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10 Steps to Becoming an Advocate

Volunteer. You can participate in groups, sit on boards, do public education. Investigate ways to volunteer and learn in your community. Get an education. There are many ways to learn: courses, Kudoz, forums, public meetings, the internet, and community groups. Find people who inspire you. Ask questions, watch how they work and learn from their […]

Honouring George Speckman

George, father of John Speckman, was a long time member of BACI and he will be missed by our community. George Henry Speckman ~  November 21, 1924 – September 8, 2013 Born November 21, 1924, George passed away peacefully on September 8, 2013. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 58 years, Loriene and […]


When a person is a citizen, life takes place in the community, the person participates, and capacities or a strengths based approach is used. Prince (2009) contended that “citizenship obligations [for people with intellectual disabilities] include aspirations to attend regular classrooms in regular schools; to pay taxes as workers, as consumers, and property owners; and […]

Kickstart – Disability Arts & Culture Festival 2010

Kickstart – Disability Arts & Culture Festival 2010 March 8 – 27  Moving, spirited, unexpected! Dance! Configurations March 20, 8pm March 21, Gala 8pm – Reception 6:30pm Internationally acclaimed hip-hop dance artist Bill Shannon performs Spatial Theory, and dancer Alison Denham and musician Mark Brose perform Peggy Baker’s Geometry of the Circle. March 21 Gala only: Shannon, […]


View five films created by people BACI serves — through a two-year media project partnership between BACI and the National Film Board of Canada. The project, called “This Ability”, uses the power of media to communicate the contributions and gifts of individuals of all ages with differing abilities. Through the Eyes of Artists follows a feisty collective as […]

Person Centered Planning

Person-centered planning is a planning process that emerged in the 1970s where the central theme is inclusion. It is focused on the person with a disability, rather than on the needs of a program or service. Person-centered planning is infused within Positive Behaviour Supports, customized employment approaches and is important in fostering relationships in the […]

Imagine Conference

By Cornell St.Jean On April 19th the first ever “Imagine Conference” was held at the Roundhouse Community Centre in downtown Vancouver. “Reclaiming Our Passion” was the overall theme of the conference, and much of the focus was on personal and professional renewal. Through hands-on exercises and touching stories, individuals attending the conference were encouraged to […]

Helping people reach their goals

Starting in the day program helped lay a foundation that has served Ilona Koschiecha well in her outreach counsellor position. When she began working for BACI seven years ago, she supported individuals by introducing them to recreational opportunities in the community and helping them navigate public transportation. Now that she’s working in outreach, her knowledge […]

Inclusive classrooms

The leaves have fallen at Southslope out of school care (OOSC) and the youngsters have spent their time outside gathering leaves together to run, jump and play in. Supervisor Carly Neville says the children enjoy being silly and jumping in the leaf piles, and she’s particularly pleased that they’re welcoming of everyone to join in the […]

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