Every child has the right to an education and to have equitable access to it. However, many students with disabilities or who require additional support in BC are being denied this right.
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 and seclusion.
Many families have been forced to leave the public education system altogether.
Inclusion BC answers the call of families who need our help as they advocate for their children to get a good education. We also work to change policies and systems so families don’t have to fight every year for their child to receive a quality education
February is Inclusive Education Month
Every February, people across Canada celebrate Inclusive Education Month by reflecting on the many ways we can do more to support every child’s learning in our schools.
Join us on Facebook and Twitter as we share resources and promote inclusion during February: #InclusiveEducationMonth #bced
Inclusive Education Webinar:
Disrupting Misconceptions and Forging Pathways for Students with Developmental Disabilities
When: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 3:30-4:30PM
Where: VIRTUAL ZOOM SESSION
This year we’re excited to celebrate Inclusive Education Month by launching a series of films that we’ve created with the Canadian Institute for Inclusion and Citizenship.
Centred on the voices of students, educators and families, the films explore how we can make our schools inclusive and welcoming of all learners.
Panelists in this webinar discuss the film, Reframing Challenging Behaviour in our Schools. All films have been released and are available on this page.
About the Film: Reframing Challenging Behaviour in our Schools
Centering the voices of self-advocates, viewers are encouraged to consider how our responses to behaviours that are symptomatic of something else can be either identity-supportive or harmful. This film challenges us to shift our perspectives to understand behaviour as communication so that we can approach a challenging situation with curiosity and empathy to support a student. We need to look at the context and environment in which this is happening. Equally important is the collaboration that needs to occur to support the learning community that is a classroom and a school.
Film Series – Disrupting Misconceptions and Forging Pathways for Students with Developmental Disabilities
Inclusion BC and the Canadian Institute for Inclusion and Citizenship (CIIC) partnered to create four short films to raise awareness about the exclusion of students with developmental disabilities and to offer key information and possible pathways to success for students, families, and schools.
We convened focus groups that included former students, families, educators, Indigenous people, professionals, and community organizations to co-create the vision for these films. Drawing on their lived experiences, participants shared stories and offered examples of the issues and the barriers they face, Through this process, we identified the main messages that these films convey to support educators and the community at large, to advance inclusive education.
These short films can be watched individually or all together as a series, we invite educators to watch them with their colleagues and with their students. We hope they will provoke meaningful discussions. Inclusion BC and the CIIC would love to hear the actions that these films have inspired you to take.
You can find more information on all of these films HERE
Film 1: Exercising Self Determination in our Schools
Film 2: Getting Ready to Work in our Schools
Film 3: Reframing Challenging Behaviour in our Schools
For this film, we hosted a webinar with the featured speakers.