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Watch our 60th Anniversary video that honours and remembers the civil rights history of people with developmental disabilities in BC. Read more about our history here.

BCACL Defends Inclusive Education in Letter to Editor of Vancouver Sun

BCACL Executive Director Faith Bodnar has written a letter to the editor of the Vancouver Sun in response to Michael Zwaagstra's July 14 letter.
Read the letter online here. Michael Zwaagstra's article in the July 14 Vancouver Sun (Students should be grouped based on their ability) provides a disturbing and at times seriously uninformed view as to the value of inclusive education.

Brian Silzer Receives Inclusive Education Award at National Registrar's Conference

Retiring UBC registrar Brian Silzer accepted a national inclusive education award today at the National Conference of the Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada.
At a special awards luncheon today at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Brian Silzer accepted a National Inclusive Education award for his work as registrar at the University of British Columbia (UBC). While at UBC, Brian created a way for students with developmental disabilities to register and participate in all aspects of campus life.

New BCACL Board of Directors Sworn-in at Annual General Meeting

A new Board of Directors was sworn-in at the 2010 BCACL Annual General Meeting on June 19, 2010.
We welcome new board member Geoff Wright from Parksville to the board of directors and thank leaving board members Jerry Laidlaw and Michael Prince for their dedication and commitment to the BCACL board over the years. Michael Prince will continue lending his expertise to our movement through his involvement with the National Action Committee on Employment, Income Security and Disability Supports and Jerry Laidlaw through his involvement with the BC Self Advocacy Foundation.

Listen to the BCACL Website with ReadSpeaker

The BC Association for Community Living is committed to improving the accessibility and usability of our website information for everyone. We are happy to launch ReadSpeaker, a program that turns text into speech, allowing users to listen to content on the website.
How Does ReadSpeaker Work? To use ReadSpeaker, click the "listen" icon above the text. A new window will open, which will play the main contents of the page back to you as audio.

SASI Initiative Empowering People with Developmental Disabilities to Lead Community Development Projects

People with developmental disabilities across BC have been granted funding to lead groundbreaking community development projects in their communities.
Over 25 community projects - ranging from sign language café clubs to community festivals to radio shows and website networking - have received funding. Check out the projects here. The Self Advocates Seeding Innovation (SASI) initiative is rooted in the principles of self determination and independence, as people with developmental disabilities lead the projects. It was developed to bring people together, give back to community and strengthen the self advocacy movement in B.C.

Beth Sparks Presented with Inclusive Education Award

BCACL Executive Director Faith Bodnar (photo right) and Board Member Kathleen O'Hanley (photo left) presented one of two 2010 National Inclusive Education awards to educator Beth Sparks yesterday.
A learning assistance teacher at Cougar Canyon Elementary School in Delta, Sparks received the award at the Delta School District's Board of Trustees meeting. We congratulate and thank Beth Sparks for helping to make our schools inclusive and welcoming of all students.  Read the February News Release Here. 

Woodlands Class Action Settlement Outreach Meetings

Information meetings for past residents of Woodlands are being held throughout the Lower Mainland of BC.
Background: In December 2009, the Province of B.C. negotiated a proposed settlement in a class action brought by former residents of Woodlands institution. Former residents of Woodlands will be able apply for compensation for the psychological, physical and sexual abuse they suffered while at the institution.

BCACL Annual General Meeting - Registration now open

Registration is now open for the BC Association for Community Living's annual general meeting (AGM) in Burnaby on June 18 and 19, 2010.
The meeting is open to the public; however only delegates from BCACL member associations have a vote in the elections. Download a registration form here. When:  1st session – June 18th (Friday) 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 2nd session – June 19th (Saturday) 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Where: Tiffany Room, Hilton Metrotown, 6083 McKay Avenue, Burnaby  

BCACL to Host Employment Seminar with Denise Bissonnette

Registration is now open for "Beyond Retention: Helping the New Employee Shine on the Job." BCACL's Employment Initiative is proud to host Denise Bissonnette for a full day session on June 17th, 2010 in Vancouver.
As you may know, Denise Bissonnette is a well known speaker/author/facilitator who has written many books on supported employment, including many on the topic of non-traditional job development. This session will look at strategies and tools to empower those charged with helping others to find work. Visit the event page for more information. When: June 17, 2010; 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Where: Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel, 7571 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC

BCACL Launches new website

Welcome to the new BCACL website! After several months of development, we are proud to release our long awaited new website.
The website has been developed with the help of a steering group of self advocates, family members, our member organizations, and community partners. We extend a huge thanks to the following individuals who helped guide the vision and creation of the new BCACL website:
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