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Past Presidents :    

1970-1972 : John Burchill
1972- 1974   George Bingham
1974-1975    Gordon Foster
1975- 1977   Ann Marie Tingley
1977- 1979   Theresa Stevens
1979- 1981   L Silliphant

Throughout the 1970s, information and training was provided to families, service providers and government staff.  This gave association members common information, experiences and language to work together to pursue the common goals of individuals, families and the association. This continues today.

NBACL had a very strong relationship with the provincial government and received a substantial grant. The sustaining grant paid for core staff, office expenses, training throughout the province, provincial meetings and staff to support families.


The Owens-MacLeod Report (Right to Choose and the Right to Be Served), expressed the need to retain local autonomy in the administration of special programs (the right to choose) and the need for students with disabilities to receive basic health, education, and welfare.

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Historial Outlook. N.p.: n.p., n.d. 09 Feb. 2005. Web.



Pioneers in the field of integrative education, Irma and Peter Penner credit their daughter’s generosity for changing how we understand the benefits of an inclusive community. As they look back on her life, what emerges is a legacy of empathy and kindness that will be felt for generations to come. 

Read the story below

A Lasting Gift



The Pinet-Macleod report (Education Tomorrow), recommended that the Department of Education fund the education of all children, including those with severe intellectual disabilities, that exceptional students attend regular classes as far as possible, that the identification of students and diagnoses be more specific, and that all the government departments work together to meet the needs of exceptional students. Historial Outlook. N.p.: n.p., n.d. 09 Feb. 2005. Web.


Department of Education table a White paper in the legislative assembly entitled Opportunities for the Handicapped


Myth: There is a government system in place to provide the programs and supports people need, and it is easy to navigate.  

Fact: Families are exhausted from trying to navigate this support system and often do not know where to turn for help.




The United Nations adopts the Declaration on the Rights of Mentally Retarded Persons, including the right to live in the least restrictive environment, to vote, to marry and to work (The Human Rights of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities: Different But Equal/ chapter 5). 

The first early intervention program in NB began in Fredericton under the auspices of the local association.  The provincial government later took over the early intervention program.

On June 13, the Education of Aurally or Visually Handicapped Persons Act was passed. 

During the seventies, associations operated 33 auxiliary classes throughout the province. The regular school system gradually assumed responsibility for teacher and other staff salaries, transportation to and from school, and to some degree the education of children who had previously been excluded. Children who were not ambulatory or toilet-trained were not accepted in auxiliary classes until the late seventies.