In a 2005 interview with CBC Tapestry, Mary Hynes, Jean Vanier reflects on a life devoted to people with disabilities. Jean Vanier, the founder of the L'Arche, died on May 7 at age 90 from thyroid cancer. L'Arche — "The Arc" — is an international charity devoted to housing and supporting people with developmental disabilities. Vanier, son of former governor general Georges Vanier, built the first community in France, not far from Paris, after visiting a psychiatric hospital in 1964. The organization was inspired by Vanier's Catholicism and was meant to allow those with disabilities to live happy lives well into adulthood. Vanier despaired when he learned that many of these adults would be kept in psychiatric institutions if they had no family who would support them. There began L'Arc.
This is a touching recording that gives an insight into the heart of Jean Vanier. Listen to it here