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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.

October is Community Living Month 2013: Relationships - the Heart of Inclusion

Summary: 
.Every October people across B.C. celebrate the gifts that people with developmental disabilities bring to our vibrant and diverse communities. Exciting events across B.C. draw out citizens who care about common issues.

Neighbours and friends help with city clean-ups, food bank drives, pay-it-forward days, community festivals and employer recognition breakfasts.

The theme of this year's Community Living Month is:

Relationships: The Heart of Inclusion.

Lights! Camera! Inclusion!

This year Inclusion BC is thrilled to celebrate Community Living Month with our second annual Lights! Camera! Inclusion video contest. Videos will showcase the gifts and abilities that people with developmental disabilities and their friends, families and supporters bring to the community while highlighting relationships, at the heart of community inclusion.. Read more about the video contest here.

This year, we will have two categories: organizational and individual/team - and a first and second place winner in each category. To see last year's exceptional winners, click here! 

Community Living Month Calendar

We want to help you get the word out about your October events. Do you have a community living month event that you would like to post to the community living month calendar? Click here to submit your event online.

History of Community Living Month

Building on an idea first conceived by members of Community Living Victoria, Inclusion BC (then the BC Association for Community Living) launched a community development initiative called "Community Living Day" in 1996. This project encouraged members of community living associations and their community partners to plan events during the month of October which would celebrate the gifts and talents that people with developmental disabilities bring to their communities. The project generated great enthusiasm and the idea began to expand. Inspired by the tremendous success of others, organizations across the province and country began to adopt October as a time to celebrate community living.

It is now an annual tradition for municipalities throughout the province. The BC government and the Canadian Association for Community Living have joined with us to proclaim Community Living days and weeks during the month of October.

The Inclusion BC Board of Directors first endorsed October as Community Living Month in June 1998. Designating the whole month for celebrating Community Living enables groups to choose days or weeks during October that best suit their community, or to host events throughout the month if they wish.