Policies and Positions
About Inclusive EducationAt BDACI it is our position and vision that all people with an intellectual or developmental disability are fully included with their peers in regular education, with appropriate supports from early childhood through to post-secondary and adult life-long learning. Research in Canada and around the world shows us that all students learn better in inclusive classrooms. An inclusive education system teaches students the benefits of diversity, cooperation, and consideration of others, whereas separate programs create barriers to opportunities for children to learn from, support, and develop relationships with one another.
BDACI is also currently a member of the Special Education Advisory Committee. The role of this committee (SEAC) is to collaborate and offer advice to local school boards regarding the special education budget and the Special Education Plan for the board. The SEAC is made up of representatives from local provincial organizations and Community Living Ontario has a seat on each SEAC board. The committee’s purpose is to further the interests and well-being of exceptional students within the education system. SEAC members gather monthly and can participate in making recommendations to their local school board regarding any matter that may have an impact on the establishment, development, and delivery of special education programs and services for exceptional students. As a member of Community Living Ontario, BDACI can request Community Living Ontario’s support in advocating at SEAC meetings.
Are you interested in learning more about the SEAC or becoming involved? Did you know that BDACI also has an Education Committee? Supporting people’s education and life-long learning is very important to us. For more information or to get involved, connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-345-4092.