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Organizational advocacy

The SACL has a respected tradition of a strong voice at the local, provincial and national level with government and agencies on issues that affect people with intellectual disabilities and their families. Since our beginning, we speak out to create welcoming and accessible communities.

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms reflects much of the Association's work, provincially and nationally, on human and civil rights. The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code was changed and further amended to include protection from discrimination for people with intellectual disabilities.

North Park Centre, a government-operated institution for people with disabilities, was closed near Prince Albert and Valley View Centre near Moose Jaw has been scaled down. A greater emphasis is placed on developing community supports for people returning to a life in the community and for those already here.

Frank, open discussions with government decision-makers are held in forums such as the SACL's MLA Breakfast, Delegation Day, and by appointment with specific Ministers and department officials. The SACL continually monitors legislation and listens closely to people with disabilities and their families as to how government policy and practice impacts on them. Briefs and position papers on a variety of subjects that affect the lives of people with disabilities are regularly presented to government and various agencies.

Government advisory bodies and working groups are an opportunity for SACL representatives to ensure the voices of people with intellectual disabilities and their families are heard. SACL has worked on the Council on Disability Issues, the Disability Action Plan, the Special Education Review, the Justice Department's Legislative Working Group, the Children with Exceptional Needs Working Committee (Saskatchewan Learning), and the Saskatchewan Council on Children and Youth.

Working relationships with entities such as the Office of Disability Issues, Provincial Interagency Network on Disabilities (PIND) and others reinforce SACL's constant commitment to work for change, remove barriers and protest discrimination.

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