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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!

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.

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

BC Community Living Action Group letter to the Vancouver Sun in response to Premier Clark

The BC Community Living Action Group (BC-CLAG), of which BCACL is a member, sent the following letter to the Vancouver Sun on December 16, 2011:

The BC Community Living Action Group (BC-CLAG) was stunned by the Premier's claim that more funding to Community Living BC (CLBC) represents a “quick fix” (Insisting she has no regrets, Clark hopes for more positive future- Dec.16th). The Premier also insists that government must be open, listen to the people, and wants to understand the problems plaguing CLBC.
 
The BC-CLAG, a provincial network of self-advocates, families, support staff and agencies who support adults with developmental disabilities have been speaking out about the crisis in BC's community living sector for more than a year. For more than six months, our invitations to meet and collaborate with the Premier and her Minister(s) were dodged and then reluctantly accepted.
 
The government must commit to a complete fix of the community living system. Our unanimous recommendations will ensure this happens: 1. order an external review or public inquiry into CLBC; 2. $70 million in emergency funding plus operational funding to meet existing and emerging needs; 3. a stop to service redesign; 4. Appoint an independent advocate for adults with developmental disabilities to ensure that CLBC is transparent and accountable; 5. regulate home sharing; and 6. Introduce provincial legislation setting out the inclusion, rights and support entitlements of adults with developmental disabilities. (Details at www.communitylivingaction.org)
 
Anything less will indeed be deemed a “quick fix.”
 
Jane Dyson on behalf of the BC Community Living Action Group (BC-CLAG)