How We Work

The New Brunswick Association for Community Living (NBACL) 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 six regional offices. Offices are located in: Fredericton (head office), Moncton, Saint John, Edmundston, Bathurst and Miramichi.

Vision, Mission, Values

Our Mission

NBACL works to ensure that people with an intellectual disability, with the support of their families, have the option to choose the supports they need to live meaningful lives and participate in their communities as valued and contributing members.

  • NBACL was founded in 1957; 50 years ago by parents
  • It is estimated that 22,000 New Brunswickers have an intellectual disability
  • Over 40% of children in foster care are children with disabilities, due to lack
  • of support for their families
  • We receive over 200 requests for assistance every month
  • 70% – 80% of adults with an intellectual disability are either unemployed or underemployed, although capable of working if properly supported

Our Vision

Full participation of children and adults with an intellectual disabilities in all aspects of society.

Our Values

Equality

The values inherent in the concept of equality include self-determination, autonomy, dignity, respect, integration, participation and independent living (In Unison, 1998).

Inclusion

The concept of inclusion involves the values of belonging, acceptance and citizenship. People are seen to be and are assisted to be members of regular school communities, workplaces, child care centres, community associations and recreation and leisure activities. Communities learn to welcome citizens who may be excluded. The needs of people with disabilities are met through generic programs, with such essential supports provided as necessary.

Principles

Rights and Responsibilities: People 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 benefit of the law and require 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, economic and physical infrastructure which supports our society, so they can participate fully and equally in their communities.

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

Coherency: Government policies and programs will be coherent among Departments and will be based on the shared vision and goals as well as values and principles which are well understood.

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