The Quality Life Association (QLA) is a volunteer based non-profit group committed to meeting the needs of individuals who have a Continent Ostomy, or are considering an intestinal diversion. This group was founded in 1985 by continent intestinal reservoir patients of Dr. William O. Barnett, with the goal of serving as a network of communication. To aid in this endeavor, our members receive a triennial newsletter, Horizons, with pertinent ostomy news. In addition, an annual educational conference is held in an environment of sharing and learning..