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Two Employment-Related Resolutions Passed at BCACL Annual General Meeting

Summary: 
Two of six resolutions passed at BCACL's annual general meeting on June 18 & 19 were related to employment.

Resolution #5 (from the BCACL Board of Directors)

Whereas, self advocates and their families have expressed the desire to have access to employment supports; and

Whereas, the Preamble of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities states, “…including through legislation… enable persons with disabilities to have effective access to general technical and vocational guidance programmes, placement services and vocational and continuing training; Promote employment opportunities and career advancement for persons with disabilities in the labour market, as well as assistance in finding, obtaining, maintaining and returning to employment;” and

Whereas, BCACL members work on a continuing basis to ensure the employment services and supports they provide are person centered, appropriate and based on the wishes, choices and goals of those receiving service; and

Whereas, Community Living British Columbia has $22 million budget shortfall for 2010-2011 fiscal year and is seeking to find these funds through Service Redesign;

Be it resolved that the BC Association for Community Living (BCACL) work with its members, families and individuals to ensure Service Redesign will not result in people losing their current employment support funding through Community Living BC (CLBC) nor the momentum lost for service providers to transform services towards employment.

Impact Statement:

This work will be implemented by the BCACL in conjunction with the Income and Employment Committee in partnership with BCACL members, families and self advocates.

Resolution #6 (from the BCACL Board of Directors)

Whereas, the Employment and Labour Market Services (ELMS) division of the Ministry of Housing and Social Development (MHSD) is proposing via its Business Transformation project a one door approach with one case manager per client for its employment services;

Be it resolved that the BC Association for Community Living (BCACL) work with its members, families and individuals to ensure that specialized services of the newly proposed Employment Program for BC through ELMS, such as the Employment Program for People with Disabilities, will appropriately meet the needs and equitably serve people with developmental disabilities.

Impact Statement:

This work will be implemented by the BCACL Board and in conjunction with the Income and Employment Committee, in partnership with BCACL Members, self advocates and families.