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Advocating for a better life for the disabled

Staff and clients of B.C. Association for Community Living celebrate their new Port Hardy digs. - Photo by Mike D
Staff and clients of B.C. Association for Community Living celebrate their new Port Hardy digs.
— image credit: Photo by Mike D'Amour

The world can be a frightening and uncaring place for those who suffer from various disabilities, but thanks to the B.C. Association for Community Living the darkness is lifting.

At a recent open house at Robert Scott Elementary School, the BCACL outlined its goals and celebrated the opening of its new permanent office located in Room 1 of Robert Scott.

The BCACL is a part of the North Island Community Services Society and was “founded by parents who dreamed of a better life for their sons and daughters,” according to its website.

The organization’s goal is to help people who suffer from disabilities, particularly intellectual disabilities.

It is hoped that with the right support they can be “as productive as they can be,” says program organizer Lenore Benedict.

The BCACL provides a variety of social services in five main areas: supports to children and families, income security, inclusive education, employment, and disability supports.

The open house was, by all accounts,  a success.

“It turned out really well, there were lots of people there,” said Benedict, who noted there are additional events planned for the future, including a Halloween party to be held on Oct. 27 between noon and 3 p.m. The BCACL support office will be open all week in Room 1 off the main entrance, near the gym.

For more information, log onto www.bcacl.org.

– Aleister Gwynne/Black Press

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