DABC Community Update: New Transportation Supplement Introduced

Effective January 1st 2018 PWD recipients will receive a $52 increase to their monthly benefits.  This increase comes in the form of a new transportation supplement. People with the PWD designation who receive a monthly bus pass and those without a monthly bus pass will both get this $52 increase. The change in the maximum rate for shelter, support, and transportation for a single person will be:   Current Rate January 1st 2018 Rate No Bus Pass $1,133 $1,133 + $52 (transportation supplement) With Bus Pass $1,081 $1,133 DABC is extremely pleased with this change and congratulates the Honourable Shane Simpson, Minister for Social Development and Poverty Reduction, for his leadership. The new transportation supplement will help improve the financial security and independence of many British Columbians with disabilities. Additional Information The BC Bus Pass can be used in both BC Transit and TransLink areas. People receiving PWD can continue to switch between a bus pass and cash transportation supplement on a monthly basis. People receiving the Comforts Allowance and Room and Board benefits will also receive this increase. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Advocacy Access Program at 604-872-1278 or 1-800-663-1278. Best regards, Sam Turcott, Advocacy Access Program...

Lifetime Networks Fall Programs

Lifetime Networks works hard to achieve their goal;  to increase the number of relationships in the lives of people with disabilities.  Throughout the year they offer many programs for adults with disabilities; cooking, music, photography, art, and social events.  For fall 2017, they’ve introduced three new programs: Theatre Skills Class that will focus on general acting, dramatic storytelling, scene work, stage presence, and character development Table Talk Group that encourages social connection and networking Westshore Being a Citizen Cooking Program to learn how to cook foods from around the world If you’d like to learn more about the programs at Lifetime Networks, click here to access their...

DABC Community Update: Annual Earnings Exemption for Provincial Disability Benefits Increased

Effective October 1, 2017, the Annual Earnings Exemption (AEE) limit will increase by $2,400 for each person receiving Persons with Disabilities (PWD) benefits. This earnings exemption allows people receiving PWD benefits to make money from employment over the calendar year without a reduction of their benefits. The AEE does not apply to money received from most other sources such as Canada Pension Plan benefits or Old Age Security benefits. The new AEE limits will be: Single person with a disability: $12,000 Couple, one person with a disability: $14,400 Couple, both people with a disability: $24,000 The increase in the AEE rate means that some people who previously exceeded their AEE limit earlier in 2017 may be eligible for a top-up of benefits. They are encouraged to contact the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction for further information. Disability Alliance BC applauds these changes and the leadership taken by the Hon. Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction in recognizing the social and economic value of supporting people with disabilities in the workforce. Additional Information For further information, please contact Sam Turcott, Director of Advocacy Access at 604-872-1278 or toll free...

DABC Community Update

Premier John Horgan has announced a monthly increase of $100 to BC disability and income assistance rates. This change begins September 20th 2017 (October benefits). The maximum rate for support and shelter for a single person will be: –           $710 (Income Assistance) –           $757 (Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers to Employment – PPMB) –           $1081 (Persons with Disabilities with a bus pass – PWD) –           $1133 (Persons with Disabilities without a bus pass – PWD) Families with two adults who both have the PWD designation will receive a $200 monthly increase. This is the first increase to income assistance rates in a decade despite the rapidly rising cost of living across the province. Disability Alliance BC applauds the new government’s fast implementation of these much needed increases. Additional Information The new Minister responsible for disability benefits and income assistance (Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction) is the Honourable Shane Simpson. While there has been no formal announcement, Minister Simpson’s mandate letter from the Premier directs him to implement a $200 monthly increase to the earnings exemption for assistance recipients and restore the BC Bus Pass program. There has also been no announcement about an increase for people receiving Room and Board benefits, or the Comforts Allowance. We have no further information about these changes at this time. If you have any questions about this announcement please feel free to contact Sam Turcott, Advocacy Access Program Director at 604-872-1278 or...

AccessNow Accessibility App

AccessNow is all about sharing accessibility information around the world. Our goal is to map as many places as we possibly can, and we invite you to help us! A worldwide community, passionate about change, together we can empower each other to have access now. As we pin-point the accessibility status of locations, we can start looking at how to turn all the red pins, not accessible, to green pins, accessible. We want to find ways to create access where there currently is none. If you are someone working to remove barriers…we want to hear from you! We use crowdsourcing to pin-point the accessibility status of locations on an interactive map. Search for specific places or browse to see what is nearby with the accessibility features you need. If info isn’t already on our map, you can add it yourself and contribute to our worldwide community. Click here for the AccessNow...

BC LIONS Partner with Pacific Autism Family Network

The BC Lions and Pacific Autism Family Network are creating a first in the Canadian Football League. The two organizations have joined forces to take steps at providing fans on the Autism Spectrum a more comfortable experience by creating the GAMECHANGERS program. Together, they aim to ensure that families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder can attend, have a better experience, and cheer on their CFL team at all home games at BC Place. The program gives families who are a part of the Pacific Autism Family Network the opportunity to request tickets and be seated in a thoughtfully selected reserved area, as well as receive Toolkits for each individual attending with Autism or a related disorder. The Toolkits contain items to make the game more user friendly and include noise cancelling headphones, earplugs, sensory toys, and a visual schedule for game day. “As anyone in our organization will tell you, football is family,” said Lions VP, Business George Chayka. “We are both proud and honoured to have an opportunity to join with the Pacific Autism Family Network and bring the joy, excitement and fun of BC Lions football to those who would not normally find it possible to attend. Our community is stronger when we go the extra yard to be inclusive and the GAMECHANGER program is a perfect example of what we can do together.” Families who are a part of Pacific Autism Family Network, will be notified of upcoming BC Lions’ home games and given the opportunity to attend as part of the GAMECHANGERS program. Families who attend will be sent their tickets in advance, along with instructions for arrival, and a separate visual schedule that supports the lead...