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Transforming Lives, Transforming Society
The L’Arche Canada Foundation is a not-for-profit charity that raises funds on behalf of L’Arche Canada and is committed to transforming the lives of intellectually disabled people in communities across Canada.


Winter 2011
Top Story: Helping Young People to Make and Keep Friends

We, at L'Arche Canada surveyed hundreds of young people with intellectual disabilities, their families and teachers using a paper survey and an online survey with different forms for each of these three gtroups. The feedback we received told us we would be meeting a significant need with this resource. To the question on the families survey, “What is the greatest challenge you face?” all too often the response was similar to that of this parent:
“Finding people who want to stay in my son’s life and spend time with him.  He calls people on the phone and they say they will come over but they rarely follow through. I don’t want people in life that I have to pay to be there. He wants, as do I, people in his life that are there because they care for him in his unique and wonderful way.”