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June 12th 2012:Promoting Equality for Persons Labeled Developmentally Disabled and their Family Caregivers

Kory Earle, President of People First of Canada, explains why his organization is needed in today’s society. He describes his own life. He explains how labels like ‘Developmentally Disabled’ cause labeled people not to be viewed as people, not to be listened to, and not to be understood. He discusses the challenges for labeled people when they try to make decisions for themselves. He identifies the rights that labeled people and their families lack. He discusses changes needed to help labeled people join together, keep themselves informed, get their voices heard, support each other, be better

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Kory Earle

Kory Earle is President of People First of Canada. When it comes to the right to live in community, he says, he knows his history. As a young self-advocate, he speaks of those who have worked to ensure that he and future generations will never have to experience life in an institution. Through their words, actions, lives, and sometimes their deaths, he acknowledges the important work of self-advocates in closing institutions. He also acknowledges the many partners, allies, families, friends, and supporters it takes to ensure the right to live in community. But, he cautions, closed institutions are no guarantee of a good life in the community. http:
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