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.
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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."
Last week, CACL’s employment initiative, Ready, Willing, and Able (RWA), gave a talk at Untapped Workforce, to discuss the business benefits of hiring people with intellectual disabilities. This eye-opening workshop touched on many points, including: