Re-imagining Community Inclusion during the Pandemic

Re-imagining Community Inclusion: Steering Committee

Re-imagining Community Inclusion during the Pandemic

The Re-imagining Community Inclusion (RCI) Steering Committee is now providing a direct line of communication for self-advocates, families, stakeholders, and agencies to speak with the B.C. government about its COVID-19 Response Plan. The committee is meeting weekly and is now focused on addressing the urgent issues related to COVID-19 affecting people with disabilities and their families.

RCI Steering Committee Notes (April 8, 2020)

  • Bryce Schaufelberger from the Self Advocate Leadership Network expressed concern that people with disabilities tend to be treated as second-class citizens, and that it could get worse during COVID-19.
  • Minister Simpson stated his commitment to persons with disabilities and that they are being treated equally during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Angela Clancy from the Family Support Institute noted that because of past history, people with disabilities are scared.
  • Minister Simpson expressed his sadness about the death of a support worker at the Richmond Society for Community Living from COVID-19
  • Brenda Gillette from the BC CEO Network and Angela Clancy expressed their commitment to reducing anxiety and stress.
  • Minister Simpson asked people to bring forward any specific concerns where people with disabilities were not being treated equally—so that they can be addressed.

The committee is co-chaired by Karla Verschoor, Executive Director of Inclusion BC, Ross Chilton, CEO of Community Living BC, and David Galbraith, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.

Our approach to advocacy is guided by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, which recognizes the full citizenship and human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Kerridan Dougan, Advocate

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