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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.

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!

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

Our Work

Current Projects and Events

Empowering voters: You Can Vote & 2017 BC Election Toolkit

Disability Pride 2017: Joining fellow Canadians to celebrate Canada 150+ 

#KidsCantWait: The case for investing in Early Childhood Education in BC

Stop Hurting Kids: Restraint and Seclusion in BC Schools

Ready, Willing & ABLE Employment Initiative

On My Way Youth Transitions Project

What's New (current events)

Inclusion BC Press Room & In The News

What we do

Click on the links to learn more about our work in these areas. 

Advocacy Support

Education and Training

  • Inclusion BC Conference
  • Inclusion BC Travelling Workshops

Network Support

Systems Change

Public Awareness

Watch our videos to learn more! Visit us on YouTube.

Our Priority Areas

We focus most of our work on five priority areas: 

  1. Supports to Children and Families
  2. Inclusive Education
  3. Employment
  4. Disability Supports
  5. Income Security

Individual Advocacy 

We provide advocacy support to people with developmental disabilities and family members who need our help. This could mean connecting you with resources in your community or standing by your side as you advocate for the services you need. Visit our advocacy support page to read more.


Education and Training

We host workshops and training events across B.C. on a broad range of topics, including but not limited to: family advocacy, employment, the education system and planning for the transition out of high school. If you would like us to come to your community, please get in touch. Call or email Karen De Long at 604-777-9100 ext. 530 kdelong@inclusionbc.org

Many of these workshops are showcased at our annual conference in the spring. With over 50 workshops in seven streams, the Inclusion BC Conference is Canada's premier conference on developmental disability issues.

Inclusion BC also publishes education and training resources available to you online or by ordering. Visit our resources section for more information


Network Support

Inclusion BC supports people with developmental disabilities, families and our member organizations to build and maintain personal, professional and support networks. Get in touch if you would like to connect with others across the province!

Here are a few of the networks that we support, with information about how to get involved:

  • Executive Directors' Network - for Executive Directors of our member organizations. More info here. Contact Karla Verschoor, Inclusion BC Executive Director, for more information: kverschoor@inclusionbc.org
  • Family Support Workers Network - for family support workers working in organizations that provide services to people with developmental disabilities. The Network meets regularly to share resources and information, and also provides valuable input to Inclusion BCstaff on key areas that require advocacy efforts at the provincial level. Contact Karen De Long for more information: kdelong@inclusionbc.org
  • Special Education Partners Group - for representatives of organizations with an interest in inclusive education. Contact Karen De Long for more information. kdelong@inclusionbc.org
  • Families supporting a person with a developmental disability - If you are looking to connect with other families, we can put you in touch with a local or provincial network based on your interest, whether it's advocacy, peer support, education or a group specific to a disability. Contact Tina Dam, Community Inclusion Advocate, at tdam@inclusionbc.org  


Systems Change

Inclusion BC holds our public systems accountable, ensuring they are providing the accommodations people need to live full, inclusive lives. We work with government and policy makers to develop service models, systems and practices that advance full inclusion and equality for individuals and their families.

We respond to issues as they arise and keep you informed on our website and in our monthly e-newsletter. You can subscribe to receive the newsletter here

To effect systems change we may:

  • Mobilize families, self advocates and their networks to make their voices heard on important issues. 
  • Meet with or write to elected officials and other government decision makers and/or the official opposition.
  • Communicate our views or concerns at community discussion tables.
  • Collaborate with our community partners to produce research or informational documents to influence public policy.
  • Work with our national federation, the Canadian Association for Community Living to effect change at a national level. 


Public Awareness

Through a variety of campaigns and initiatives, we are working to change public attitudes to make our communities more inclusive. 

News Releases - Visit our press room to read our latest press releases.

Media - We work closely with provincial and local media to bring our issues to public attention. We do our best to ensure the stories and voices of self advocates and family members are heard and told in a respectful and honest way. If you want to tell your story but aren't sure where to start, get in touch with us and we can support you through the process. Contact Faith Bodnar at fbodnar@inclusionbc.org.

The Importance of Language (what to say/not say)

For more information about our public awareness work, call Karen De Long at Inclusion BC: 604-777-9100 ext. 530 or email kdelong@inclusionbc.org.