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Mar/12 - What Home Means to Me What Home Means to Me
Article 19 of the UNCRPD protects the right to live independently and be included in the community. This video gives the unique perspective of 'home' from the life experiences of Canadians with intellectual disabilities

Oct/04 - After Decades in Institutions, a Bumpy Journey to a New Life
Hundreds of people with intellectual disabilities in Georgia are leaving institutions and moving to community.

Aug/21 - It's best to move from institutions to community living
In this year’s budget address, Gov. Chris Christie said, “New Jersey has the second highest rate of institutionalization in America ... This is a shameful fact. We must change. It’s long overdue. We must move aggressively to provide this type of care in the community.”

Jun/28 - Gristle in the Stew
In the 1960's, an Ontario government film called One on Every Street was shown regularly to parents of intellectually disabled children. The goal was to reassure them and to persuade parents that committing their children to the care of an institution for the mentally retarded, as these children were known, was the best thing they could do.

Feb/24 - A Good Day to be Canadian


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A good day to be Canadian

Winnipeg, Manitoba, February 24, 2012 – Today, the Government of Saskatchewan announced the closure of Valley View Centre in Moose Jaw. Today, the Government of Saskatchewan announced a closure of a dark period for persons with intellectual disabilities. Today, Saskatchewan is confirming what many already know - that people, all people, belong in the community, not in an institution.

Valley View Centre is an institution that has housed thousands of people with intellectual disabilities over the past 50 years, and which today still houses more than 200 people. The announcement was made today by Social Services Minister the Honorable June Draude.
 
“It is a great day to be Canadian,” stated Shane Haddad, President of People First of Canada (PFC). “I am so proud to have been part of the work and education it took to free people from this institution. I commend the Saskatchewan government for doing the right thing for the people who live and have lived in Valley View Centre. I am so proud my province is moving forward.”

“This is a milestone for so many people, on so many levels,” said Laurie Larson, President of the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL). “People will now be able to reclaim their rightful place in community; and equally important no other citizen of Saskatchewan with an intellectual disability will ever again face the possibility of being institutionalized in Valley View. A historic day for Saskatchewan, indeed a historic day for all of Canada.”

Shelley Fletcher Rattai, Executive Director (PFC), said “This brings another province into accord with those who have already closed their large institutions for people with intellectual disabilities. As a country, we are moving closer to the reality promised within the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – especially Article 19, the right to live in community.”

“Today represents a major victory for human rights in our country.” commented Dr. Michael Bach, Executive Vice President (CACL). “Saskatchewan, through this announcement, affirms its commitment to ensuring the rights of all its citizens; rights that have too long been denied residents of Valley View.”

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