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Business
Communications
Disability Benefits and Programs
Entertainment
Funding
General Information
Government Programs/Rebates

Home Modifications
Housing
Specialized Equipment
Sports, Recreation and Leisure
Support Services
Travel

Business

Vancity Advice and Business Loans for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities (ABLED)
Barrier-Free Employers
Amway - A Home Based Business

Communications

Accessibility Service Centre for Bell Canada
Communication Assistance for Youth and Adults
Literacy Now Burnaby
Special Needs for Rogers Customers

Disability Benefits and Programs

A Self-Help Guide for Canada Pension Plan Disability Appeals
BC Disability Benefits Help Sheets

Entertainment

Access 2 Entertainment
Home Library Service Offered by Regional Libraries

Funding

The Giving in Action Society
President's Choice Children's Charity
Variety Children’s Charity of BC
Muscular Dystrophy Western Canada's Equipment Program

General Information

The Red Book Online
BC PARAPLEGIC ASSOCIATION Information Services & Peer Program
The Society for Children and Youth
New Mobility Magazine
Inclusion BC
Transition Magazine

Government Programs/Rebates

WorkBC – Avia Employment Service
Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI)
PWD Monthly Nutritional Supplement
Property Tax Deferment Program
GST/HST Specially Equipped Motor Vehicle Rebate Application
Fuel Tax Refund Program for Persons with Disability
Federal Excise Gasoline Tax Refund Program
Canada Revenue Agency – Disability Tax Credit
Registered Disability Savings Plan Website
Annual Bus Pass

Home Modifications

Building Contractor

Housing

Accessible Housing BC
Sorry No Vacancy Housing Survey

Specialized Equipment

CanAssist
Dressing Solutions for Special Needs/A Dressing Needs
Bridging the Gap Sport Wheelchair Loans
Communication Assistance for Youth and Adults
Muscular Dystrophy Canada Equipment Loan Program
Canadian Red Cross Medical Equipment Loan Service
Canadian Red Cross Children's Medical Equipment Recycling Loan Service
WestCan Products
C9000 Assistive Device
TetraLites Project (Lights for Mobility Aids)
Tetra Society Database
SET-BC (Special Education Technology)

Sports, Recreation and Leisure

Camp at BC Parks for Free
BCPA Leisureship Program
See also CAN’s Adaptive Sports and Recreation Database for B.C.

Support Services

BC Coalition of People with Disabilities
Disability Benefits - BCCPD Disability Benefits Advocacy Access Program
Financial Security - BCCPD Support for Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)
Independent Living - BCCPD Community and Residents Mentor Association
Independent Living - BCCPD Personal Supports
Emergency Preparedness - BCCPD Emergency Planning
Health & Wellness - BCCPD Wellness and Disability Initiative
Health & Wellness - BCCPD AIDS and Disability Action Program
Health & Wellness - BCCPD HEAL (Health Education, Advocacy and Leadership)
Bridges to the Future
BC PARAPLEGIC ASSOCIATION Information Services & Peer Program
Lower Mainland Low Fee Counseling Service
Personal Motivator at Your Service Province Wide
Online Database: Support Worker Central
Literacy Now Burnaby
posAbilities
I Can Be Safe Online
The Community Futures Program - Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program
BC211
Untape
Learning Disabilities Association of British Columbia
Family Support Institue of BC

Travel

International Tourism and Cruise Line Website - Australia for All
Camping Supplies for People With Disabilities
Guide For Disabled Cruisers
ICBC Auto Insurance Discount
BC Ferries Discount
Taxi Saver Program
Flight Centre Accessible Travel
Annual Bus Pass
B.C. Wheelchair Friendly Services
Whistler for the Disabled
Wheelchair Traveling
Tips and Suggestions for Traveling with a Disability
The Disabled Wheelchair Traveller - Holiday Tips
Wheelchair Friendly Cruising
Best Ships for Cruisers with Disabilities

See also CAN’s Transportation Page


BUSINESS

Vancity Advice and Business Loans for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities (ABLED)

VanCityWe recognise that being an entrepreneur with a disability can prove difficult when accessing business services and securing capital. So ABLED was formed, a joint initiative of Vancity and Western Economic Diversification, Canada. ABLED encourages self-employment among entrepreneurs with disabilities who demonstrate the capacity to operate their own business. ABLED provides entrepreneurs with:

       * business loans and
       * training advice pre- and post-business launch, tailored to your realities

The advice portion of ABLED includes

You qualify for this free service when you

This service is free through funding from Western Economic Diversification, Canada.

Applying is easy

www.vancity.com/ABLED/

Barrier-Free Employers

Practical Guide for Employment Accommodation for People with Disabilities
Source: Canadian Human Rights Commission
dawn.thot.net/employment_accommodation.html#guidelines

Amway – A Home-based Business

Amway is a home based business that can be beneficial for people with disabilities as you can earn money from your home in a safe way and at your own pace.

If you would like more information, please contact Doug Seanor by e-mail at ibiz4u.doug@gmail.com

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COMMUNICATIONS

Accessibility Service Centre for Bell Canada

Did you know Bell has a dedicated call centre team trained and equipped to help customers who have disabilities? Contact Bell Accessibility services to find out how we can help with general inquiries, account management and finding solutions that suit your specific needs. Visit us online www.bell.ca/accessibility

Accessibility services centre hours of operation
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
By phone: 1 800 268-9243
By email: accessible@bell.ca

Communication Assistance for Youth and Adults

Communication Assistance for Youth and Adults (CAYA) is a Provincial Resource Program that supports adults aged 19 years and older who require an augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) system due to a severe communication disability, i.e. speech that is not functional for daily communication. The goal of CAYA is to ensure that eligible individuals have access to the communication tools and professional support to enable them to create an adult life to the best of their abilities.

Tel: 604.326.3500
General email: contact@cayabc.org
Website: www.cayabc.org

Literacy Now Burnaby

Literacy Now Burnaby – is part of a province-wide network of 102 Literacy Task Groups with Literacy Outreach Coordinators, supporting literacy in 400 communities.

The committees are funded, supported, and coordinated by Decoda Literacy Solutions. They work to create awareness of the importance of literacy and to increase local access to literacy opportunities through collaborative community planning.

Our Burnaby Literacy Now committee was formed in 2007 to promote literacy as a foundation for all learning. Literacy Now Burnaby considers literacy to be much more than reading and writing. It includes the ability to communicate, use technology and to be able to participate in society. Literacy is directly linked to everything we need to live life. It is linked to better jobs, better wages and better health.

Literacy Now Burnaby is committed to working in partnership with community groups and organizations to build and enhance literacy services, programs and networks in- line with the Burnaby Literacy Plan.

www.literacynowburnaby.ca/help-support-literacy-in-bc/

Special Needs for Rogers Customers

This page lists the services that are available, at no additional charge, to Rogers customer with special needs. It includes services for Rogers home phone, Rogers cable, and Rogers Wireless,
www.rogers.com/web/content/special-needs

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DISABILITY BENEFITS & PROGRAMS

A Self-Help Guide for Canada Pension Plan Disability Appeals

This Guide has been produced by Disability Alliance BC and the Community Legal Assistance Society. It is designed to help people who are representing themselves with Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPP-D) appeals to the Social Security Tribunal (the “Tribunal”). Representatives may also find the Guide helpful if they have clients with appeals before the Tribunal.

Get the Guide here: Self-Help Guide for Canada Pension Plan Disability Appeals

BC Disability Benefits Help Sheets

DABC's Help Sheets are a series of self-help guides that help people learn about and access BC's disability benefits and programs. If you would like any of these Help Sheets mailed to you free of charge, email Val at feedback@disabilityalliancebc.org.

