May 2020
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A Parent's Perspective - Dianne Cormier Northrup

For people with an intellectual disability and their families, the COVID-19 pandemic presents a unique set of concerns and challenges. CACL is working with our Federation and disability community partners to ensure those concerns are addressed by all levels of government.

Parent advocate Dianne Cormier Northrup shares her concerns and discusses how CACL is helping to support her family during this time.

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CACL EVP Weekly COVID Updates

CACL Executive Vice President Krista Carr has been recording weekly updates regarding CACL's ongoing work during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The videos cover the ACL Federation's response to the pandemic, Krista's participation on the Federal COVID-19 Disability Advisory Group (CDAG), and CACL's policy work to address the needs of the disability community during this difficult time. 

Krista will provide a new update every Friday in May. Tune into our social media for details. 

#COVIDdisability: Disability-Related Resources for Families and People with an Intellectual Disability

COVID-19 has proven to have significant and lasting consequences for people with an intellectual disability and their families.

We are continuing to share disability-related resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic on our website as they become available, pulled together in one spot for families. These include plain-language tools, resources for caregivers, and information on mental health, available financial support, and discrimination guidelines. 

If you find reliable information you think will be of use to people with disabilities and their supporters, we invite you to share it with us on social media using the #COVIDdisability hashtag. 

Families Wanted for Homeownership Focus Groups 

Are you a family member interested or experienced in homeownership for people with an intellectual disability?

CACL is looking for family members to participate in online focus groups Wednesday May 27th. The focus groups are for family members of people with an intellectual disability who own their own homes, and family members of people with an intellectual disability who do not own their own homes.

ARCH Develops COVID-19 Advocacy Toolkit 

ARCH Disability Law Centre has developed a plain language advocacy toolkit for people with a disability, to ensure their caregiver or support person has access to them in the event of hospitalizations due to COVID-19.

The toolkit aims to provide key information and tips for working with healthcare professionals to make sure the needs of an individuals with a disability are being met. 

CACL in Action!
Highlights of our recent national and international work. 
  • The CACL Grassroots Campaign Committee is meeting weekly to discuss methods of cultivating grassroots advocacy in our strategic priority areas.  
  • CACL EVP Krista Carr attends weekly meetings of the federal COVID-19 Disability Advisory Group (CDAG) to provide input into the Government of Canada's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Since mid-March, CACL's national Federation leadership have held weekly virtual meetings to discuss COVID-19 advocacy, including key priorities and concerns for each province and territory.  
  • On May 12, LinkedIn Canada delivered a session to the Ready, Willing & Able (RWA) team on how RWA can leverage the LinkedIn platform to connect with businesses across the country. 
May 31- June 6 - National AccessAbility Week   
June 21 - Father's Day