Home.Home means comfort, warmth, safety. Where you can recharge. Where you belong, just as you are.Unfortunately, this home does not exist for everyone.Josh* has an intellectual disability. Because he needs some support in his daily life, Josh was placed into a group home. Josh was not allowed to choose where to live, or who to live with.
Over 100,000 Canadians with intellectual disabilities are not able to access affordable housing that meets their support needs, makes possible a home of their own, and offers social and economic inclusion in their communities. In collaboration with People First of Canada (PFC), CACL has developed a brief outlining a new proposed approach to enable access to affordable housing in safe and inclusive communities, as a part of a response to the Government of Canada's National Housing Strategy consultations.
A partnership between CACL and CASDA, the Ready, Willing & Able initiative has achieved another round of excellent results in the third quarter of 2016: 177 employment outcomes (including full-time and part-time jobs, self-employment opportunities, and post-secondary opportunities) have been reached in this three month period.
Ready, Willing and Able (RWA) is
pleased to partner with local autism organizations in Vancouver, Toronto and
Halifax to launch The Compass, a database that supports job
seekers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in navigating their path to
York University professor Felipe Montoya and his family will be returning to Canada after their bid for permanent residency was granted on compassionate grounds.Felipe and his family moved from Costa Rica to Toronto in 2012. In March 2016, they were denied the opportunity to apply for permanent residency by the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade because son Nico has Down syndrome.
Among the 25 employees working at Coop Coco & Calendula, three are participants in the Ready, Willing and Able program: packing clerk Lucia Feola, and production clerks Heather Franklin and Shadday Polony.