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Include Me! Exploring Quality of Life

BACI is deeply interested in discovering if the services we provide are a key to “a good life” for the people we serve.

One of the ways we are continuing to explore this is to participate in Community Living BC’s (CLBC’s) Include Me survey process. CLBC has asked community living agencies across the province to use this survey tool to find out if people with disabilities are living good lives in BC, and are feeling welcomed by their communities.

BACI is one of several participating agencies who is interviewing people we serve on topics around independence, social participation and well-being. The survey is based on the work of international quality of life expert Dr. Robert Schalock.

Organized by Lisa Thomson, BACI’s Senior Manager of Human Resources, and Michelle Owen, BACI’s Manager of Social & Economic Inclusion, the initiative will see 198 individuals supported by BACI being interviewed by other self advocates hired especially for this initiative.

The hope is that information gathered from the survey will help everyone “develop a deeper understanding of the impact that supports and services have on peoples’ quality of life, “ and ways those services can be improved. As well, the survey provides great employment opportunities for the self advocate interviewers.

Check out one interviewer’s perspective in this video.

(Photo: Interviewer Sky Hensbee with a person BACI supports.)

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