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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.

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!

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

Inclusive Education

Our Vision

An inclusive, publicly-funded education system that welcomes and celebrates diversity, has appropriate resources to support all students, and provides equitable access to lifelong learning.


Why is inclusive education important?

As Canadians, we value our diverse communities. Children who learn together in welcoming, inclusive schools grow up to help build strong and diverse communities where we all belong.

Research shows that all students benefit from inclusive education. But many students are finding their needs unmet in BC’s public schools.
 
Too many are not welcomed at their local schools, excluded from regular classes, sent home due to a lack of staffing or support or traumatized by restraint or seclusion.
 
Many families have been forced to leave the public education system altogether.

Inclusion BC's position

Our advice on priorities for BC's 2018 budget includes:

  1. New investments to help public schools hire more trained educational assistants and specialists so that teachers are well supported to implement inclusion, equity and quality learning opportunities for all students, including diverse learners.
  2. Additional investments for teacher training and collaboration to help BC’s public school teachers successfully implement BC’s new curriculum and unlock its potential to better serve diverse learners and students with complex learning needs.
  3. Establishment of a provincial working group to advise on further investments, funding formulas and policy reforms to strengthen inclusive education in BC’s public schools and better support the diverse needs of all K-12 students.

Quick links

What's New

October 16, 2018
Inclusion BC offers advice on BC Budget 2019 priorities during annual Fall Consultation...
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September 20, 2018
October 20 is Municipal Election Day in BC, when voters will choose school trustees, mayors and councillors for their local communities. These elected leaders make important decisions that affect inclusion in our schools and local communities. ...
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September 12, 2018
BCEdAccess is tracking the exclusion of students with special needs in BC schools. This incident report form is for parents and guardians and is meant to be filled out each time a child has been excluded from school. ...
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