Our Guiding Principles
Our association is committed to a future in which:
The Objectives of Our Association
Strategic Priority 1: Supportive Living and Housing
NLACL has developed a position paper outlining policy direction and actions aimed at supporting persons with intellectual disabilities to live in the community, with supports where required. Thirteen organizations with persons with disabilities supported the position paper titled “Better for You; Better for Us”.
Arising from policy work, position papers detailing critical issues, background, and actions recommended have been shared with the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Services with a view for collaborative action.
These issue papers cover a broad cross section of issues such as:
Strategic Priority 2: Legal Reform
In drafting new legislation, we trust the government will draw on:
Strategic Priority 3: Update Policy Manual
The following actions were identified as necessary:
Strategic Priority 4: Accessibility Act
Strategic Priority 5: Incorporate Vision, Strategic Plan Into All Elements of NLACL Engagement
Strategic Priority 6: Future Planning Strategic Priority
Build a compressive capacity with collaborative partners to ensure persons with intellectual disabilities develop the ways and means to live in the community when key supports are no longer able. The board recognizes that more human resources are required to ensure that the knowledge and community connections are not lost should something happen to key volunteers or staff.
Strategic Priority 7: Funding Programs to Obtain Revenue to Operate Board
The annual operating cost of the board is dependent upon acquire a core operating grant and project funding. These affect the ability of the board to implement its strategic objectives.
As a result, the board needs to closely monitor opportunities for funding to accomplish its work. The board has to be careful not to chase funding programs that conflict with organizational values.
The Three-Year Plan
There are an incredible number of issues and demands placed on NLACL in areas such as supportive living, housing, legal reform, inclusive education, and supported employment to name a few of the main current priorities.
The method selected by the board was to consider the use of the strategic plan by developing a tool to allow for the ease of use of planning and prioritizing in the regular running of meetings. Past attempts to use strategic plans ended up on the shelf and a determined effort to avoid a repeat of failing to use the plans ends here.As a result, the board will adopt a 3-year plan bringing forward past action items and building past efforts into a plan which will formally begin on April 1, 2019 and run to March 31, 2021.
The board identified priorities for the three years but focused on those action items currently on the table for inclusion into year 1.
During the strategic planning workshop, the following priorities were identified and prioritized based on the below criteria:
Year 1 Opportunities
Year 2 Opportunities
Ranking 1: Inclusive education
Ranking 2: Ending assets testing
Ranking 3: Awareness building/increase membership
Ranking 4: Bylaws review and update
Ranking 5: Orientation and training for board members
Ranking 6: Update services and supports manual
Ranking 7: Greater use of technology and social media
Ranking 8: Form NLACL 65th anniversary committee
Year 3 Opportunities