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3Oct

Central Island joins conversation on accessibility, inclusion

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People on central Vancouver Island are invited to participate in a community meeting to discuss the development of accessibility legislation for British Columbia.

On Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, will host an in-person session for people with disabilities, their friends and families, accessibility advocates and self-advocates, as well as organizations, experts, businesses and individuals to help define what future legislation to make B.C. a more accessible and inclusive province could look like.

The meeting will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Comox Branch No. 160, 1825 Comox Ave., Comox, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. All are welcome to attend, participate and offer feedback about their experiences with accessibility, inclusion, barriers and what matters most in the development of accessibility legislation.

To register for a meeting or to read the document that provides information on how the meeting will be structured, visit: engage.gov.bc.ca/accessibility

People can also provide their feedback through an online questionnaire at the above link until Friday Nov. 29, 2019, at 4 p.m. (Pacific time).

2Oct

Surrey to join conversation on accessibility, inclusion

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People in Surrey are invited to participate in a community meeting to discuss the development of accessibility legislation for British Columbia.

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, will host an in-person session for people with disabilities, their friends and families, accessibility advocates and self-advocates, as well as organizations, experts, businesses and individuals to help define what future legislation to make B.C. a more accessible and inclusive province could look like.

The meeting will be held at Civic Hotel, 13475 Central Ave., Surrey, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend, participate and offer feedback about their experiences with accessibility, inclusion, barriers and what matters most in the development of accessibility legislation.

To register for a meeting or to read the document that provides information on how the meeting will be structured, visit: engage.gov.bc.ca/accessibility

People can also provide their feedback through an online questionnaire at the above link until Friday Nov. 29, 2019, at 4 p.m. (Pacific time).

1Oct

Peace region to join conversation on accessibility, inclusion

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People in the Peace region are invited to participate in a community meeting to discuss the development of accessibility legislation for British Columbia.

On Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, will host an in-person session for people with disabilities, their friends and families, accessibility advocates and self-advocates, as well as organizations, experts, businesses and individuals to help define what future legislation to make B.C. a more accessible and inclusive province could look like.

The meeting will be held at North Peace Cultural Centre, 10015 – 100th Ave., Fort St. John, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend, participate and offer feedback about their experiences with accessibility, inclusion, barriers and what matters most in the development of accessibility legislation.

To register for a meeting or to read the document that provides information on how the meeting will be structured, visit: engage.gov.bc.ca/accessibility

People can also provide their feedback through an online questionnaire at the above link until Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, at 4 p.m. (Pacific time).

1Oct

Minister’s statement on Community Inclusion Month

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Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, has released the following statement in celebration of Community Inclusion Month, October 2019:

“This is a time to recognize people with developmental disabilities and celebrate the importance of all people being able to contribute and be included at home, school, work and in the community.

“This year, the theme for Community Inclusion Month is ‘the future is accessible.’ Throughout October, Community Living BC, service providers and community groups will host events and initiatives to build awareness about inclusion for adults with developmental disabilities. The month also recognizes the important role families, friends, caregivers, volunteers, community groups and employers play in ensuring the full participation of those living with developmental disabilities in our communities.

“We recently launched public consultations to inform the development of legislation, standards and policies to better support people with disabilities to live with dignity and to participate in their communities. I encourage everyone to attend a community session or provide their feedback at: https://www.engage.gov.bc.ca/accessibility/

“Every person with an intellectual or developmental disability has the right and should have the opportunity to live life to the best of their unique abilities and interests.”

Quick Facts:

  • There are more than 926,000 British Columbians over the age of 15, or almost 25% of the population, who have some form of a disability.
  • Community Living BC serves more than 20,000 people in B.C. who live with a developmental disability or who are diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders or autism and have significant limitations in adaptive functioning.

Learn More:

Accessibility through legislation – public consultation (Sept. 16 to Nov. 29, 2019): https://www.engage.gov.bc.ca/accessibility/

B.C. government accessibility initiatives: www.gov.bc.ca/accessibility

B.C. government services for people with disabilities in B.C.: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/services-for-people-with-disabilities/supports-services

Community Living BC: https://www.communitylivingbc.ca/

Re-Imagining Community Inclusion report: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/british-columbians-our-governments/organizational-structure/ministries-organizations/social-development-poverty-reduction/re-imagining-community-inclusion-march-2019.pdf

28Sep

Victoria to join conversation on accessibility, inclusion

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People in Greater Victoria are invited to participate in a community meeting to discuss the development of accessibility legislation for British Columbia.

On Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, will host an in-person session for people with disabilities, their friends and families, accessibility advocates and self-advocates, as well as organizations, experts, businesses and individuals to help define what future legislation to make B.C. a more accessible and inclusive province could look like.

The meeting will be held at Central Middle School, 1280 Fort St., Victoria, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. All are welcome to attend, participate and offer feedback about their experiences with accessibility, inclusion, barriers and what matters most in the development of accessibility legislation.

To register for a meeting or to read the document that provides information on how the meeting will be structured, visit: engage.gov.bc.ca/accessibility

People can also provide their feedback through an online questionnaire at the above link until Friday Nov. 29, 2019, at 4 p.m.

16Sep

Join the conversation on accessibility and inclusion

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Le gouvernement de la Colombie-Britannique demande aux Britanno-Colombiens de contribuer à la définition des futures dispositions législatives qui rendront la province plus accessible et plus inclusive.

« L’intégration de l’accessibilité à chaque domaine de la vie est au cœur de la création de communautés où il fait bon vivre, dont les milieux de travail, les immeubles, les quartiers et les entreprises, a déclaré Shane Simpson, ministre du Développement social et de la Réduction de la pauvreté. J’attends avec impatience cette consultation qui éclairera les efforts que nous déploierons pour élaborer des mesures législatives qui feront toute la différence pour les Britanno-Colombiens handicapés. »

Les Britanno-Colombiens pourront participer au processus de consultation de plusieurs façons. Nous les invitons à lire le cadre d’accessibilité, à remplir un questionnaire en ligne, à soumettre un mémoire écrit et à assister à une réunion.

Les groupes communautaires, les bibliothèques et autres organismes pourront solliciter une subvention de 2 000 dollars pour accueillir des séances de discussion ouverte dans leurs communautés et pour communiquer leurs commentaires.

Il sera possible de communiquer des commentaires du lundi 16 septembre au matin jusqu’au 29 novembre à 16 heures (heure du Pacifique). Ces commentaires aideront à l’élaboration des mesures législatives.

Ces mesures législatives permettront de créer une Colombie-Britannique sans obstacle. Elles promouvront l’inclusion et l’accessibilité en éliminant les obstacles (notamment physiques, technologiques et comportementaux) dans les domaines de compétence provinciale où ils empêchent la participation pleine et égale des personnes qui vivent avec un handicap dans les communautés de la Colombie-Britannique. Les domaines visés pourraient être la prestation de services, l’emploi, les édifices et les espaces publics, la technologie de l’information et les transports, entre autres.

Le gouvernement de la Colombie-Britannique s’engage à élaborer des mesures législatives en matière d’accessibilité selon le principe de « rien sur nous sans nous ». Il soutiendra la Convention des Nations Unies relative aux droits des personnes handicapées et son protocole facultatif qui ont pour objet l’amélioration de l’accessibilité et des possibilités offertes aux personnes handicapées, conformément aux valeurs de la dignité intrinsèque, de l’autonomie individuelle, de la non-discrimination, du respect de la différence, de l’égalité des sexes et du respect des droits des enfants handicapés.

Citations :

Val Litwin, président, Chambre de commerce de la Colombie-Britannique −

« Le moment est venu d’approfondir la conversation sur l’accessibilité en Colombie-Britannique. C’est un important “devoir à la maison” qui nous incombe à tous sur le plan humain, en tant que membres de la société civile, mais l’inclusion au sein du milieu de travail et la dynamisation des économies − et des communautés − sur la voie de l’avenir offrent de gigantesques possibilités économiques. »

Yat Li, gestionnaire des communications et de la commercialisation, Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility −

« Je suis ravi que les résidents handicapés de la Colombie-Britannique puissent jouer un rôle actif dans la mise en place des normes d’accessibilité de nos communautés locales. Tous ensemble, nous pourrons créer des possibilités d’emploi diversifiées, augmenter l’autonomie des personnes handicapées et renforcer leur participation à la communauté. »

Kya Bezanson, conseil d’administration d’Inclusion BC, auto-intervenante −

« Ce changement ouvrira la porte à de nombreuses possibilités, pas seulement pour moi, mais pour toutes les personnes handicapées de notre province. »

Faits en bref :

  • Plus de 926 000 Britanno-Colombiens âgés de plus de 15 ans vivent avec une forme de handicap, soit presque 25 p. cent de la population.
  • Avec le vieillissement de la population, le nombre de personnes handicapées et la gravité de leur handicap vont vraisemblablement augmenter.

