News Topics: Children with Special Needs


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


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


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


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

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First Call op-ed: BC Budget 2017 fails to fill the hole we’ve dug for children, youth and families

Over the last 15 years provincial child-serving ministries, school districts, post-secondary institutions and community service agencies serving children, youth and families had their provincial funding slashed or squeezed. Meanwhile inflation, growing service needs and increased government-imposed fees and costs forced them to cannibalize and reduce their services to balance their MORE


Inclusion BC Conference – June 14-17 – Call for artwork and workshop proposals

CALL FOR ARTWORK FOR INSPIRED BY LOVE 2017! Inclusion BC is inviting artists with intellectual disabilities to submit visual artwork and photography for their 2017 conference Inspired by Love 2017. The artwork will be used in promotional materials and displayed during the conference. See more at love-2017 CALL FOR MORE

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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