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Enhancing the Rights and Well-being of Children, Youth and Families Living with Disabilities: A National Action Plan

Society for Children and Youth of British Columbia Country Resources Child and Youth Disability policies/plans/legislations and service standards Canada 28 May 2004 Policy document community services, mental health service

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“At the lived realities of the personal level, a national action plan is essential because:

• Families play a pivotal role in meeting the needs of children with disabilities and need support – they cannot do it alone;

• Access to appropriate supports and services is inadequate;

• Appropriate services (of various types) are not available in many communities, and, where services are available, they are not adequate to meet the level of need;

• Discretionary funding of services means that children’s rights are essentially treated as privileges;

• Devolution of policy and services has resulted in lack of consistency and accountability;

• Community supports and governance are central to inclusive communities"

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