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2008 National Report Card on Inclusion

Everyday, throughout Canada, there are people with intellectual disabilities living valued and inclusive lives as contributing members of their communities. There are examples of: children included in early learning and childcare programmes; of students in inclusive schools learning and playing alongside each other; of families that are well supported and able to balance the demands of family life like any other family in their neighbourhood; of adults working real jobs and earning real pay; of adults able to support themselves and have a voice in determining they kind of life they want to live.

Yet, as this report card demonstrates, these examples are not what the majority of people with intellectual disabilities experience. Despite the existence of strong legislative foundations and policy commitments to inclusion in many of the areas, we see that even when commitments to inclusion are in place they do not necessarily translate into practice. Despite research and practical experience demonstrating that full inclusion is not only possible but that it benefits all Canadians, the national picture of inclusion and the status of Canadians with disabilities remains one of poverty and exclusion.