To gain the supports needed for individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families to plan for and enact their goals of living in the community.
The Real People Campaign was created by parents of children with intellectual disabilities. We are parents who, with our children, have spent years on waiting lists to receive supports and services with little advance or benefit. We are on the list because we need help and resources so that our children can live full and meaningful lives in our community. However, we tire of sitting on a waiting list with no other route to advocate for our children. We feel like numbers, insignificant names on a list that has no personal meaning to the funding powers. We feel that to be truly heard, we need to share our story and help government and community to understand the complex challenges of raising and living with a child with a disability. Thus began, The Real People Campaign.
Our stories and photos reveal major challenges for people with disabilities, but they also tell extraordinary tales of love, courage, hope and strength that inspire the common person to play a role in our fight for equal opportunity.
Our hope is that the public will partner with families who have children with intellectual disabilities to send a strong message via this website. The message to government is to put more funding into Developmental Services to relieve the wait lists. We also hope this website becomes an effective advocacy tool for families.
Please help us to make some noise!!
Get the attention of those with the power to make it happen: your government representatives. Register with The Real People Campaign and start sending the letter we have written.
March 2010 - Our Campaign website has gone live!
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There is a huge societal cost to relying on family caregivers – but we also save governments vast amounts of money while we care for our disabled family members at home, rather than in institutions or hospitals. What can be done to help families like ours? Would I undertake this journey again? In a heartbeat!
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If your family has been affected by intellectual disability, please log in or register as a member of The Real People Campaign and contribute your family story to our cause.