An online rally backed by BCEdAccess Society calls for Ministry of Education and school boards to end the practice of restraint and seclusion in BC schools. The rally will be streamed April 15, from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm. Folks can get the link to the stream by joining the Facebook event::https://fb.me/e/4hxIJ2YfB.
We understand that decisions about vaccine priority are being made, in part, based on input from advisory groups and disability organizations. However, we are aware that little data has been collected around how COVID-19 affects disabled people as a demographic. In addition, we are concerned that the quality of data that is available and being used to support these recommendations is of poor quality, and may in fact be of little value.
By removing the speech services at a critical time like this pandemic, it sends a clear message
that it is dispensable. Children being able to effectively communicate is an integral part of
becoming an engaged and active member of the community.
Families of students with disabilities in BC worry about possible extended break. Read more:
UBC researchers and BCEdAccess partner in research on Inclusive Education – respond by Dec 20! #bced #bcedchat #bcpoli
A 1989 government promised to eliminate child poverty. 30 years later (2018 data) we still have 1 in 5 children living in povertyin our province. There are 26 concrete recommendations in this report from First Call BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition
Within the last year, BC parents paid for many services that should be provided in school or by Health or MCFD to be truly equitable, including tutoring, occupational therapy, psychoeducational assessments, and more.
Families of Kindergarten to Grade 12 students who need help during COVID-19 will have a chance to learn what they can expect from schools, through a series of free online conversations from the BCEdAccess Society.
Exclusion Tracker 2020/21 Preliminary Report – September – see what we’ve learned so far about #bced exclusions of students with #disabilities
Exclusion of students with special needs and/or disabilities is a notable problem in BC K-12 schools. *Exclusion is, under the School Act, actually a suspension and the rules that govern this should be laid out in School Board policy in for each District.