News and Events

Carole Chiasson, President, St.Edwards, PE

I’m very proud of our rural community.  We support one another in our community having local events and gatherings. My passion is cooking which makes me a welcome addition to events. I firmly believe that everyone should have the opportunity to be accepted in their community. My brother has an intellectual disability and benefits daily [Read More…]

Linda Leroux, O’Leary, PE

O’Leary Local Representative I am a parent of a  son with Cerebral Palsy and an avid community volunteer and advocate for persons with disabilities. I moved to PEI in 2003 with my family from Toronto. I have been a member of the O’Leary local since 2007 and subsequently joined the provincial ACL as the O’Leary [Read More…]

Pauline Kelly, Vice President, Cardigan PE

I am a parent of a fine young man with a brain injury. As an Educational Assistant at a high school, I encounter many individuals with so much to contribute to our communities. I am passionate about employment opportunities for students transitioning from school to community and ensuring they have a good life after school. [Read More…]

PEI ACL Award Grant for Wills and Estate Workshops

Marlene Foote, PEI Association for Community Living is presented a 2014 project grant from Paul Kiley, Chair of the Law Foundation of PEI.

An Incredible Journey Through Fear, Learning and Love

Changing Trains: An Incredible Journey Through Fear, Learning and Love is Catherine MacInnis’s blog about life with her son Cameron, who has Down Syndrome. My journey has been one of receiving the news that my son had Down syndrome and coming from a place where I thought it was the most devastating thing that could [Read More…]

New PEI ACL Website

Welcome to the new PEI ACL website. Here we will share information supporting people with intellectual disabilities and their families in all aspects of the community, and we encourage you to get involved!

Finding the Right Person for the Job

The high traffic McDonald’s in Montague had an opening for a Crew Member. Ideally, they were looking for a candidate who was outgoing, energetic and who had great customer service skills. They needed someone to act as an ambassador; someone who could represent the company well to its customers. It didn’t take long to match those skills sets with Colton Matheson. Colton [Read More…]

Pay the Bills Until You Make it Big

by Joseph Cairns My name is Joseph Cairns, I’m 19 years old and I live in Charlottetown PEI. When I was two years old, I was diagnosed with Pervasive Development Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified. This falls under the Autism Spectrum Disorder umbrella. I worked real hard at school and it paid off. I graduated [Read More…]

Barb’s Story

Speaking for Our Rights Barb Fanning October, 2007 I work for PEI People First. I get groups together. I help members to speak for themselves. And I’ve worked at the Agricultural Research Station, for about 21 years now, in the soils lab. I went to Birchwood Junior High School. I was in a special class [Read More…]

Heidi’s Story

Living Independently I find it a privilege and a right to speak up for myself and be a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves. I was born and raised in Alberton P.E.I. I have a visual and hearing impairment; my parents were told I wouldn’t be able walk or talk well. I sure [Read More…]