What Social Inclusion Really Means

In 2006, the Ontario government said that its “fundamental vision is to support people to live as independently as possible in the community and to support the full inclusion of Ontarians with disabilities in all aspects of society” yet the province does not recognize the right to the supports disabled people need to be fully included in society.

In 2008, the Ontario government passed the Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act.

The 2008 Social Inclusion Act was written before Canada ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) so falls short of using the language of rights and obligations of government to provide the necessary supports for members of society labelled with developmental & intellectual disabilities.