SAIPA is proud to have strong community ties. Representatives from our organization continually forge partnerships and provide voices on community committees. This is a crucial part of maintaining a strong and well-rounded organization so we can continue to provide the best services possible! Here are some of the amazing initiatives we are a part of:
Right 2 Love
“Right 2 Love” Lethbridge began in February 2016; it is a free group where people with disabilities of all kinds can come together to discuss their feelings on love, relationships, sex and sexuality. The group meets at SAIPA one Monday per month. SAIPA has partnered with ARCHES (formerly Lethbridge HIV Connection) to utilize the organization’s expertise in group facilitation and sexual education. Although new to the city, the Right 2 Love movement began in Calgary in 2010 through the work of Disability Action Hall: a group of self-advocates with disabilities, the SCOPE Society and the Calgary Sexual Health Centre. Along with monthly meetings, the group provides education and awareness about people with disabilities and their right to meaningful relationships. Click here for more information on Right 2 Love.
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities
This event occurs annually December 3; representatives from SAIPA and other community organizations work together to plan a celebration that highlights the accomplishments of those with disabilities while also raising awareness of important issues faced by persons with disabilities. Click here for more information on IDPD Lethbridge.
The Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CMARD)
This is a UNESCO Committee of which our city became a member in 2007. The local group works to end racism and discrimination in Lethbridge, and SAIPA is proud to have played a role in organizing several successful events. Click here for more information.
The EmployUsYQL committee is a coalition of community agencies focused on promoting and advancing inclusive hiring practices of people with disabilities. Self-advocates provide an important voice on this committee. The committee’s vision is to create a stigma-free workplace(s) where individuals feel valued and are hired based on their assets. Click here for more information.