Parent/Guardian Advocates in MEDIA

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Advocacy – Systemic Change

March 30th, 2024 – Vancouver schools lag on playground accessibility, parents say

March 11th, 2024 – Parents demand fix for staffing shortfall at Vancouver school

March 9th, 2024 – Parents voice concerns over ‘crisis-level’ staffing shortages at Vancouver school

March 8th, 2024 – Parent says school district’s decision comes as a huge relief to parents and students 

July 12th, 2023 – Disabled kids are still being excluded from Education in BC

June 22nd, 2023 –Families Want Nurses Back in Child Care

June 20th, 2023 – Langley girl with autism excluded from class field trip — until she wasn’t

June 20th, 2023 – B.C. school district backpedals after excluding student with complex needs from field trip

June 7th 2023 – Surrey mom calls out lack of rec centre programming for kids with special needs

Dec 2nd, 2022 – B.C.’s representative for children, youth urges immediate help for kids with special needs

Nov 30th, 2022 – Parents of kids with disabilities demand similar support as B.C. restores autism funding

June 9th, 2022 – ‘They fail special needs students’: B.C. mom speaks out after son excluded from field trip’

May 20th, 2022 – Mother’s heartbreaking post focuses attention on special needs children in school

Nov 5th, 2021 – Is French Immersion Unwelcoming for Students with Special Needs?

Aug 28th, 2021 – B.C. parent hopes for more supports in schools for children with special needs

July 12th, 2021 – Mother of twins with disabilities calls B.C.’s child-care system ‘opposite of inclusive’

Nov 25th, 2018 – After son with autism restrained, Maple Ridge mom to meet with school board

June 25th, 2018 – Parents fight for ‘systemic change’ in how Surrey students with autism are supported

Oct 7th, 2017 – Frustrated parents of B.C. children with special needs get organized

Feb 5th, 2016 – Parents resort to pulling special-needs children from resource-starved schools

Human Rights Cases

March 2nd, 2023 – Parents of deaf child win human rights case against N.L. school district

July 20th, 2022 – Surrey School District’s application denied in student’s human rights complaint

Nov 23rd, 2019 – Human rights complaint filed against Vancouver School Board over student’s racist video

March 3rd, 2015 – Parents of children with Type 1 diabetes allege discrimination by B.C. government

Nov 9th, 2012 – B.C. school board discriminated against dyslexic boy, Supreme Court rules in case that began in the 1990s

July 16th, 2014 – Archdiocese of Vancouver agrees to accommodate transgender students

Media Collection from BCEdAccess to Education
(Thanks BCEdAccess for the resource share!)

B.C. students in need of additional support have fallen behind amid COVID-19 pandemic: report by Global BC on July 28, 2020

How’s BC’s Plan for Closed Schools Working? This Is Our Report, Now Send Us Yours by The Tyee on April 28, 2020

Chantelle Morvay-Adams From BCED Access In The Dawg House by The Dawg House Podcast on September 26, 2019

‘Neither rare nor unusual’: 3,600 cases of students with disabilities excluded in B.C. by Abbotsford News on September 8, 2019

Two moms on supporting children of all needs in our schools by The Globe and Mail on September 7, 2019

Parents of special needs students told to keep their children at home by GlobalNews on September 6, 2019

BC parent group dismayed by number of times special-needs kids excluded from school by News 1130 on September 6, 2019

Back-to-school presents unique challenges for parents of special needs children by News 1130 on September 4, 2019

B.C., teachers agree on vulnerable-student supports by Times-Colonist on August 29, 2019

B.C. teachers, government agree on program support for most vulnerable students by Vancouver Sun on August 28, 2019

Support a matter of continuity for Surrey’s special needs students by Surrey Now-Leader on June 25, 2019

B.C. among provinces not doing enough for students with disabilities, United Nations says by Global BC on May 16, 2019

Our Community: Across Canada — on a wooden bike by Times Colonist on May 14, 2019

Inclusive education isn’t living up to its name, expert says by CBC The Current on May 6, 2019

New Brunswick to monitor number of school students on partial or reduced days by The Globe and Mail on May 5, 2019

Influx of BC teachers has led to fewer services for some, not more by The Globe and Mail on March 15, 2019

Surrey mom furious over new EA agreement by Surrey Now-Leader on March 13, 2019

Kelowna mom wants more support for special needs students by CBC on February 20, 2019

Union wants an end to exclusion of students with special needs by Times Colonist on February 7, 2019

Special needs student urged to stay home amid educational assistant shortage by CTV News on February 6, 2019

Shortage of educational assistants forces some Greater Victoria students to stay at home by Vancouver Sun on February 6, 2019

Students with special needs told to stay home, miss school by Times Colonist on February 6, 2019

Parents fear for future of Victor students with special needs by Times Colonist on February 5, 2019

Special needs students routinely excluded from school activities by Delta-Optimist on January 24, 2019

Victoria school district tracking how often special needs students are asked to miss class by CBC News on January 8, 2019

Educating Grayson: Are inclusive classrooms failing students? by Globe and Mail on January 7, 2019

Parents group pushes for inclusion in schools for children with disabilities by City News Vancouver on December 30, 2018

Burnaby school district not immune to exclusion incidents involving students with special needs by Burnaby Now on October 19, 2018

Special needs parents call for an end to exclusion by Global BC on September 18, 2018

B.C. parents have reported 98 incidents of students with disabilities being excluded since start of school year by The Star Vancouver on September 18, 2018

Special-needs buses’ odd schedules may add to children’s isolation by The Star Vancouver on September 5, 2018

The State of Public Schools and Sex Ed in Canada by Agree or Disagree: The Podcast on September 5, 2018

Students are heading back to class, but is the B.C. school system ready for them? by Vancouver Sun on August 31, 2018

Reports by teachers’ unions on violence in classrooms risk stigmatizing those with disabilities, say parents by Toronto Star on July 15, 2018

B.C. schools still struggling to find teachers, assistants demanded by 2016 court ruling by Vancouver Sun on June 28, 2018

School year ends in frustration for parents of special needs students by News 1130 on June 21, 2018

Children with special needs struggle for education by Times-Colonist on June 10, 2018

Students with special needs in B.C. still face seclusion, physical restraint in schools by CBC on May 16, 2018

In B.C., special needs kids are accessing school as little as 1.5 hours, 2 days a week by Global News on November 3, 2017

In BC, schools need to stop sending children like Joshua home by National Observer on October 11, 2017

Frustrated parents of B.C. children with special needs get organized by CBC on October 7, 2017

Parents of special needs kids coming together in challenging times by News 1130 on October 6, 2017

Some Special Needs Kids Still Waiting for School to Start by The Tyee on September 18, 2017

Parents Doubt Restored Contracts Will Help Special Needs Kids by The Tyee on March 27, 2017

Parents worry extra $50M funding for B.C. schools will do little for special needs students by CBC on January 6, 2016

Parents of special needs students worried about funding announcement by News 1130 on January 6, 2016

Parents resort to pulling special-needs children from resource-starved schools by Globe and Mail on  February 5, 2016

Special needs kids forced to leave the public school system advocates say by CBC News on April 18, 2015