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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.

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

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!

Happy Holidays! A message of thanks, celebration and reflection.

As we reflect on this past year and look forward to our 60th anniversary year, we want to take the time to thank you for being a part of this movement.

Below we've shared just a few of the successes your support has made possible. We could not have done it without you.

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Through our Ready, Willing & Able initiative, Inclusion BC is working to increase the employment rate of people with developmental disabilities. Focusing on mentor-ship and employer engagement, this past year we engaged over 150 employers with the tools they need to hire inclusively and supported our members to match 30 people with developmental disabilities with employers in the community. Read more

This past year Inclusion BC with the Family Support Institute acted on the alarming results of a survey and report we released detailing the widespread use of restraints and seclusion in B.C. schools. Joining the international campaign to "Stop Hurting Kids," we garnered significant media coverage and created a guide for parents whose children have experienced restraints and seclusion. Our efforts resulted in a commitment by government to work with Inclusion BC on guidelines for schools and the implementation of positive behavioural support training for educators. Read more

On my Way Transitions Project

For many students with special needs and their families, the transition out of high school is a time of uncertainty and fear. In 2014 Inclusion BC continued the On my Way transitions project, bringing together a network of educators to explore best practices in transition planning for students. Watch the "2 years later" video here

"Each time we meet, I learn something new from the group and get further inspired to continue the work to support students as they move from high school to adult life." - Vancouver educator and network member

The 2014 education labour dispute in B.C. affected many families, none more than those who have a child with special needs. Inclusion B.C. advocated on behalf of families affected, talking to government, speaking out in the media and creating a guide to help families navigate the dispute. The provincial government responded by providing additional Supported Child Development funding to cover in-school hours for families with special needs children currently accessing services. Read more.

While some students with special needs and their families received temporary relief, the labour dispute and subsequent settlement did little to improve the education experience of students with special needs. Read our OpEd in the Vancouver Sun here.

Following an exciting vote by the Inclusion BC Federation to accept individuals and families as direct members, Inclusion BC launched a "join the movement" membership drive. We reached out to individuals and families, inviting them to join as members of our Federation. Interested in becoming a member? Visit this link and join now.  

Inclusion BC Conference

In June 2014 Inclusion BC welcomed over 500 delegates from across B.C. to our conference in Nanaimo. The above video captures the unique energy and atmosphere experienced by delegates at each of our annual conferences. We're looking forward to our 60th anniversary 2015 conference to be held in Vancouver from May 27-30.

Registration goes live January 5, 2015Read more.