9 episodes

Welcome to Community Living Out Loud, brought to you by Community Living Mississauga. On this podcast we celebrate the lives of people who have an intellectual disability and the incredible work being done to advocate for them and their families. Through conversations with experts, advocates, and individuals with lived experiences, we hope to inspire and educate listeners on the importance of building strong, supportive communities.Founded in 1955, Community Living Mississauga is a non-profit, charitable organization which provides support to people who have an intellectual disability.
Our mission is to provide support to people who have an intellectual disability to ensure their quality of life in the community is meaningfully improved.
Our vision is that all people will live in a state of dignity and respect, and share in all elements of living in a community which is welcoming, accepting and inclusive of everyone. All people will have the freedom to make choices and decisions that enable them to achieve self-determination.
We believe that people who have an intellectual disability have a right to live in the community and to participate actively in community life. Each person, regardless of disability, should enjoy the full rights of citizenship and the full experience of membership in the community. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors consisting of people we support, family members and concerned members of the community.

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Welcome to Community Living Out Loud, brought to you by Community Living Mississauga. On this podcast we celebrate the lives of people who have an intellectual disability and the incredible work being done to advocate for them and their families. Through conversations with experts, advocates, and individuals with lived experiences, we hope to inspire and educate listeners on the importance of building strong, supportive communities.Founded in 1955, Community Living Mississauga is a non-profit, charitable organization which provides support to people who have an intellectual disability.
Our mission is to provide support to people who have an intellectual disability to ensure their quality of life in the community is meaningfully improved.
Our vision is that all people will live in a state of dignity and respect, and share in all elements of living in a community which is welcoming, accepting and inclusive of everyone. All people will have the freedom to make choices and decisions that enable them to achieve self-determination.
We believe that people who have an intellectual disability have a right to live in the community and to participate actively in community life. Each person, regardless of disability, should enjoy the full rights of citizenship and the full experience of membership in the community. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors consisting of people we support, family members and concerned members of the community.

    Base Sites: A Home Away From Home

    Base Sites: A Home Away From Home

    The opportunity for meaningful social, recreational and leisure activities is important in anyone's life. But perhaps more important, is the ability for people to choose those activities themselves.

    In this episode of Community Living Out Loud, host Peter Reynolds speaks with Steve Farstad, Day Support Manager at Community Living Mississauga, about the organization's "Base Sites", which provides these opportunities both on-site and in the community.

    Together they discuss eligibility, activities, costs, and the importance of community inclusion for the people they support. Tune in to learn more about this amazing program and the value of empowering people with intellectual disabilities to make their own choices.



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    • 26 min
    Community Living Out Loud - 2023 Holiday Greeting

    Community Living Out Loud - 2023 Holiday Greeting

    Happy Holidays from all of us at Community Living Out Loud! We can't thank you enough for supporting our podcast, and we look forward to bringing you more interviews and stories next year as we continue to celebrate the lives of people who have an intellectual disability.

    Let's get loud over the holidays - together. 
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    More Than a Job: Working at Community Living Mississauga

    More Than a Job: Working at Community Living Mississauga

    Some people work to live, others live to work. But what could be better than doing a job that you love for a cause you believe in? In this episode, host Peter Reynolds is joined by Noor Mufti, Director of People and Culture at Community Living Mississauga to discuss the organization's work and the employees who contribute to its success. Noor also explains his role in ensuring a stable and skilled workforce and creating an environment that allows for professional growth and advancement. He also addresses the agency's ability to meet the growing demand for programs and services for people who have intellectual disabilities, and the need for funding to support staffing and competitive wages.




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    • 17 min
    Personal Outcome Measures

    Personal Outcome Measures

    In this episode, host Peter Reynolds explores the importance of personal outcome measures in supporting persons with intellectual disabilities. Peter is joined by Nicole Farrell, manager of the Outcome Support Team at Community Living Mississauga and Jessica Portelance, who is not only supported by Community Living Mississauga, she is also a Community Living Mississauga Board member.

    Together they discuss how personal outcome measures are used to identify the goals and dreams of people supported by Community Living Mississauga, tailor supports to help them in achieving those goals, and promote autonomy and self-determination for people who have an intellectual disability. 


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    • 25 min
    Inclusive Hiring Makes Good Business Sense

    Inclusive Hiring Makes Good Business Sense

    Hiring people who have intellectual disabilities is more than just "the right thing to do", it makes good business sense. Join host Peter Reynolds as he speaks with Marissa Marr, Manager of Career Connections at Community Living Mississauga, and April McKay, Director of Human Resources at TruEarth about the benefits of hiring inclusively, which leads to increased innovation, productivity, workplace safety and community support.

    If you're looking for a job, or you're an employer interested in learning more about hiring persons who have intellectual disabilities, check out www.career-connections.ca or email them at info@career-connections.ca 
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    • 28 min
    Empowering Youth: Summer Program Spotlight

    Empowering Youth: Summer Program Spotlight

    Join Host Peter Reynolds as he chats with Mary Dillon, Community Recreation Liaison at Community Living Mississauga about their Summer Teen Activity Program. Peter also welcomes Durrell Martin, a parent whose son participated in the program, and whose daughter volunteered there. Durrell shares his personal journey with Community Living Mississauga and the transformative impact the organization has had on his whole family. 
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    • 51 min

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