Communities across BC are changing, as our schools, workplaces and public spaces reflect and respond to the needs of our increasingly diverse society. Inclusion is now a core principle in our public schools, in the places where we live and work and in the social bonds that support and strengthen us as communities.

The vision is strong and there are some great things are happening. But for too many people with intellectual disabilities, the reality is still exclusion and isolation.

Collectively, we have the answers and the power to rise up and change this. People across BC are making real progress at a grassroots level, contributing to the global inclusion movement. Join us in Kelowna, BC as we identify challenges and solutions together. Learn from the innovators, the storytellers, and from each other.

About your hosts

Inclusion BC is a provincial federation whose members include people with intellectual disabilities, families and community agencies. Together we have led the movement away from institutions since 1955. We are dedicated to advancing rights, promoting abilities and building awareness as we work to support full citizenship for all.


Every year, Inclusion BC partners with one or more of our member organizations to co-host our learning event. We’re excited to partner with Pathways Abilities Society to host Rise Up! in Kelowna.

Pathways Abilities Society helps people with intellectual disabilities living in the Kelowna area gain greater independence through encouragement, education and employment.