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Watch our 60th Anniversary video that honours and remembers the civil rights history of people with developmental disabilities in BC. Read more about our history here.

A year long celebration including marches, parties, workshops, grants and film making. Join the conversation at disabilitypride.ca

Back to School 2017

Summary: 
The beginning of the school year is an exciting time for many, but for students with special needs and their parents, September brings unique challenges.

The impact of chronic under-funding in education has been felt disproportionately by students with special needs. Many parents have turned to private schools out of desperation and others dread the beginning of a new school year.

While BC's new personalized learning curriculum offers a valuable opportunity to recognize the strengths and abilities in each student, many challenges still lie ahead.

Inclusion BC is requesting a meeting with the new minister of Education, Hon. Rob Fleming, to discuss urgent issues affecting students with special needs.

We were recently encouraged by the provincial government's budget update that included an investment in education. Inclusion BC responded with a news release after attending the budget announcement in Victoria. Read the full news release here.

“An entire generation of students with special needs and their families has suffered tremendously from cuts and underfunding of public education,” Bodnar said. “We have a real opportunity now to restore supports for inclusive education, with the commitment to reinvest in public schools and a new BC curriculum that supports teaching to diversity. We want to work with the Education Ministry, with teachers and parents to ensure that teachers have the support they need to offer quality learning opportunities for all students in inclusive classrooms. That includes restoring resources for student assessment, specialist supports, teacher training and collaboration and classroom aides ”


Implementing Inclusion in BC's Public Schools - a report from Inclusion BC

Inclusion BC released a report this month on our June 2017 Inclusive Education Summit, highlighting new optimism & opportune moment to invest in implementing inclusion in BC's public schools. 


October is Community Inclusion Month

Every year in October, people and groups across the province celebrate inclusion and the gifts that people with intellectual disabilities bring to our schools, workplaces and communities. These year we are proud to celebrate inclusive education as the theme for Community Inclusion Month. Visit our website soon for ways that you can celebrate.


Celebrating Excellence in BC Schools

Every year Inclusion BC partners with the Canadian Association for Community Living to celebrate examples of inclusion in BC schools. This year we were proud to recognize awards to educators in Richmond and Vancouver who went above and beyond to include students with special needs in the classroom.


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Visit the education section of our website for more information about inclusive education.