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Watch our 60th Anniversary video that honours and remembers the civil rights history of people with intellectual disabilities in BC. Read more about our history here.

Our new report shows the continued systemic use of restraint and seclusion in BC schools. Read more.

From December 1-3, we're celebrating the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Film festivals will be held in 5 locations across BC. Stay tuned for details!

Health and Well-being Guiding Principles

The following principles guide BCACL’s social policy on health and well being:

  • All persons, regardless of disability, have a justified claim to life which is fully equal to that of every other person.
  • People with developmental disabilities have equal rights to health care and health care options.
  • The presence of a developmental disability does not preclude a person’s ability to make or participate in health care decisions.
  • Health and personal care decisions made on behalf of another must be based on knowledge of the individual and their wishes.
  • Relationships with family and friends positively contribute to health and well being.
  • Developing physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual potential promotes health and well being.
  • Every person has a right to receive health care treatment when they need it.