#AdvoCon2019 Workshop: Inclusion BC, Avenues of Advocacy

Inclusion BC provides direct support to many of our families and we’re pleased to have them provide a workshop for this event. We hope you will be able to make it to Advocacy: Equitable Access to Education, our 4th annual conference held March 29th and 30th at the Civic Hotel in Surrey, BC.

Tickets available here:

Equitable Access to Education Conference

Inclusion BC

Erika Cedillo and Karen De Long

Karen DeLong is the Director of Inclusive Education at Inclusion BC and has worked in community living for over 20 years. Her son Angelo and daughter, Danielle have been and continue to be her work’s inspiration.

Erika Cedillo is a Community Inclusion Advocate at Inclusion BC and recently completed her PhD in Law at the University of British Columbia. In her journey to find supports for her daughter, Erika has become a strong and effective advocate while navigating the medical, educational, and social systems. As a researcher, Erika has developed a specific interest in advancing the equitable access to education for children with diverse needs in the public education system.

Workshop: Avenues of Advocacy

You will learn:

-Who is Inclusion BC, and what we do to advocate for inclusive education in BC public schools.

-The avenue of individual advocacy – supports to families, our approach to advocacy, and steps for effective advocacy.

-The avenue of systems advocacy and the multiple forums and ways in which Inclusion BC participates and acts as a convener for partners to have a conversation, and have an impact that transforms into meaningful actions, that advance inclusive education in the province.

Karen and Erika will present the two main avenues that Inclusion BC is taking to advance inclusive education in our province, grounded in the believe that all children have the right to be educated in regular classrooms with appropriate levels of supports. Starting with the avenue of individual advocacy, they will address the ways in which they advocate with families to elevate their voices, will offer an update of their work on this front, and will offer to the participants ideas for effective advocacy. On the avenue of systems advocacy, Karen and Erika will share the multiple efforts and forums in which Inclusion BC participates and convenes with major actors in the province to advance actions that ensure the equitable access to education to all students.

You can read more about Inclusion BC and their important work here:

www.inclusionbc.org

And you can follow them on Twitter @InclusionBC

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