Help sheets link: www.disabilityalliancebc.org/money/

Help Sheets include:

Persons with Disabilities Application
Checklist for PWD (Persons with Disabilities) Benefit
Monthly Nutritional Supplement (MNS)
Appeal Denial of PWD: Reconsideration
Appeal Denial of PWD: The Appeal Tribunal
PPMB (Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers) Application
Health Supplements for People with Disabilities
Trusts for PWDs
Employment, Eductation and Training for PWDs
Appealing Denial of PPMB: The Request for Reconsideration
Appealing Denial of PPMB Benefit: The Appeal Tribunal
Income Assistance Application
Rate Amounts for PWD and PPMB Benefits
RDSP (Registered Disability Savings Plan) and the Disability Tax Credit
People with Disabilities on Reserve: The PWD Designation
BC Disability Benefits - Application and Appeal Guides
CPP (Canadian Pension Plan) Disability
Registered Disability Savings Plan and Disability Tax Credit
Poverty
Tips on Saving and Spending


ENTERTAINMENT

Access 2 Entertainment

The Access 2 Entertainment card provides persons with a disability to receive either free admission or a significant discount for their support person at member movie theatres across Canada. This program was developed by an advisory group of nine national disability organizations, in conjunction with FAccess 2 Entertainmentamous Players and Cineplex Galaxy.

Persons with a permanent disability who require a support person when attending a movie theatre are eligible for the card. The applicant must agree to follow the terms and conditions for use of the card (see below).

A support person is an individual who accompanies a person with a disability to provide those services that are not provided by theatre employees, such as assisting the person with eating, administering medication, communication and use of the facilities.

To download the form go to www.access2.ca

Several Regional Libraries offer Home Library Service

Click the name of the library nearest you for complete details regarding; services, phone numbers and other information.

Burnaby Library Home Services

The Home Library Service delivers materials free of charge to:

Burnaby residents of any age who are confined to home for 3 months or more because of ill health, frailty, visual or physical disability.

Senior Citizens who cannot use the library because of a lack of transportation.
borrowers who live in private residences, care facilities, private hospitals and seniors' housing throughout Burnaby.

They can bring you:

  • books in regular and large print
  • paperbacks and magazines
  • videos
  • music cassettes and music CDs
  • audiobooks on cassette
  • audiobooks on digital daisy disc and MP3
  • spoken word cassettes

Once you tell the Home Library Service staff what you enjoy reading, a selection of material which was chosen especially for you will be delivered to your home. Specific requests for bestsellers or books of special interest are always welcome.

Address

6100 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, B.C. V5H 4N5

Hours open to public

Monday - Friday 9:00 - 4:30
Saturday & Sunday closed

Telephone hours

Monday - Friday 9:00 - 5:00
Saturday & Sunday closed
General Inquiries: 604-436-5423

Email: bplhomes@bpl.bc.ca

Special Services - Daisy reader


Coquitlam Public Library

Low Vision Resources

The library offers the following resources for people with impaired vision:

Large Print Materials

Many popular fiction and non-fiction titles are available in large print. The library also carries Reader's Digest in large print format.

Audiobook Collection

The Poirier Branch of the library has an Audiobook collection on cassette tape and Daisy format CD available to users who are visually or physically challenged and cannot read regular print material. This collection is funded by the provincial government and Public Library InterLINK, and users must sign an eligibility form to use this collection. A second collection of books on tape and CD is available to the general public.

Deposit Collections

The library provides large print collections for residents at care facilities and nursing homes.

Homebound Services

The library provides free pick-up and delivery of books, magazines or audiobooks for individual Coquitlam residents who are temporarily or permanently homebound. Homebound patrons may choose to let the Library select materials for them, file a profile of reading interests, or keep a list of materials read or desired.  This information is confidential and available only to Homebound Services staff.

For more information, please contact Barbara Weston, Community Services Librarian
at (604) 937-4140.

Coquitlam Library Home Services Website


Fraser Valley Regional Library offers Home Library Service

Home Library Service provides a free and convenient way for homebound customers to borrow library books and other library materials.

Arrange for Home Library Service by contacting Outreach Services:
(604) 859-7141 or 1-888-668-4141 (toll free in BC).

Any patron living within a community of the Fraser Valley Regional Library Service, who is not able to access the library themselves due to a disability, injury, illness, or infirmity, is able to use the Home Library Service. The Home Library Service is a free and convenient way for homebound residents to borrow library books and other items. For more information or to register go to www.fvrl.bc.ca/


North Vancouver City Library

Special Services

North Vancouver City Library offers specific special services for Library members with disabilities that prohibit them from visiting the Library, reading regular, or large-print, books, or using a computer. We also provide a wealth of materials in large-print format for customers with visual or physical difficulties. more

Special Services Audio Books

Special Service Audio Books are available to residents of North Vancouver City who are unable to read regular or large print books due to some disability. For example, people who are visually impaired, unable to hold a book due to stroke, Parkinson's or other physical disability or are dyslexic are eligible for the Audio Book program.

To register you must obtain an eligibility form from the Library. Return the completed form to the Library's Special Services Office. Our Special Services Coordinator will then complete your registration and assist you in your title selection. North Vancouver City Library has over 3,000 audio titles and access to 15,000 more from libraries in the Lower Mainland. For more information, call 604-998-3460 and speak with Margarete, our Special Services Supervisor.

Home Services

Home Services are available to residents of North Vancouver City who are unable to come to the Library due to some disability. North Vancouver City Library offers a free home delivery service of library materials for City residents who are unable to come to the Library on a permanent or short-term basis. If you can't come to us, we'll come to you.

To register for this service, please phone 604-998-3460 and speak with Margarete, our Special Services Supervisor. You will discuss with Margarete what you like to read and any special needs. Large-print books and audio books are available if you require these types of materials.

Once you have registered for Home Services a personalized selection of material will be delivered to your home by a Library staff member. Delivery day is Wednesday between 11:30am and 4:30pm, and special arrangements can be made upon request. Friends and family can pick up your selection at the Library if that is more convenient.

To learn more about either of the above services click on the links or phone 604-998-3460 to speak with Margarete Weidmann, our Special Services Supervisor.

Adaptive Technology

An Adaptive Technology Computer is available to the public that features equipment and software made to assist those experiencing hearing loss, visual impairments, or other challenges

North Vancouver Library website: www.cnv.org/nvcl


North Vancouver District Public Library

HOME LIBRARY SERVICE

If you are unable to get to the library because of a physical disability and you live in the District of North Vancouver, you can request Home Library Service. The Home Library Service Librarian can choose a selection of large print or regular print books and audiovisual materials based on your interests or you can request specific titles. Deliveries are scheduled for Wednesday or Thursday afternoons.

NVDPL also schedules monthly Library Afternoons on Wednesdays and Thursdays to bring books to homebound residents at each of the following complexes:

  • Capilano Lions House (in conjunction with the Capilano Community Services Seniors' Hub)
  • Cedarview Lodge and Cedar Garden
  • Churchill House
  • Kiwanis Care Centre
  • Lions Manor in Deep Cove
  • Lynn Valley Care Centre
  • Sunrise Lynn Valley
  • Woodcroft
  • Zajac Norgate House

A deposit collection of Large Print books is delivered to Evergreen House at Lions Gate Hospital each month and the Evergreen House library volunteers take a tailored selection around to the residents each week.

To find out more about our Home Library Service, please call the Home Service Librarian, Heather Goodwin, at 604-990-5800 Local 8124 or email: heatherg@nvdpl.ca

If you are unable to read print because of a visual, perceptual or physical disability, you can register for the Talking Books Service and have talking books delivered.

Talking Books

The Talking Books program is for people who are unable to read print material due to visual, physical or cognitive disabilities.

We have a large selection of fiction and non-fiction books on cassette, CD, MP3-CD and the DAISY format. Cassette tape players and DAISY players are available to borrow.

We also request Talking Books from other libraries. To find out if you are eligible, and to learn more about Talking Books, call the Coordinator at 604-925-7437.

Large Print Books

Our library selection of Large Print Books is constantly updated. We offer fiction and nonfiction bestsellers. You can also find mysteries, romances, westerns and the Reader's Digest Large Print Edition.

Accessibility in the Library

The library has automatic entrance doors and elevator access to all levels.

Adaptive Technology in the Library

To assist patrons who have difficulty using a mouse or keyboard, the library has glide pads at some computers. The glide pad allows you to control the cursor by sliding your finger over the device and tapping it to enter.


Richmond Public Library

Home Services & Audio Books

We provide home delivery service of library materials to disabled, elderly, and homebound customers who are unable to visit the library.

We can provide you with regular and large print books as well as audio books and DAISY discs. We also have a limited number of Victor Readers (DAISY machines) that may be borrowed for up to one year.

Who Is Eligible For Home Services?

Home delivery service is available to any person in Richmond, regardless of age, who is confined to a private residence, other residential facility or hospital because of a physical or visual disability, injury or illness lasting more than three months.

How Does Home Services Delivery Work?

Deliveries are made once a month to each customer on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, depending upon the area of Richmond in which you live. Home Services will provide you with reading material based on your reading interests. We can provide you with large print, regular print, audio books, and/or DAISY discs.
How Do I Register?

To register with Home Services, you or a family member, friend or health care professional can call the Home Services department, located at the Brighouse Branch at 604-231-6406 from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm Wednesday to Friday.

Audio Books

The Library's Audio Books service provides special library materials such as books on CD and DAISY discs of full-length books.

Who Is Eligible For Home Services?

Audio Books are available to those Richmond residents who are unable to read regular print due to a physical or visual disability. You just need to register with us first by calling 604-231-6406. Audio books can be borrowed in the library or we can arrange for Home Service delivery if you are homebound.

Richmond Public Library Home Services Website


Surrey Public Library

Library Home Service

The Home Delivery Service offers delivery of library materials directly to eligible patrons. Persons confined to home, hospital or care facility because of illness, disability or age are eligible. Seniors without transportation also qualify. Patrons are invited to phone the department for reference service as well. Materials that can be delivered include:

  • books on cassette, regular CD, MP3 CD & DAISY CD
  • books in regular or large print
  • books in many languages
  • magazines
  • music CDs
  • descriptive videos
  • videos

To register or find out more about the Home Delivery Service, please call the Outreach Services Department at
Guildford Library, 604-598-7399


Vancouver Public Library Outreach Services

Outreach Branch Location

302 - 345 Robson Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6B 6B3
Phone: 604-331-4100
E-mail:  info@vpl.ca

Outreach Services collection includes:

  • Talking Books, Large Print, DVS (Descriptive Video Service) videos, and regular print collections.
  • The collections provide service to a broad range of readers including juvenile patrons although the majority are seniors.
  • Collection is largely popular fiction and general interest nonfiction, with emphasis on authors and subjects of greater appeal to the older reader.
  • Home Delivery and Institutional Delivery Services are available for Vancouver residents.

West Vancouver Public Library

Talking Books Program

The Talking Books program is for people who are unable to read print material due to visual, physical or cognitive disabilities.

We have a large selection of fiction and non-fiction books on cassette, CD, MP3-CD and the DAISY format. Cassette tape players and DAISY players are available to borrow.

We also request Talking Books from other libraries.

To find out if you are eligible, and to learn more about Talking Books, call the Coordinator at 604-925-7437.

Large Print Books

Our library selection of Large Print Books is constantly updated. We offer fiction and nonfiction bestsellers. You can also find mysteries, romances, westerns and the Reader's Digest Large Print Edition.

Accessibility in the Library

The library has automatic entrance doors and elevator access to all levels.

Adaptive Technology in the Library

To assist patrons who have difficulty using a mouse or keyboard, the library has glide pads at some computers. The glide pad allows you to control the cursor by sliding your finger over the device and tapping it to enter.

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FUNDING

The Giving in Action Society

Giving in Action (GIA) was established in 2006 by Vancouver Foundation, and supports individuals with disabilities and their families. Grants are provided to help individuals fully participate in their home and community as well as achieve financial security.

Since its inception, the Society has donated $40 million dollars across British Columbia through its granting programs. Grants make a dynamic and positive difference in the lives of individuals and families.

Giving in Action Society currently administers two BC wide programs: The Family Fund (formerly known as Family Independence Fund & the Children & Youth with Special Needs Fund) and Endowment 150.

Click here for the Family Fund
Helps families who have family members with developmental disabilities, or children/youth (under 19) with special needs living at home. Grants go towards accessibility-related home renovations or vehicle purchases.

Click here for the Endowment 150 Program (E150)
Promotes financial literacy and provides access to available tax credits and benefits. E150 helps individuals and families save for their future by providing small grants towards Registered Disability Savings Plans.

President's Choice Children's Charity

The President’s Choice Children’s Charity is dedicated to helping children who are physically or developmentally challenged. Families who have children born with disabilities like Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, to name a few, come to them for help. They provide direct financial assistance in the purchase of mobility equipment, environmental modifications, physical therapy and more.

Variety Children’s Charity of BC

The Variety Children's Charity of British Columbia is a non-profit charitable organization with a mission to raise funds for the purpose of inspiring hope, enriching lives, and building a better future for BC’s children. A member of the worldwide organization Variety International, the BC (office) works year round to improve the quality of life for British Columbia’s children. Since 1965, Variety – The Children’s Charity of BC has raised and disbursed more than $120 million for this very purpose.

Muscular Dystrophy Western Canada's Equipment Program

Muscular Dystrophy Canada's long-standing equipment program has helped thousands of people with neuromuscular disorders obtain the equipment they need to live independently and participate in the community.

All funding requests must include:

  1. A completed application form
  2. Quotes from 2 different equipment vendors (In situations where vendor options are limited, 1 quote may be acceptable.)
  3. A signed equipment prescription from the appropriate licensed health care professional such as: an occupational therapist, physiotherapist, respiratory therapist, orthotist, physiatrist or podiatrist

To ensure that as many families as possible are able to benefit from this opportunity, there will be limitations regarding the scope of approval, pertaining to both the amount of funding allotted to each individual, as well as the items that will be considered for funding.

Please note that Muscular Dystrophy Canada does not issue reimbursements for equipment purchased without prior approval.

For information on what equipment this program covers please visit our website.

Are you interested in receiving funding through our equipment program?
Please call 1-800-366-8166 ext. 111 in order to determine your eligibility. Our friendly and caring services staff will guide you through the application process and even suggest other potential funders if necessary.  It is important to involve us early in the process. Muscular Dystrophy Canada will not issue reimbursements for equipment. For each request for funding, you need to complete the application process and receive approval prior to purchasing the item.

To apply for funding, please complete the Western Region application form:
Please click here to download the equipment application.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

The Red Book Online: The Complete Online Guide to Community, Social and Government Agencies and Services Across the Lower Mainland

The Red Book Online

The Red Book Online (the most complete online guide to community, social and government agencies and services across the Lower Mainland) provides immediate access to detailed descriptions of over 4,500 agency listings offering a variety of services, including: counselling, health, financial, housing, employment, educational, recreational, cultural, legal, political, business  and transportation.

Who's listed in The Red Book Online?
* Non-profit agencies * Self-help groups * Advocacy groups * Hospitals, health clinics, continuing care facilities * Social clubs offering a community service * Professional associations * MPs, MLAs, councillors * Private companies providing a free service, or with a sliding scale of fees * Commercial organizations offering services not available in the non-profit sector . . . and more

Each listing includes:
* Overview of the agency * Details of its programs and services * Additional sites attached to the main agency * Address, telephone and fax numbers * Web site and e-mail addresses

In addition, the information is updated monthly, ensuring it's always current.

The Red Book Online is the internet version of The Red Book: Directory of Services for the Lower Mainland. The directory is the recognized standard reference work on human services available on the Lower Mainland.

To visit the online version of Red Book go to http://www2.vpl.vancouver.bc.ca/redbook/

Go to the Red Book search page or, for assistance, contact an Information and Referral Specialist.

BC PARAPLEGIC ASSOCIATION Information Services & Peer Program

BC Paraplegic Association Information Services:
Providing information is a core service of the BC Paraplegic Association. Our dedicated and knowlegible staff provides the most comprehensive and current information for persons with spinal cored injuries and other physical disabilities. We collect and maintain current information about accessible housing, government benefits, equipment, transportation, recreation option and many other resources in the communities throughout BC. To speak to an Information Services Associate please call our BCPA InfoLine at 1- 800-689-2477.

BC Paraplegic Association Peer Program
The Peer Program provides educational and social opportunities for individuals living with a spinal cord injury, their family members and friends where learning and social connections can lead to an improved quality of life. By participating in the BCPA Peer Program persons with a spinal cord injury can gain the tools they need to achieve independence, self-reliance and full community participation. To speak to a Peer Associate please call our BCPA Peer Program at 1-866-324-3611.

The Society for Children and YouthThe Society for Children and Youth

The Society for Children and Youth (SCY) of BC is a unique provincial organization dedicated to improving the well-being of children and youth of all abilities. We seek to promote the full realization of children’s rights in British Columbia through education, advocacy, and community engagement. SCY has also created a series of toolkits related to creating child and youth friendly communities (CYFC). 

UNICEF defines a child friendly city or community as “a system of local governance, committed to fulfilling children’s right.” CYFCs seek to fulfill children’s rights, as outlined in the UNCRC, in the spaces that affect them the most and have the greatest potential to impact their wellbeing, growth, and development. In practice, this means that children’s rights are reflected in policies, laws, programs, services, and budgets.  It also means that the voices and opinions of children are taken into consideration with regards to decisions that affect them.

In 2013, SCY launched the Child Friendly Communities Toolkit as a website. The toolkit seeks to promote the concept of child and youth friendly communities as well as assist anyone, including community groups and governments, looking to assess their communities through the eyes of young people and engage in activities that improve the healthy and well-being of children and youth. The website includes nineteen domains that make up a CYFC, a brief description of each, the link to children’s rights, an ideas bank, and an assessment tool. 

Contact info:
www.childfriendlycommunities.ca
www.scyofbc.org
Phone: 604.822.0033

New Mobility Magazine

A colorful, award-winning lifestyle magazine, New Mobility encourages the integration of active wheelchair users into mainstream society with articles on health, advocacy, travel, employment, relationships, recreation, media, products and more. Ninety percent of its writers live with with disabilities, creating a vibrant culture of disability journalism, philosophy and advocacy within each monthly edition. As the official publication of United Spinal Association, New Mobility advances the organization’s mission to improve quality of life of people with spinal cord injuries and disorders by highlighting member opportunities for further education, peer support and community involvement.

www.newmobility.com

Inclusion BC

Inclusion BC, formerly the BC Association for Community Living (BCACL) is a provincial non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the participation of people with developmental disabilities in all aspects of community life.

What we do:
Advocacy support
Education and training
Network support
Systems change
Public awareness

Phone: 604-777-9100
Email: info@inclusionbc.org
Website: http://www.inclusionbc.org/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/InclusionBC

Transition Magazine

Since 1977, Transition has provided:

Each edition is focused around a particular theme, such as education, health and wellness or living with change. We welcome submissions of creative writing, graphic art and articles. The editors reserve the right to edit material.

Read online, download PDF versions, become a subscriber, order back issues: www.disabilityalliancebc.org/library/transition/

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GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS/REBATES

WorkBC – Avia Employment Service

Avia Employment Services focuses on integrating all employment services through a single door making it easier to help people find work and provide stability for their families. We are a network of Service Providers who are committed towards providing innovative employment solutions in the following communities:

Coquitlam, Langley, Port Coquitlam, Richmond, Surrey (Newton)

By operating Employment Services Centres in the locations listed above, our mandate is to ensure all British Columbians will receive support and have access to the same services. All job-seekers, regardless of background and prior work history will be able to access the full suite of quality services through our integrated centres.

Additionally, Avia Employment Services has experience in delivering services to a variety of clients including; Immigrants, Youth, Aboriginal people, Francophones, Persons with Disabilities, Survivors of Violence and Abuse, Persons with Multiple Barriers to employment and people living in rural and remote areas.

Website: www.aviaemployment.ca
Phone: 1-855-201-AVIA (2842)
Email: needtohire@aviaemployment.ca

Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI)

In January 2012 the Province announced the new Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI) program to help low-income B.C. seniors and people with disabilities finance home modifications for accessible, safe and independent living. Eligible homeowners, renters and landlords can receive up to $20,000 per home in the form of a forgiveable loan.

This is a friendly reminder to please help us spread the word to seniors and people with disabilities, as well to your colleagues who might service these groups. More information about the HAFI program can be found on BC Housing’s website at www.bchousing.org/HAFI. Here is a link to the brochure

The Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI) program helps low-income seniors and people with disabilities finance home modifications for accessible, safe and independent living. For more information, visit BC Housing’s website or call 604.646.7055 or toll-free at 1-800-407-7757 (ext. 7055).

Aplication form assistancePWD Monthly Nutritional Supplement

People who are on provincial disability (PWD) are eligible for funding on a monthly basis month to help pay for additions nutritional items (to supplement a regular diet) and/or vitamins and minerals. If you have a health condition that requires a special diet you may be eligible for a Monthly Nutritional Supplement. A doctor is required to fill out the form to confirm that there is a medical need. Contact your local ministry office for the form or for more information go to gov.bc.ca/meia/online_resource/health_supplements_and_programs/mns/policy

Property Tax Deferment Program

You may qualify for a deferment of property taxes if you have a disability. Taxes may be deferred for as long as you continue to own and live in the home. The deferred taxes must be paid when you sell the home. Interest will be charged. To be eligible, you must have a minimum of 25% equity in your home. For more information, contact the Tax Deferment Program at 250-387-0555 (Victoria number). You may use the toll-free number, 1-800-663-7867 and request a transfer to 250-387-0555.

GST/HST Specially Equipped Motor Vehicle Rebate Application

Application Form is available here

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Fuel Tax Refund Program for Persons with Disability

Individuals with mobility impairments are eligible for a refund of the provincial tax they pay on gasoline or propane used in their vehicles. You may claim a maximum refund amount of $500 per calendar year. You must be the registered owner of the vehicle in which the gas is used. To claim the refund, you must first register for the program. Once you have registered, you will be issued a registration number. Once you have your registration number, you can submit your claim. Be sure to obtain and save receipts for gasoline purchases - you must submit receipts with your claim application.

Registration forms (PDF format) are available here.

Federal Excise Gasoline Tax Refund Program

There is a federal gas tax refund program. Receipts for gasoline purchases are required. The federal program rebates 1.5 cents per litre, or 1.5 cents per 10 kilometers of driving distance. (You can base your claim on litres purchased, or distance driven).

Applications and instructions (PDf format) are available online here.

Canada Revenue Agency – Disability Tax Credit

If you have a mental or physical impairment that is severe and prolonged, you may be eligible for a non-refundable tax credit to reduce your federal income tax. You can apply for the tax credit certificate before you file your annual income taxes, or when you file your next annual income tax return. For more information, contact Revenue Canada at 1-800-959-8281, or view the Disability Tax Credit Certificate (PDF format) here.

