Inclusion BC, community partners to pull donation bins pending safety review

Inclusion BC, community partners to pull donation bins pending safety review

New Westminster, January 3, 2019 — Inclusion BC was deeply saddened to learn of the death of a man in one of our clothing donation bins in West Vancouver. Our deepest condolences go out to all who have been touched by this tragic event.
Safety is a top priority for Inclusion BC and our member agencies that participate in the ClothesDrop recycling program.

In 2018, we asked the University of BC’s Mechanical Engineering Capstone Project Course to work with our Canadian bin manufacturer to design a new bin that would address safety issues and ensure a public safety standard. Student-designed safety modifications are now in the prototype phase to address how to prevent people from entering into the bins and other related safety issues. 
At an emergency meeting on January 3, 2019, Inclusion BC and our member agencies decided to remove 146 bins currently placed in Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Sunshine Coast, Interior BC and Central and North Vancouver Island. Removal has already started and should be completed by early next week. All bins will be moved to secure storage until safety modifications can be made to ensure public safety.

We will continue to work with our bin manufacturer, municipal authorities, design experts and community partners to formalize and promote the adoption of industry-wide safety standards to keep our communities safe. These are just initial steps towards ensuring public safety while we continue working with our partners, communities and other charities that rely on this fundraising model to find satisfactory solution to broader and complex issues.

We will continue to accept clothing donations at indoor and monitored collection sites pending resolution of the bin safety issues. 

inclusion Powell River Shakes It Out!

As in previous years, inclusion Powell River participated in the Great BC Shake Out! At inclusion, monthly emergency drills are the norm, but during the Great BC Shake Out we get photos of our staff helping clients to the safer areas or, in some cases, staff will shield clients from any falling debris. Such commitment and caring, as always from our staff. Great job and thank you.


Allow People with Disabilities to Earn Income Above Poverty Line

Allow people with disabilities to earn income above poverty line. -A. J. Brown, Vancouver Sun
A. J. Brown: Allow people with disabilities to earn income above poverty line

Helen Keller, left, who worked to make Braille the standard for printed communication with the blind, was born on June 27, 1880, at Tuscumbia, Ala. She is shown here with teacher Anne Sullivan. Keller observed that ‘it is not so much the infirmity that causes unhappiness as the grief of a useless, dependent existence.” SES


Include Me! Survey Results

During the 2017-18 year, 1,235 individuals who access 5 agencies in the Vancouver-Coastal, South Fraser, Southern Interior and North regions participated in a survey process in which they were asked to provide information about their quality of life in the areas of well-being (emotional well-being, physical well being, material well-being), independence (personal development self-determination), and social participation (rights, interpersonal relations, social inclusion. The survey used to collect this information is based on a framework that was developed, extensively researched, and internationally validated by Dr. Robert Schalock over a period of approximately 25 years. It is a framework that applies to all people whether they have a disability or not. It gives us a universal language to talk with the individuals we serve about the things that are important to everyone and how we can collectively work together to improve the quality of life of those we serve.

Below is the inclusion Powell River summery, to read the full report, please go to the “Reports”  section under the “About” tab.

Fentynol Crisis-1 Year later Follow-up Meeting

This meeting Provide an update on progress around overdose prevention in Powell River – 1 year after that last meeting

– Seek input from individuals and families on the following:

· What are the issues that contribute to accidental overdoses in our community?

· What would work to help prevent accidental overdoses in our community?

Contact: Maggie Hathaway, 604-414-5087,

Chronic Pain Public Seminars

Chronic Pain Public Seminar – April 26, 6:30pm to 8:30pm (Doors open at 5:30pm) – The ARC Community Event Centre

Overcome pain; live well again – April 27, 10:00am to 12:00pm – Powell River Rec Complex

In this 2-hour workshop, participants will gain:
•Hope – that pain is more changeable than we thought, and that we have influence over moving with more ease, decreasing pain and living well.
•An understanding that pain is complex, and that simple solutions and quick fixes rarely lead to lasting improvements.
•Knowledge of self-care techniques supported by evidence.

Overcome pain; live well again – April 27, 10:00am to 12:00pm – Powell River Rec Complex

In this 2-hour workshop, participants will gain:

  • Hope – that pain is more changeable than we thought, and that we have influence over moving with more ease, decreasing pain and living well.
  • An understanding that pain is complex, and that simple solutions and quick fixes rarely lead to lasting improvements.
  • Knowledge of self-care techniques supported by evidence.


Register at

To learn more about pain self-management resources and other chronic pain events in Powell River, visit:


Survey for Parents: Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

Survey for Parents: Restraint and Seclusion in Schools
Inclusive Education
Inclusion BC is conducting a survey for parents and guardians of students with special needs.

