We work with and on behalf of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) (over 300 families) and partners to build community by supporting abilities, promoting action and advancing rights, responsibilities and social justice.
While part of a provincial and national network IA SENB operates independent of them and relies heavily on local fundraising to continue services for individuals and families. With only one staff person and due to the recent pandemic we have had to stop all fundraisers resulting in no revenues coming in for the past several months as well as the foreseeable future. This has created very challenging times for IA SENB and especially for the individuals and families we serve. No contribution is too big or too small, and we appreciate every dollar towards enabling the continuation of the efforts of the organization in our community during these very challenging times.
Your support helps provide a range of supports & services including:
• Advocacy • Person Centered Transition Planning
• Community Participation • Public awareness & workshops
• Inclusive Education • Supported employment
• Meaningful Relationships • Supported Living
• Parent support • Training
Families have shared some stories to help illustrate the impact of IA SENB’s efforts on their lives and the lives of their family members. We will keep you updated on what we are doing along this journey toward this continuing to help families in this very unprecedented time.
“Our family became involved with IA when our daughter was in elementary school, and classroom supports were abruptly withdrawn with no notice. It was a difficult time, however, IA supported us and helped us advocate and in time the supports she needed were reinstated. Our daughter is now a young woman who will be graduating with a university degree this year. She has learned how to effectively advocate for the supports required to succeed in that environment. IA is still an important part of our lives and we continue to support the organization by volunteering and fundraising.”
“For 53 years of his life, he was totally cared for, supported and protected by his parents. Then they had to move into a nursing home due to their needs. What was going to happen to him? With the guidance, compassion, knowledge and expertise of Inclusion Advocacy, his life skills were identified, developed and reinforced so he is now celebrating 12 years of living in his own apartment with minimal support”
“In addition to supporting him and me throughout school, when school had finished for my son IA SENB helped him find a volunteer position, that he would enjoy and get him into the community. IA SENB has also, provided training for my son, to continue to improve his literacy skills and helped him get personal support workers so he would have success. This has worked out really well he volunteers 1 to 2 days a week at Salvation Army on Mountain Road. The employees are really nice and will chat with himasking how he is doing. They also recognize him throughout the year for volunteering. He feels included and this helps socially. My son is happy and helps his self-esteem and gives him self- worth. He looks forward to seeing his co-workers each week.”
“Hi my name is Andrew this is how Inclusion Advocacy have helped me. They have contacted N.B. Housing, counseling, anger management, setting up doctor appointments, made a budget. I'm proud of myself on how I helped my Mother and my dogs also I've been improving my English and math I'm so proud of myself for being positive and really happy. Soon enough I want to get my dream job. I would never trade any of you people for nobody. You are all the best in the world, so amazing, very awesome. I would go to the moon and back for every one of you. There needs to be a lot more of you.”