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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!

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.

Cyndi Gerlach

Cyndi Gerlach is a parent of three young men, two who have autism. Cyndi is currently a School Trustee in the North Vancouver School district in her 2nd term. She started her advocacy journey in 2001 as part of a group of parents who started Moms on the Move, which she managed for 10 years with another parent.

She sat on the Board of Directors for North Shore Association for the Mentally Handicapped for two terms with the goal to support changing the name of the organization; she didn’t believe her children were mentally handicapped and didn’t feel the name represented the direction of the organization and has been a member of the North Shore Supported Child Development since 2003. 

Cyndi believes each person needs to be respected for who they are and believes education is the way to support this; it is through public education that we move our society forward. Another passion for Cyndi is advocating for more mental health supports for individuals with developmental disabilities and that there are professionals that can support children, youth and adults in their own community.