Who We Are

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We are a group of parents and guardians who have come together as a result of our shared determination to ensure equitable access to education for children who have disabilities/special needs in the Province of British Columbia. Our connection to each other began through a Facebook group that was started shortly after the end of our Province’s teacher’s strike in 2014. The group now has over 1400 members, and the stories that are shared on the private board illustrate to us the depth of the challenges families who have children with disabilities/special needs are facing in BC schools.

If you are a parent in British Columbia looking for support, knowledge and information regarding inclusive education in our Province, please email bcedaccess@gmail.com and request an invitation to our online support group. To learn more about why BCEdAccess exists, please visit this post: Why This Page

We have decided it is time for our voices to be heard. It is time to bring forward the stories of families in our communities who are facing numerous obstacles trying to access education for their children. We are standing up and speaking out for equitable access to public education for ALL students in British Columbia.


 


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Founder and Board President, Tracy Humphreys, is a parent of three children with disabilities. She has been an active volunteer in BC schools for over 20 years, on her local PACs, the District PAC in Victoria (VCPAC), and has been the BCCPAC representative for VCPAC. She served as Board Vice President of Elizabeth Buckley School for 3 years. She currently works as a consultant CEO for beauty companies, as a partner in CareQuadrant which produces online CPD for professionals in human services, and as a full time volunteer advocate for children with disabilities in schools in BC, in her capacity with BCEdAccess.

Tracy works with a dedicated group of active volunteers who moderate the Facebook group and help plan and execute group actions. Individually and collectively, members of our group take up action which we support and promote.

We are currently (Sep 2018) in the process of registering as a BC Nonprofit Society. Stay tuned for more details!

 

 

 


 

 


 

 


 


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9 thoughts on “Who We Are

  1. Our story is so much like yours. We also had difficulty getting our oldest tested for gifted. Our elementary school was reluctant and essentially refused. They focussed on the kids that did well with rote math basics and spelling. Totally missing some of the truly bright kids.
    Shortly after transitioning to middle school, I inquired about testing.mthey were in disbelief that she hadn’t already been tested. Within 2 weeks Testing was done and she had been invited to participate in the gifted program. She didn’t reach the percentile for official designation and an IEP, but close enough that she got to attend the planned enrichment activities.
    Another example of inadequate access to services

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    1. Thank you for sharing your story Shelagh. So many children like yours fall though the cracks…and those cracks just seem to get bigger with more and more children falling through them.

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  2. I’m so proud of this dedicated group of women. Reading your accomplishments is impressive. It takes a lot of time and energy to do all that you do and have done, and I appreciate you all so much!

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    1. if you send us an email (equitableaccesstoeducation@gmail.com) and include a very brief description of why you are interested in joining, we will then send you an email invitation to the private group 🙂 ~Karen

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  3. I am very impressed by your group. I have 3 children and 2 have special needs with what I call invisible disabilities . An adult son with FASD and an 9 year old who is intellectually gift but struggles with sensory integration. …developmental coordination disorder and severe anxiety. I have been a special needs ed assistant for almost 30 years and have tried yo keep my faith in public education..we too are being pushed out…and hard. We are requesting an investigation by Alberta Ed sadly into the school my don attends and i used to work at. Now with our Alberta provincial budget cutting more and freezing school board access to our educational reserves things are getting worse. I wonder do you know of a comparable organization you connect with here in Alberta?

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