Supporting the Inclusion of Students with Complex Needs


This four-part series helps you build skills and understanding of what inclusion means for students with complex needs in today’s classrooms.

Course Navigation

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We recommend working through the four courses in order, starting with the foundational content of Course 1: Creating a Culture of Inclusion. Within each course, you can move forwards and backwards via the “next” and “previous” buttons on each page. You can also jump to relevant content in the table of contents.

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Course Activities

This course provides you with multiple ways to check your knowledge and apply your learning. Throughout each online course, you will encounter case studies, “ThINk About” questions, Opportunity for Practice activities, and reflective journaling. In addition, some course modules end with quizzes to further reinforce your learning.


Creating a Culture of Inclusion

Explore the history of inclusion and current inclusive practices, then consider some of the factors that influence those practices.

Begin Course 1

Individual Learning Differences

Expand your knowledge of specific disabilities, their individual impacts on learning, and the complexity that results from having multiple disabilities.

Begin Course 2

Instructional Strategies

Learn about the tools and strategies needed for the successful inclusion of students with complex needs.

Begin Course 3

Program Planning

Apply the skills you’ve gained to create inclusive educational programs aligned with B.C. curriculum and competency-based Individual Education Plans (IEP).

Begin Course 4


We gratefully acknowledge those who contributed to the development of these courses.

Inclusion Outreach Staff and Partners

  • Christopher Jenkins
  • Cherry Lozupone
  • Elaine Jenkins
  • Adam Wilton
  • Camille Traverse
  • Claire Abecia
  • Julia Loreth
  • Kristine Peterson
  • Linda Haynes
  • Pat Blundon
  • Sean McCartney
  • Stephanie Edwards
  • Susanne Christensen
  • Taryn Silver
  • Zoe Watt

Open School BC, Ministry of Education and Child Care

  • Brian Glover
  • Chris Teskey
  • Christine Ramkeesoon
  • Farrah Patterson
  • Janet Bartz
  • Jennifer Riddel
  • Leanne Baugh
  • Nori Sinclair
  • Shayla Starcheski
  • Sophia Barton-Bucknor
  • Stephanie Dawson

Inclusive Education, Ministry of Education and Child Care

  • Jennifer Halbert
  • Patricia Kovacs
  • Tia Wedge

We acknowledge all Indigenous peoples on whose territories we live, work, and play. We honour their connection to the land and respect the importance of the diverse teachings, traditions, and practices within these territories.