Septem ber 2018
Inclusion Matters_ News from CACL
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Human Flourishing in the Context of Medical Assistance in Dying

The Tangled Art + Disability opening reception of "Flourishing: Somehow We Stay Attuned" took place on Friday, September 7th in Toronto. Nearly 100 people were in attendance to explore this inaugural exhibition of the "Flourishing" series, to hear the artists describe their work, and to listen to Executive Vice-President Krista Carr deliver remarks on behalf of CACL and the Federation.

PRESS RELEASE: Canada's First Poverty Reduction Strategy Promising for People with an Intellectual Disability

Toronto, ON - CACL welcomes the release of "Opportunity for All - Canada's First Poverty Reduction Strategy" and its significant focus on social inclusion and the tremendous potential it appears to offer persons with an intellectual disability. CACL looks forward to the implementation of the Strategy and to working with the Government of Canada over the coming months and years. 

CACL in Action!
Highlights of our recent national work.

  • Inclusive Education Canada is facilitating a partnership with Community Living Ontario to support a Montessori school in Northern Ontario to become more inclusive after conducted workshop with staff in August.
  • Tickets are now on sale for IRIS's No Woman's Land artistic production. In partnership with the Jaberi Dance Theatre, the production explores real stories of women in refugee camps. Performances will take place in March 2019 in Toronto and Peterborough, Ontario. Click here to learn more and buy tickets.
  • CACL EVP Krista Carr delivered remarks on behalf of CACL at the opening reception of the "Flourishing: Somehow We Stay Attuned" art exhibition in Toronto, which is part of CACL's greater Human Flourishing project. The exhibition is free and open to the public until October 19, 2018.
  • Inclusive Education Canada is developing strategies to utilize the new Guideline from the Ontario Human Rights Commission's "Accessible education for students with disabilities".

Policy_ Accessible Education for Students with Disabilities
New Guidelines: Will They Matter?

Director of Inclusive Education Canada, Dr. Gordon L. Porter, reflects on the Ontario Human Rights Commission's new education policy "Accessible education for students with disabilities".

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is giving it a second try. Last week they issued new Guidelines on inclusive education, "Accessible education for students with disabilities". The Commission tried before in 2004. Many would argue that effort had little practical effect. Let's hope it turns out better with this 2018 version!

Close-up of child_s hand on elderly person_s hand.
PRESS RELEASE: Canada's Medical Assistance in Dying Regulations Fall Short

Toronto, ON - The Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) and the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) strongly call on the federal government to strengthen the monitoring system for medical assistance in dying (MAiD). As they stand, the just-published MAiD regulations to come into effect November 1, won't safeguard people who could be vulnerable under the system. They don't meet the objectives of the MAiD legislation for robust protections. More work needs to be done.

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"The state should not rely entirely on families to give informal support"

This Q&A comes from Inclusion Europe, who met with Michael Bach, Managing Director at IRIS, to learn more about the most recent good practices on legal capacity.

Q: How can we ensure legal capacity is on the political agenda?

A: It is key to involve civil society, to build partnerships and alliances to get this topic on the political agenda... CACL joined forces with associations representing people with mental health issues or seniors, as well as with allied disability rights organisations, including organisations representing people with physical disabilities, brain injuries and autism. In this way, we established a shared understanding that we needed to reform the legal capacity system. What we have been focusing on is for all people to enjoy legal capacity.

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Upcoming Dates and Events
September 7 - October 19 - "Flourishing: Somehow We Stayed Attuned" exhibition produced by Tangled Art + Disability in partnership with CACL. Click here to learn more.
September 23  - UN International Day of Sign Languages
October - National Disability Employment Awareness Month
October 8 - CACL offices closed for Thanksgiving