The NWT Disabilities Council envisions that all individuals living with disability have equal access to full citizenship, as guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, toward the achievement of a self-determined, fulfilling, and meaningful life.
The NWT Disabilities Council exists to educate, advocate, and support the self-determination of all individuals with disabilities.
Everything that the NWT Disabilities Council does reflects our six core values.
Every person with a disability has the right to respect, dignity, individual autonomy, and full citizenship.
We believe in equity, fairness, inclusion, and accessibility for all.
We believe that individuals with a disability and their families have the right to be empowered and free to be self-determining.
We recognize that individuals with a disability are experts on their own life.
We support the autonomy of Indigenous communities to direct supports to community members with disabilities.
We honour the wisdom of all cultures in all of our work.
Definition of Disability
Disability is a dynamic lived experience of restricted or limited participation in life that results from the interaction of an individual’s bodily impairment and their physical and social environment.
Disability Value Statements
- Disability is a dynamic experience that:
- includes past, present, or future impairments,
- can present apparently or non-apparently,
- can present across the lifespan, and
- can present permanently, temporarily, or episodically.
- Disability is a complex phenomenon that encompasses many conditions of the mind and body that exist in different physical and social environments. As such, the boundaries between disability and ability are fluid and subjective; for this reason, the NWTDC will rely on self-identification of disability.
- The NWTDC definition of disability is situated within the interactionalist approach to disability. The interactionalist approach acknowledges that the experience of disability results from the interaction of an individual’s body and their physical and social environmental factors.
- The impact that disability has on a person is influenced by the intersection* of individual and social factors (e.g. age, gender identity, sexual orientation, culture, religious affiliation, race, and socioeconomic status, among others). For this reason, we acknowledge that the spectrum of lived experience of disability encompasses complex life circumstances, including, but not limited to: institutionalization, trauma, poverty, restricted housing options, and homelessness.
* The concept of intersectionality is explained in this short video