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

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!

Website Links

If there is a link that you think should be on this page, please email info@inclusionbc.org

To find links to our member organizations that provide a range of supports and services for people with disabilities across B.C., visit our membership directory.

Advocacy Family Support & Advocacy Mental Health
Arts and Culture Disabilities - Specific

Financial Planning

Children's Advocacy Housing Registered Disability Savings Plan
Disabilities - Specific Income Security Research
Disabilities - General Individualized Funding Self Advocacy
Education - Early to Grade 12 Institutions Sports/Recreation
Education - Post Secondary International

Training / Professional Development

Employment Justice and Human Rights Transitions (from high school to adult life)


Advocate for Service Quality (BC) - helps adults with developmental disabilities and their families in B.C. get good quality services. The Advocate can help with services from the Ministry of Housing and Social Development, from other ministries, Community Living BC or from service agencies in the community.

The ARC (US advocacy organization for developmental disabilities)

Barrier Free BC

Broadreach Training and Resources

BC Human Rights Clinic

BC Ombudsperson - the office of the Ombudsperson is responsible for hearing complaints against a government ministry or public agency and is independent from government.

Canadian Association for Community Living

Coalition Against No Fault in BC (formerly Coalition Against No Fault Insurance)

Disability Alliance BC (formerly the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities)

Povnet (resources on poverty issues)

TASH (US national organization for developmental disabilities)


Arts & Culture

Cool Arts - a fine-arts organization for adults with developmental disabilities living in the Central Okanagan

Out from Under - Disability, History and Things to Remember - a virtual museum of activist disability history

Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture - produces and presents works by artists with disabilities

Sprout Film Festival - brings innovative programming to people with developmental disabilities

Theatre Terrific - pioneers inclusive opportunities for artists of all abilities to develop performance skills and collaborate in the production of theatrical works.


Children's Advocacy

B.C. Representative for Children & Youth

Child Care Now (formerly Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada)

Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks

First Call - BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition

Society for Children and Youth

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child


Disabilities - Specific

Autism Community Training Society (ACT)

BC Epilepsy Society

BC Epilepsy Blog

Canadian Down Syndrome Society

The Cerebral Palsy Association of BC

Down Syndrome Research Foundation

Tuberous Sclerosis Canada

Voice of the Cerebral Palsied of Greater Vancouver (VCPGV) - For free resources, including "How to Create a Trust," "CSIL Handbook," and other links and resources.


Disabilities - General

Abilities.ca - The website for Abilities magazine

Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship - University of British Columbia - based in the School of Social Work and the University of British Columbia. In the fall of 2005, the Community Living Research Project began exploring Community Living supports and services for adults.

Council of Canadians with Disabilities

Disabled Peoples International

Disability Alliance BC

Diverse City Press - produces and distributes inspiring and informational books, audio CD's and video tapes, dealing with persons with developmental disabilities, and a range of social issues.

Diversity World - The website of Denise Bissonnette, an expert on issues of career development, diversity and employment and training for people with employment barriers.

Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry - Nidus provides information to British Columbians about personal planning. Nidus also operate a centralized Registry for personal planning documents.

People in Motion - a non-profit disability group based in Kamloops.

Persons with Disabilities Online (Government of Canada information on disability-related programs and services, includes Benefits Finder and Guide to services for people with disabilities. This guide is available in online, in large print, Braille, audio cassette, or computer diskette format - call 1.800.622.6232 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1.800.622.6232 end_of_the_skype_highlighting to order a copy.)

Inclusion Network - Resources on inclusion. Based out of Toronto, Ontario.


Education-Early to Grade 12

Inclusive Education Glossary

BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC)

BC Ministry of Education

BC School Districts Listings

BC Teachers Federation

BCTF Teaching to Diversity Site

BC Teachers Federation-Special Education

Beyond the Box Basics - Professional Development for Educators and Parents Supporting Students with Diverse Needs

Inclusive Education Canada

Documentation and forms Special Education/Learning Assistance Documentation and Forms from BC Teachers’ Federation

CAST - A website that promotes the Universal Design of Learning. Provides resources and information for parents and educators.

Education Watch (Canadian Association for Community Living)

Individual Education Plan Order Answers the question, "when does a student need an IEP?"

Inclusive Schools Network (Inclusive schools celebration ideas)

Individual Education Plans - A guide for parents - By Catherine Abraham and Joyce Gram, in collaboration with the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils. (Updated 2014) This document is also available in other languages.