In 2013, Inclusion BC and the Family Support Institute launched an initiative to address growing reports of children being subjected to restraint and seclusion in BC schools. A provincial survey indicated these practices were frequent, often leading to physical and emotional trauma, and causing many families to pull their children from the public school system. We urged the Ministry of Education to take firm action to eliminate or severely limit such practices and to require formal documentation and reporting of all incidents.

The Education Ministry responded with new provincial guidelines that called on school boards and independent school authorities to review and/or develop policies and practices based on the provincial guidelines, and to ensure that employees are informed about them. Our research shows that only 1/3 of School Boards have done so.

Since there is still no reporting requirement, we are asking parents/guardians to complete this 10 – 15-minute survey reviewing current practices. Responses will remain completely anonymous and will drive Inclusion BC’s ongoing advocacy to eliminate such practices while improving training and supports within our schools. Take the survey

Long Overdue Investments in People, Affordability Welcomed

From Inclusion BC & Disability Alliance BC
Victoria, BC – September 11, 2017: BC’s Budget Update and Throne Speech include initiatives that will make a real difference for people with intellectual disabilities, children with special needs and their families, along with an important message of hope that all British Columbians are valued.
Inclusion BC and Disability Alliance BC welcome several key announcements as a positive start.
These include an additional $200/month earnings exemption for Persons With Disabilities (PWD) monthly benefits. This raises the total annual earnings exemption for 2017 to $12,000 for a single person before any reduction in their monthly PWD benefits. BC now has the highest annualized earnings exemption for disability benefit recipients in Canada.
The Budget Update also confirms new dollars for a $100/month increase in PWD rates, which was announced shortly after the new government took office. The increase takes effect in September, bringing the monthly benefit to $1,133 for a single person. The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction will also receive an additional $16 million for 2017/18 to address social assistance caseload pressures for the current year, with further increases in future years.
“British Columbians with intellectual disabilities and their families have been struggling and falling further behind for many years,” said Inclusion BC Executive Director Faith Bodnar. “These initiatives, along the overall focus on putting people first, on tackling poverty and affordability and on building a better province where everyone belongs is a very welcome message for people who have been without hope for far too long.”
“This is a good start,” added Jane Dyson, Executive Director of Disability Alliance BC. “As Finance Minister Carole James said, these increases are long overdue and we look forward to working with government on a comprehensive poverty reduction plan.”
Inclusion BC notes that many challenges remain, such as the need for a comprehensive operational review of Community Living BC that will address its financial, program and policy challenges. CLBC’s budget does not address waitlists and still reflects expectations for lowered costs per adult, which conflicts with all the evidence.
“Our federation looks forward to working with government to confront these challenges,” Bodnar said. “But we can’t overstate how important it is for British Columbians with disabilities to hear their concerns acknowledged, with concrete commitments to start on immediate improvements.”
Not included in the Budget Update, but mentioned in Friday’s Throne Speech, was confirmation that BC would reinstate a transit pass for PWD recipients, effective January 2018. Minister James confirmed the January 2018 implementation date, with “no clawbacks” from PWD benefits to fund the new pass.
Inclusion BC and DABC also welcomed the commitment to restore the transit pass, and hope to see an equitable approach to providing access to transportation for all PWD recipients.

The Budget Update included additional funding for social policy initiatives, including initial planning for a poverty reduction strategy and a basic income pilot. Inclusion BC and DABC have emphasized that a comprehensive strategy is critical to addressing poverty as a structural barrier that excludes British Columbians with intellectual disabilities from accessing many of the benefits and opportunities of full citizenship.

Other new budget initiatives to address affordability, including reduced MSP premiums and investments in affordable housing, will bring welcome relief for people with intellectual disabilities and their families.

“With the affordable housing initiatives, we need to ensure there is a clear vision for inclusive housing,” Bodnar said. “We’re also looking for portable rental supplements for PWD recipients because the maximum $375 housing allowance is so out of synch with actual costs, especially in key regional markets.”

Other announcements included new investments in public schools, which are struggling to respond to the landmark 2016 Supreme Court ruling that restored former staffing ratios in teachers’ collective agreements.

“An entire generation of students with special needs and their families has suffered tremendously from cuts and underfunding of public education,” Bodnar said. “We have a real opportunity now to restore supports for inclusive education, with the commitment to reinvest in public schools and a new BC curriculum that supports teaching to diversity. We want to work with the Education Ministry, with teachers and parents to ensure that teachers have the support they need to offer quality learning opportunities for all students in inclusive classrooms. That includes restoring resources for student assessment, specialist supports, teacher training and collaboration and classroom aides”