The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed October as Inclusion Month in Saskatchewan. Inclusion Month is an opportunity to celebrate the positive difference inclusion has made in the lives of people with disabilities and the contributions people with disabilities make in their communities. It is also an opportunity to acknowledge the important work that staff and volunteers of Inclusion Saskatchewan do.
“Because of our great partnership with Inclusion Saskatchewan, we have transitioned all residents out of Valley View Centre, implemented self-directed funding so people can choose their own supports and services, and invested in more supportive housing options for people with intellectual disabilities,” Social Services Minister Paul Merriman said. “We remain committed to having an inclusive province where everyone has choice and can take part in their communities, no matter their abilities.”
For more than 60 years, Inclusion Saskatchewan, formerly the Saskatchewan Association for Community Living, has aimed to ensure people with intellectual disabilities are valued, supported and included, and have opportunities and choices in all aspects of life.
Inclusion Saskatchewan directly supports more than 2,900 people every year.
“Inclusion is the power to make a difference in people's lives,” Inclusion Saskatchewan President Gloria Mahussier said. “It means that all people, regardless of their abilities, have the right to be respected and to belong to their communities. We invite everyone in Saskatchewan to celebrate inclusion with us!”
Saskatchewan residents and communities are encouraged to share their accomplishments and stories surrounding disability using the hashtag #SKDisability.