Special Education

All Students
All students should have equitable access to learning, opportunities for achievement, and the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of their educational programs.

The purpose of Special Education is to enable the equitable participation of students with special needs in the educational system in British Columbia.

Special Needs
Students with special needs have disabilities of an intellectual, physical, sensory, emotional, or behavioural nature, or have a learning disability or have exceptional gifts or talents.

Special Education Services: A Manual of Policies, Procedures and Guidelines

Special Education Resource Documents

Cross Government Initiatives
Inter-Ministry Protocols for the Provision of Support Services to Schools (PDF, 1.05MB)
Inter-ministry protocols are intended to support and guide the co-ordinated delivery of effective-services to school-aged children.

Children and Youth with Special Needs - A Framework for Action
(Le document est également disponible en français)

The CYSN Framework for Action is B.C.’s strategy to improve access, quality and coordination of services for children and youth with special needs and their families across the ministries of Education, Children and Family Development and Health Services.