Advocacy

Our full directory is also available as a downloadable PDF. If we need to add something to the directory, let us know by sending an email to Spencer van Vloten

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Advocacy

Advocate for Service Quality

Helps government better support adults with a developmental disability, teens with special needs, and family members and other support providers

Barrier-Free BC

​Barrier-Free BC advocates for a barrier-free province for all persons with disabilities

Barrier-Free Canada

Barrier-Free Canada advocates for a barrier-free Canada for all persons with disabilities

BC Child and Youth Advocacy Network

Find support near you for children who have suffered or witnessed crime

BCEdAccess

BCEdAccess Society serves families of students with disabilities all over the province of British Columbia. The stories shared on their private discussion board daily illustrate the depth of the challenges families face in pursuing equitable access to education in BC schools.

BC Family Net

Family Net is an independent provincial network that provides a provincial voice for children and youth with special needs, adults with developmental disabilities, and their families

 

BC Omsbudperson 

Works to ensure that public sector organizations are treating people fairly and following the rules. They listen to and investigate complaints about local and provincial public sector organizations, as well as investigate reports of serious wrongdoing in the provincial government. Services are free and confidential. 

BC People First Society

The BC People First Society works to make sure that people with a developmental disability are respected and included in communities as full citizens

BC Representative for Children and Youth

BC's Representative for Children and Youth supports the province’s young people and their families in dealing with the provincial child and youth welfare system. The Representative also provides oversight to this system and makes recommendations to improve it. The Representative is a non-partisan, independent officer of the legislature.

BC Seniors Advocate

The Office of the Seniors Advocate monitors and analyzes seniors services and issues in BC, making recommendations to government and service providers to address systemic issues

Brain Resource, Advocacy & Information Network

BRAIN is a support network based out of New Westminster that strives to meet the needs of survivors of brain injury, family members, friends, and caregivers. They provide resource materials, advocacy, information reflecting the needs of their members, and networking opportunities by offering connection to others in similar situations and appropriate service providers.

Communication Disabilities Access Canada

Promotes social justice, accessibility and inclusion for people who have speech, language and communication disabilities

Community Living BC

Community Living BC provides advocacy support and helps persons with disabilities build self-advocacy skills

Council of Canadians with Disabilities

CCD is a national human rights organization of people with disabilities working for an inclusive and accessible Canada

Disability Alliance BC

Disability Alliance BC provides income advocacy and assistance, mentorship, and planning support for people with all disabilities

Find An Advocate

This tool helps people find disability advocates and legal support nearest them

First Call BC

First Call BC puts the province's children and youth first through public education, community mobilization, and public policy advocacy

Inclusion BC

Inclusion BC builds community and enhances the lives of children and youth with special needs, adults with developmental disabilities, and their families by promoting action and advancing rights and social justice

Kelowna Child Advocacy Centre

Helps protect children and respond to cases of abuse, supporting the children and family throughout the process

 Mission Self Advocacy Group 

The Mission Self Advocacy Group is made up of people with intellectual disabilities. They advocate for appropriate benefits, housing, employment, and services

Pacific Dawn Disabled Women's Network

Pacific Dawn's mission is to end the poverty, isolation, discrimination and violence experienced by women with disabilities.

People First of Canada

A national voice for people who have been labeled with an intellectual disability. People First is about rights – human rights, citizenship rights, accommodations rights and language rights.

Plan Institute

Plan Institute is a non-profit social enterprise that works to improve the lives of people with disabilities by collaborating on community-based projects, offering a suite of learning initiatives, and advocating for policy reform

PLAN Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network

PLAN helps families and people with disabilities feel confident about the future by making careful plans and fostering supportive relationships to be safe, secure, and fully included in the community

Red Shoes Rock

An international awareness and advocacy campaign to support those affected by prenatal alcohol exposure

Regional Community Councils

Community Living BC’s province-wide community councils advocate for the community inclusion of persons with disabilities, working on projects related to inclusive housing, community-mapping for accessibility, and more

Self Advocate Leadership Network

SALN is a network of self-advocates working towards communities for all

Self Advocate Net

An impressive collection of self-advocacy resources

Vancouver Community Council 

Vancouver Community Council advocates for the community inclusion of persons with disabilities, working on projects related to inclusive housing, community-mapping for accessibility, and more.

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