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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!

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.

H1N1 Pandemic Planning and People with Developmental Disabilities

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BCACL is tracking developments with regards to the H1N1 flu pandemic to ensure that everyone who needs treatment gets treatment. The Canadian Association for Community Living recently passed a resolution at its 2009 AGM regarding H1N1 pandemic planning and people with developmental disabilities

Read the H1N1 CACL update here.

A 2006 article by the Canadian Health Association (CMA) identifies a suggested approach to pandemic planning that includes the development of "exclusion” criteria. Exclusion criteria would deny an individual critical care and may be used in the event that the hospital cannot meet the needs of all infected patients. One of those criteria is "severe baseline cognitive impairment." BCACL has written to the BC Minister of Health asking for assurances that a triage protocol would not discriminate against people with disabilities. Read the BCACL letter here.