News Topics: Children with Special Needs


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Submission to BC Human Rights Tribunal says early intervention is a child’s right

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


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First Call’s 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card

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


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2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card release: Looking for action to change BC’s child poverty story

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


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First Call budget submission: child care, poverty, education, foster youth

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


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Systems gaps identified in new RCYBC report on teen suicide

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


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Government reaches out to coalitions on BC poverty reduction plan

The Honourable Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, has reached out to both the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition and First Call for preliminary consultations on a poverty reduction plan for BC. The PRC met with the Minister and staff on August 10, and First Call conducted a MORE


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Election 2017 party responses to First Call coalition questions

On behalf of our 101 member organizations, First Call sent questions from our 2017 Provincial Election Toolkit to each of the three main parties in this election. All three parties have responded, and we encourage everyone to read their answers to our questions about putting the interests of children, youth MORE


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UBC Summer Institute: Supporting Aboriginal Families of Young Children with Disabilities, July 8-15 – Register by May 26

Respect, Healing, Dignity and Care Saturday-Saturday, July 8-15, 2017 Register by May 26 Find more info Download the poster Register now This summer institute will bring together Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal professionals to discuss their work in relation to Aboriginal families, and how the TRC recommendations will enrich work practices and MORE


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Get inspired at Inclusion BC’s annual event – Inspired by Love, June 14-17 – Early bird rates until May 5

Inspired by Love June 14–17, 2017 Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC Find Inspired by Love 2017 highlights Read about inspiring speakers Register – Early bird rates until Apr. 21 11:59 pm June 14: Education Summit: Quality inclusive education benefits all students June 14: Working together to get people working: MORE