People First of Canada Priority – The Right to Live in Community
A real home means a neighbourhood, a community, choices and opportunity (Article 19, UNCRPD)
People First of Canada believes that people should exercise their right to voice and choice in choosing where they live and with whom they live. We believe that all people can live within their community, with appropriate supports. We believe that no person, regardless of disability, should live in any kind of situation where they are kept apart from the community.
The core of the People First movement is the right to live in community (formerly called deinstitutionalization). People First believes in the right of every individual to live in their community and will work to close institutions, of all sizes and manner, that inappropriately house people with intellectual disabilities. People First believes that people with intellectual disabilities are inappropriately placed in nursing homes, senior’s homes, group homes, long-term care facilities, personal care homes and other similar settings. Every person should have control over where and with whom they live. Funding should be linked to the disability supports required by an individual, not an agency or geographical area. People’s homes should be determined by individual decision, person-by-person, and not based on the availability of beds within agencies. Furthermore, People First recognizes the difference between housing needs and disability supports.
To ensure that all people with intellectual disabilities are living in the community, all large institutions must be closed. Institutional settings as a residential living option should no longer be offered to people. Policies around individuals must reflect the ideals and principles of inclusive community living for all Canadians and be based on each person’s individual needs.