United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is a document that was created to make sure that all people with disabilities have full and equal enjoyment within their community. The CRPD is an international agreement (ratified by Canada in 2010) that brings attention to the rights of persons with disabilities […]


Untapped Potential: United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

by Paige Legacy, Stephen Lint and Maggie Ready In our final semester as students in St. Thomas University’s School of Social Work we have partnered with the New Brunswick Association for Community Living (NBACL) to create awareness about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). NBACL is a provincial non-profit […]


National Housing Day 2016: Affordability, accessibility and availability still issues for people with a disability hoping for a home of their own

For many of us, the foundation for a “good life” is the home in which we live. Home provides us with a sense of belonging and security, connection to a larger community, and the opportunity to decide for ourselves how and with whom we want to share our lives. For most New Brunswickers with an intellectual […]


It’s time to “Give a Sh!rt”!

OK, friends, it’s time to get your sh!rts together! The kids are back in school and fall is in the air – a great time to bag up outgrown summer clothes and last year’s cold weather gear that’s going to be replaced. May as well look through the toys, footwear and small household items, too, […]

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National Inclusive Education Awards

As you may already know, February is National Inclusive Education month.  The New Brunswick Association for Community Living would like to recognize achievements and present an award, on behalf of the Canadian Association for Community Living, to an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to inclusive education in their province or community. […]

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CACL, IRIS announce changes in executive leadership

The Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) and IRIS, the Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society, have announced that Dr. Michael Bach, current Executive Vice-President of CACL, will soon assume the role of full-time Managing Director of IRIS. The new position will allow Dr. Bach to devote his time more completely to […]

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Meet Community Animator Sydney Allen!

Sydney Allen became the Community Animator for the Fredericton Region in May 2016. As Community Animator, Sydney works with youth aged 17 and older and adults who have an intellectual disability to achieve inclusion in the community. She helps them identify their interests, goals to be included in the community and together they find places […]

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Circles of Support

People naturally gravitate towards each other. Some of us meet people and form relationships easily and some of us take time to connect with a person. Some have a handful of core relationships in their lives and others have large networks of friends and relationships. The one thing that everyone has in common is the […]

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Family Newsletter – Supporting Families to be Families First

NBACL’s Family Newsletter is here! Enjoy the latest edition of NBACL’s Family Newsletter. Inside this edition, you will find: From the Editor The UN Convention and You Bumpy Road Ahead Our NBACL Journey The Disability Support Program Family Time Did you Know? Upcoming Events The Family Support Team Click here –   Family Newsletter Spring 2016 […]


Come work for us as a Community Animator!

“In your words describe inclusion”. Four faces stared in anticipation across the table at me as I pondered this question. My mind flooded with adjectives: all-encompassing, value, relationship, connection, love, participation, real contribution, supported. Eventually I uttered a mere summation of what I feel the word inclusion truly encompasses: “It means that a person has […]


Tourism HR Canada and Ready, Willing and Able announce partnership

Tourism HR Canada and Ready, Willing and Able have formed a partnership aimed at increasing participation in the Canadian tourism workforce. “We are very excited about this partnership with Tourism HR Canada,” says Don Gallant, National Director, Ready Willing and Able. “Within this partnership we will explore opportunities to increase the employment rate of persons […]


Ready, Willing and Able to Work: myths and facts about employing people with an intellectual disability

It’s Disability Awareness Week in New Brunswick and the theme is “Enabling through Employment.” Employment allows us to live a good life and to contribute to our communities in meaningful ways. However, in New Brunswick, 70% of people with an intellectual disability are unemployed or underemployed. Research shows that employer attitudes play a key role in their decision to hire a person with an intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We believe that if employers learned more about the strong business case for hiring people with an intellectual disability, those statistics would drastically change. Here are some myths and facts that might help to clear up some misperceptions about hiring people with an intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder. We hope you will share them with employers in your region.


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