News Topics: Children with Special Needs


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Op-ed: Time to make investing in B.C. families our top priority

In an op-ed published by the Vancouver Sun on Family Day, Feb. 11, 2017, four advocates call on British Columbians and the BC government to invest in children and families. “As investments in child, family and community supports have lagged, our most vulnerable families, children and individuals have suffered,” write MORE


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February is Inclusive Education Month

First Call member Inclusion BC invites families, self advocates, members and partners in inclusion to join in celebrating successes and raising understanding of how inclusive education matters in your community. An inclusive world starts with inclusive schools. Children who learn together in welcoming, inclusive schools also learn to live well MORE


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Inclusion BC: Thousands wait for early childhood intervention after BC’s decade of neglect

Families and agency leaders and professionals who provide early childhood intervention (ECI) for children with developmental challenges have an urgent message: #KidsCantWait! That’s the same message captured in two new reports. The first report, Kids Can’t Wait, identifies seven key challenges in BC’s ECI sector along with practical and strategic MORE


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7th International Conference on FASD – Vancouver, Mar. 1-4 – Early bird until Jan. 20

Integrating Research, Policy and Promising Practice around the World Wednesday-Saturday, Mar. 1-4, 2017 Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC Early bird registration before/on Jan. 20, 2017 Find more info Register online Download the brochure The 7th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is an advanced-level conference that brings together experts from MORE


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7th International Conference on FASD – Vancouver, Mar. 1-4 – Early bird until Jan. 20

Integrating Research, Policy and Promising Practice around the World March 1-4, 2017 Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC Early bird registration before/on Jan. 20, 2017 Find more info Register online Download the brochure The 7th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is an advanced level conference that brings together experts from MORE


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Inclusion BC: BC failed a generation of students: Time to rebuild inclusion in our public schools

During the 14-year fight between the BC government and teachers, a generation of students with special needs had their supports and inclusion steadily eroded. Now Inclusion BC calls for an urgent response to ensure public schools can restore inclusion, lost access and special education supports. “Without adequate resources and a MORE


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Inclusion BC: Government takes step backwards in inclusive education by investing in segregated schools

Oct. 5, 2016, the Government of BC announced $1 million to fund a total of 15 special education schools (SES) throughout the province. “This funding announcement sends a dangerous message that students with special needs belong elsewhere and cannot be supported in their neighbourhood school,” said Faith Bodnar, executive director MORE


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BC Public School Funding: Equal Opportunity or Lost Potential? – Vancouver forum, Nov. 7

Mon., Nov. 7, 2016 3-5 pm SFU Woodward’s 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver Coffee will be served and a reception follows Free but please RSVP Join members of First Call for a dialogue on BC public school funding moderated by Dr. Paul Shaker from Simon Fraser University. Alex Hemingway, a researcher MORE


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First Call 2017 Provincial Budget Submission: Time to Meet Our Responsibilities to BC’s Children and Youth

Mid October 2016, First Call made a written submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services regarding the 2017 provincial budget. We outline how the government is not meeting our responsibilities to our children and youth, citing high child poverty rates, inadequate supports for youth in and MORE