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Our new report shows the continued systemic use of restraint and seclusion in BC schools. Read more.

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.

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!

BC Budget Report Urges Investments in Inclusion

BC's Standing Committee on Finance & Government Services releases advice on priorities for BC's next provincial budget
The all-party Standing Committee on Finance & Government Services today released its report and recommendations for BC's next provincial budget, based on fiscal priorities identified by British Columbians in its recent public consultations.

Survey for Parents: Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

Inclusion BC is conducting a survey for parents and guardians of students with special needs.
In 2013, Inclusion BC and the Family Support Institute launched an initiative to address growing reports of children being subjected to restraint and seclusion in BC schools. A provincial survey indicated these practices were frequent, often leading to physical and emotional trauma, and causing many families to pull their children from the public school system.

Big House exhibit features compelling art from former Woodlands residents

"Big House" features art by former residents of the Woodlands Institution at the Anvil Centre's Community Art Space. Runs Oct. 5 - Dec 3, 2017
In late 1996, when the last residents of Woodlands were preparing their move to community, the BC Self Advocacy Foundation initiated a project to record memories and feelings of people who had lived in large institutions.

Effective Approaches to Resolving School Issues for Your Child With Special Needs

It’s the beginning of October and Inclusion BC has been abuzz with calls from parents whose children have had limited access to an educational program.
Inclusion BC wrote this guest post for the BC Ed Access blog, a family run blog on issues relating to students with special needs and their families.  About BC Ed Access: BC Ed Access is group of parents who came together as a result of shared determination to ensure equitable access to education for children who have special needs in the Province of British Columbia.

Inclusion BC welcomes new PWD transportation supplement to restore bus pass for January 2018

BC government announces that an extra $52/month will be added to monthly PWD (Persons with Disabilities) payments starting in December 2017 to pay for a bus pass or other transportation options
Victoria, BC - October 2, 2017: Inclusion BC's Faith Bodnar and other disability advocates joined BC Minister Shane Simpson today to announce a new transportation supplement for people who live on Persons with Disabilities (PWD) benefits. The new transportation supplement fulfills the BC government's promise to restore the bus pass for PWD recipients effective January 2018 without any clawbacks.  

Inclusion BC participates in BC Budget consultation

Inclusion BC presented to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services today, making our priorities known as the BC Government forms its 2018 budget.
We focused on the following provincial budget portfolios: Children and Family Development Supports for Children and Youth with Special Needs K-12 Education Quality inclusive public education for all diverse learners Housing Inclusive solutions in affordable housing Social Development and Poverty Reduction

Back to School 2017

The beginning of the school year is an exciting time for many, but for students with special needs and their parents, September brings unique challenges.
The impact of chronic under-funding in education has been felt disproportionately by students with special needs. Many parents have turned to private schools out of desperation and others dread the beginning of a new school year. While BC's new personalized learning curriculum offers a valuable opportunity to recognize the strengths and abilities in each student, many challenges still lie ahead.

NEWS RELEASE Long overdue investments in people, affordability welcomed

Inclusion BC & Disability Alliance BC welcome 'long overdue' investments in people, affordability in September BC Budget Update.

NEWS RELEASE: New report highlights opportunities to boost inclusion in BC public schools

Inclusion BC releases report on our June 2017 Inclusive Education Summit, highlighting new optimism & opportune moment to invest in implementing inclusion in BC's public schools

NEWS RELEASE: Making the world a better place through music: Inclusion BC hosts Korean string ensemble in first Canadian tour

Inclusion BC hosts performances by inclusive Korean string ensemble on September 9 in Richmond and September 13 in Victoria.
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