Registered Disability Savings Plan Website

The Registered Disability Savings Plan is a savings plan designed specifically for people with disabilities in Canada. The first of its kind in the world, this new tax-deferred savings vehicle will assist families in planning for the long - term financial security of their relatives with disabilities.

Find out everything you need to know about the new Registered Disability Savings Plan at http://www.rdsp.com

Find out how to qualify and set up a Registered Disability Savings Plan.

Find out where to get a Registered Disability Savings Plan and how it affects your Federal and Provincial Disability Benefits.

Annual Bus Pass

If you have Persons-with-Disability status with the Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance (formerly the Ministry of Human Resources, or MHR) you are eligible for an annual bus pass, for price of $45. Contact your worker at the Ministry for application details.

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HOME MODIFICATIONS

Building Contractor

BCPA maintains a list of contractors who have completed accessibility renovations for our clients. If you are looking for a contractor, feel free to request this list from your BCPA Rehab Consultant (604) 324-3611. Note that the list is not an official recommendation from BCPA - it is merely a resource list.

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HOUSING

Sorry No Vacancy Housing Survey

To read the survey go to: www.sci-bc-database.ca/housing/getting-started/sorry-no-vacancy-housing-survey/
Please provide any feedback or questions you have about this survey to info@sci-bc.ca

Since SCI BC started its provincial InfoLine service in 2010, staff members have kept statistics on why people with mobility disabilities contact us. Accessible housing continues to be a key concern. This study was designed to find out exactly what the problems are, from people who need accessible housing and those who are assisting them. The considerations for next steps are directly based on what our survey respondents told us. This study was not meant to provide an evaluation of the available accessible housing stock in BC but rather to further develop our understanding of who needs accessible housing in BC and the problems they are having in finding and affording it.

KEY FINDINGS
· There is limited availability of accessible housing and subsidized housing is even more difficult to find.
· The aging population is expected to make the shortage of accessible housing more acute.
· People who wish to move to another community for school or work may wait years for an accessible place to live.
· Accessible housing benefits everyone and the extra costs are negligible when accessibility is included from the beginning.

KEY CONSIDERATIONS
· Develop a central registry of accessible housing in BC, including subsidized and market rent, co-ops, and real estate for sale.
· Create a portable rent subsidy for those who need accessible housing, to increase access to private market options
· Continue subsidies to co-ops for low-income housing.
· Update the BC Building Code to require, at minimum, visitable housing.
· Increase the numbers of accessible housing units in subsidized housing buildings.

Welcome to Accessible Housing BC

This Housing Board is intended for the purpose of buying, selling, renting or trading housing properties that have accessible design features. It is a free service for housing seekers and those who have accessible housing for rent/sale/trade alike.
You do not need to register to view listings or access our accessible housing resources. However, If your property has accessible features such as no step entry, accessible bathroom and wider doorways, and you would like to list it, please follow the registration steps on our website to post and track your listing free of charge. Accessible Housing BC

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SPECIALIZED EQUIPMENT

CanAssist

CanAssist is an organization at the University of Victoria that is dedicated both to helping those with disabilities improve their quality of life and to increasing awareness and knowledge of disability issues.

We are primarily a service-based organization, but employ the considerable educational and research resources available to us at UVic. We focus on developing practical, customized technologies for people with disabilities, as well as providing innovative programs where there is a gap in existing services.

Since its early days as a small volunteer venture, CanAssist has had a direct impact on the quality of life of many thousands of people with disabilities and their families.
Today, we have a core team of professionals who are deeply passionate about their work. This group includes inventive engineers, ingenious computer programmers and inspired program coordinators, all who work directly with our clients and their families. We also rely on participation of hundreds of students and volunteers each year.
As part of the University of Victoria, CanAssist enjoys access to the university's superior infrastructure and administrative resources. A substantial portion of our revenue goes directly to projects that assist those with disabilities - typically at no charge to the individuals and families who request them. Our day-to-day operational costs are funded largely by donations, service contracts, project-specific grants and commercialization opportunities. We are always looking for such partnerships in order to offset the cost of running our program.

CanAssist also works closely with many in the wider community, such as businesses, non-profit groups, schools, health-care providers and all levels of government.
Together we are working with two common goals: to find new and better ways to increase independence and accessibility for those with disabilities and to promote a fully inclusive society where everyone contributes and belongs.

CanAssist has developed dozens of unique technology designs and has delivered these devices to many hundreds of clients. Visit our site for an alphabetical listing of examples of the technologies and devices we have delivered. We will be adding to this list regularly, so please check back often.

Examples of devices: Wheelchair transfer cushion, walker handle modification, visual music browser, therapeutic pillow, switch-activated writing system, stone carving vise, reclining wheelchair support, outdoor ball launcher for dogs, mutli-surface iPad mount, modified running stroller, eye-tracker system, classroom alert system, BatSwinger, bocce ball releaser, automated Billiards device, adapted video camera.

Dressing Solutions for Special Needs/A Dressing Needs

The Disabled Services Clothing provides adaptive clothing designed for people with disabilities.

Address: #1 33225 1st Ave, Mission, B.C, V2V 1G7 (WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE)
Tel: 1-800-817-4365, 604-826-4365
E-mail: orders@adressingneeds.com
Website: www.adressingneeds.com

Bridging the Gap Sport Wheelchair Loans

Sports wheelchairs are expensive, but don’t let the cost of equipment deter you. If you choose to continue, your provincial coordinator can often have your rental fees subsidized. Click for www.btgcanada.ca website

Communication Assistance for Youth and Adults

Communication Assistance for Youth and Adults (CAYA) is a Provincial Resource Program that supports adults aged 19 years and older who require an augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) system due to a severe communication disability, i.e. speech that is not functional for daily communication. The goal of CAYA is to ensure that eligible individuals have access to the communication tools and professional support to enable them to create an adult life to the best of their abilities.

Tel: 604.326.3500
General email: contact@cayabc.org
Website: www.cayabc.org

Muscular Dystrophy Canada Equipment Loan Program

Muscular Dystrophy Canada Equipment Loan Program provides basic medical equipment, on loan, from a stock of recycled devices such as scooters, manual and electric wheelchairs, and hospital beds. Some funding assistance may be available for the purchase of new equipment. If a request is made for a device that the Association does not cover, or only partially covers, Muscular Dystrophy Canada staff may be able to suggest other sources of funding. For more information about equipment funding, call the regional office nearest you.

Canadian Red Cross Medical Equipment Loan Service

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Canadian Red Cross Childrens Medical Equipment Recycling Loan Service

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WestCan Products

Top Quality Accessories and Aids

Top Quality Custom Designed  Trays
We ship our wheelchair trays anywhere in the continental U.S.A. & Canada

All our wheelchair trays include free shipping - there are no hidden charges
Our wheelchair trays are designed by wheelchair users & manufactured locally
Should you not be 100% satisfied with your wheelchair tray, we will refund your total purchase with no restocking fees. We've been selling wheelchair trays online since 2003.

