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From Relief Measures to Reduction Strategies

On November 16 and 17, 2009, Inclusion BC (then BCACL) and the Canadian Association for Community Living hosted "From Relief Measures to Reduction Strategies," a forum on poverty and people with developmental disabilities. Participants included people with developmental disabilities, family members, decision makers and community partners.

The event ended with a resounding call for a poverty reduction strategy in B.C. that would specifically address the profound poverty faced by people with intellectual disabilities.

See photos from the event here.

Resources from the forum

Forum Program

The Time is Now - a Poverty Reduction Plan for BC - [a great slideshow bringing awareness to the need for a poverty reduction strategy with specific targets and timelines. Narrated by Seth Klein.]

Open Letter to BC Political Parties: BC Needs a Poverty Reduction Plan with Targets and Timelines

CCPA Backgrounder on a Poverty Reduction Strategy for BC

Poverty and Disability - Looking Inside a Tie that Really Binds - Cam Crawford, President, IRIS - newly released research from the Institute for Research on Inclusion and Society. Presented for the first time at the forum on November 16.

Poverty, Work and Benefits in BC - Tim Stainton, Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship at UBC. - a power point presentation.

Impact on Families: a Parent's Perspective - Leila Rahemtulla, BCACL board member. Notes from a powerful presentation outlining the cost of disability and its impact on families.

Making it Real: A call to action on ratification and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Newfoundland and Labrador’s Poverty Reduction Strategy - A powerpoint presentation

Other Resources:

As a Matter of Fact: Poverty and Disability in Canada - Council of Canadians with Disabilities

Disabling Poverty and Enabling Citizenship - Examining Exclusions and Identifying Opportunities for the Full Participation of Canadians with Disabilities - Council of Canadians with Disabilities, August 2008

Dignity for All: The Campaign for a Poverty-free Canada

From Vision to Action: Building an Inclusive and Accessible Canada. A National Action Plan on Disability - 2007

Employment, Education and Intellectual Disability: A Statistical Snapshot. Researched and Written by Cameron Crawford, 2008

Links:

BC Poverty Reduction Strategy - Call for a poverty reduction strategy

Canadian Association for Community Living

Council of Canadians with Disabilities

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

First Call Child and Youth Coalition

Make Poverty History - Looks at poverty reduction strategies across the country.

PovNet - Looks at poverty reduction strategies across the country.

Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC)

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities