“In 1974, the first People First group in Canada began in British Columbia by some women and men who had been living in institutions. They wanted to live in the community. They needed help because life in an institution is very different from life in the real world. They had not been taught what they needed to know to live and work on their own. They needed to make their own decisions and speak for themselves.”
People First Groups formed to advocate for the closure of institutions across the country. This is what began the movement of advocacy for people with disabilities. In 1998, People First Peterborough Chapter was started by Susan Cooper.
Our local founder Susan Cooper
Our Rights, Our Dreams, Our Community
We advocate for the value, dignity, and human rights of people living with an intellectual disability.