Family Matters: Celebrating Diversity

Performers from West Coast REACH! Association were featured in the news on Friday night and included some familiar faces from Kardel.  They performed at the Oak Bay Tea Party last week and will be performing at Sidney days on June 30.  Click here to see the news clip. West Coast REACH! Association is a registered non-profit organization newly-founded by Anne-Marie and Peter Brimacombe.  Through the performing and visual arts they nurture, inspire, empower, inform and unite people of all ages, cultures, faiths and abilities.  Click here to view their website with registration...

CLBC is Working to Improve its Planning Support

CLBC would like to invite you to provide input on how it can better support individuals and their families to plan. Background CLBC is currently working on a project to improve its planning support to individuals and their families.  Our research shows that: Individuals and families need realistic, accurate and consistent information about CLBC long before they turn 19. Individuals and families have different planning needs (i.e. transition, aging, employment, etc.). Individuals and families want “ownership” over their planning processes and documents; they want ready access and the ability to adjust plans themselves. There is often duplication in planning with service providers. Based on these findings, CLBC will be testing a new approach to planning that includes a planning profile tool based on the Quality of Life Framework of Dr. Schalock. We are interested in hearing from service providers about how this new profile tool might interface with existing service provider planning approaches, process, and efforts. You Are Invited The Planning Project Design Team will be visiting 4 locations around the province testing elements of the new planning design, and we will be in Victoria in early June.  In addition to attending the session for service providers, we hope that you will also encourage involvement from individuals and families who you support.  We are interested in hearing from individuals (and their families) who are in high school and may be eligible for services in the future, those who recently transitioned and are receiving CLBC-funded services, and those who recently transitioned and are on CLBC’s Request for Service List.  Here is our schedule: Session 1: Service Providers – 1:00-3:00pm, June 5, CLBC, Suite...

Disability Alliance BC (DABC) Community Update

As of March 22, 2017, nurse practitioners are included on the list of health professionals who can certify the impacts of impairments for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC). Nurse practitioners can help people who have one or more disabilities that affect vision, speaking, hearing, walking, eliminating, feeding, dressing, and mental functions necessary for everyday life, as well as those who require life-sustaining therapy. The updated DTC application form can be downloaded from the Canada Revenue Agency website (click here) or requested by calling 1-800-959-8281. Just a reminder that through the Access RDSP initiative, DABC provides help and support to apply for the DTC to British Columbians who are eligible for the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP). The DABC are working in partnership with Plan Institute and the BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS) so that British Columbians with disabilities have the supports they need to open an RDSP. For more help please call us at 604-872-1278 or 1-800-663-1278, or call the Access RDSP hotline at 1-844-311-7526. Thank you to the Vancouver Foundation for their generous funding of this work....

DABC Update: Alternative Hearing Assistance Supplement

Effective April 1, 2017 the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (MSDSI) has introduced a $100 monthly Alternative Hearing Assistance supplement. The supplement was implemented following a human rights complaint supported by lawyers at the BC Public Interest and Advocacy Centre (BC PIAC). The supplement is available to eligible people with permanent profound hearing loss in both ears. Eligible people include those receiving Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers to Employment (PPMB) benefits, as well as Income Assistance recipients residing in special care facilities. Applicants for the supplement must be assessed by an audiologist or hearing instrument professional to show that they cannot significantly benefit from a hearing instrument (hearing aid ect) for the purposes of speech comprehension. People who have received a hearing instrument supplement in the past 36 months may not be eligible for this supplement. This supplement is good news and has the potential to promote better access to services and supports for people in the Deaf and hard of hearing community. Our congratulations to BC PIAC for their great work on this. If you have any questions about the supplement, please contact Sam Turcott at our Advocacy Access Program at 604-872-1278 or...

DABC Call for Nominations

Nominations for Disability Alliance BC’s (DABC) Board of Directors are now being accepted. To be eligible, an individual must be: A person with a disability A member in good standing with DABC Interested individuals should submit a written expression of interest to Chloe Krause c/o the Nominations Committee by email at chloe@disabilityalliancebc.org. Once they have done so, they will receive a nomination package. The nomination package will contain: A nomination form to be completed and signed by two nominators who must also be members in good standing of DABC A form to be completed and signed by the nominee detailing his or her reasons for seeking nomination to the Board of Directors A form to be completed and signed by one of the nominators or the nominee setting forth the qualifications of the nominee for election to the Board of Directors A list of the DABC Board of Directors’ duties and responsibilities DABC’s Annual Report The Nominations Committee must receive completed nomination packages no later than May 26TH. Upon receipt of the completed nomination package, the Nominations Committee will acknowledge all expressions of interest.  Please remember to pay/renew your $15.00...