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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.

Workshop: Stress Management and Self-Care for the Community Living Worker - Jan. 25, 2016

Stress Management and Self-Care for the Community Living Worker Event Details: Date: Monday January 25, 2016 | 9:00 am -12:00pm followed by lunch Facilitator: Danzante Caldera, RPC Venue: Inclusion BC, 227 6th St., New Westminster

Review of the Office of the Advocate for Service Quality

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The Ministry of Social Development and Innovation recently reviewed the role of Advocate for Service Quality for people with developmental disabilities in BC.
The purpose of the review was to "assess current and potential roles, responsibilities and core value of the Advocate for Service Quality position within its existing context." Inclusion BC supports the recommendation of this review that the Office of the Advocate for Service Quality continue to help adults with developmental disabilities and transitioning youth with special needs and their families have access to supports and services that are available.

Ready, Willing & Able: the numbers so far

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One of the primary goals of Ready, Willing and Able (RWA) is to increase the employment rate of people with intellectual disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by engaging employers and raising awareness about the value of hiring people with disabilities.
The Ready, Willing and Able (RWA) program has moved into its second year with the national program rolled out in 20 primary RWA communities across the country. Across Canada, the employer engagement efforts have been highly successful and are being met with much interest and support from many employers.

Inclusion BC is hiring!

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Do you want to work with a stellar team doing important work? Inclusion BC is seeking to fill a one-year contract for the role of Communications Director.
View the job posting here. 

Coverage of our Sprout Film Festival by Spotlight Jake

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Spotlight Jake covered our Sprout Film Festival in December, celebrating the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Check out the new video!

Urgent Need for Safeguards in Physician-Assisted Suicide to Respect and Protect Vulnerable Persons with Disabilities

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Health care in Canada is about to undergo a major transformation as patients obtain the right to request and receive physician-assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia in order to die.
Following the Government of Canada’s recent request for a six-month extension to study the issue and come up with new laws governing physician-assisted suicide, Inclusion BC is calling on governments and health professions to give much more attention to how vulnerable patients will be identified and cared for in the system.

Inclusion BC Conference 2016 Call for Proposals

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Inclusion BC is accepting proposals for workshop sessions and presentations that will spark creativity and new ideas, and fuel conversations about current trends and issues to advance the rights and opportunities of people with developmental disabilities and their families.
Visit the conference website for more information! www.inclusionbc.org/conference-2016

International Day of Persons with Disabilities - Dec. 3rd Film Festival in New Westminster

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The Inclusion BC Foundation and BC Self Advocacy Foundation are teaming up to celebrate the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities by hosting a film festival in New Westminster on December 3, 2015.
The Inclusion BC Foundation and the BC Self Advocacy Foundation are hosting a disability film festival to celebrate the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a global day of action to raise awareness about disability issues and draw attention to the benefits of an inclusive and accessible society for all. 

Asset limit increase welcome, raise in rates urgently needed

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The Government of B.C. announced today an increase in the amount of assets that people receiving disability assistance may hold without losing eligibility for assistance.
Increase in asset limit welcome news, increase in PWD rates still urgently needed

Inclusion BC's submission to the BC Budget 2016 consultation

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Inclusion BC submitted the Consultation and Recommendations for the 2016 BC Budget to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services to make the case to raise disability assistance rates in next year's provincial budget.
AREAS OF RECOMMENDATIONS Services for adults with developmental disabilities and their families Honouring our promise of de-institutionalization for people with developmental disabilities in BC K-12 Education Children and Youth with Special Needs Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Benefit Read the submission here. 
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