En savoir plus :

Lisez le cadre, remplissez un questionnaire en ligne ou renseignez-vous sur les autres façons de participer : www.engage.gov.bc.ca/accessibility

Traductions :

Traduction en anglais: https://news.gov.bc.ca/20596

Traduction en chinois (simplifié) : https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/NR_Accessibility_Legislation_Consultation_Launch_16SEPT19_FINAL_SC.pdf

Traduction en chinois (traditionnel) : https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/NR_Accessibility_Legislation_Consultation_Launch_16SEPT19_FINAL_TC.pdf

Traduction en farsi : https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/NR_Accessibility_Legislation_Consultation_Launch_16SEPT19_FINAL_FA.pdf

Traduction en punjabi : https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/NR_Accessibility_Legislation_Consultation_Launch_16SEPT19_FINAL_PUN.pdf

Traduction en tagalog : https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/NR_Accessibility_Legislation_Consultation_Launch_16SEPT19_FINAL_TAG.pdf

27May

Provincial funding embraces accessibility and inclusion

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People with disabilities will be supported in living with independence and as full participants in their communities, through $500,000 for community projects that improve accessibility.

“Every day, people with disabilities overcome barriers that could otherwise impact their lives,” said Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. “Organizations across B.C. are working to embrace diversity, create equal opportunities and improve social inclusion. This funding will support them in that important work and contribute to the Province’s commitment to building a better B.C. for people with disabilities.”

The funding announcement launches B.C.’s second annual AccessAbility Week, May 26 to June 1, 2019.  AccessAbility Week promotes and celebrates diversity and inclusion, and recognizes the importance of accessibility.

The funds will be distributed through grants administered by Disability Alliance BC (DABC). A call for proposals will be posted on the DABC website in summer 2019, and grants will be awarded by the end of the year.

“Disability Alliance BC is honoured to have the opportunity to once again support projects that promote greater accessibility and inclusivity for people with disabilities in B.C. communities,” said Justina Loh, executive director, Disability Alliance BC. “With funding from the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, we will help enrich and improve the lives of all people with disabilities. We are grateful to government for providing the funds and the opportunity to see more amazing projects come to life.”

During AccessAbility Week, communities throughout the province will host events and supporting activities that promote inclusion and accessibility. The celebrations are supported by $10,000 in provincial funding to the Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC). AccessAbility Week 2019 will wrap up on June 1, Access Awareness Day.

Quick Facts:

  • This is the second year that these grants are being made available. Last year, 16 community projects received funding for projects that will be completed by the end of this year.
  • In B.C., more than 900,000 people aged 15 years and older, or 24.7% of the population, self-identify as having a disability.
  • One in five Canadian adults has a disability.
  • The provincial government provides up to $5 billion annually to fund services and supports for people with disabilities in B.C.

Learn More:

B.C. government accessibility initiatives: www.gov.bc.ca/accessibility

View the 2018 AccessAbility Projects: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2018SDPR0056-002319

Disability Alliance BC: www.disabilityalliancebc.org

SPARC Access Awareness Day: www.sparc.bc.ca/accessibility/

View the AccessAbility Week Proclamation: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/AccessAbility_Week_2019.pdf


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3Dec

Accessibility grants help break down barriers to inclusion

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L’Arche Comox Valley — I Belong Centre Outreach Program

The I Belong Centre promotes arts, wellness and social-recreational activities for people with disabilities in the Comox Valley. This funding will help to continue this work for the people in the Comox Valley.

Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion — Making Kudoz Accessible in New Regions

This project will expand Kudoz, a social learning platform for youth and adults with cognitive disabilities, to more communities in B.C.

Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House — MAKE IT

MAKE IT supports youth with addiction and mental-health issues to promote de-stigmatization and recovery.

Prince George Brain Injured Group — People with Brain Injury

The Preparing for Wildfire and Other Emergencies project will help people with brain injuries and other disabilities prepare for emergencies, such as wildfires and other natural disasters.

