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BC Employnet: Changes needed to advance employment for people with developmental disabilities in BC

Summary: 
BC EmployNet, a network of BC service providers committed to advancing employment support practices, recently met to discuss what is needed to advance employment in BC for people with developmental disabilities.

BCACL recently supported BC EmployNet members from Powell River, North Vancouver, Prince George, and more to meet in Burnaby.

Discussions at the meeting focused on areas of concern for the network and how we can work collaboratively to address their concerns going forward. Some of these concerns included members’ ability to offer competitive wages to supported employment staff, the impact of BC’s new Employment Service Centers on their work, and sustaining momentum for the movement to help people with developmental disabilities to take their place in the workforce.

BCACL is excited about the excellent work being done by BC EmployNet and its members, many of whom are also members of BCACL! We look forward to continuing to work together to ensure that people with developmental disabilities are not denied access to real work for real pay.

BC EmployNet has developed a list of issues and concerns that they are currently working on addressing with Community Living BC.

About Employnet:

In Spring 2008, BCACL hosted a retreat for professionals committed to supported employment in BC, out of which was formed the BC EmployNet.

This group is comprised of extremely creative and hard-working people who are committed to helping people with developmental disabilities find and maintain real work in their communities throughout British Columbia.