Mind Over Learning - Mind Over Learning is a well-established tutoring center specializing in language and math learning for students with learning disabilities and autism. The programs are designed to provide a personalized learning experience for each student, teaching in a way they can understand and learn. The staff is fully trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach, ABA behaviour intervention, neurology of learning, and the complexity of autism itself.

Ministry of Education: Special Education Policy 

Paula Kluth (a website dedicated to promoting inclusive schooling and exploring positive ways of supporting students with autism and other disabilities)

Timeline - what to expect and how to plan for transitioning (from BACi)


Education-Post Secondary

BC Ministry of Advanced Education

Disability Resource Network of BC - provincial organization that represents individuals who provide programs and services for individuals who have disabilities, in the British Columbia Post Secondary Education system.

Everyone Belongs in Our Schools - A Parent's Handbook on Inclusive Education. - Tips on how to advocate effectively for your child's education. Also useful for advocates, advisors, caregivers and planners.

Job Training for Youth with Disabilities - A list of post secondary options. Produced by the Job Training Program, District Learning Services, Vancouver School Board

STEPS Forward Inclusive Post Secondary Education Society - The mandate of STEPS Forward is to transform post-secondary education in B.C. by modelling inclusion for students with intellectual disabilities, starting at UBC (STEPS-Campus) and eventually expanding to other colleges and universities throughout the lower mainland and the rest of the province.

Post Secondary schools and contacts:

The Ministry of Advanced Education also provides a list of post-secondary schools that offers ASE programs for those outside the Lower Mainland.



Accessible Employers - a network of change-driven BC business leaders who are champions for more accessible, inclusive workplaces. The group represents businesses of all different sizes and sectors.

Association of Service Providers for Employability and Career Training (ASPECT) - an association of community-based trainers that represents and promotes the interests and activities of members to strengthen their capacity to provide services to people with barriers to employment.

Canadian Association for Supported Employment (CASE)

Community Living BC - Employment Initiative

Diversity World is a site built on the creative tradition of Denise Bisonnette. Denise has written many books on supported employment, including many on the topic of non-traditional job development.

familyWORKS - is governed by families who are trying to find innovative ways to create or find employment for loved ones that have intellectual disabilities.

Institute for Community Inclusion is an online resource out of the University of Massachusetts in Boston. It provides a thorough collection of research, online training, and access to articles related to employment for people with disabilities.

Minister's Council on Employment and Accessibility

The Provincial Networking Group Inc. (PNGI) - Professional support, training and employment services.

The Training Resource Network is a one-stop shop for books and booklets, worksheets and practical tools to increase the capacity of organizations to deliver quality employment services.

UBC Research Project Explores Employment Supports for Disability - Community Living Research Project - UBC

WorkBC has a section to discover options and services to support people with disabilities

WorkSupport.com provides information, research and resources about work and disability issues. VCU is home to Dr. Paul Wehman, the founder of the supported employment model in the United States.

Plain language employment glossary


Family Support & Advocacy

Abilitas Foundation

Adoptive Families Association of BC

Autism Community Training Society (ACT)

BC Association of Child Development & Intervention (CDC)

BC Council for Families - provides education, training, advocacy and research for the healthy development of families.

BC FamilyNet - an independent provincial network that provides a provincial voice for children and youth with special needs, adults with developmental disabilities and their families.

BC Ministry of Children and Family Development

Canadian Down Syndrome Society

The Cerebral Palsy Association of BC

Community Living British Columbia

Infant Development Program of BC (IDP)

Family Caregivers Network Society - BC caregivers' network

Family Support Institute is a province-wide organization whose purpose is to strengthen and support families faced with the extraordinary circumstances that come with having a family member who has a disability.

familyWORKS - is governed by families who are trying to find innovative ways to create or find employment for loved ones that have intellectual disabilities.

First Call - BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition

FamilySmart (formerly FORCE or Families Organized for Recognition and Care Equality) - Provides information for families on mental health issues for children and youth. Includes a section for parents called "Dealing with a Crisis."

Here to Help - Resources on mental health and addiction issues, created by BC Partners for Mental Health and Addiction Information. Includes online interactive toolkits.

The Jo Dickey Foundation has been established to assist members of the British Columbia community that have mental and/or physical challenges by providing funding for items, services or events to improve their quality of life, to those that cannot afford these things.

Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry - Nidus provides information to British Columbians about personal planning. Nidus also operate a centralized Registry for personal planning documents.

Parent Support Services Society - a volunteer-driven organization that provides parent support circles and parent education initiatives. Its mandate is to prevent child abuse and to promote healthy relationships by supporting parenting, families and communities.

PLAN - Planned Lifetime advocacy network. a family-led organization founded to secure the future for people with disabilities. A great resource for information on the Registered Disability Savings Plan.

