August 2018
Inclusion Matters_ News from CACL
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3...2...1...Liftoff! New CACL Website Launched

Share the new CACL website with family and friends to spread the work of CACL. We are helping Canadians build an inclusive Canada for people with an intellectual disability by strengthening families, defending rights, and transforming communities.

We would love to hear from you! Let us know what you think of our new website and what you'd like to see by replying to this e-blast.

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CACL Responds to Universal Periodic Review

CACL submitted feedback on the recommendations made to Canada under its third Universal Periodic Review (UPR). CACL feedback highlighted practical next steps drawn from the UPR focused on people with an intellectual disability and their families that would help deconstruct barriers. Priorities emphasized by CACL include the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, education, employment, poverty reduction, and recommendations addressing the rights of people with a disability in Canada.

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Watch: Inspiring Inclusion 2018

At CACL we work towards transforming communities, strengthening families, and defending rights. 

In our new video we hear from Christopher, the Saulnier family, and the Shah family as they share how with the help of CACL, they were able to live more inclusive lives in their communities.

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RWA Success Story: Desjardins Hires Inclusively for Specialized Roles in Cybersecurity

Having an inclusive culture has always been a top priority for Desjardins. With the support of Ready, Willing & Able and Action main-d'oeuvre (AMO), the Human Resources Department was able to identify potential candidates for highly specialized positions.

CACL in Action!
Highlights of our recent national and international work.

  • Inclusive Education Canada will participate in a conference on inclusive education organized by the UNESCO-affiliated Regional Centre for Educational Planning in Shrajah, United Arab Emirates on September 17-19. IEC Director Gordon Porter and Associate Jody Carr are preparing a paper for the conference.
  • Inclusive Education Canada is assisting Tara Flood, Director of ALLFIE, a United Kingdom based NGO working to advance inclusive education. She will be visiting schools and inclusion advocates in Fredericton, New Brunswick and Toronto, Ontario. The visit is scheduled for September.
  • IRIS's Access to Justice initiative is forming meetings in sites including, Saint John, Montreal, Charlottetown, Toronto, Regina and Vancouver to plan focus groups with people with disabilities and justice personnel. 
  • IRIS has concluded its 3-year initiative titled, Working Together. The partners continue to work on the IRIS housing and justice projects and are working on getting funding for a project that addresses the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous women, with a focus on Indigenous women with an intellectual disability and FASD, who are more vulnerable to exploitation and violence.

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Call For Canadian Youth To Help Build An Accessible Canada

The Government of Canada's Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) is currently looking for youth between 15 and 30 years of age to demonstrate leadership and commitment to their communities by volunteering their time to build a more accessible Canada.

These young leaders will make a tangible difference in the lives of people with disabilities by addressing accessibility barriers in public spaces or workplaces within Canada.

The voice of youth with an intellectual disability must be included in these discussions to ensure that the lived experiences and challenges of people with an intellectual disability are faced and resolved.

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Communication is Key

This blog is part of "Monitoring Matters", a special series of guest blogs by Advisors from the Vulnerable Persons Standard.

The government's minimal regulatory proposal for monitoring Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) recognizes the importance of having practitioners report upon patient consent procedures and related assessments. Yet without spelling out specific practices to ensure reliable and authentic communication, and without requiring practitioners to report on specific measures that they have taken to support effective communication, we can have little confidence that MAiD-related decisions are being appropriately grounded in effective communication especially for patients who have disabilities that affect their communication. 

Upcoming Dates and Events  
September 3 - CACL offices closed for Labour Day holiday  
September 7 - Opening of Flourishing: Somehow We Stayed Attuned exhibition produced by Tangled Art + Disability in partnership with CACL. Click here to learn more.