C9000 Assistive Device

My name is Ean Price. I no longer have the ability to swallow due to Muscular Dystrophy. I choke with a high risk of aspiration pneumonia. Frequent oral suctioning of my mouth is required to remove saliva every 15-20 minutes. I cannot manually activate a battery powered portable suction machine due to my extremely limited motor function. Consequently I require the assistance of an attendant to turn the suction machine on and bring the suction straw to my mouth. My father, who is the co-inventor, and I have developed an assistive device titled the C9000 Assistive Device

Experience Independence with the C9000 Assistive Device with the following features:

    1. Retractable Sip-And-Puff Tube
    2. Retractable Micro Switch
    3. Retractable Oral Suction Tube
    4. Retractable Drinking Straw
    5. Adjustable Length
    6. Long Lasting

TetraLites Project (Lights for Mobility Aids)

One of the latest Tetra projects "TetraLites"  As Matthew Wild wrote in Tetra's Gizmo magazine: TetraLites could increase road safety for every man, woman and child using a wheelchair. "TetraLites" tackle a particular vulnerability faced by anyone in a wheelchair: being lower than other pedestrians, motorists tend not to notice wheelchairs at intersections. The design features three rows of 15 LED lights, in Plexiglas tubes, which mount to the sides and rear of a wheelchair or can be set vertically like a flagpole. They draw a negligible amount from powerchair batteries, or can be connected to rechargeable batteries for use on a manual chair."

The idea for TeatraLites came from Brian Johnson, a volunteer of Tetra, following a conversation with Tetra employee Eric Molendyk who was struck by a vehicle while crossing a street on his way to work on November of 2008.

Matthew Wild, in his Gizmo article, explains how the TetraLites can be used: "Johnson said the lights can be attached to the sides of a wheelchair or in the form of a vertical flagpole, can produce the whole colour spectrum, and be set to strobe. "I've not spoken to a wheelchair user who doesn't want them. They can save a life." The lights are bright enough to let someone see their way out of a pitch black room but make no noticeable impact on the wheel- chair's battery life, said Johnson. "I think everyone should have these lights on their chair. If it makes a motorist slow down for just one second, they can save a life."

Brian Johnson has a  great team of volunteers working directly on the TetraLites.
The TetraLites consist of tiny chips on a silicone covered flat strip which we energize with 12 or 24 volt power.  Despite being very bright (they can be dimmed) they use very little power and are ideal for use on your mobility device. The main purpose for TetraLites is safety - to be seen.  But there is a fun factor too, in many cases, the ability to change colours, intensity and flashing sequences.  The team respects people's concerns about warranty and power loss and they will never alter the wiring on the mobility device.  Wherever possible they access the wheelchair power through the charging port.  For those who have concerns in this regard we can (at extra cost) supply rechargeable battery packs.

The team is working on several improvements including a design of Antenna Tetralites which will have a vertical multi-LED unit at the top as well as a snap in/snap out design and specialized switches for use where the remote controls are not practical or wanted.

As these are still early days in product development Vancouver Tetra volunteers will be involved in assessing the individual's TetraLites needs, producing and installing your lites and ensuring that you  and your mobility device are happy with the installation.  The only charge to you will be the cost of the TetraLites themselves and the mileage costs of the volunteers.

For more information on this product, and other Tetra products, visit their website at www.tetrasociety.org/

For more info about Tetra – ranging from a phone conversation, to brochures and newsletters, please contact: PAT TWEEDIE the National Program Coordinator at ptweedie@tetrasociety.org or by phone at 604-688-6464, ext. 108

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Tetra Society Database

Tetra is very excited to let you all know that our Website Database of Tetra Assistive Devices has now been expanded to 750 Devices! More devices will be added as the projects are completed by our talented and dedicated "army" of volunteers working across Canada and the United States to help children and adults with disabilities.

The database has been designed for ease of use by everyone including prior Tetra clients, potential new Tetra clients, healthcare professionals, volunteers and the general public. Find a device by either using the "Quick Search" feature (e.g.wheelchair footrest) or by browsing through the "Category and Sub Category" feature (more detailed instructions are found under "Find a Device")

Not sure how to search? Give us a call or send a quick email to the contact below (Pat Tweedie) and someone will walk you through the process.

Want more information on a specific device? Contact us and we'll connect you to the appropriate person.

Fastest way to get to the database?
Go to the Tetra website www.tetrasociety.org click on "Search Our Database"

SET-BC (Special Education Technology)

SET-BC (Special Education Technology) is a Ministry of Education Provincial Resource Program established to assist school districts in educating students who requires the extra support to learn and advance in their educational goals. The students may have physical disabilities or chronic health impairments; visual impairments; deafblindness; autism spectrum disorders; or moderate to profound intellectual disabilities.
SET BC lend assistive technologies (reading, writing, and communication tools) where required to ensure students' access to educational programs, and to assist school districts in providing the necessary training for students and educators in the use of these technologies.
It is important that the students work with their disability advisor or counselor to see what they need for them to be successful with their school years!

For more information about SET-BC, please click on: http://www.setbc.org/about/default.html

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SPORTS, RECREATION & LESUIRE

Camp at BC Parks for Free

If you live in British Columbia you may be able to camp at a BC Park for free. This BC Park Program is open to individuals who receive income support for their disability or for a child with a disability. The purpose of this program is to provide support for persons with disabilities who are also receiving income assistance. Check out the BC Parks website to find out the criteria and whether you qualify, Website: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/fees/disability.html

BCPA Leisureship Program

If there is a leisure activity you would like to pursue, but lack of money is holding you back, BCPA offers the Leisureship program. You may be granted up to $100 per year in order to take a class, purchase equipment, or join a club, etc. Contact your BCPA Rehab Consultant or BCPA Resource Consultant for additional information.

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SUPPORT SERVICES

BC Coalition of People with Disabilities

For 35 years, the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD) has been a provincial, cross-disability voice in British Columbia.

Our mission is to support people, with all disabilities, to live with dignity, independence and as equal and full participants in society. We champion issues impacting the lives of people with disabilities through our direct services, community partnerships, advocacy, research and publications.

Disability Benefits - BCCPD Disability Benefits Advocacy Access Program

Advocacy Access Program
Helps people with disabilities access provincial income assistance benefits, CPP and other disability-related programs and services.

Financial Security - BCCPD Support for Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)

Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)
Learn more about how the RDSP can increase financial security, even if you have little or no money for savings.

Independent Living - BCCPD Community and Residents Mentor Association

Community and Residents Mentors Association
Provides peer support to the residents of George Pearson Centre and works to eliminate the barriers to community living.

Independent Living - BCCPD Personal Supports

Personal Supports, also known as disability supports, are the goods and services (like equipment, assistive devices, personal care attendants, or sign language interpreters) that enable people with disabilities to carry out the activities of daily living and fully participate in the life of their community. Personal supports help to level the playing field for citizens with disabilities and they are the building block for improving access to income and employment.Includes the Equipment and Assistive Devices Initiative, is finding ways to connect people with disabilities with supports they need for living independently. 

Emergency Preparedness - BCCPD Emergency Planning

Emergency planning
BCCPD is a leader in emergency planning that includes the needs of people with disabilities and seniors.

Health & Wellness - BCCPD Wellness and Disability Initiative

Wellness and Disability Initiative
Offers health and wellness information in plain language and alternative formats.

Health & Wellness - BCCPD AIDS and Disability Action Program

AIDS and Disability Action Program
Offers HIV/AIDS prevention material in a variety of accessible formats.

Health & Wellness - BCCPD HEAL (Health Education, Advocacy and Leadership)

HEAL (Health Education, Advocacy and Leadership)
The HEAL framework is a new cross-disability, self-advocacy approach developed by the BCCPD.

Bridges to the Future

Bridges to the Future is Muscular Dystrophy Canada's (www.muscle.ca) transition program for youth aged 15-24 with a physical disability. "Bridges" provides resources about important issues as you move into adulthood. The program is currently open to youth with a physical disability throughout British Columbia and the Yukon. There are four ways Bridges to the Future provides resources and information to youth; it is up to you to decide how involved you would like to be!

Resources include:

    1. Monthly Workshops/Socials
    2. Monthly Newsletter
    3. Online Webinars
    4. One-on-One Coaching

BC PARAPLEGIC ASSOCIATION Information Services & Peer Program

BC Paraplegic Association Information Services:
Providing information is a core service of the BC Paraplegic Association. Our dedicated and knowlegible staff provides the most comprehensive and current information for persons with spinal cored injuries and other physical disabilities. We collect and maintain current information about accessible housing, government benefits, equipment, transportation, recreation option and many other resources in the communities throughout BC. To speak to an Information Services Associate please call our BCPA InfoLine at 1- 800-689-2477.

