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AGM resolutions passed regarding transition planning, assisted suicide, support networks and restraints

Summary: 
Four resolutions were passed at Inclusion BC's Annual General Meeting in Nanaimo on June 14th. These resolutions will help guide our important work around transition planning, assisted suicide, personal support networks and restraint and seclusion in B.C. schools.
Resolution #1
Transition Planning for Students with Special Needs
(presented by the Inclusion BC Board of Directors)
 
Background
 
The Goal of Inclusion BC’s On My Way project is to contribute to supporting students with special needs and their families through the preparation of an effective transition plan during high school. This is being achieved by:
 
a) providing transition planning workshops for families, educators and community allies.
b) supporting a network of professionals to explore best practices around transition planning.
c) producing a yearly video featuring the four students from the On My Way blog.
 
Resolution
 
WHEREAS, best practice and research supports that early person-centred planning for students with special needs leads to better outcomes in adult life; and
 
WHEREAS, informed families, educators and individuals are better prepared to support the transition to adult life, including employment; now, therefore, be it
 
RESOLVED, that Inclusion BC will support a core group of educators to explore, share and develop innovative approaches for transition planning for students with special needs, and that Inclusion BC will support an Evergreen Tracking (School Completion Certificate) Pilot Project through the core group of educators.
Resolution #2
Assisted Suicide
(presented by the Inclusion BC Board of Directors)
 
Background
 
Assisted suicide is a complex issue about which there are many perspectives and viewpoints. The Supreme Court of Canada will hear the Carter Case in 2014. This was launched on behalf of a BC woman who was seeking leave for assisted suicide. The Criminal Code of Canada prohibits assisted suicide.
 
Assisted suicide threatens the safety and security of people with disabilities and all who are vulnerable and marginalized, including seniors.
 
People with disabilities, including those with developmental disabilities, are already devalued and experience discrimination accessing services, including healthcare. As healthcare costs continue to rise, those considered as “sick,” “fragile,” or “suffering,” including those labeled with disabilities, will be at far greater risk of being encouraged to receive drugs to speed up their death.
 
Inclusion BC receives regular reports from our members—people with developmental disabilities, their families and concerned community members—that people with developmental disabilities receive substandard health care. This is a common experience reported by people with developmental disabilities, despite the fact that Canadian Medical Association’s Code of Ethics prohibits discrimination in medical service against any patient on the grounds of “physical or mental disability.” This is also contrary to the protections inherent in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
 
Legalizing assisted Suicide would reinforce an all too common attitude that some human lives are less valuable than others. The implications of such proposals upon the lives of people with developmental disabilities must be fully taken into account in any discussion of assisted suicide and euthanasia.
 
Resolution
 
RESOLVED, that Inclusion BC, recognizing that assisted suicide and euthanasia pose a threat to the lives and health care rights of people with disabilities, will update its Social Policy position on thecurrent issues surrounding euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada, and
 
2. RESOLVED, that Inclusion BC will work together with the Canadian Association for Community Living to publicize a clear voice in all public discussion around assisted suicide and euthanasia that prioritizes the concerns and dangers to people with developmental disabilities, and
 
3. RESOLVED, that Inclusion BC will continue to work in coalition to uphold the human rights of people with developmental disabilities, in particular their right to life and their right to equal health care.
Resolution #3

Cultivating Personal Support Networks

(presented by the Inclusion BC Board of Directors)

Background
 
Despite the many positive changes and progress that has been made following the closure of large institutions, many individuals with developmental disabilities still rely on people who are paid to be in their lives and struggle with loneliness and isolation. Ensuring that all people have the appropriate supports to live with dignity in community is a new and important challenge for families, service providers and government.
 
The development of personal support networks in a natural and organic manner for individuals with a developmental disability is an important strategy in enhancing community connections and creating natural safeguards for people with developmental disabilities.
 
Resolution
 
WHEREAS, the relationship between Inclusion BC and our member organizations provide a unique position for us to work together to assist individuals to develop personal support networks; and
 
WHEREAS, information on developing and sustaining personal support networks can be easily shared amongst member organizations in BC who provide services to people with developmental disabilities; and
 
WHEREAS, our member organizations in communities across BC are well placed to use the information in their own communities; and
 
WHEREAS, resources will be offered on an ongoing basis on our website and through training; now, therefore, be it
 
RESOLVED, that Inclusion BC will work to develop a framework for developing personal support networks for people with developmental disabilities throughout British Columbia.
Resolution #4

Stop Hurting Kids - Restraint and Seclusion in B.C. Schools

(presented by the Inclusion BC Board of Directors)

Background
 
In 2012 the Inclusion BC membership approved a resolution to:
 
  1. Initiate the requirement that all forms of restraint, including the use of involuntary seclusion, are documented and reported to the Ministry of Education, and
  2. Initiate the development of a Ministry regulation which prohibits the use of seclusion in all BC schools.
Since 2012, Inclusion BC has continued to advocate the Ministry of Education on this subject as well as on individual cases. A joint Inclusion BC/Family Support Institute Survey of parents and legal guardians was conducted in 2013 and more than 200 responses were received. A report was released in November 2013 during an event at Douglas College, New Westminster. Numerous media outlets reported the survey results in the weeks and months following this release and included several stories from families.
 
In February 2014 the Ministry of Education invited Inclusion BC to assist with the development of Ministry guidelines for all School Districts to use in preparing their policies on restraint and seclusion for students. The Ministry is also considering a Ministerial Order to address restraint and seclusion.
 
Inclusion BC is requesting that an independent review of all restraint and seclusion practices in BC schools be conducted in order to provide further evidence that children are being subjected to this abuse.
 
Inclusion BC is pursuing the requirement that all educators be trained in Positive Behaviour Support in an effort to eliminate the use of restraint and seclusion for children. The Ministry of Education is also developing a process for this training to be made more widely available to educators in BC.
 
Resolution
 
WHEREAS, there are reports that students with special needs routinely face restraint and seclusion in BC Schools; and
 
WHEREAS, Inclusion BC and the Family Support Institute conducted a survey in summer 2013; therefore, be it
 
RESOLVED, that Inclusion BC will advocate that all forms of restraint, including the use of involuntary seclusion, are documented and reported to the Ministry of Education, and
 
2. RESOLVED, that Inclusion BC will advocate for the development of Ministry regulation/s on restraint, including ones that prohibit the use of seclusion in all BC schools, and
 
3. RESOLVED, that Inclusion BC will advocate that the Ministry of Education develop and implement a province-wide Positive Behaviour Support training program, and
 
4. RESOLVED, that Inclusion BC will advocate for a system-wide independent enquiry into the use of restraint and seclusion.