Disabled Little Boy and Brother

What does it mean to be a citizen?

To be a citizen is such a powerful feeling. As a citizen, you get to experience the same rights, responsibilities and opportunities as the next person. You have the right to find a job if you need to. And you have the right to create a family if you choose to. You have the right to change the world if you want to.

At Community Living Ontario, we aim to ensure that people who have an intellectual disability are treated as citizens within their communities, at every stage of their life. This means that people who have an intellectual disability are welcomed at day cares, can pursue meaningful education, find jobs, as well as date and marry anyone they choose.

But, life is about more than what you can do. Life is also about feeling like you belong. When you are part of a community, you gain a whole new look on life. Communities provide a sense of respect and acceptance.