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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.


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Budget 2011 Consultation Dates Announced

The provincial government is asking for public input as it forms its 2011 budget. Members of the public can now register to present to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. Meetings are held across the province.
Representatives from the BC Association for Community Living will be presenting in Vancouver on September 15, 2010. All details can be found at www.leg.bc.ca/budgetconsultations. The Standing Committee’s schedule and locations for public hearings can be found here: http://www.leg.bc.ca/budgetconsultations/public_hearing.asp.

Early Bird Registration Deadline for Whistler Conference is September 10, 2010

The deadline to register and receive the special discounted early bird rate for the 2010 National Family Conference, "Families, a Journey of Generations Moving Mountains" in Whistler is Friday September 10, 2010. Register now and save!
After September 10th regular registration rates apply. Visit http://www.familyfocusconference.com/registration to register.

BC Self Advocacy Foundation to Host First Annual Walk-N-Roll

Show your support for the BC Self Advocacy Foundation by participating in the Walk-N-Roll or pledging a friend.
Visit the Walk-N-Roll webpage for more information. When: Saturday, September 11, 2010 Where: Central Park, Burnaby How to get there: Follow either Kingsway or the Trans Canada Highway to Boundary Road. Turn south to reach the park. Central Park is also easily accessible by the SkyTrain at Patterson Station.

Ripple Effect Family Retreat in Whistler

Join us at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler on October 21 for another "Ripple Effect" family leadership training retreat.
Family members supporting a child with special needs or adult with a developmental disability are invited to attend this FREE retreat that brings families together to share experiences and challenges and to learn important community development and advocacy tools.  Visit the Ripple Effect webpage for more information. www.bcacl.org/ripple-effect

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. 
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