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Our Vision

Rights to equality, self-determination, and full citizenship are legally recognized and assured for all people with an intellectual disability.

Our Objective for 2024

  • Secure political commitment to an inclusive legislative framework that formally recognizes supports for decision-making in three provinces/territories.

Current Work

Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) recognizes that all people with disabilities enjoy legal capacity on an equal basis with others; it also secures the right to use support to exercise legal capacity. The CRPD, Canada’s reservation on Article 12, and the uneven access and recognition of the use of supported decision making across the country calls for ongoing dialogue and interpretation, in order to achieve a consistent and up‐to‐date legal framework at all jurisdictional levels.

Inclusion Canada, in partnership with our research institute, the Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society (IRIS), is actively working to advance supported decision-making legislation in Canada. Working with our provincial-territorial members, Inclusion Canada has established provincial coalitions for policy development and provides technical support to governments implementing legislation changes.

IRIS is working internationally on supported decision making and is considered a global thought leader in this area. Click here for more information on their international work.

Click here for resources on legal capacity.

 

Get Started in your Community

Understand the Equal Right to Decide

Learn what it means to make personal decisions, exercise the right to decide, and support people with disabilities to do so. My Life, My Decisions, will equip you with community-level strategies to support people with disabilities to have power, choice, and control in their lives. This 6-hour facilitated course can be divided into three online or in-person sessions. The course takes you on a learning journey exploring:

  • What is the ‘equal right to decides’?
  • What barriers do people with disabilities face?
  • What does an inclusive approach to decision making look like?
  • What are decision making supports?
  • How do we design and implement a community-based initiative to provide supports?
  • Where do I fit in the process?
  • What role can I play in supporting people with exercise their equal right to decide?

Learn more about the course or organize a course in your community.

Learn What’s Involved in Delivering Effective Support

In our experience, communities that successfully support the decision making of people with disabilities have eight best practices in common. Learn about these eight ‘core functions,’ and the steps you can take to implement them in your own community using the Framework for Design and Implementation – Community-led initiatives for Supporting the Right to Decide.

Assess Your Community’s Starting Point

Community organizations play and important role in support people with disabilities to make decisions. Once you’ve brought the community together, you can use another resource – Community-led Initiatives for Supporting the Right to Decide – A Readiness Assessment Tool. The Readiness Assessment Tool complements the Framework.

We created this tool to help community organizations reflect on their strengths and identify areas where they need to build capacity. Using the eight core functions described above, the tool offers a starting point for community action. It assists community agencies and organizations to identify their ‘readiness’ to lead in implementing these core functions. By assessing this capacity, and identifying barriers, the assessment tool helps communities develop strategies to overcome these barriers.

Start the Community Conversation

Legal Capacity is an important idea but it can be hard to understand. We worked with People First of Canada to create a two-part plain language tool that aims to bring together people with disabilities, families, community organizations, and other allies to get the conversation started.

Part 1 of the tool is aimed to help set the stage for planning the discussion and how to have a discussion using the guide to facilitate.

Part 2 of the tool is the actual Conversation Guide “Let’s Talk about Legal Capacity,” which is designed to help build shared understanding of legal capacity and the right to make decisions, hear lived experiences, and learn how to support decisions and the decision making process. The conversation guide will help you have a discussion about legal capacity. The guide is built in five parts and includes discussion questions to help you (or someone else) lead a conversation about legal capacity. The guide can be use online or in-person. The conversation can happen at home, at an online or in-person meeting, or even in a coffee shop!

 

Future Work

If you would like to learn more about how to use these tools in your community, we would be happy to talk with you. Please contact us at inform@inclusioncanada.ca.

 

Legal Capacity Resources

Community-led Initiatives for SUPPORTING THE RIGHT TO DECIDE: A Framework for Design and Implementation

A framework for design and implementation tool from IRIS (Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society) that is part of a series of resources. This series was developed with the goal of helping create communities where all people can be supported to exercise their right to decide. It outlines the ‘core functions’ that are associated with supporting people in decision making and provides the framework for implementing these core functions.

Community-led Initiatives for SUPPORT THE RIGHT TO DECIDE: A Readiness Assessment Tool

A readiness assessment tool from IRIS that is part of a series of resources. This series was developed with the goal of helping create communities where all people can be supported to exercise their right to decide. It outlines the ‘core functions’ that are associated with supporting people in decision making, and is designed to assist community organizations assess their readiness to implement these core functions.

MY LIFE, MY DECISIONS: Supporting the EQUAL RIGHT TO DECIDE for people with Disabilities

A course overview for community actors created by IRIS. The course introduces concepts and strategies to assist community actors in designing and implementing community-based initiatives to support people with disabilities to have power, choice and control in their lives.

Talking about Legal Capacity: Introduction to the Conversation Guide (Part I)

Part 1 of a 2-part series. This document is an introduction to legal capacity that is designed to prepare you for part 2 of the series – a conversation guide for legal capacity. It gives an overview of what legal capacity is and how it affect people with intellectual disabilities. It also outlines what the conversation guide will discuss.

Let’s Talk about Legal Capacity: A Conversation Guide (Part II)

Part 2 of a series on legal capacity. This document serves as a conversation guide for people looking to start a conservation about legal capacity and better understand the right to choose. It provides background information about legal capacity and how it affect people with intellectual disabilities.