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This is the Story of a Civil Rights Movement

As Inclusion BC prepares to celebrate our 60th Anniversary in 2015, we remember those fearless families in 1955 who, with one simple decision, created a tidal wave of change. They took their children with developmental disabilities home rather than have them placed in an institution.

To understand the gravity of this decision it’s important to know that in 1955 children with developmental disabilities were routinely placed in institutions like Woodlands, Tranquille and Glendale. Today we know these institutions as places of brutality and abuse. At the time, families were given no other options.

As these parents said NO to institutions for their children, they were joined by a few more, then a few more.

We owe a great debt to these families, who not only started a sweeping movement for human rights for people with developmental disabilities, but a movement that has advanced the rights of us all.

We’re building on the success and courage of these families who came before and are here today, faced with immense barriers.

This civil rights movement, unlike others, has been a quiet history, until now. Will you support us—by sharing this video and joining the movement by becoming a member of Inclusion BC?

Inclusion BC members are committed to the vision of a world where everyone belongs. By becoming a member you stand with us as we provide support, education and advocacy where and when it's needed, breaking down barriers and building communities that include people of all abilities.

Read the full history of Inclusion BC here.

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December 12, 2014
Inclusion BC responds to the latest report, Who Cares? B.C. Children with Complex Medical, Psychological and Developmental Needs and Their Families Deserve Better by the BC Representative for Children and Youth that looks at young people’s experiences in residential care. ...
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December 3, 2014
December 3 marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a global day of action for an inclusive world where everyone is welcomed, supported, and included. ...
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At Inclusion BC we work to strengthen and empower families and communities to provide supportive and welcoming environments.

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Self Advocates

Self Advocacy means speaking up and speaking out for your rights. Many people with developmental disabilities who are speaking up for their rights call themselves "self advocates."

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