Supporting Families

Our Supporting Families Mission

PEI ACL’s main goal is to empower people with intellectual disabilities and their families to lead the way in advancing inclusion in their own lives and in their communities. The Family Support program is guided by our values, experience and history and draws on strong roots in the community. PEI ACL recognizes the rights of everyone to have a full range of life choices, including access to education, affordable and appropriate housing, leisure options, gainful employment and participation in the community.

We provide support and advocacy services, in various environments, such as schools and family homes which are guided by the needs of each individual and family.

We offer:

  • Information, resources and contacts to a wide range of services and supports
  • Active support in planning meetings in schools, family homes, Disability Support and Financial Assistance and with other NGO service providers and support teams
  • Facilitation of partnerships between families and professionals
  • Conflict resolution
  • Workshop presentations and representation on committees
  • Parent support networks and parent-to-parent connections

Our Definition of Family

Family includes everyone an individual considers family, whether they be natural, adopted, foster, caregivers, friends or advocates.

How Do we Define Family Support?

Being a knowledge hub:

  • Helping families navigate service systems
  • Leadership for government
  • Resource for government systems and community agencies
  • Communicate the history of the ACL work to families
  • Leadership development for families

Being a provider:

  • Resources
  • Opportunities for families to come together
  • Training and education
  • Respite opportunities

Being a strong voice:

  • Policy/Systems Change
  • Individual support to families or self-advocates

Being a supporter:

  • Listening
  • Providing empathy and compassion
  • No judgement
  • Creating opportunities for families to feel empowered

Being a connector:

  • Networking families to good resources and information
  • Networking families to other families

Who Do We Support?

The PEI ACL Supporting Families program supports parents, guardians, and siblings of persons with an intellectual disability; as well as self-advocates.

The program requires a minimum self-identified diagnosis. The program supports persons of all ages, from all regions of the province, including persons who do not hold resident status. The Supporting Families program also supports persons living in residential facilities and on First Nations Communities, as requested.

When Do Families Connect to PEI ACL?

  • When they need help navigating the issues, services, agencies and programs on PEI
  • From birth, a new diagnosis or at any time throughout life span of the individual the family is supporting
  • At various transition times in the lives of their loved ones

Families Stay Involved After Receiving Support Because Of:

  • Networking opportunities with other families
  • Education, training, and family events
  • Sense of community, a safe space to be a family who is included and supported
  • Provision of resources
  • Acknowledgement that there is still work to do to make effective change for families on PEI
  • Shared passion for the vision and work of PEI ACL

If you need an advocate, PEI ACL can help.

Feel free to:

  1. call us at 902-439-4607
  2. send us an email at

PEI ACL and Rodd Hotel Partnership

PEI ACL and the Rodd Hotels and Resorts have an agreement to offer families, who have a membership with PEI ACL , a family respite opportunity at any of their locations on the Island for $79/ night. Contact family support at the PEI ACL office at (902) 439-4607. Complete the form and arrangements will be made for your family at one of the 5 Rodd locations.

Movie Pass Application

If you are interested in accessing the Movie Pass – just fill out the application and drop by the office for us to verify the information and sign the application. If you have any questions regarding this program, just give us a call at (902) 439-4607 or email us at

The Family Guide Navigating the System

Attempting to navigate the system of Doctors, Service Providers, Educators, Community Resources, Family Issues and Tax Information for individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families can be complex and confusing. Being able to clearly collect information around available services, community supports, service providers and financial planning should be transparent. The Family Guide – Navigating the System may be a useful tool for individuals and families needing direction.



Funded by the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program-Disability Component. The opinions & interpretations in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Government of Canada.