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BC Election 2017 - Supports to Children and Families

Our Vision

Supporting children and families is an important part of our community culture. Supports are:

  • Well-funded
  • Available where and when people need them
  • Personalized
  • Family-driven
  • Follow good policy and practice.

Why it’s important

When we strengthen and empower families with the child- and family-centred supports they need, the whole community benefits. Supportive, welcoming places help children and youth with special needs to grow, participate and belong. But in BC, an estimated 5,000 preschoolers with special needs are on waitlists for urgently-needed therapies and support services. As community agencies struggle to serve more children with more needs, services are delayed or diluted and in some cases not available in time.

What we need

IMMEDIATE FINANCIAL INVESTMENT: BC needs to end waitlists and rationing by investing $15 million right now, with more increases over the next two years. This will allow children with special needs to succeed, avoiding a lifetime of unnecessary hardship and long-term costs to society.

COMMITMENT TO RESOLVE SYSTEMIC CHALLENGES: Inclusion BC has worked with families, community agencies and other partners to identify problems and solutions to improve early childhood intervention services. We need the BC government to work with families and service providers on solutions that allow families and communities to support all children and youth to achieve their potential.       

Question to candidates               

If elected, will you support an immediate provincial investment to end waitlists for early intervention therapies and supports for children and youth with special needs and their families?             

If elected, will you support a provincial commitment to strengthen early childhood intervention by working with families and service providers to solve the problems identified by Inclusion BC and its partners?

Hashtag

#kidscantwait

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