Practical Prep: Economical Emergency Preparedness

The District of Saanich is pleased to share practical and economical ideas to make preparing for emergencies easier. Many of these valuable tips have been collected from their volunteers, residents and staff. Just as every family is unique, so is their preparedness. Account for the people who make your household special and plan to meet their needs. If you have children, provide age appropriate information about what you are planning for and have them help you make kits. They may take special interest in creating a kit for the family pet. Use small events such as power outages or storm events to practice your plan and access your kit.  To access their website for more information please click...

Find Support BC: Locating helpful groups in your community

Community Living BC is pleased to support an important resource offered by the Family Support Institute (FSI). FSI has created an online resource database called www.findsupportBC.com that connects families and individuals living with diverse abilities  to more than 4,000 governmental and non-governmental resources in almost every region of British Columbia. Find Support BC was launched in 2015, with a small grant from CLBC, and every effort was taken to make sure the database would be an easy to use trusted online resource for families. When developing the site, FSI brought focus groups together at every stage of site development. Because of these efforts, CLBC has heard from many individuals and families that the data base has been a successful tool and central access point for locating programs and activities that range from assistive technology, recreation, and housing options to funding, financial security, and government programs and services. In addition to the multiple resources found on the site, users will be able to access the recently added Transitions Timeline that provides checklists, priority areas and steps families should take and what services and supports may be available to them specific to transitioning youth. For more information please click...

Blood Collection Services Tailored for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

At LifeLabs they understand that having blood drawn can sometimes be a source of anxiety for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which can result in delayed diagnosis and treatment. This is why LifeLabs developed specific blood collection practices as part of their Serving Customers with Autism program to deliver a safe and positive experience that increases the likelihood of a successful procedure. The program is now available at all LifeLabs Patient Service Centres in British Columbia and Ontario.  Click here to access the LifeLabs website for more information and to find a location near...

Queer Abilities

Do you self-identify as someone who falls under the queer umbrella living with a disability?  If so, join the Queer Abilities group that meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 5-6:30pm at the Greater Victoria Public Library, 735 Broughton Street. Click here for more...

CLBC 2017 WOW Award

Community Living BC’s Widening Our World (WOW) Awards celebrate people who are building welcoming communities for people with diverse abilities.  No matter who they are or where they live in BC, tell us about your inclusion champion! Nominate someone today at: http://www.communitylivingbc.ca/WOW  Nominations will be accepted October 18 to November 30, 2017. Click here to access the CLBC website for more...

British Columbia celebrates Community Living Month 2017

October 2017 marks the 19th Community Living Month in British Columbia, an annual celebration of inclusion and a time to raise awareness of people with developmental disabilities as fully participating members of our society. During October, CLBC will be sharing Community Living Month posts on their Facebook and Twitter pages using the hashtag #clmonth2017 and asking others to do the same. CLBC will be sharing information and stories on their website about the many Community Living Month events and celebrations taking place around BC during...