Parents and guardians need more information about the BC education system. Here is a listing of some resources families and educators may find helpful. The list is not exhaustive and will be added to and updated, so check back often! If you would like a resource added or find a broken link, please comment on this page or send it to

If you are a parent or guardian in British Columbia of a child or youth with disabilities or complex needs looking for support, knowledge and information about inclusive education in our Province, please go to and request to join our online private support and advocacy group. To learn more about what we do, please visit this post.

BCEdAccess Resources

Advocacy and Conflict Resolution for Students with Disabilities in BC Education – A Rights Based Primer

NEW! BCEdAccess and Family Support Institute of BC – Education and Other Toolkits

BCEdAccess Reports and Submissions:

Exclusion Tracker Reports (2018-2023)

2022 Presentation to Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services

2021 Budget Proposal to the Select Standing Committee On Finance and Government Services

Considering Leaving The System

Forced Out

Resources provided by Community Partners

Inclusion BC – Parent Handbook on Inclusive Education

Family Support Institute of BC – Resources

Policies, Procedures and the Law

COVID-19 Operational Guidelines for School Districts and Independent School Authorities

Ministry of Education: Special Education Policies, Procedures and Guidelines

British Columbia School Act

BC Independent School Act

BC Ministerial Orders, Ministry of Education

BC Interministerial Protocols for the Provision of Support Services to Schools

BC Human Rights Code

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities

School Districts

Each School District in the Province will have their own set of Policies and Administrative Procedures. Check your local district website, or ask your school or District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) for more information. Here is an example:

Inclusive Education 44 Learning Services Handbook (North Vancouver School District)

Individualized Education Plans

Individualized Education Planning for Students with Special Needs (British Columbia School Superintendents Association [BCSSA])

Advocacy and Problem Solving

Note: Resources listed in this section are not limited to British Columbia. We have included additional out of province resources because we have found them to contain valuable information that can be generalized to other locations.

Know Your Rights – Guardian Edition (Learning Disabilities Association of BC, South Vancouver Island Chapter)

Know Your Rights – Student Edition (Learning Disabilities Association of BC, South Vancouver Island Chapter)

Supporting Meaningful Consultation with Parents (British Columbia Council of Administrators of Special Education [BC CASE])

Speaking Up! A Parent’s Guide to Advocating For Students in Public Schools (BCCPAC, 2008)

Roles and Responsibilities of Teachers and Teacher Assistants/Education Assistants (BCTF and CUPE, 2009)

Shared Solutions: A Guide to Preventing and Resolving Conflicts Regarding Programs and Services for Students with Special Education Needs (Ontario Ministry of Education)

Parent Engagement (Ontario Teachers Federation)

Special Education (BC Teachers Federation)

Paper Trails, Letter Writing and Documentation (Wrights Law [United States])

Beyond Section 11 Appeals

BC Human Rights Tribunal

The Office of the Ombudsperson: B.C.’s Independent Voice For Fairness

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

Teacher Regulation Branch

Provincial Organizations Who Provide Information and/or Assist Families and/or Educators

Inclusion BC

Family Support Institute

Dyslexia BC

BC Disability

British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS)

Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN)

The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids’ Mental Health

Learning Disabilities Association of BC

Autism Community Training (ACT)

BC Epilepsy Society

Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)

BC Centre for Ability

BC Family Net


Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (C.H.A.D.D.) Vancouver

Disability Alliance BC

Other Important Reports and Publications

Fair Schools Report (Ombudsman, Province of British Columbia, 1995)

Focus on Suspension: A Resource for Schools (BC Ministry of Education, 1999)

Stop Hurting Kids: Restraint and Seclusion in BC Schools – Survey Results and Recommendations (Inclusion BC, Family Support Institute,2013)

A Review of Special Education in British Columbia (Ministry of Education, 1999)

EA Standards of Practice white paper

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