BC Paraplegic Association Peer Program
The Peer Program provides educational and social opportunities for individuals living with a spinal cord injury, their family members and friends where learning and social connections can lead to an improved quality of life. By participating in the BCPA Peer Program persons with a spinal cord injury can gain the tools they need to achieve independence, self-reliance and full community participation. To speak to a Peer Associate please call our BCPA Peer Program at 1-866-324-3611.

Lower Mainland Low Fee Counseling Service

Living Systems Counseling is a not- for-profit counseling organization that offers services on a sliding fee scale, with fees as low as $10, depending on a client’s gross income, dependents and current circumstances. Offices are located on the North Shore, throughout Vancouver, Surrey and Langley. They have minimal to no waiting times. For more information phone 604-926-5496, email livingsystems@telus.net or go
to www.livingsystems.ca. If you are leaving a message about an appointment please indicate which area of the lower mainland you would prefer counseling. Also note if it’s okay to leave a message and if you may require a subsidy.

Personal Motivator at Your Service Province Wide

Do you need a little nudge to get you moving towards some healthy lifestyle changes? Peer Coaches work with participants, just like you, to set realistic and achievable goals in areas such as, but not limited to, healthy nutrition and weight management, set up of a physical activity plan and smoking reduction and cessation. Coaches help participants identify their own health goals and then offer encouragement and support.

This free BC-wide service is offered by telephone, over a period of up to six coaching sessions, capped at one hour or less. This program does not cover anxiety or depression issues, alcohol or drug use, or employment/career coaching. If you are 19 years or older, and are ready to make some positive behaviour changes in your life, phone 604-630-5862, 1-888-742-1772 or email connect@patientvoices.ca. Web: www.patientvoices.ca

Online Database: Support Worker Central

The Family Support Institute is pleased to announce the launch of its new initiative, Support Worker Central, an online database designed to match individuals, families and agencies with support workers in their communities. The website is www.supportworkercentral.com.

Literacy Now Burnaby

Literacy Now Burnaby – is part of a province-wide network of 102 Literacy Task Groups with Literacy Outreach Coordinators, supporting literacy in 400 communities.

The committees are funded, supported, and coordinated by Decoda Literacy Solutions. They work to create awareness of the importance of literacy and to increase local access to literacy opportunities through collaborative community planning.

Our Burnaby Literacy Now committee was formed in 2007 to promote literacy as a foundation for all learning. Literacy Now Burnaby considers literacy to be much more than reading and writing. It includes the ability to communicate, use technology and to be able to participate in society. Literacy is directly linked to everything we need to live life. It is linked to better jobs, better wages and better health.

Literacy Now Burnaby is committed to working in partnership with community groups and organizations to build and enhance literacy services, programs and networks in- line with the Burnaby Literacy Plan.

www.literacynowburnaby.ca/help-support-literacy-in-bc/

posAbilities

Our vision: Opening doors to a world of possibilities. Believe. Empower. Inspire!
Our mission: We assist persons with developmental disabilities to lead meaningful and healthy lives by partnering with the community to provide a comprehensive range of person-centred services for individuals and the families who care for them.

Creating an inclusive community
We are committed to building and participating in a community where all persons are welcomed and where all members are valued for who they are and for the contributions they make. This is the vision of an inclusive community — a place characterized by diversity, hospitality, belonging and respect.

Persons with developmental disabilities have historically been excluded from our society and segregated into institutions. This has weakened our communities because it has deprived us of the richness of their perspectives and abilities. It has also deprived us of the beauty of their friendship. Inclusion creates a better, stronger and safer community.

We are also committed to persons with disabilities having and exercising the same rights to self-determination as other citizens. To be self-determining means that one has control over one’s life and future—and this includes the right to make decisions about where one lives and how one lives. This is essential to self-esteem, meaning and hope. This is essential to quality of life.

Our services are guided by a set of core values that describe how we work with persons served, families, community partners and each other. They are a part of all that we do, and a reminder of the “heart” that is in our work. A strong set of values ensures that our organization can continue to evolve with the changing needs of our persons-served.

Phone: 604.299.4001
Email: info@posAbilities.ca
www.posabilities.ca

I Can Be Safe Online

Welcome to Community Living BC’s online safety website, icanbesafeonline.com.

Community Living BC, (CLBC) is committed to helping people with developmental disabilities live good and safe lives in welcoming communities.

This website is an important way for us to help people learn how to be safe online while still having fun with their friends and family.

The Internet is entertaining and can open a world of knowledge, but it can also lead to embarrassing or scary situations for yourself and others.

When you really get to know these tips, it’s much less likely that you’ll put yourself in potentially harmful situations.

www.icanbesafeonline.com

The Community Futures Program - Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program

British Columbia has 34 independent Community Futures offices that support economic development and labour market change for the rural communities they serve.

Each office supports small business development by providing business advice and repayable loans for qualified applicants.  The Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP) is a special loans program designed for people with disabilities who may face additional obstacles in securing business financing from a chartered bank. EDP began in 1997 through funding from Western Diversification and the support of the Community Futures network.   Through the EDP,  extra support is possible for business owners who have disabilities or chronic health conditions that impact their ability to run their businesses.

If you live in rural BC, have a viable business idea and are ready to open shop, see us about business loans through the EDP.

If you live in rural British Columbia and require further information about EDP repayable business loans and services, feel free to contact your local Community futures office.

The Community Futures EDP Provincial Coordinator can be reached at:

Phone (toll-free): 1.877.685.2332
email: edp@communityfutures.ca
Website: www.cf-edp.ca/self-employment

BC211

Looking for Community, Social, or Government Services?
Dial 2-1-1 - Message us by texting the name of your city to 2-1-1

bc211 is a Vancouver-based nonprofit organization that specializes in providing information and referral regarding community, government and social services in BC. Our help line services include 211, the Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral Service (ADIRS), the Problem Gambling Help Line, VictimLink BC, and the Youth Against Violence Line.

In support of these statements, bc211 is committed to:

Website: www.bc211.ca

Untape

Sharing Tips for Cutting Red Tape
This is a site where people with disabilities and their families share practical tips for cutting through red tape and get the help they need.
Website: untape.gobaci.com

Learning Disabilities Association of British Columbia

More about the Learning Disabilities Association of British Columbia

It is estimated that one in ten people in BC - approximately 400,000 - from all age, ethnic, and social groups, are affected by learning disabilities.

LDABC's mandate is to be the Provincial network and voice for persons with Learning Disabilities (LD) and those who support them. Founded in 1973, the association provides information and resources to ensure the full participation of children, youth and adults with LD in today’s society.

Our mission is to advance the education, employment, social development, legal rights and general well being of people with learning disabilties in the province of British Columbia.

Currently there are chapters in Victoria, Vancouver, Surrey, Coquitlam, Vernon, Williams Lake and Fraser Lake Northwest. Each chapter provides direct community programming.

Website: www.ldabc.ca

Family Support Institue of BC

More about the Family Support Institue of BC

FSI supports approximately 10,000 families who have a family member with a disability each year. This support stems mainly from our large volunteer network of Resource Parents (RP’s) who offer to support other families faced with similar circumstances.

