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The Nova Scotia Association for Community Living


Jean Coleman is the Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Association for Community Living, the provincial branch of the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) an advocacy group for persons with intellectual disabilities and their families/caregivers.

The CACL is a Canada-wide association of family members and others working for the benefit of persons of all ages who have an intellectual disability.  Founded in 1958 by parents of children with intellectual disabilities who wanted supports and services within the community instead of in institutions, CACL has become one of Canada's ten largest charitable organizations, and has grown into a federation of 10 provincial and three territorial associations comprising of 420 local associations and over 40,000 members.


CACL works strategically with other disability rights organizations and, in particular, with People First of Canada.


Guiding Principles:


CACL is guided in all of its actions by principles that are consistent with its values and beliefs. Every action will be tested against these principles. Every action, statement, policy, or publication will honour and promote the principles of:

Respect - Dignity - Equality


Diversity - Human rights - Justice


Self-determination - Mutual responsibility


Inclusion - Moral courage