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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.

News Release: Raise the rates, leave our bus pass alone

Summary: 
Inclusion BC is disappointed by the provincial government’s lack of effective response to the many British Columbians who have opposed the recent decision to claw back the cost of transportation from a small $77 increase in disability benefit rates.
*update* Media coverage from rallies Visit the Inclusion BC Twitter feed and Facebook page for more updates.

RALLIES: Raise the rates, leave our bus pass alone

Summary: 
Please join us on the lawns of the legislature and in locations across BC as we Rally to show the provincial government that their decision to keep people living in poverty and without affordable transportation is unacceptable!
Visit our Facebook page for photos and updates from the rally. 

Sign the petition: Raise the rates, leave our bus pass alone.

Summary: 
We want Premier Christy Clark and Minister Michelle Stilwell to raise the rates and leave our bus pass alone!
UPDATE: Rallies planned for Wednesday March 2nd at NOON. Read more.

Disability Benefit Rate Increase – Equalizing Poverty for BC’s Most Vulnerable Citizens

Summary: 
The BC Government tabled its 2016 budget yesterday, announcing changes to Persons with Disabilities benefits.
Disability Benefit Rate Increase – Equalizing Poverty for BC’s Most Vulnerable Citizens FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BC Budget 2016

Summary: 
The BC Government tabled its 2016 budget on February 16, 2016. Inclusion BC has responded to the budget, including to the changes to PWD benefits and transportation costs.
*updated* Read our Budget 2016 news release here.  Visit the BC Budget 2016 Government website.  On this page:

BC Government Announces streamlined access to disability assistance - Raise in Rates Still Needed

Summary: 
The Government of B.C. announced yesterday changes that will streamline the benefit application process for certain groups of people with disabilities. Inclusion BC welcomes this news, which will improve the experience of many families supporting a youth with a developmental disability.
  BC Government Announces streamlined access to disability assistance

CACL's Michael Bach appears before Joint Committee on Assisted Suicide

Summary: 
The Canadian Association for Community Living's Executive Vice President Michael Bach appeared before the Committee as one of four panelists on a panel of witnesses.
As part of his opening statement, Bach emphasized the need for safeguards to protect vulnerable people from potential abuse under a new system for physician-assisted dying.

STADD: Helping Youth with Developmental Disabilities and Families Plan for Future

Summary: 
Services to Adults with Developmental Disabilities, or STADD, is a provincial government program that can help youth and their families plan for these decisions and have a smoother transition to adulthood.
The following is an update from STADD, the "Services to Adults with Developmental Disabilities" program with the BC Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation.

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

Summary: 
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.
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