Parents Empowering Neurodiverse Kids is an online parenting program designed to help families manage mild to moderate challenging behaviours in their children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. They are currently recruiting parents of kids to participate in a study to develop a new online parenting program designed to help parents deal with challenging behaviours.
Since September 4th 2018, BCEdAccess has been collecting parent-reported data on the exclusion of students with disabilities from schools in BC. As of June 2019, they had 492 reports with 3,610 instances where students were excluded from school. They recently launched the final data for the 2018-2019 school year. Of the respondents, 92.9% of the MORE
Early last week, Inclusion BC released a resource called All Means All: Back to School 2019. This resources covers four main themes: All students belong in the classroom All students learn differently All students create opportunities to learn All students have the right to a full day The resource outlines features MORE
Join Elizabeth Fry in calling on the Government of Canada to ensure the rights of homeless and other vulnerable children are protected. The government’s current rules and delivery of financial programs do not often reach Canada’s poorest children due to lack of access. EFry calls on the federal government to MORE
Caring for Kids has released a resource for parents to understand how gender identity develops in children and how parents and caregivers can best promote healthy gender development in children. The resource outlines useful terms, explains how gender identity develops, discusses expression of gender identity, and answers other frequently asked questions in MORE
This research points to the importance of school-led social and emotional learning in promoting positive mental health. The paper highlights the multi-faceted approach undertaken in British Columbia over the past decade to promote positive mental health through social-emotional learning (SEL) in schools. SEL has been implemented in school curriculum, recently in MORE
All Kinds of Minds is a book inspired by and created with children. It allows children and youth to talk about their own neurological or psychological differences, such as ADHD, anxiety, autism or PTSD. The book’s tone communicates that different minds are good for ourselves and our communities. Inspire Community MORE
The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) created a new reporting portal that makes finding BC child welfare data easier. The portal contains data and trends as well as the ministry’s performance indicators for each service line: early years, children & youth with special needs, child & youth mental MORE
First Call coalition member, the BC Association for Child Development and Intervention (BCACDI), has provided an excellent submission regarding the re-establishment of the BC Human Rights Tribunal framing early intervention is a children’s right issue. According to their submission, “BCACDI is connected to the topic of Human Rights through the MORE
Data in the First Call 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released November 21, highlights how growing income inequality among BC families has one in five, or 18.3%, of our children living in poverty. Other key findings from the 2015 data include: This represents 153,300 children under age 18, a decrease MORE
Data in the 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released today by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, highlights the income inequality that leaves far too many British Columbia families struggling to cover basic living expenses. One in five of our children still lives in poverty. Using the MORE
First Call’s budget submission to the provincial Finance Committee for the 2018 budget makes 23 specific recommendations covering early childhood, public education, poverty reduction, supports and services for vulnerable children, youth and families and post-secondary education. Some highlights are: Redesign the BC Early Childhood Tax Benefit into a BC Child MORE
BC’s new government has acted on another of the longstanding recommendations from First Call members and will restore the annual bus pass for Persons with Disabilities starting next year. “Almost 18 months ago,” said Faith Bodnar, executive director of First Call coalition member Inclusion BC, “Inclusion BC and thousands of MORE
Bernard Richard, BC’s Representative for Children and Youth, as released Missing Pieces: Joshua’s Story, which draws from the death of a 17-year-old the lesson that major gaps exist in BC’s youth mental health system. Richard calls on BC’s new Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions to take the lead in MORE
First Call and partners met with Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Honourable Shane Simpson, on August 24, 2017. The minutes from that meeting can be found here.