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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!

Registration open for Inclusion BC 2013 Conference

Registration is now open for Inclusion BC's 2013 Conference and AGM, "WE are Community: defining inclusion. Register soon to make sure you get into the sessions you want!

Registration is now open for the Inclusion BC 2013 Conference, WE are Community: defining inclusion.

To register online and for more the most up-to-date information, visit: www.inclusionbc.org/conference-2013.

The Inclusion BC conference is BC’s premier conference addressing current trends and issues to advance the rights and opportunities of people with developmental disabilities and their families.

We are happy to be co-hosting our conference with three of our member organizations who are doing great work in the Vancouver area community:

The conference includes a pre-conference event hosted by the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship and three days of workshops and plenary sessions, including the popular Friday night dinner and dance, which is open to the public. 

Don't miss out, register today

Workshops will focus on a variety of topics, including self advocacy, employment, families and youth, community inclusion and more.


Visit the workshops webpage for a complete list of sessions with presenters.

Light Your Path While Living Life in the Fast Lane             

This workshop is presented in an interactive style,  with group exercises, video and discussion. This workshop supports self advocates to increase confidence, choose role models, and set goals to build self advocates’ self esteem.  This workshop is organized by the ESATTA (Empowering Self Advocates To Take Action) cooperative.

What's in a Word?

Last year six self-advocates, a consultant and a photographer worked together to create the children's picture book: The ABC's of Ability. A panel will talk about what they did, what they found out, the skills they learned and the difference it made to their lives. Then people will explore some simple story telling activities they can use to express what is important to them.   

A Million Different Ways To Make A Living          

Supported Employment is often thought of as only competitive employment. Hand in your resume, hope for the best, compete against everyone else doing the same thing. In reality, Supported Employment is so much more then that! In this interactive workshop, participants will leave with gained knowledge on how to take a typical job description and turn it into a million possibilities...

Rainbow Discovery Alliance: Sharing our Pride and Informing our Communities                

The Rainbow Discovery Alliance is a group of people who are Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning, or are friends and allies of LGBTQ people.  Some have disabilities, some do not and some are staff and others are allies.  We will tell stories about our experiences as people and about how our group formed and what we have done so far.      

Spectrum Society at 25: one organization's story of transformation

Started in 1987, Spectrum Society for Community Living provides a range of supports to adults in communities from the Sunshine Coast to the Fraser Valley.  Over the past five years, we've been rethinking some of our assumptions about the role of services, moving away from program models and hierarchies to a more personalized, network-driven approach...

Keynote Speakers

Shane Koyczan is an award winning Canadian Poet, Author and Performer.

You may recognize him from the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics where he wowed a live audience of over 60,000 people  (over 1 billion world wide) with his piece “We Are More.”Read Shane's full bio on the conference website.


Dr. Paula Kluth is a consultant, author, advocate, and independent scholar who works with teachers and families to provide inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities and to create more responsive and engaging schooling experiences for all learners. Read Paula's full bio on the conference website.

Heather Gordon-Young is a freelance writer who is passionate about story telling as a powerful tool for social change. She is the Executive Director of Powell River Child, Youth and Family Services Society, a charitable, non-profit organization dedicated to serving children, youth and their families on Canada's beautiful west coast. Read Heather's full bio on the conference website.