British Columbia Association for Community Living


The BC Association for Community Living is a provincial association dedicated to promoting the participation of people with developmental disabilities in all aspects of community life. We also support activities dedicated to building inclusive communities that value the diverse abilities of all people.

In the past, individuals with developmental disabilities were often labelled "mentally retarded" or "mentally handicapped." Many were placed in institutions, segregated schools or workplaces with little or no pay. BCACL was founded by parents who dreamed of a better life for their sons and daughters. They wanted their children to learn in school, have friends, and be welcome in their communities.

Over the years, BCACL has grown to include individuals, families, volunteers, and over 70 associations dedicated to making sure that people with developmental disabilities are able to enjoy their right to lead active and productive lives in their communities.

Our goal is to make it possible for every person, whatever their ability, to live and participate as a full citizen in their community.