We know that with the right support, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities can be self-determined, gain significant independence, be successful employees and live in their own homes. For many, however, limiting beliefs can stand in their way. With support from Community Living BC, this project will showcase a diverse collection of stories from around the province, featuring people from whom we can expand our ideas about what the life of a person with an intellectual or developmental disability looks like, and what kinds of support they need to thrive on their own terms.
The project aims to change perceptions about what people are capable of through honest portrayals of real people’s struggles and triumphs. We intend to share the impacts of inclusive practices in the workplace, home, family and beyond. By investing in collaboration between people with lived experience with disability, creative professionals and community organizations, this project aims to raise the profile of these stories to gain the attention of broader audiences to respect and understand the experiences of people with disabilities across the province.
We are engaging Inclusion BC’s member organizations in this undertaking through a Provincial Working Group that will convene to share strategies and resources to use storytelling in the ways we communicate messages about disability rights and the impact of our work. In this group, we’ll learn from creative professionals, collaborate on sharing key messages across the province and beyond, and create a library of assets that will be available to members to help elevate their communications.
Inclusive Employment: Stories from Campbell River, BC
Work has a huge impact on the quality and direction of our lives. It’s often central to our identities, communities and sense of purpose – and it is a part of adult life from which people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have been historically left out. Focusing on Campbell River, BC, this film explores stories of employees, their families, community members, colleagues and employment support professionals who are challenging this historical exclusion. Together, we are working towards a future in which workplaces that include people of all abilities are unremarkable.
This film was created in collaboration between Inclusion BC and Rivercity Inclusion.
Andrea’s Story: A story of inclusion from Fort St. John
As a part of our ongoing Challenging Misconceptions campaign, the Inclusion BC team has been traveling BC to feature stories of people with disabilities navigating a world that is too often not designed with their needs in mind, but are nevertheless finding ways to thrive through ingenuity, determination and the support of their communities.
Andrea’s is one such story.
The Self Advocacy Leadership Institute 2023
After 2 years of planning, with self-advocates at the centre of the decision-making process, Inclusion BC helped facilitate the Self Advocacy Leadership Institute which was attended by community leaders from across BC
The result was a powerful sharing of knowledge and experience between people at various stages of striving to be more effective advocates for themselves and their communities.
As part of our Inclusion in Action Newsletter, we met with people with lived experience of disability to tell their stories.