Category: Resources

Ways to make your community more welcoming and inclusive: Advice from people with an intellectual disability – Toolkit now available!

This document is for people who want make their communities more welcoming and inclusive. Inclusion Canada and people with an intellectual disability (self-advocates) created this document together.  We share ideas about how to include people at work, at school, at home, and in the community. The document has advice directly from self-advocates.  We ask questions … Continued

The Family Lens

Click here to download The Family Lens Families are the heart of our national Federation and the movement for inclusion. Our vision and resolve is rooted in the experience and aspirations of families who have fought tirelessly for equal rights, full citizenship and inclusion of persons with intellectual disabilities. Inclusion is natural and rooted in … Continued

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

The ‘framework for design and implementation tool’ as developed by IRIS (Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society) 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

The ‘readiness assessment tool’ is another tool developed by IRIS that is part of this series of resources.  This tool 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

This document provided an overview of a detailed course for community actors as created by IRIS. The course introduces concepts and strategies to assist community actors in designing and implementing community-based initiatives to support people with intellectual disabilities to have power, choice and control in their lives.

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

This is Part 1 of a 2-part series on having a conversation on legal capacity. This series was developed by our partners at People First of Canada. This document is an introduction to legal capacity and 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 affects 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 plain language 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 is an easy to understand format and how it affect people with intellectual disabilities and their families.

Sixty per cent of children and youth with an intellectual disability are denied the right to inclusive quality education, resulting in negative impacts on quality of life, health status, income and employment outcomes.

All people with an intellectual disability should be fully included with their peers in regular education, with appropriate supports from early childhood through to post-secondary and adult life-long learning.


At a rate of 75%, pervasive poverty exists among adults with an intellectual disability, significantly restricting income security and disability supports to ensure a good life in community.

Our goal is for Canadians with an intellectual disability to have the income and resources they need to secure a good quality of life and fully participate in all aspects of their communities.

Human rights violations and systemic discrimination against people with an intellectual disability persist in Canada and around the world – despite Canada and over 150 other State Parties having ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

We are dedicated to attaining full participation in community life by advancing human rights to ensure equality for all Canadians.

Families are at the heart of CACL and its movement. They are the cornerstone of inclusive community life and have fought tirelessly for the equality rights, full citizenship and inclusion of people with an intellectual disability.

Our vision is for families to be able to access the supports and opportunities they need to assure inclusion for family members with an intellectual disability through their lifetimes and to secure family social and economic well-being.

People with an intellectual disability have access to quality healthcare, including mental health services, on an equal basic with other free from bias and discrimination.

Our Objectives for 2024

  • Successfully influence the review of Canada’s medical assistance in dying legislation to protect the rights of people with disabilities.
  • Identify and promote solutions to address the inequities, experienced by people with an intellectual disability and their families in accessing healthcare during the pandemic.
  • Proactively work with partners to advance access to mental health services for people with an intellectual disability and their families.
News and resources from the Vulnerable Persons Standard
Monitoring Matters - Vulnerable Persons Standard
Discussion Paper and Draft Position Statements of Issues of Assisted Suicide and Genetic and Testing Technologies
Must Medical Practitioners Refer for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) Under Canada’s Newly Amended Assisted Dying Legislation? A Statement of Principle Grounded in Disability Rights.
Bill C-7 through a Disability Lens
Proposed Amendments to Bill C-7 to Protect the Equality Rights of People with Disability
Voices from the Margins - Perspectives on MAiD from the Disability Community
Nicolas Rouleau - End of Life, Equality and Disability Forum Speech
Nicolas Rouleau - End of Life, Equality and Disability Forum Transcript

An Amendment to Ensure the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Bill C-7 (French version available here)

Letter: Concern with Expert Panel Composition