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As Canada celebrates Inclusive Education month, BC’s support to private & segregated schools undercuts inclusion

A new analysis of Education Ministry data shows an explosion in the number of students with special needs whose families are paying privately for education, often as the last resort due to inadequate support for inclusion at local public schools. PRESS RELEASE February 16, 2017 New Westminster, BC—As we celebrate Inclusive Education month across Canada this February, new analysis of provincial K-12 enrolment and funding trends highlights concerns about BC’s commitment to

Proponent selected to construct Valleyview building at Riverview Lands

Vancouver Thursday, February 16, 2017 10:30 AM The B.C. government’s commitment to redevelop the Riverview Lands is proceeding with an agreement for the construction of a new building to accommodate the Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre for Youth and a Provincial Assessment Centre for people with developmental disabilities. The Province has entered into a design-build agreement with PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. following a competitive selection process. PCL will design and replace

Disabled Income stats Canada benchmarked against 15 countries

Key Messages Canada earns an “A” grade and ranks 8th out of 16 peer countries. Canada relies more on labour market integration of people with disabilities than on income transfers. The employment rate of people with disabilities is lower in Canada than in 8 of the 16 peer countries. Putting income of people with disabilities in context The Conference Board’s goal is to measure quality of life for all Canadians.

Towards Adequate Income Assistance – New Report Recommends Increases

Michael J. Prince is the Lansdowne Professor of Social Policy at the University of Victoria, a Broadbent Institute Policy Fellow and a member of the Board of Directors of Inclusion BC. He has written a report on Disability and Income Assistance Benefits that looks at the cost of living in BC and the gap between the assistance provided and the real costs of living in BC.  As well, he provides

Government awards youth: savvy social innovators honoured at summit

    Social innovators from all sectors came together in Vancouver today for the BC Social Innovation Youth Awards, a joint partnership between the government of British Columbia and RADIUS SFU, held at The Imperial Vancouver. The 12 winners each received $1,000 in prizes to help them forward their efforts in addressing social issues. The winners, who are between 12 and 29 years of age, were chosen from 48 very

$5 million to support British Columbians with physical disabilities

  Vancouver Wednesday, February 8, 2017 11:45 AM To further reduce barriers and make services and resources more easily accessible for people with disabilities, the Province is providing the BC Spinal Cord Injury Community Services Network (BC SCI Network) with $5 million to enhance their services for British Columbians with a physical disability. The work of the BC SCI Network aligns with the vision of Accessibility 2024 to make B.C.

I Am Voting. B.C. Election 2017 Tool Kit is designed for People with Disabilities

Self Advocate Net is pleased to announce The I Am Voting initiative. “We are pleased to support this initiative I am Voting A tool kit that was made by Inclusion B.C.  designed  for those with disabilities for the  2017 B.C Election. The purpose of this is to ensure that all British Columbians with disabilities can participate fully in the election process and activities on how to vote.To promote priority attention

Together To Work: A Guide To Developing an Employment-Focused Family-Governed Group

Click on picture above document need adobe reader see it download it at   This new guide, funded with the support of the Vancouver Foundation, is meant to assist self-advocates and families considering starting a user- or family- governed group and to aid them in meeting their employment goals. The guide will also be helpful to professionals and policymakers thinking about new ways to support self-advocates and families to

2017 is the year for Disability Pride: Celebrate inclusion with the rest of Canada

Inclusion BC is launching a year-long celebration of Disability Pride as part of the official Canada 150+ celebrations, marking our country’s 150th anniversary. Funded in part by Canadian Heritage, we are excited to be offering grants to help include people with intellectual disabilities as leaders and contributors in existing community activities, causes or celebrations across British Columbia. Citizens with intellectual disabilities are essential to the Canadian mosaic. Throughout 2017 we’re

Tenancy change supports family violence victims, people in long-term care

Victoria Monday, December 5, 2016 12:17 PM   A change to British Columbia’s residential tenancy rules has come into effect, providing additional support for victims of family violence and individuals who require long-term care. The change to the Residential Tenancy Act allows for the early end to a fixed-term tenancy, commonly known as a lease, by a tenant who is fleeing family violence or who has been accepted into a

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