As a result of the de-institutionalization of people into community living environments over 27 years ago, we now have, for the first time, a growing population of individuals with developmental disabilities who are aging in community. Understanding and providing what they need to age with safety and dignity in community is not something we as an organization or a broader community have done before. The richer quality of life offered by community living is resulting in longer lives for many people
Every community benefits from inclusive housing. It’s simply housing that is affordable, close to community amenities, physically accessible and most importantly welcoming of people of all abilities, including those with developmental disabilities.
Housing that includes individuals with diverse abilities rather than segregating them fosters a sense of belonging and builds meaningful relationships with people who represent the diversity of the broader community.
Community Living BC was established on July 1, 2005. Ten years later, we are marking this milestone by thanking those we serve, their families, our service providers and leaders in the sector and government, as well as dedicated staff, who have contributed to our common vision of good lives in welcoming communities.
Many individuals CLBC serves want to work. The Community Action Employment Plan, launched in March 2013, reflects the input and efforts of hundreds of people across British Columbia who are working collaboratively to increase employment for the people CLBC serves.
CLBC and its partners have set a new three-year goal to have 25 per cent of individuals served by CLBC reporting income, or about 5,000 people.
Community Living BC (CLBC) recognizes that individuals with developmental disabilities are a part of the growing community of online users, especially through social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and that the Internet can be an unsafe place for people; particularly those who are more vulnerable. With this in mind, CLBC has launched icanbesafeonline.com, Canada’s first website dedicated to educating adults with developmental disabilities and their families on how to use the Internet safely.
Community Living BC wants to ensure that individuals who access services funded by our organization are living good lives in welcoming communities. We are going around the province and asking people to tell us about their quality of life. We are using a survey called My Life that includes 50 questions in the areas of independence, social participation, and well-being.
The CLBC Editorial Board was created in 2013 to ensure meaningful participation of individuals and families in the on-going work of CLBC. The Editorial Board helps to ensure the perspectives of the people CLBC serves are present in the development of CLBC’s communications, publications and other CLBC related projects and initiatives
CLBC's “Start with Hi” public awareness initiative helps British Columbians realize that through small but important actions they can play a role in their communities to increase the safety of people with developmental disabilities
SelfAdvocateNet.com is a safe and accessible on-line information hub created by and for self advocates and families over 14 years ago. Through a partnership with Community Living BC, the site publishes stories from across the province every month to highlight the contributions of people with diverse abilities. If you have an interesting story idea, you can also submit it to the site.
Community Living British Columbia's Quality Service Commitment establishes a clear and public awareness of the way people with developmental disabilities, Autism and FASD can expect to be treated by CLBC. With the Commitment, CLBC is saying to people we serve that in all we do, we will:
Listen to You
Learn from You
Recognize Your Strengths
Communicate Openly and Honestly
Community Living BC YouTube Channel
To serve individuals and families best, CLBC produces a number of educational and inspirational videos. Please visit our YouTube channel to view more.