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BCACL Board Members Present at Pre-Budget Consultation

BCACL Board members and parents Annette Delaplace, Leila Rahemtulla and Tim Stainton presented to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services yesterday afternoon as part of the provincial government's pre-budget consultations.

Read the transcript here.

Parents from the Supported Child Development Initiative and Patti Bacchus also spoke yesterday. Their presentations can be found in the transcript link at the bottom of this page.

BCACL is asking the provincial government to:

1. Make a significant financial investment that will provide adequate funding for the expected growing caseload of individuals and families needing supports and services from Community Living BC as youth with special needs transition to adult life.

2. Make a significant financial investment that will address the needs of those who are waiting for the supports and services they need to live independently and be included in the community.

3. Make a minimum investment of $40 million to address the thousands of children and youth and their families who are waiting for urgent therapy services, infant development programs, supported child development programs and respite care.

4. Set in place a three-year strategic initiative to address the needs of children and youth with special needs and their families that includes real community partnerships and input.

5. Protect funding to ensure high quality education plans that allow for transition between high school and post secondary for students with special needs.

6. Provide new funding to improve supports that help students with special needs be included in regular classrooms.

7. Invest in training for educators so they can teach students with varying abilities.

BCACL will be submitting our written report in the coming weeks, which we will distribute and post on our website.

If you are presenting and would like support, please contact Karen Delong at BCACL: 604-777-9100 ext. 530 kdelong@bcacl.org.


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