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10th Annual Federal Policy Forum on Inclusion: Why am I poor?

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Delta Hotels by Marriott Ottawa City Centre

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10th Annual Federal Policy Forum on Inclusion

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Why am I poor? Decreasing poverty & increasing opportunity for people with an intellectual disability

The majority of people with an intellectual disability don’t have the resources to meet their basic needs – needs like secure housing, food, and prescription medication, or resources to pay for the supports required to participate fully in community. Financial insecurity and poverty impacts the lives of more than 75% of adults with an intellectual disability in Canada. There remains real exclusion from equitable paid employment in the community, leaving most working age people with an intellectual disability unemployed or significantly under-employed. The average income for people with an intellectual disability is less than half that of people without a disability, and nearly half of working-age people with an intellectual disability name provincial-territorial social assistance as their primary source of income.

When financial insecurity and pervasive poverty is the norm for people with an intellectual disability we cannot achieve a truly inclusive and accessible Canada.

The purpose of this year’s Policy Forum is to examine the various programs, tools and strategies currently underway in Canada that aim to lift people with an intellectual disability out of poverty – and the systemic barriers that have yet to be broken down. The introduction of the Accessible Canada Act and the National Poverty Reduction Strategy point to a potential readiness to tackle the interconnected issue of poverty and disability. Tools like the Registered Disability Savings Plan and the Disability Tax Credit also seem to support this goal. How are these programs really benefiting people with an intellectual disability? Is inclusive employment and hiring getting the attention it deserves as a means of reducing poverty? Join us for our 10th annual forum as we explore these questions and more.

Format: The forum will include a series of panels and interactive group discussions. Panels include perspectives of lived experience from people with an intellectual disability and families, as well as research and policy expertise from both government and community.

Highlights Agenda:

Keynote Speaker - Neil Belanger, British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS)

Panel 1 - Inclusive Employment: Real work for real pay

Panel 2 - Income Tools: Exploring the Registered Disability Savings Plan, the Disability Tax Credit, and the National Poverty Reduction Strategy

Panel 3 - Transitioning from Sheltered Work to Employment First: Reflections from the Front Line

Additional Information: Forum begins promptly at 8:30 am. Lunch and refreshments are included in the registration fee. The forum will be held in English; slide presentations will be displayed in both English and French where available. Virtual CART services will be provided. Stay tuned for full agenda and speaker list.

A limited number of subsidies will be available to those for whom costs are a barrier to attendance. Please contact Judith Butler at jbutler@cacl.ca for more information. Please notify the organizer if you have any food/environmental allergies; we will do our best to accommodate but unfortunately cannot guarantee an event free from allergens.

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