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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.

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

2010 Family Conference - Whistler

Friday, October 22, 2010 (All day) - Sunday, October 24, 2010 (All day)
Whistler
BCACL is excited to join Family Focus Society and the Canadian Association for Community Living to host a National Family Conference, "Families, a Journey of Generations Moving Mountains" in Whistler, B.C. on October 22 -24, 2010. Visit the conference website - www.familyfocusconference.com - for more information.

2010 National Family Conference in Whistler

Summary: 
BCACL is excited to join Family Focus Society and the Canadian Association for Community Living to host a national family conference, "Families, a Journey of Generations Moving Mountains" in Whistler, B.C. on October 22 -24, 2010.
With almost 500 people registered, the conference promises to be an informative, fun-filled, memorable event. Visit the conference website, www.familyfocusconference.com for more information. Read the conference program here. Read the Press Release here.

BCACL Board Members Present at Pre-Budget Consultation

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BCACL Board members and parents Annette Delaplace, Leila Rahemtulla and Tim Stainton presented to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services yesterday afternoon as part of the provincial government's pre-budget consultations.
Read the transcript here. Parents from the Supported Child Development Initiative and Patti Bacchus also spoke yesterday. Their presentations can be found in the transcript link at the bottom of this page. BCACL is asking the provincial government to:

BCACL Community Calendar Now Live

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See what's happening in your community by visiting BCACL's new and improved community calendar.
http://www.bcacl.org/calendar Search for events by type or region. If you have an event you would like to see on the calendar, please fill out our online form, here: http://www.bcacl.org/events/submission-form

Budget 2011 Consultation Dates Announced

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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

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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

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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

Summary: 
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

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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

Summary: 
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.
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