Supports

Since 1957, NBACL has been working with people with intellectual disabilities and their families to build inclusive communities where persons with an intellectual disability can live, learn, work and actively participate in their communities and valued and contributing members. In this section you will find more detailed information about our specific programs and various areas of support.
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Access to Disability Supports

NBACL takes a “person-centred” approach to supporting people with a disability, meaning that we work to ensure that the supports fit the person, instead of the person fitting the supports. We do this through “Independent Facilitation.”

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Circle of Support

Personal support networks are an important aspect of planning for a safe and secure future for people with disabilities.

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Community Participation

Social Inclusion Facilitators can help with connections to community by identifying ways for young adults and adults with an intellectual disability to become involved.

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Disability Supports for Children and Youth

NBACL assists families of children and youth with an intellectual disability to connect to government programs and services such as the Family Supports for Children with Disabilities program.

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Early Learning

NBACL works with Early Learning and Childcare professionals to ensure that all children, including children with an intellectual disability have the right supports for bright futures.

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Employers

NBACL works in the area of assisting people with an intellectual disability in the transition from school to adult life which also includes helping them acquire a job in the regular workforce.

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Family Networking

NBACL has two family support networks, the Families United Network (FUN) and the Seniors United Network (SUN). These networks are a great way to connect with other families who share similar experiences.

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Financial & Estate Planning

Financial planning is about reviewing your family’s financial situation, determining your financial needs and goals, and deciding how you are going to achieve your goals.

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Home Life

Supported living is about people having choice, a decent and secure home, personalized supports, and opportunities to develop relationships and participate in the broader community in which they live.

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Human Rights and Social Policy

NBACL works to ensure that people with an intellectual disability have the same access to the criminal justice system as all citizens. We work to make our court system more ‘user friendly’ to people with an intellectual disability, breakdown barriers and promote understanding among law enforcement personnel.

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Increasing employment for persons with an intellectual disability

Thanks to Ready, Willing and Able (RWA), a national initiative by the Canadian Association for Community Living and the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance, engaging employers and raising awareness about the value of hiring people with disabilities has helped to change the hiring practices of Canadian employers.

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Kindergarten to Grade 12

NBACL works with policy makers, educators, parents, school district staff and others to enhance inclusion in schools so that children with an intellectual disability are not excluded from educational and social opportunities.

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