Representative for Children & Youth - an independent office of the legislature that supports children, youth and families who need help in dealing with the child welfare system and advocates for changes to the system itself.

The Respite Learning Portal - This site is devoted to those who are interested in learning more about respite work and those already providing respite support services who want to access more information or simply share ideas.

Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children (Part of BC Children"s Hospital)

Support Worker Central - an online database designed to match individuals, families and agencies with support workers in their communities.

UNTAPE is a site where people come to share practical tips for cutting through red tape and getting the help you need.

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Western Society for Children - assists parents in advocating for disability resources needed by their children.

Variety The Children's Charity


Financial Planning

*See below for resources on the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)

Canada Revenue Agency - Tax and Disabilities issues

Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry - Nidus provides information to British Columbians about personal planning, which can include all areas of your life – health care, personal care, legal affairs, and financial affairs. Nidus also operate a centralized Registry for personal planning documents.



BC Housing - Housing with Support

Cooperative Housing Federation of BC

Community Living BC

Guide to Housing and Mortgages for people with disabilities


Income Security

Disability Alliance of BC

Ministry of Housing and Social Develoment

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Canadian Council on Social Development

Legal Services Society of BC (legal aid & information)

Poverty and Human Rights Centre (online library)

Povnet (resources on poverty issues)

Social Planning and Research Council of BC


Individualized Funding

Community Living British Columbia - information on direct funding and host agency funding.

Vela Microboard Association - a non-profit organization that provides support to families and individuals regarding individualized funding through microboards.



Institution Watch - CACL Deinstitutionalization Initiative

People First of Canada

Woodlands Campaign - Disability Alliance of BC



Disabled Peoples' International

Disability Rights International

International Disability Alliance

Inclusion International

United Nations Enable - Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities


Justice System

Centre for Restorative Justice - Simon Fraser University

Access Justice for All

Legal Services Society

BC Ministry of Justice

BC Ministry of Children and Family Development

BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General

Communication Disabilities Access Canada is a non-profit organization that promotes human rights, accessbility, and inclusion for people who have speech and language disabilities. Check their Communication Access Resources about police, legal, justice professionals and people with speech and language disabilities.

Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS)

Mental Health

AddictionResource.com - raises awareness on the dangers of addiction and helps local communities stay drug-free, based in the US.

American Society of Addiction Medicine - promotes drug abuse prevention and treatment, based in the US.

BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services - is an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), providing mental health services to people across the province. Check out their resources section for a list of mental health weblinks in BC.

Mental Health and Substance Use Services:

FamilySmart (formerly FORCE) - Provides support, education, advocacy and navigation for families and professionals to help address the mental health needs of children and youth.

Provincial Assessment Centre - provides multi-disciplinary mental health services for referred individuals ages 14 and up with a developmental disability and a concurrent mental illness, or behaviour issue. It is part of Community Living BC (CLBC).


SUCCESS (United Chinese Community Enrichment Services society)

Registered Disability Savings Plan

Canada Revenue Agency offers some information about RDSP

PLAN (Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network) - PLAN has been instrumental in seeing the implementation of the RDSP in Canada. Visit PLAN's website and the links below for more information on the RDSP.

The RDSP Blog - provides families across Canada with up-to-date information on the RDSP and a forum for discussion on the RDSP.

RDSP.com - a website dedicated to providing you with information and resources about the RDSP.

RDSP Resource Centre - another website providing information about the RDSP

Seminars on the RDSP - PLAN offers in-person, online and telephone seminars.



The Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship's Community Living Research Project is based in the School of Social Work and the University of British Columbia. It explores Community Living supports and services for adults (19+) with developmental disabilities.

Social Planning and Research Council (SPARC) is a non-profit organization that conducts research and advocacy on social issues, and delivers community development education and consulting services to communities.

Self Advocacy

101 Ways to Make Friends blog - shares strategies for creating, expanding and deepening networks of support for people with disabilities, their supporters, friends and families.

Parallels in Time: A History of Developmental Disabilities - Site based in Minnesota.

People First of Canada

People First

The Riot - website for the self advocacy newsletter called the Riot.

SelfAdvocateNet.com (BC)

Self Advocacy Resource Network (ACT – Advocating Change Together), US



Special Olympics B.C.

Special Olympics Canada

BC Easter Seals Camps


Training / Professional Development

Broadreach Training and Resources

CBI Consultants - Training for support agencies

Douglas College, New Westminster, BC - Classroom and Community Support Program

Kwantlen University College, Langley, BC - Community Support Worker Program

Professional Resource Program


Transitions (high school to adult life)