Independent Living Resource Centre (ILRC)

PACE (Personal Attendant Community Education

What is PACE?

PACE trains able-bodied persons to become Independent Living Attendants (ILA's).

PACE is a recognized curriculum developed, designed and delivered by people with disabilities to promote consumer choice and control in daily decisions that impact their lives.

Why is PACE needed?

People with disabilities and seniors have expressed their rights to live in the community and their desire for control over their lives. PACE adds a very unique skillset, one that is central to consumer control for those supporting community living options.

What are the benefits of consumer directed training?

  • Consumers are in control of their care
  • Improved quality of life for consumers
  • Opportunities for employment and more community involvement
  • Centralized training unites people, organizations, and resources
  • Flexibilty in provision of supports
  • Reduced training costs and need for institutional living

What does PACE training include?

  • Independent Living Philosophy
  • Personal Health Information Act (PHIA)
  • Role of the ILA
  • Disability Awareness
  • Home Management
  • Safety - WHMIS
  • Personal Care
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Assistive Devices
  • Communications
  • Body Movement & Positioning
  • First-Aid / CPR
  • Awareness of Environment
  • Abuse
  • Mock Routines / Wound Care
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Disaster Management
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
  • Community Consumer Directed Training
  • and more added routinely

How long is the training?

The training is five weeks long. It runs Monday to Friday with classes from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM daily. Community training hours are afternoon and late evening.

Graduate Prospects?

Follow-up surveys indicate over 90% success rate in obtaining employment in this field. Employment opportunities include Self-Managed Care, Home Care, private agencies, and Independent Living models.

Student Feedback

I wish all my professors in college were as passionate about what they taught us like the trainers we have now [at ILRC]

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Apply for PACE by downloading the PACE application form. - Last updated June 29, 2017

Also, Check out the schedule for upcoming PACE sessions.

Want to become a volunteer with PACE? Check out the PACE volunteer guide.