Wed, Oct

1-1: The Evolving Field of Community Disability Services

1. No Better Time Than Now - Saying Farewell to Institutions in Ontario
This report provides a history of institutions in Ontario, the rationale for closing them, and the critical path for closing them. - "While people with disabilities need various supports to participate effectively in their communities, none need the crushing mass of supports imposed by institutions. "

2. Eugenics in Alberta
The Alberta Online Encyclopedia provides Leilani Muir's story as part of a description of eugenics in Alberta.

3. Muir v. The Queen in right of Alberta
The Summary of the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench decision provides information about Leilani Muir, her diagnosis as a "moron" and the impact of her improper detention for 10 years in a Provincial Training School for Mental Defectives and forced sterilization on her life. The full decision provides greater detail and the Court's reasoning for its decision.

4. Wikipedia article about Alberta Eugenics Board
The historical context, structure, proceedings and dissolution of the Alberta Eugenics Board are described.

5. The Sterilization of Leilani Muir
This National Film Board movie entwines her personal search for justice with the background story of eugenics, a respected "science" during the early decades of the twentieth century.

6. Canadian Down Syndrome Society
The Canadian Down Syndrome Society is a non-profit organization with the goal of ensuring equitable opportunities for all Canadians with Down syndrome.

7. Robert Latimer's Website
This is the website of Bob and Laura Latimer and their supporters.


9. Selections: Career Support Services
Through the presentation of various career options and alternatives, SELECTIONS assists individuals with developmental disabilities in realizing their ability to make meaningful choices.

10. Non-residential Supports and Intellectual Disability
A review of the literature on non-residential supports for people with intellectual disabilities, much of which focuses on employment, prepared by Community Living Research Project based at the School of Social Work and Family Studies, University of British Columbia.

11. Exploring the Relationship Between Participation and Environmental Factors
This PowerPoint presentation summarizes a Colorado study regarding the relationship between environmental barriers and various components of societal participation for persons with traumatic brain injury.

12. Canadian Association for Community Living
The Community Living movement has worked for decades to close institutions, secure citizenship and human rights, and build more inclusive communities. Yet lives of inclusion remain but a promise for most people with intellectual disabilities.

13. Canadian Human Rights Commission
The Canadian Human Rights Commission administers the Canadian Human Rights Act and is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Employment Equity Act. Both laws ensure that the principles of equal opportunity and non-discrimination are followed in all areas of federal jurisdiction.

14. Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
This Department of Justice website provides the text of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

15. Philia - a dialogue on caring citizenship
The Philia Dialogue is a global conversation on citizenship. More specifically, it's a conversation on caring citizenship - a notion of citizenship based on contribution, participation, relationship, and a commitment to the common good. John McKnight is the founding father of the Philia idea.

16. Community Building Resources
A glossary of words used in the Community Capacity Building & Asset Mapping© Context.

17. Persons with Developmental Disabilities Program
The PDD Program, as part of the Ministry of Seniors and Community Supports, develops, implements, and evaluates a provincial plan for the delivery of supports to adults with developmental disabilities.

18. PDD Community Boards
This webpage provides links to each of the PDD Regional Offices serving Alberta communities.

19. Persons with Developmental Disabilities Community Governance Act
The full text of the July 2006 Act.

20. Family Support for Children with Disabilities Act
The full text of the Act, which was proclaimed August 1, 2004.

21. Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) program
This program provides a range of supports and services for children with disabilities and their families in Alberta.

22. Reproductive Health Care for the Mentally Handicapped
"With compassion, dedication, and commitment to educating these women, clinicians can provide good care to women with mental disabilities." - Dr. T. E. Elkins.

23. Provincial Health Ethics Network Video Library
The Provincial Health Ethics Network (PHEN) is a non- profit, non- partisan organization which provides resources to Albertans to support systematic and thoughtful analysis of ethical issues in the health system. It is funded primarily by the Ministry of Health and Wellness and the ten Regional Health Authorities and Boards of Alberta.

24. Whatever Happened to Marion? Children' Rights in the Late 1990's

25. Parental Authority and its Constraints The Case of 'Marion'
These Government of Australia websites address the case of Marion, an Australian, who was severely and multiply handicapped. When she was 13, her parents applied to have her sterilized as a form of birth control. The Family Court of Australia rejected the application.

26. National Public Radio Disability Series
This award winning radio series consists of five 59 minute segments, each of which is available in Real Audio format::

27. Accessible Housing
The mandate of Accessible Housing is to create opportunities for safe, affordable, barrier-free housing for people experiencing mobility problems.

28. Innovative Housing Society of Edmonton
The Innovative Housing Society of Edmonton exists to create, develop and manage affordable and accessible housing. This could become #28 in this library (after Accessible Housing); the balance would need to be renumbered

29. Inclusive Libraries
Libraries sit at the heart of their communities. Building an inclusive library is one of the “first steps” in addressing the diverse information needs of all members in the community. An inclusive library is a vital community resource.

30. Alberta Inter-community Public Transportation Guide & Maps
This Government of Alberta guide is designed to assist people in making trips between Alberta Communities. It includes a section of accessibility information.

31. PDD - Transition Planning
When a person turns 18, responsibility for providing supports and services that may be needed by an individual with a developmental disability can change from the local Child and Family Services Authority to a PDD Community Board.

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