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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!

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.

National Report Card Released Today a Call to Action for B.C.

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Today, on the the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Canadian Association for Community Living released its annual National Report Card on the Inclusion of People with Intellectual Disabilities.
The report reaffirms that adults with developmental disabilities who are well supported and educated are more likely to have jobs and less likely to live in poverty. The report also outlines areas for improvement in the areas of inclusive education, disability supports and family supports. The report card is a call to action for B.C. and a reminder that we still have a long way to go.

Book featuring Self Advocates Seeding Innovation (SASI) projects now available

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This past year self advocates across B.C. led ground-breaking projects in their home communities.
The projects were part of Self Advocates Seeding Innovation (SASI), an initiative guided by a working group of self advocates and self advocate advisors. Co-ordinated by the BC Association for Community Living and sponsored by the Community Living BC Innovations Committee, SASI funded 25 exciting new projects, bringing new ideas to life in British Columbia. View the SASI book online here:http://www.bcacl.org/sites/default/files/uploads/SASI_booklet_for_web.pdf

Finance Committee recommends investment in supports & services for people with developmental disabilities

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The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services issued its report on the Budget 2011 Consultations. The Committee recommended that Government invest in programs and services for children and youth with special needs and adults with developmental disabilities.
Addressing the need for support for youth transitioning into adulthood, the Committee quoted BCACL Board member Tim Stainton: “The issue around transition for kids moving out of school is a critical one and needs to have specific funding to make sure school boards do that. At the moment there's a very good program and plan in place, but that's not being backed up with funding.” (Tim Stainton, BC Association for Community Living, Vancouver public hearing).

International Experience in Serving Job Seekers with Disabilities - Information Session

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The Ministry of Social Development's Employment and Labour Market Services Division is proposing dramatic changes to their employment services in a Business Transformation project that will mean one-stop employment service centres for all British Columbians.
This will have significant impact on job seekers with developmental disabilities. Douglas College is offering a morning with Joe Marrone a Senior Program Manager with the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) in Massachusetts, on December 2, 2010. BCACL encourages our members and community partners to join these discussions to find out how the new employment service centers may impact people with developmental disabilities looking for employment.

BCACL Submission to Standing Committee on Finance

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BCACL has submitted a written report to the Select Standing Committee on Finance as part of the provincial pre-budget consultation process.
Read the report here. Read the transcript here Summary of Recommendations:

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.
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