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Disability Rights Policies and Regulations

3.J.01—Declaration of Teaching and Learning Conditions

3.2 The member has the right to work in a workplace free from harassment, sexual harassment and free from discrimination on the basis of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or family status.

4.1.2 The right to enjoy equal access to free public school education, up to and including grade 12 graduation, regardless of age or disability. This education should include free access to learning materials and to a wide range of curriculum offerings, and the responsibility to utilize available learning resources and take advantage of opportunities for growth and development.

8.12 Accessibility shall be provided around, into and within the school structure for students and members with disabilities and impairments.

9.A.07—Provincial Education Goals Provincial educational goals should be directed towards ensuring:
3. protection from discrimination on the basis of place of birth, place of residence, gender identity, age, race, religion, socioeconomic status, disability or sexual orientation


C. Salary Indemnity Plan PROCEDURES 13.C.02—Pursuant to the BCTF Constitution and By-Laws, the Federation shall administer a Salary Indemnity Plan (hereinafter called the “plan”) for the benefit of its members. The plan shall provide short-term and long-term benefits, in accordance with the following regulations, to members disabled from employment as a result of illness or accident.


13.D.29—Teachers with HIV/AIDS
3. Where a teacher with an AIDS related illness becomes too sick to work, full access to sick leave, long-term disability and medical benefits be ensured.


6. Group Disability Plans That a plan member in receipt of benefits from an approved group disability plan be credited with service for that period, and that salary for pension calculation purposes be indexed.


B. Technology and Equity 51.B.01—That the BCTF believes:
4. That information and communications technology provide for equity of benefit through changes in courses, learning conditions and school culture to ensure participation of groups traditionally marginalized, e.g., on the basis of gender, socio-economic status or disability.


53.A.11—That, at the secondary level, violence prevention education should include a major component on understanding power in relationships and the related issues of sexism, racism, sexual orientation, ableism, ethnocentrism, and gender identity. (Dec 93 Ex, pp. 8–10) (May 10 Ex, p. 8)


13.C.06—1. That the BCTF support programs of employee rehabilitation that meet the following criteria:
3. That the BCTF Salary Indemnity Plan Health and Wellness Program assist members who become disabled to return to their teaching positions as early as possible through a rehabilitation program offered, on a voluntary basis, early in the disability absence.


2.A.42—That all BCTF Annual General and Representative Assembly meetings have: 1. at least one microphone that is easily accessible to people with disabilities. 2. a system in place that allows people with disabilities to speak without having to make their way to a microphone. (Jan 09 RA, p. 9)

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