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“Celebrate Diverse ABILITIES” is a magazine created by self advocates and family members from across British Columbia. This edition’s theme is “The Future is Accessible”, showcasing stories of the less talked about aspects of accessibility such as access to employment, information, social connections, services, recreation and technology.
To view the magazine articles in a web browser click here.
To read a PDF version of the magazine click here.
The BC Government maintains a listing of accommodation options which have agreed to offer discounted rates to people who have to travel for medical care, as well as their families or caregivers who have to travel with them. This has already helped out one of our Home Share Providers who had to stay in another city while the individual they support was admitted to hospital there.
To check out the discounted medical travel accommodation list by region click here.
Presented by: BC People First Society
BCPF has opened nominations for our first ever Self-Advocate Leadership of the Year Award that will be announced at our Employment Conference for Self-Advocates on March 25, 2020.
This award is in celebration of an individual who has shown exceptional leadership and knowledge throughout the 2019 year in the field of advocating for the rights of people labelled with an intellectual or developmental disability.
This award showcases the importance of advocacy and encourages all self-advocates to continue to lead and to be inspired. A winner will be selected following the decision process. The winner will be announced at BC People First’s Employment Conference & AGM on March 25, 2020. The winner will receive a $200 honorarium award (to assist in their advocacy efforts) and a plaque.
To find out more and access the nomination form click here.
Changes to the Employment and Assistance Act and the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act as of Jan. 1, 2020
- Ending the requirement for people on PWD, PPMB or regular Income Assistance to pursue Canada Pension Plan retirement benefits before the age of 65;
- Removing the limit to the number of security deposits for Ministry clients
- Introducing a repayable pet damage deposit with the same requirements as a security deposit
- Eliminating the two-year independence rule, which states that young adults must be financially independent for two years before being able to access income assistance.
- Changing the definition of spouse so that people can live together for 12 consecutive months (instead of 3) before being considered spouses
For more details of the positive changes click here
To view the guide click here
Love at Second Sight is an educational video that transforms attitudes about appearance and encourages students to accept themselves and others. It’s about difference and belonging, judgment and inclusion. To learn more and watch the full video, go here!