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As B.C.'s restaurant industry faces a severe labour shortage, some businesses are starting to think differently, tapping into a labour pool that has historically gone unnoticed. Watch our latest Ready, Willing & Able video featuring Vancouver's Acme Cafe.

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.

Inclusion BC has released its 2014/2015 annual report in three different accessible formats. Read the report in print, watch it in video or listen to it in audio. Read more.

Everyone in the workplace benefits from the value of diversity. Learn more about our Ready, Willing and Able employment campaign: inclusionbc/readywillingable.

When you make a donation to your local Clothes Drop bin, you are directly helping people in your community. Quite simply, we turn your donations into the money that supports Inclusion BC programs. Learn More...

Save the Date! The 2016 Inclusion BC Conference will be in Prince George from June 22-25, 2016. Stay tuned for more exciting details and check out the 2015 conference here.

History of Inclusive Education

The fundamental right of children with developmental disabilities to receive an education was the first issue to mobilize the community living movement in the 1950s. At the time, it was widely believed that children with developmental disabilities could not learn. The government, therefore, accepted no responsibility for their education. Parents of children with developmental disabilities, understanding the potential of their sons and daughters to learn and grow, responded by creating their own schools in places like church basements and private homes.

In 1955 parents created a provincial organization, which eventually grew into the BC Association for Community Living, and now, Inclusion BC. Ever since, families have steadily advocated for changes in government laws and policies so that their children with disabilities would have the same right to be educated as other school-aged children.

Government slowly accepted responsibility for funding parent-run schools and eventually agreed that not just funding, but public schooling, should be available to children with disabilities. Although the first educational programs developed by school boards were segregated, they successfully laid the groundwork for parents and others to call for the inclusion of children in general education classes. The move to inclusive education throughout BC came in the late 1980s. Now, however, reduced funding for public education threatens to erode the gains that have been made in inclusive education.