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Inclusive Education

Our Vision

An inclusive, publicly-funded education system that celebrates and embraces diversity, has appropriate supports and resources, and provides equitable access to lifelong learning.


Why is inclusive education important?

As Canadians, we value our diverse communities. Children who learn together in welcoming, inclusive schools also learn to live well together as adults. They grow up to help build strong and diverse communities where "we all belong."

We also know inclusive education works. Research demonstrates that all students benefit from inclusive education. But after more than a decade of erosion in supports for students with special needs, many are finding their needs unmet in BC’s public schools. Too many are no longer welcome at their neighbourhood schools, excluded from regular classes, subjected to restraints or seclusion, or sent home due to a lack of supports. Too many families are forced to pay for education privately, often in poorly supervised, segregated “special education” programs. Independent school enrollment for students with special needs has tripled since 2010.

See below for what's new and browse through this section of the website for more information on inclusive education.

Questions for BC Election 2017

Visit our BC Election 2017 section for the questions we're asking electoral candidates about inclusive education and more on how you can join, connect, discuss and vote to make a difference.

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What's New

April 11, 2017
The writ dropped in BC today, marking the beginning of a 28-day election period. As political parties campaign across the province, seeking your vote, we're giving you the tools you need to put issues important to people with developmental disabilities and their families on the election agenda....
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February 22, 2017
Inclusion BC & Family Support Institute co-hosted an evening of presentations and discussion on how to restore quality inclusive education in BC's public schools in Vancouver on March 16...
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February 16, 2017
A new analysis of Education Ministry data shows an explosion in the number of students with special needs whose families are paying privately for education, often as the last resort due to inadequate support for inclusion at local public schools. ...
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