Currently, FSI maintains a RP Network of over 200 volunteers who support families across the province by:

  • sharing experiences and expertise
  • connecting families with each other
  • guiding families to supports/services and community supports in their regions
  • facilitating training and educational sessions
  • attending meetings and/or taking notes for families
  • developing relationships so families know they are not alone

FSI’s supports and services are free to any family.
FSI is unique in Canada and is the only grass roots, parent to parent support organization with a broad volunteer base.
FSI is not an advocacy organization.
FSI believes that families are the experts, and ultimately the strongest voice, when it comes to their children.
FSI supports all families, with children of all ages and all disabilities including mental health challenges.
FSI celebrates diversity!
Website: www.familysupportbc.com/

 

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TRAVEL

International Tourism and Cruise Line Website - Australia for All

Australia For AllThe www.australiaforall.com web site is devoted entirely to accessible accommodation and leisure venues for people with disabilities all over the world.

For accommodations, tourist venues, and tours in British Columbia click here.

To pick the country of your choice, for the International Tourism section, click here.

To go to the International Cruise Line Accessible section click here.

The purpose of this web site it to ensure that people with disabilities whether they be mobility, hearing and/or vision impaired can use the site with ease.  We made the decision not to accept any advertising, and so ensure that we were not indebted to any company in respect to what we allowed and did not allow to be included on the web site.  As well, many advertisements contain bright colours which are not acceptable to people with a slight vision impairment. 

The most important part of a holiday for a person with a mobility aid can be summed up by whether or not they can use the toilet/shower areas with safety and ease.  For that reason we request any tourist provider wanting to be included on this web site  to provide us with a digital photograph of the toilet/shower area in one of their wheelchair accessible room, and this photograph is then incorporated into the set of cyclical photographs which ends up on the web site. In this way a person can look at the photograph and decide whether the fixtures and fittings meet their special needs.   Many providers feel that showing the wheelchair accessible toilet/shower area might put off non-disabled guests.  However we point out to them that it is not only guests with wheelchairs that find these rooms comfortable, but the same applies to elderly guests who find the fixtures and fittings found in these rooms aid their balance.  Then there are the families who have small children in prams – they too like the extra room available.   So all in all we feel that we are helping a very large proportion of the community.

Camping Supplies for People with Disabilities

Camping Tents
The Australian quick tent " OZTENT", is a multi-award winning ripstop poly cotton blend canvas tent. The OzTent ripstop blend canvas tent includes heat taped seams and a PVC bathtub floor for GUARANTEED waterproof protection. It also has a patented internal aluminium frame which is the heart of its revolutionary quick tent design. The frame allows for effortless quick tent set up and packing away, requiring no assembly or disassembly.

Coleman Camping Stove
Coleman’s fold-down two burner propane stove has proved to be ideal for cooking. It is easy to carry, easy to light, and even easier to clean, with big knobs for lesser hand mobility.

Camping Cots Suited for Wheelchair Transfers
If you have trouble transferring from the ground to your wheelchair (or vice versa), make the mornings easier and the nights longer by sleeping on a cot off the ground. Ideally find a cot that has at least six (preferably 8) legs with pegged feet (not resting on a bar on the ground) so it is as sturdy as possible.

Guide For Disabled Cruisers

This guide has been put together to offer assistance to those traveling on a cruise with a disability or if traveling with someone with special requirements.

Cruises offer a great way to get away for many disabled travelers, as modern cruise ships offer fantastic facilities onboard. Disabled access cabins are much easier to get around in if you have limited mobility. The layout of most modern ships are also much more accessible to all passengers and the well trained crew and medical staff are on hand to help where possible.

The site includes the following information:

    1. What To Consider At The Time Of Booking Disabled Access Cabins
    2. What To Consider Before You Travel
    3. Contacting Your Airline
    4. Documentation
    5. Transfers
    6. Service Dogs
    7. What To Consider When Traveling With Restricted Mobility
    8. What To Consider While Onboard
    9. What Not To Do
    10. Cruise Line Accessible Staterooms & Useful Tips

ICBC Auto Insurance Discount

Individuals with a permanent mobility impairment are eligible for a 25% discount off the cost of basic automobile insurance. You must be the registered owner, joint owner or lessee of the vehicle. The discount can only be applied to one vehicle. To apply for this discount, you must first register for the BC Fuel Tax Refund program. When your registration for the fuel tax program is approved, you will be issued a Motor Fuel Tax Act claim number. Take this number along with your owner's certificate of insurance and vehicle license documents to your insurance agent to apply for the Disability Discount.

Seniors are eligible for a 25% discount on their automotive insurance. If you are 65 years or older, and have a disability, you may be eligible for both discounts.

BC Ferries Discount

If you have a permanent disability, discount fares (approximately 50%) are available for you and your escort, when you travel on BC Ferries. The discount applies to passenger fares only, not to vehicle rates. You must obtain a BC Ferries Disabled Status Identification Card, in order to obtain the discount. Applications (PDf format) are available online here.

Taxi Saver Program

Do you have a permanent physical or cognitive disability that makes it difficult to use the public transit system without assistance? TransLink can help with HandyCard discounts and Taxi Saver coupons. Taxi Saver is a supplementary service to HandyDART and available for people with permanent disabilities who have a HandyCard.

To find out more about the program, please contact the Access Transit office at 778.452.2860.

Flight Centre Accessible Travel

Your leisure, group or business travel is our specialty. We research and book holidays, flights, packages, sun destinations, ground transportation and anything and everything to do with travel. Our dedicated travel managers specialize in accessible travel. We take the time to learn your needs and then translate that, using our travel expertise and experience, to ensure you receive the best experience for the best value. Click here for more information about accessible travel.

Our travel services include knowledgeable staff, fantastic pricing, 24-hour emergency cell phone service. Please contact Karen at 604-753-8399 who is more than happy to answer your questions.

Annual Bus Pass

If you have Persons-with-Disability status with the Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance (formerly the Ministry of Human Resources, or MHR) you are eligible for an annual bus pass, for price of $45. Contact your worker at the Ministry for application details.

The Liberal government has recently announced changes to the bus pass program. As of September 1st, 2016, people who currently spend $45 a year on the transit pass will have to pay $52 per month plus a yearly $45 administration fee. If you live in an area where the bus pass is less than $52 per month, you can buy the cheaper monthly pass through your transit authority. In Metro Vancouver, if you have the HandyCard, you can buy a $52 concession monthly pass at the Compass Card machines and skip having to pay the ministry a $45 a year administration fee. If you do not use transit enough within a month to warrant a $52 monthly pass, you can opt out of the transit pass with the ministry and buy your own transit tickets as you need them. If you want to buy into the ministry's monthly pass, they will automatically deduct $52 from your cheque.

CAN is working with other disability organizations to convince the government to revert back to the $45 per year fee, as increasing the cost of the pass by fourteen times is an unfair burden for people who already live under the poverty line.

B.C. Wheelchair Friendly Services

Enjoy Canada's West Coast in the comfort of our wheelchair accessible motorhome or you can spend the day fishing, sightseeing and enjoying the wildlife on the coastal waters of Vancouver Island on our wheelchair accessible cruiser. Contact Chris Loscerbo at 250-246-9971 or email at Chris_Loscerbo@telus.net
www.wheelchairfriendlyvacation.com

Whistler for the Disabled

Enjoy Whistler to the fullest. Our main focus to provide Access Information for the disabled to become more active and enjoy Whistler with less frustrations! Providing opportunities for people with disabilities and their families to take part in the many recreation activities Whistler has to offer as well as logistical support by working with various companies to achieve those goals.
www.whistlerforthedisabled.com

Wheelchair Traveling

The website wheelchairtraveling.com was created in 2006 and works to empower people with limited mobility, their friends, and loved ones to access and experience the world of adventure and leisure travel.

Website: www.wheelchairtraveling.com

Tips and Suggestions for Traveling with a Disability
The Disabled Wheelchair Traveller - Holiday Tips
Wheelchair Friendly Cruising
Best Ships for Cruisers with Disabilities

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