MAJOR PROJECTS
5.  My Home My Choice

LACL is excited to be part of this Canada-wide initiative that is exploring innovative approaches to residential services for adults with developmental disabilities. Spear headed by the Canadian Association for Community Living, with partners from across the country, My Home My Choice is looking at systemic and organizational barriers to more personal and individualized living arrangements and stimulating the development of new approaches to residential services and supports.

6.  Community Action Employment Plan

LACL's Executive Director, Dan Collins, co-chairs this three year initiative with Jack Styan, CLBC’s Vice-President of Strategic Initiatives.
The Community Action Employment Plan represents the hard work of volunteers, service providers, self-advocates, family members, employers, community members, municipal representatives and CLBC staff, and is built on the input from across the province.

The Plan will guide our work and how we collaborate over the next three years and will lead to significant progress towards meeting the vision of BC having the highest rate of participation in employment among people with developmental disabilities in North America.

7.  Upper Fraser Community Council

LACL participates as a member of the Upper Fraser Community Council, one of 13 Councils in BC that works collaboratively with community partners to support inclusion, citizenship and full participation of people with developmental disabilities in civic life.

Each Community Council is made up of self-advocates, family and interested community members, and representatives from service providers. Support is provided by CLBC staff.

The Upper Fraser Council is particularly interested in addressing matters related to the social inclusion of adults in community life, family support, and access to affordable housing.
1.  You've Gotta Have Friends

YGTF involves citizens in creating communities where everyone belongs by helping to break down barriers that keep people from experiencing a rich and rewarding life. YGTF believes that it takes every citizen to create strong and welcoming neighbourhoods. People are brought together in various ways to share experiences and create connections.

2.  Include Me!

Quality of Life is at the heart of CLBC's include Me! initiative and is measured using a survey that asks adults with a developmental disability 50 questions about their life. Survey results help LACL know how we are doing to support people to have a good quality of life. It also helps individuals think and talk about their lives with their families and the people who support them. Learn about LACL's participation in include Me! here.

3.  Youth Works

With financial support from Vancouver Foundation's Disability Supports for Employment Fund, LACL began a youth employment initiative in 2011. Known as Youth Works, this summer employment service is for youth with developmental disabilities aged 16 - 19, including youth who have just completed high school. Youth Works has demonstrated that youth with developmental disabilities learn and grow when they have opportunities to experience employment. Click here to read the 2013 Youth Works Summer Employment Service report.

4.  Self-Employment

LACL's employment and community inclusion teams help individuals who want to explore the option of starting their own business. We provide help  through all phases of enterprise development: discovery; business planning and research; market research; and business launch. Launching a business is most successful when individuals are deeply committed to the business concept and have good personal supports. We recommend that interested people read The Launching Pad: Exploring Micro-Enterprise for People with Developmental Disabilities which also contains stories about successful entrepreneurs.
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