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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.

Inclusive Education

Our Vision

An inclusive, publicly-funded education system that celebrates and embraces diversity, has appropriate supports and resources, 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 also learn to live well together as adults. They grow up to help build strong and diverse communities where "we all belong."

We also know inclusive education works. Research demonstrates that all students benefit from inclusive education. But after more than a decade of erosion in supports for students with special needs, many are finding their needs unmet in BC’s public schools. Too many are no longer welcome at their neighbourhood schools, excluded from regular classes, subjected to restraints or seclusion, or sent home due to a lack of supports. Too many families are forced to pay for education privately, often in poorly supervised, segregated “special education” programs. Independent school enrollment for students with special needs has tripled since 2010.

See below for what's new and browse through this section of the website for more information on inclusive education.

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What's New

June 26, 2017
The Inclusion BC Federation passed six resolutions at our Annual General Meeting on June 16th. These resolutions will guide our work as we support and advocate for people with intellectual disabilities, their families and our member organizations. ...
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June 13, 2017
Report on the March 16, 2017 Inclusive Education Forum co-hosted in Vancouver by Inclusion BC and the Family Support Institute. ...
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