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BC Association for Community Living sets the record straight: “We are not Community Living BC”

Summary: 
As the media continues to cover the issues facing people with developmental disabilities and their families, many people are confusing BCACL with the provincial funding body, Community Living BC (CLBC).

Who is the BC Association for Community Living?

  • BCACL is a non-profit organization that advocates for the rights of people with developmental disabilities and their families.
  • BCACL was founded in 1955 by a small group of families wanting better lives for their children with developmental disabilities.
  • BCACL has grown and now also includes as our members, local non-profit organizations providing a range of services for people with developmental disabilities and their families.
  • Some of the services that our members provide are funded by CLBC. CLBC receives its funding from the provincial government which comes from tax dollars.
  • All BCACL’s activities are funded by dues from our members, donations from the public and fund raising activities.
  • BCACL is independent of government. This independence ensures we can advocate for the rights of people with developmental and their families when and where necessary.
  • BCACL has been at the centre in bringing to light many of the issues you have heard about regarding cuts in services, the forced closure of group homes, waitlists and families struggling to access the supports they need. We will continue to do this until decisions are made that ensure people with developmental disabilities and their families have the recognition and support they need to be full citizens in every community in BC.