This year’s theme is Inclusion matters: Access and empowerment for people of all abilities that seeks to reduce inequalities and remove barriers to equal participation for persons with disabilities in society. Sub-themes for 2015 are: (1) Making cities inclusive and accessible for all; (2) Improving disability data and statistics; and (3) Including persons with invisible disabilities in society and development.
Along with our host partner People First of Canada, CACL invites you to join us at the Sixth Annual Federal Policy Forum on Inclusion, Wednesday, December 2nd 2015 from 9:00am-5:00pm at the Novotel Hotel, Ottawa. The Federal Policy Forum presents an exciting opportunity for dialogue with the federal government, in order to learn more about and explore the federal role on long standing issues regarding the disability community.
Vice President of Operations, Eastern Canada at Costco Wholesale, David Skinner, never anticipated how much an inclusive workforce would enhance his company’s success and corporate culture. “The outcomes are a lot better than we could ever imagine,” says Skinner, describing the candidates Costco has hired with intellectual disabilities as generally “model employees” who over time have “integrated seamlessly” into their corporate culture.
Women in Canada come from many diverse backgrounds and live with multiple experiences of marginalization and with each layer of exclusion, whether that is migrant, indigenous or disability status - other barriers to their safety are added. Consequently, particular populations of women experience higher rates of abuse than other women's communities due to structural violence and the resulting more significant needs, yet these very populations receive limited attention in the violence prevention and response service sectors, which also contributes to their higher rates of victimization.
The provincial government is eliminating the IQ under 70 requirement in determining eligibility for government supports and services. This is very good news according to Dennis Gill, President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association for Community Living (NLACL).NLACL members are individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families. For many years, NLACL has expressed deep concern about eligibility being based on irrelevant testing that does not take into account the reality of the challenges faced in the activities of daily living.
Participate in the Online Federal Government Consultation
on Physcian Assisted Suicide - Deadline is November 1stThe Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Canadians should have access to physician assisted suicide. The Federal government struck a panel of experts to provide it with recommendations on the process for enabling access to assisted suicide and ensuring adequate safeguards are put in place. CACL is concerned that the system fully safeguard vulnerable persons, including those with intellectual disabilities.
We are pleased to announce that Blakes was honoured with the Canadian Association for Community Living President's Award on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at a presentation in Vancouver, BC. The award was presented to Blakes in recognition of their ongoing pro bono service to our organization.
Blakes became involved with CACL in 2001 through Partner Ron Richler, who is now retired. Since then, Blakes continues to not only provide pro bono assistance to CACL, but also helps bring awareness to the stigma surrounding intellectual disabilities.
Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario are hosting a webinar on October 4, 2015 at 2 pm (EDT) "While the public continues to debate whether assisted suicide should ever be allowed, the real questions we now need to answer have changed."