At TNC, community inclusion is a core value. We believe that all citizens should be meaningfully included in community life, as friends, neighbours, employees, and volunteers. To ensure inclusion means to value and support a number of other principles, such as equity, self-determination, choice, and independent living.
While many citizens take these aspects of life for granted, many people with disabilities experience formidable barriers to experiencing full community inclusion. TNC staff have worked for many years with disability advocacy organizations, such as the Canadian Association for Community Living and People First of Canada, to help build their research and knowledge capacity. This has involved supporting organizations in building and assessing complex system change initiatives in an number of areas, including inclusive education, deinstitutionalization and independent living, disability supports, and income security. Our work has been local, provincial, national and international in scope.