At BCPF we work to stop the stigma surrounding intellectual and developmental disabilities and unite our Members' voices in the fight to be considered People First. The fight to not have people speak for us or down to us and to help everyone in society understand what "nothing about us without us" really means and why it matters.

We write letters, do presentations, and advocate with governments about issues affecting people with disabilities. We advocate for all people to be seen as equal citizens and for issues that matter to our Members.

Community Accessibility

Safe and accessible sidewalks and passageways are a right, not a privilege.


Though, not everyone in our cities and towns across BC has access to wide enough, safe, and debris-free passageways. This avoidable societal problem takes away many people’s right to participate in and contribute to their community. Even the most basic accommodations are not consistently in place, such as automatic sliding doors.


The BCPF Advocacy Committee is working on a campaign. Writing letters and raising awareness to address the lack of accessibility in communities across BC due to poor city planning processes and policies.


Sign the online petition HERE.


BCPF is proud to present the Self-Advocate Leadership of the Year Award. In celebration of someone who has shown exceptional leadership and knowledge throughout the 2020 year in the field of advocating for the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

This award encourages all Self-Advocates to continue to lead and to be inspired. The winner receives a $200 honorarium award (to assist in their advocacy efforts or learning this year) and an award plaque. Jo-Anne, BCPF President, will also be announcing the winner of the 2020 President's Award at the event.


Words hurt. The R-word does not equal stupid.


BCPF offers workshops about language and the ‘R-word’. Geared to students in grades 5 and up, groups such as scouting/guides, and college programs across BC. It can also be offered to teachers and employees in any industry.


The workshops are delivered by BCPF Members who have lived with hearing and being harmed by this word. This makes for a powerful presentation that puts a face behind the reality of the hurt that this word causes. The workshop teaches people about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and discusses the importance of language

CRPD & Human Rights Training

Join BC People First Members as we learn about and break down the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).


Canada ratified the UNCRPD. This means we agreed to follow the standards set. The convention is a detailed list and explanation of all our human rights.


Members of our presentation team are also teaching  information to others about the CRPD and our rights. Please GET IN TOUCH if you'd like us to present for your school or work group.  Plus, follow our updates on social media as we learn more and make posts for our graphic advocacy series.

Raising PWD

The current PWD single rates are $1,233. But $1233 does not cover the basic expenses of life each month.


With CERB pandemic funding the rate for a basic living income has been set at $2000. Which is just barely enough to get by but people with disabilities are expected to live on a lot less. Things like this show how little consideration is given to people with disabilities to ensure we have a good life.


BCPF  Members book presentations with City Councils and Provincial Committees and others to speak on behalf of our Members about our daily experiences living under the poverty line. We want politicians to understand what we go through because it is not easy.


Are you a BCPF Member who wants to learn more about self-advocacy OR wants to help others learn more about advocating for their rights? You can sign up as an Advocacy Mentor or request a Mentor if you want someone to go to for advice about self-advocacy work.


Mentors do not do the advocacy work for their Beginners. Mentors are someone to go to for advice about self-advocacy work or advocacy projects in the community.


BCPF Members can get more information and SIGN UP HERE to become  a mentor or request an advocacy mentor. It's a great way to get involved and get advice!