COVID-19: NSACL Update
The COVID-19 pandemic and the efforts to contain it have changed all of our lives dramatically. While many will find ways to cope, people that were vulnerable before are at an even greater risk. And with the declaration of a province-wide state of emergency, only essential businesses and workplaces are advised to remain open.
The Nova Scotia Association for Community Living is following the instructions of our government and staff will be working remotely for the foreseeable future. While the NSACL office will be closed, our full operations continue, so please feel free to connect with us. We remain committed to providing support and resources for people with intellectual disabilities and their families. You can contact NSACL staff at 1-902-469-1174 or via email.
Avoid speculation and rely only on information provided by public health authorities to make important decisions that affect your family and loved ones. Some trusted sources of information include: Public Health Agency of Canada, World Health Organization (WHO), and our provincial Public Health Unit.
It's a difficult time, but things will get better. We encourage everyone to follow social distancing and containment protocols and to look out for their friends and family. Check in on the people you love. If you notice any attitude or behavioral changes and are worried, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has tips, coping strategies, and resources to help manage mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stay tuned and check back as we add more accessible resources and information from trustworthy sources for families and self-advocates!
Institutions in Nova Scotia as of January 2019
There are over 500 people with disabilities being held in 8 institutions across Nova Scotia. People First of Canada (PFC) and the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) have formed a task-force named Community Home Action Group to work towards deinstitutionalization. Find the report on institutions in NS Here.
The Nova Scotia Association for Community Living is a provincial not-for-profit organization committed to ensuring that individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families have the support they require to live full and inclusive lives in community. We do this by empowering and supporting individuals and families, promoting rights and values in keeping with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), encouraging reform, and collaborating with other organizations for social justice.
WE ARE CELEBRATING OUR 65TH ANNIVERSARY
Nova Scotia Association for Community Living is turning 65 years old!
We are looking for your support to continue our growth and our services.
Please, click on the pink DONATE button and consider making a tax deductible financial contribution to our 65 Year Anniversary Campaign. Your loyalty is our foundation for sustainability, and your contribution strengthens our essential work. We need your financial support to ensure that we can continue to work towards full and inclusive lives for Nova Scotian’s with intellectual disabilities.
As a supporter of NSACL, you know how important our work is, consider making a donation and please share the 65 Year Anniversary Campaign with those who support you, and on social media.
Together we can ensure we are all living a good life in community.
Our Parent’s Advocacy Guide is now available here on our website! We’re excited to share this great resource we’ve created to guide parents and other family members on how to advocate for their child.
NSACL LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS
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