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9th Annual Federal Policy Forum on Inclusion
Inclusion: What Gets Measured Gets Done

Monday, December 3, 2018 | 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Delta Hotel, 101 Lyon Street North, Ottawa, ON

Register for the Policy Forum here: https://9thpolicyforumoninclusion.eventbrite.com

Canada is currently involved in many exciting initiatives with the potential to significantly impact the lives of individuals with a disability positively. The proposed Accessible Canada Act, Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy and Canada’s National Housing Strategy each address areas that are crucial to the full inclusion of individuals with a disability in our society.

While there is no question that these areas are critical to inclusion, establishing whether or not inclusion has been achieved is somewhat more challenging. Traditional indicators used to measure the impact and success of initiatives do not typically include evaluations of inclusiveness. Also, existing measures commonly focus on averages and norms, meaning that only the experiences of those who fall within accepted parameters are considered significant.

The purpose of this Policy Forum is to explore the importance of inclusion, not only as a philosophy, but as a goal that must be measured to be achieved. As Canada moves forward with new legislation and strategies, how do we ensure that the solutions being proposed will lead to the full inclusion of individuals with a disability? How do we design evaluations that intentionally seek to make inclusion a priority rather than an afterthought? How do we ensure that the stories of individuals whose experiences fall outside the statistical norm are heard and valued? This year’s forum will explore these questions and draw upon the rich experience of our community to develop solutions.

Format: As with previous Annual Policy Forums hosted by CACL and People First of Canada, the format will include a series of panels and group discussion. Panels are designed to include a perspective of lived-experience of people with an intellectual disability and families, research, and policy expertise – both from government and community perspectives.

Panel 1: Setting the Stage
Inclusion is often referenced as a priority within government programs and initiatives, but data is rarely collected measuring whether inclusion is being achieved. This introductory panel will explore what inclusion means from the perspective of a self-advocate and a family member. More specifically, it will delve into the ways that individuals assess whether or not they are included, and the reasons behind why they are sometimes excluded. It will also provide an overview of the benefits and challenges of measuring for inclusion, using traditional and emerging measurement benchmarks (tools).

Panel 2: Housing – How do we Measure Inclusive, Affordable Housing?
This session will begin with a presentation from a self-advocate who lives in inclusive housing. A review of indicators of inclusion in housing, as developed by the Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society (IRIS) will be followed by an interactive activity using these indicators.

Panel 3: Poverty Reduction – What Counts for Enough “Resources, Means, Choices and Power”?
This session will explore the interconnectedness of poverty and barriers to inclusion for individuals with a disability. Drawing from lived experience, presentations will include examples of programs seeking to address poverty and examine the importance of measuring for inclusion in program design.

Panel 4: Achieving Accessibility – When does Barrier Removal mean Real Progress?
This session will examine accessibility in the context of federal legislation and the delivery of federal programs and services. A focus will be placed upon the development of plans that remove barriers to inclusion and how progress toward inclusion will be measured.

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.

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.