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Resolutions passed at Inclusion BC Annual General Meeting

Summary: 
The Inclusion BC Federation passed several resolutions at its Annual General Meeting in Vancouver on May 29, 2015. Resolutions addressed family support, post-secondary education, person-centred support and support for persons living with a dual diagnosis.
  1. Right to Family Support
  2. Right to Access Inclusive Post Secondary Education
  3. Right to Person-Centered Support
  4. Right to Support for Persons Living with a Dual Diagnosis

RESOLUTION #1

RIGHT TO FAMILY SUPPORT

(presented by the Inclusion BC Board of Directors)

Resolution

WHEREAS, people with developmental disabilities have the right to be parents; and

WHEREAS, it is important to ensure that parents have the necessary supports to raise their children in a positive, safe and nurturing manner; and

WHEREAS, a lack of access to appropriate supports and services may place children at risk of removal from their home by the Ministry of Children and Family Development; and

WHEREAS, keeping families together is the primary goal; therefore be it RESOLVED that:

  • Inclusion BC demands the end of the discriminatory practices of removing children from parents solely based on their diagnosis of developmental disability;
  • Inclusion BC advocates for and holds accountable Community Living BC and the Ministry of Children and Family Development to jointly develop policies, procedures and practices that will provide the necessary supports to ensure that children remain with their parents and that the evidence reflect these practices.

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RESOLUTION #2

RIGHT TO ACCESS INCLUSIVE POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION

(presented by the Inclusion BC Board of Directors)

Resolution

WHEREAS, People with developmental disabilities have a right to pursue life-long learning after high school; and

WHEREAS, Recognizing that people with developmental disabilities, like all other people, have personalized learning styles; and

WHEREAS, Entrance requirements and other policies can create significant barriers for people with developmental disabilities; therefore be it RESOLVED that:

Inclusion BC act to bring together leaders, interested parties and experts in the field of inclusive post secondary education to:

  • Support the efforts of families to sustain and create initiatives for meaningful inclusive post-secondary education and
  • Develop a blueprint for province-wide meaningful inclusive post-secondary education in British Columbia

RESOLUTION #3

RIGHT TO PERSON-CENTERED SUPPORT

(presented by the Inclusion BC Board of Directors)

Resolution

WHERAS, CLBC’s vision is one of full citizenship in which people with developmental disabilities and their families lead good lives in welcoming communities; and

WHEREAS, CLBC makes decisions about providing funded services; and

WHEREAS, People living with developmental disabilities may require support to be included in their community; and

WHEREAS, Lack of funding limits choices for people and limits the capacity of agencies to provide inclusive services; therefore be it RESOLVED that:

  • Inclusion BC urges CLBC to honour their commitment to individual choice by providing funding as determined through a person-centered planning process.
  • Recognizing that ‘one size does not fit all’ and the catalogue of services cannot meet the needs of all people, Inclusion BC advocate that innovative services be funded.

RESOLUTION #4

RIGHT TO SUPPORT FOR PERSONS LIVING WITH A DUAL DIAGNOSIS

(presented by Krystian Shaw, Inclusion BC Member)

Resolution

WHEREAS, people with developmental disabilities may also experience mental health conditions which is referred to as having a dual diagnosis and require access to the mental health system including outreach, community based and inpatient supports; and

WHEREAS, people with dual diagnosis have a right to access generic mental health supports but often experience great difficulty in accessing these supports and services; and

WHEREAS, people with dual diagnosis may also be involved with the justice system; and

WHEREAS, people with dual diagnosis are part of a family who will have knowledge and understanding of the needs of their family members who have a dual diagnosis; and

WHEREAS, the mental health system and justice system frequently do not have the expertise or willingness to serve people with dual diagnosis in meaningful, respectful and appropriate ways; therefore be it RESOLVED that:

  • Inclusion BC work with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Social Development and Social Inclusion, provincial police representatives and provincial mental health community organizations to develop a more responsive and appropriate way of ensuring that people with dual diagnosis receive and have access to mental health supports as full citizens and that this includes respecting the central role of families in the treatment process; and
  • Inclusion BC work with professional colleges and associations representing people who provide mental health services to develop training and professional development that includes the needs of those who have dual diagnosis.