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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.

What is Inclusion?

 

Inclusion: 

…values us all equally, irrespective of our differences 

…celebrates our full range of human diversity

…ensures we all feel like we belong, are engaged and connected

…is a universal human right 

The Inclusion Movement

People with intellectual disabilities and other differences were often undervalued, marginalized and disenfranchised in the past. Because of such attitudes, many societal structures developed in ways that obstruct inclusion. The inclusion movement is about positive change so that inclusion becomes a reality for all. 

Moving towards inclusion means:

  • honouring differences and accepting diversity as a norm    
  • removing barriers to access and inclusion
  • ending all forms of discrimination
  • empowering all individuals to make their own choices and live as independently as possible 
  • providing supports to ensure equal access, involvement and opportunity for all

Community inclusion

Inclusion can only happen with full support from the community that surrounds an individual. We speak of “community inclusion” to emphasize that communities hold the key to achieving true inclusion.

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