The Cridge Centre for Family — Food Service Skills Training and Employment

This project will provide employment and training opportunities in food services for people with disabilities, while helping them to contribute to their communities.

Victoria Disability Resource Centre — Disability Awareness Training Project

The Disability Awareness Training Project will create a curriculum and resources for employers to promote better understanding of the disability community and its unique needs in the workplace.

Blind Beginnings Society — Youth Speakers Bureau

The program promotes leadership and empowerment of blind or partially sighted youth by developing their public speaking and presentation skills.

PosAbilities Association of BC — Individualized Sexual Health and Healthy Relationships Training for Adults with Cognitive Disabilities

This project will promote accessible education and awareness training about sexuality and healthy relationships for people with cognitive disabilities and their supporters.

Aquafit for All Association — Aqua BLAST

Aqua BLAST will deliver an adapted aquafit program tailored to the needs of people recovering from a stroke.

PacificSport Vancouver Island — WheelKids

WheelKids supports kids with disabilities aged 5-12 to develop their abilities and confidence in sport.

BC Wheelchair Sports Association – Aboriginal Bridging the Gap Program

This project will help reduce barriers to sport for Indigenous persons with a disability.

viaSport British Columbia — #LevelTheField: Disability Inclusion in Sport & Recreation

This project will advance the development of software that promotes access to sports and recreation for people with disabilities.

Camp Bowen Society for the Visually Impaired — Music Camp 2019

This project will provide music education for blind and deafblind children and youth in a camp setting.

Nanaimo Food Share Society — Everyone At the Table (EAT)

This project will help reduce isolation and increase access to healthy food and cooking skills for people with disabilities and other members of the community.

Richmond Centre for Disability — Accessible Parking in Accessible Communities

This project will use online tools to develop an inventory of accessible parking spaces and track instances of abuse of these spaces.

UVic School of Public Health and Social Policy — James at UVIC

This project will further the development of James, an autonomous mobile robot designed to support students with disabilities at the University of Victoria.


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29May

Supporting greater inclusion for people with disabilities

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Two programs that help people with disabilities connect with services and supports in their communities will be expanding through new funding from the Province.

“We know how important it is for people with disabilities to be connected to the services and resources they need,” said Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. “This funding will help these organizations reach more people, and create positive changes for people living with a disability and their families.”

British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS), Canada’s first and only stand-alone organization serving Indigenous peoples with disabilities, is receiving $180,000 to expand its navigation supports for Indigenous peoples with disabilities.

“This new funding will assist the society to expand our urban disability case-management services, enabling us to reach more individuals and families in relation to addressing their disability related needs and priorities,” said Neil Belanger, executive director of BCANDS. “This includes housing, accessing disability and health-related services, employment, disability-related equipment and technology.”

Inclusion BC is receiving $270,000 to hire community inclusion advocates, to advocate for youth with developmental disabilities and their families.

“We all play a vital part in supporting and empowering people to live good lives in their communities,” said Faith Bodnar, executive director of Inclusion BC. “This funding will help us ensure Inclusion BC is working proactively, and that our support systems are empowered to respond to the needs and hopes of those we serve.”

As the first AccessAbility Week in B.C. is being celebrated May 27 through June 2, 2018, the provincial government is recognizing disability organizations, like BCANDS and Inclusion BC, and the individuals with disabilities and their families, who work to reduce barriers to give British Columbians of all abilities a better chance to succeed.

Quick Facts:

  • The provincial government provides more than $5 billion annually to fund services and supports for people with disabilities in B.C.
  • AccessAbility Week is an opportunity to celebrate the work being done to make British Columbia a fully accessible, inclusive province. It is a time to recognize the efforts of people, communities and workplaces that are actively removing barriers so that people of all abilities have a better chance to succeed.

Learn More:

BCANDS’ advocacy work includes a focus on the special cultural and practical considerations important and unique to Indigenous peoples with disabilities. To learn more: www.bcands.bc.ca 

Inclusion BC is a federation of families, individuals and over 70 member agencies. They provide services throughout the province, and the demand for their services continues to grow. To learn more about Inclusion BC: http://inclusionbc.org/

View the AccessAbility Week proclamation: http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/proclamations/proclamations/AccessAbilityWk2018

See what government is doing to build a better B.C. for people with disabilities: www.gov.bc.ca/accessibility

For more information on support and services, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/services-for-people-with-disabilities/supports-services


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