Today my family and I attended a presentation by the mother of a boy with severe disabilities, including autism and blindness. It was a powerful experience, not because of the challenges this boy has faced, but because of what he has accomplished. At the end of the presentation Rex (the boy) came out and performed using his incredible gift. I have met many people with intellectual disabilities and Rex changed my perception of them forever today. There really is no limit to what they or anyone for that matter, can accomplish. Everyone deserve’s the opportunity to pursue their passions and find their gifts.
Rex’s story is told by 60 Minutes.
IBEX’s single largest group of customers are organizations whose mission is to help people with intellectual disabilities reach their full potential. These groups strive to provide people opportunities to contribute to society, to experience as much of life as possible and find their true gifts and passions.
In the past, people with intellectual disablities were hidden away from society and kept behind closed doors. I am glad this is changing and I am glad that IBEX has become a part of this movement.
IBEX Payroll extends our profound respect and immeasurable gratitude to all the ancestors and keepers of the land on whose traditional territories our work takes place. We acknowledge that we are on Treaty 1 territory, the traditional gathering place of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene people and the traditional homeland of the Métis people. This land is sacred, historical, and significant.
Every time we acknowledge this truth, we have an invitation and an opportunity to reflect on the wrongs of the past, what we do in the present, and what we can do to continually honour the people whose lands and water we benefit from today.
This statement only acts as a first step in honouring the land we reside on and its peoples, and must be paired with education, understanding and informed action.