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…]

Janet’s Story

My name is Janet Snazelle. I live in Montague, a small town on PEI. I grew up with my family in Alberta and then in Newtown Cross on PEI. I lived with my mother until my step father died. Then, when I was in my twenties, I moved into a group home in Montague. I [Read More…]

Anthony’s Story

At a one day workshop hosted by the Prince Edward Island Association for Community Living and Partners for Change on the status of the institutionalization of persons with a disability on PEI, several self advocates participated in a panel presentation. Their stories are presented below. My Story about Institutionalization: By Anthony Welsh My name is [Read More…]

Employment… my point of view

by Janet Charchuk My name is Janet Charchuk and I live in Alberton PEI. I am 29 years old and have Down syndrome. I am a self advocate with Voices at the Table Advocacy Committee (VATTA) with the Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS). Having a job that I enjoy is important to me. But it [Read More…]

The Road to Independence

by Suzanne Jones and Kevin Brennan Kevin’s road to independence has taken longer than one would like and not without its share of challenges. Kevin believed in his goal of finding employment and had tremendous support from his family. Through perseverance and a lot of determination he now considers himself to be living independently. Kevin’s journey [Read More…]

National Inclusive Education Week 2011

To highlight National Inclusive Education Week and to bring attention to the many positive examples of inclusive classrooms and schools across the country, the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) has created a national certificate of recognition to be bestowed upon recipients who have made positive contributions to inclusive education in their province or territory. [Read More…]