How We Work

Background

The New Brunswick Association for Community Living (NBACL/ANBIC) is a provincial, non-profit organization that works with and on behalf of children and adults with an intellectual disability and their families.

It is estimated that 22,000 New Brunswickers have an intellectual disability. NBACL receives over 200 requests for assistance every month.

Established in 1957, NBACL works to build inclusive communities where children and adults with an intellectual disability can live, learn, work, and play. We work in areas across the lifespan – from early learning and child care to will and estate planning, changing lives, changing communities, and defending rights. At NBACL, we do “whatever it takes, for as long as it takes.”

New Brunswick will be an inclusive society in which all citizens feel that they belong, and in which all individuals have the means and opportunity to participate in the social and economic life of the province. (NBACL, 1999)

Our staff members work provincially, based out of our seven regional offices. Offices are located in: Fredericton (head office), Moncton, Saint John, Edmundston, Bathurst, Miramichi and St. George.

Our Vision, Mission, Values and Principles

Our Vision

Full participation of persons with an intellectual disability in an inclusive society.

Our Mission

To ensure that persons with an intellectual disability live meaningful lives and participate in society as valued and contributing members, NBACL works with the individual, their families, employers, educators, governments and communities to change lives, change communities and defend rights.

Our Values

Equality

The values inherent in the concept of equality include self-determination, autonomy, dignity, respect, inclusion, participation and independent living .

Inclusion

The concept of inclusion involves the values of belonging, acceptance and citizenship.

Our Principles

Rights and Responsibilities: Persons with disabilities have the same rights and the same responsibilities as other Canadians. They are entitled, as others are, to the equal protection and equal benefits of the law and required measures for achieving equality.

Empowerment: Persons with disabilities require the means to maximize their independence, make their own decisions and enhance their well-being.

Participation: Persons with disabilities require full access to the social, cultural, educational, legal, economic and physical infrastructure that support our society, so they can participate fully and equally in their communities.

Individual Focus: All policies and programs will be based on determining and enhancing individual strengths and capabilities as well as individual approaches which seek to maximize an individual’s potential and opportunities to participate in society.

Coherency: All policies, programs and activities will be coherent and will be based on the shared vision and goals as well as values and principles that are well understood. NBACL/ANBIC will maintain a positive working relationship with all governments.

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