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we are honoured to present reflections on the legacy of The Honourable John Ross Matheson, lawyer, judge and politician who has helped to shape Canada. John Ross Matheson had a profound impact on the community living movement through his landmark judgment in Clark v. Clark. Authors Audrey Cole and Melanie Panitch were present at the historical trial, share their reflections on the lessons learned from Judge Matheson, and the lasting effect of his character, commitment and understanding on our movement and their lives of our loved ones.
The 2013 report card focuses on how Canada is doing in the areas of ensuring that families have access to supports and employment equality. These are two of the 10 objectives in CACL’s Vision 2020 agenda – an agenda adopted by CACL to assist Canadians and governments in building a more inclusive Canada.
On International Day of Disability 2013 CACL is pleased to release Volume 3 of the newsletter for the Ready, Willing and Able (RWA) initiative, which profiles employment success stories from across Canada. Stories that illustrate and demonstrate the fact that regardless of label or perceived level of disability, adults with developmental disabilities can participate in and contribute to the labour market within this country. RWA works by scaling up proven methods that are active in communities throughout the country and that are demonstrating positive impact on
As part of the national Ready, Willing and Able (RW&A) Initiative, CACL is pleased to announce the release of Volume 2 of its employment booklet. RW&A is designed to increase labour force participation of people with intellectual disabilities, and thereby advance economic productivity and social inclusion in Canada.
This booklet presents stories of successful employment collected from provinces and territories across the country, from the perspective of both employee and employer.
The income security and labour market status of Canadians with disabilities and their families requires urgent action. As a society we all have a role to play in ensuring we are building inclusive communities where Canadians with disabilities are welcomed and valued as active citizens. The Federal government can take concrete steps to support building an inclusive and accessible Canada for all.
On November 27th, 2012 the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) and People First of Canada (PFC) welcomed more than 70 participants to our 3rd Annual Federal Policy Forum at the National Hotel and Suites in Ottawa, Ontario. The theme for the forum was “Advancing Employment of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities.” Participants included representatives of the Canadian Association for Community Living, People First of Canada and the Government of Canada as well as individuals, families, community leaders, policy makers, employers and employees from throughout the country.
CACL 2012 Annual Report Card focuses on Equality Rights and Global Inclusion
On December 3rd, 2012 International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Canadian Association for Community Living is releasing the 2012 National Report Card. This year the National Report Card is focused on issues of Achieving Equality Rights and Making a Global Impact. These are two of the 10 objectives in CACL’s Vision 2020 agenda – an agenda adopted to assist Canadians and governments in building a more inclusive Canada.
Employment is a very important part of our adult lives. It is much more than simply earning money. Through paid work we meet new people and establish new friendships, increase feelings of self worth, enable greater independence, become part of community and contribute to that community. Perhaps more importantly it affects how other people and society in general view us — recognizing our value, contribution, ability, and capacity.
CACL appeared before the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities as a witness to its study on Bill C-44, the proposed Helping Families in Need Act. Bill C-44 is designed to address the challenges and difficult circumstances of families whose child is critically ill, has died or has d
This submission provides supplementary information from the Canadian and international disability movement to the third and fourth periodic reports (hereinafter State Report) submitted by the Canadian government to the CRC Committee in November 2009. In particular, it provides responses to the List of Issues (p 1-6) and proposes recommendations for the Concluding Observations (p 7).
CACL’s 2011 National Report Card on Inclusion focuses on how Canada is doing in the areas of Securing Child Rights and Needed Supports, and Establishing Safe and Inclusive Communities. These are two of the 10 objectives in CACL’s Vision 2020 agenda – an agenda adopted by CACL to assist Canadians and governments in building a more inclusive Canada.
In 2006 Gordon Kyle of Community Living Ontario and Gordon Porter from CACL/ Inclusive Education Canada, made a visit to a senior staff member of the Ontario College of Teachers. They discussed issues involving professional standards for teachers and highlighted the need to make sure teachers in Ontario schools have the knowledge and skills to make inclusion successful.
Over 50 years ago parents started meeting in communities across Canada to share their concerns that their sons and daughters with intellectual disabilities were not being given the opportunities to fulfill their potential; that they had no valued place in society. Denied access to public education that their own tax dollars were helping to fund parents began demanding a different future, began making a claim on governments and society for what we now call full citizenship and inclusion.
A recently released report by Cameron Crawford of the Institute for Research on Inclusion and Society (IRIS) provides a demographic snapshot of the employment situation of people with intellectual disabilities. The report draws from the 2006 Participation and Activity Limitation Survey (PALS), which was Statistics Canada’s ‘flagship’ survey on disability.
The 2010 Report was released December 3rd, 2010 on International Disability Day. The 2010 National Report Card on Inclusion explores how Canada is doing in the areas of inclusive education, Disability Supports and Family Supports. The report card highlights these three areas as top priorities for changing the status of Canadians with intellectual disabilities and their families.