IGBA: Programs for Disabled Students

I: Instructional

It is the declared policy of the Ministry of Education that educational services per se are available to all youngsters in British Columbia, regardless of whatever handicap they may have.  If educational services cannot appropriately be provided in a traditional school setting, then the Special Education Division of the Ministry will assist school boards and school administrators to see that appropriate educational services are provided in the home, an institution, or other setting. 

It is the declared policy of the Board of School Trustees (the “Board”) to provide an educational program for all school age children in the school district, including   disabled children; insofar as possible, these children shall be placed in regular or special classroom programs in the schools, although other solutions and placements may be found for children with severe or multiple handicaps for whose needs the school district cannot properly cater. 

Children require varying degrees of support in order to realize their full potential.  The provision of a continuum of programs and services is essential in considering the range of needs which exists.  Programming shall be based on the children's abilities rather than their disabilities.  The provision of programs and services shall follow the principle of the least restrictive alternative within available resources, thereby allowing each student to experience the most normalizing school environment possible.  Integration of exceptional students in regular school programs shall occur at various points along a continuum of service, depending on the level of support required. 

Maximum learning occurs where the efforts and expectations of various institutions affecting children complement each other.  The home, the school and the health and social agencies in the community should work together effectively in order that an attitude favourable to the acceptance and development of all children may be encouraged and sustained. 

Every child has a right to an appropriate education.  The ultimate function of education should be to provide for the development of all students as self-actualizing individuals, capable of making a positive contribution to society.  It is the policy of the Board to support this goal through counselling, consultation, diagnosis, and specialized teaching. 

Placement of Disabled Students 

The Board has developed and approved procedures for the screening and placement of children with special needs and for the involvement and right of appeal of parents and guardians regarding placement decisions concerning their children. 

Educational placement decisions for each child will seek to place the child in as normal a setting as possible, in keeping with the Ministry guidelines and the needs of the child.  Each child's learning will be reviewed periodically for re-evaluation and adjustment of his/her educational plan. 

Facilities for Physically  Disabled Students 

Provisions for the physically  disabled shall be provided in all new school construction, and a reasonable number of existing buildings will be renovated to permit access by physically disabled students to designated (see FB - Facilities Planning).  Wherever possible, Vancouver schools will share special education facilities with neighbouring districts to increase efficiency and cut costs. 

Assistance to  Disabled Students 

The Board requires that all teachers, students, employees of the Board, and school volunteers extend aid and assistance to  disabled students in the district schools. 

Any person assisting a  disabled student must take reasonable care in giving such assistance in order to protect both the safety of the disabled student and that of the assisting person (see EIB - Liability Insurance). 

DMT Responsibility: AS-DLS


Cross References: 
AC: Non-discrimination; EIB: Liability Insurance; FB: Facilities Planning; ILB-R: Test Administration: Diagnostic Testing; JB: Equal Educational Opportunities JHC: Student Health Services and Requirements
Adopted Date: 
Monday October 18, 1982
Revision Date: 
May 1984
Aug 1991
Sep 1994
Jan 1999