are working with six service providers, Community Living Society, PLEA, Chilliwack Society for Community Living, Spectrum Society for Community Living and HOMES, to create Tyze sites for individuals supported by the PSI to build their own personal support networks.
For more information on this project, please contact Jule Hopkins at Jule.D.Hopkins@gov.bc.ca or Jacinta Eni at Jacinta.Eni@gov.bc.ca. For more information on Tyze, please visit their website at www.tyze.com.