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

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!

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.

Inclusion BC to Host Inclusive Orchestra from Korea

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Inclusion BC is proud to host String Ensemble Angelorum, an inclusive string orchestra from Korea that is making waves around the world.
Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to enjoy the spectacular sounds of String Ensemble Angelorum, a string orchestra made up of youth without and with special needs (such as autism and intellectual disabilities). Concerts will be held in Victoria (September 13 at Alex Goolden Hall) and Richmond (September 9 at Fraserview Church). 

News release: Rate increase signals priorities of new government

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The new BC Government announced an increase of $100/month to benefit rates for people with disabilities and people living on social assistance.
              

Inclusion BC Annual Report

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Inclusion BC has published its 2016/17 annual report.
View the report at  www.annualreportinclusionbc.org If you have any questions about our Annual Report or if you would like to receive a hard copy of the report, please contact us at 604.777.9100 or toll free 1-800-618-1119. Or email dkelliher@inclusionbc.org

Resolutions passed at Inclusion BC Annual General Meeting

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The Inclusion BC Federation passed six resolutions at our Annual General Meeting on June 16th. These resolutions will guide our work as we support and advocate for people with intellectual disabilities, their families and our member organizations.
Resolutions: Establishing a Task Force on Income Security in BC Kids Can't Wait An Institution is not a Home Inclusive Affordable Housing for People with Intellectual Disabilities Restoring Quality Inclusive Education Home Share Rates ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE ON INCOME SECURITY IN B.C. (Presented by the Inclusion BC Board of Directors) RESOLUTION

Crowds gather in Richmond to celebrate Disability Pride

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Approximately 1300 people gathered on the streets of Richmond for BC’s first Disability Pride celebration and march.
People with and without disabilities from across the province celebrated pride, inclusion and diversity on Thursday morning. The event is part of BC Disability Pride 2017, a year-long Canada 150+ initiative to bring people together and promote conversations about pride and inclusion.   Learn more at disabilitypride.ca

Inspired by Love Kicks off in Richmond

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Inclusion BC kicked off its annual learning event today at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond.
Taking place June 14-17, the theme of this year’s event is Inspired by Love. 700 delegates; people with developmental disabilities, their families, the organizations that support them, and leaders in the field, are gathering to learn from the unique perspectives within our collective voice, driving the movement towards fully inclusive communities.

Restoring Inclusive Education in BC's Public Schools

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Report on the March 16, 2017 Inclusive Education Forum co-hosted in Vancouver by Inclusion BC and the Family Support Institute.
  New Westminster, BC - The landmark 2016 Supreme Court decision restoring BC teacher contract provisions will drive provincial re-investment in public schools and special education. On March 16, 2017, Inclusion BC and the Family Support Institute co-hosted a public forum in Vancouver to start a dialogue on the opportunities and risks this presents, with an exploration of best practices and tools to support rebuilding of inclusive education. Presenters included BC Teachers’ Federation researcher (and parent) Sherri Brown, Positive Behaviour Support consultant Don Chapman, Richmond Director of Learning Services Richard Steward, parent Cyndi Gerlach and Arden Duncan Bonokoski from Steps Forward. The panel was live-streamed and was followed by an open discussion with over 60 in-person and virtual attendees. Read the report summarizing key themes from the March 16 forum More on the March 16, 2017 Inclusive Education Forum Insights from the March Forum will inform our ongoing work and advocacy to strengthen inclusive education in BC, with next steps including our Inclusive Education Summit on June 14, 2017 in Richmond, BC.   

Vancouver teachers receive national education award for inclusion

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Two teachers from Simon Fraser Elementary School in Vancouver will receive 2017 National Inclusive Education Awards from the Canadian Association for Community Living and Inclusion BC.
New Westminster, B.C., June 8, 2017 - Two teachers from Simon Fraser Elementary School in Vancouver, Monika Martinkova and Joyita Rubin, will receive 2017 National Inclusive Education Awards from the Canadian Association for Community Living and Inclusion BC.

BC Disability Pride Celebration and March

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Inclusion BC is hosting BC's first Disability Pride Celebration & March | June 15 | Richmond, BC
  FREE! Everyone is Welcome!  Inclusion BC is hosting BC's first Disability Pride Celebration & March.

Celebrating National AccessAbility Week

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Inclusion BC has joined accessibility and inclusion advocates across Canada to celebrate National AccessAbility Week from May 28 – June 3.
Learn more at the National AccessAbility webite. Highlights: Apply to the Enabling Accessibility Fund
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