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DABC is creating a series of short videos that will raise awareness about the impacts of road accidents on people’s lives. We will create 5 video vignettes of personal accounts of people with disabilities who acquired their disability because of a road accident.

The stories of people living with a disability will also raise awareness about people with disabilities as active, contributing members of our communities adapting to the changes in their lives because of a road accident.

We are looking for 3 or 4 more individuals living with a disability due to a road accident who are interested in participating in our project. Please contact Karen, karen@disabilityalliancebc.org for more information.

This project has been generously supported by ICBC’s Community Grants Program.

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On June 21st, the Accessible Canada Act received Royal Assent. DABC is very pleased to hear that the Act has passed, and we hope it will signal positive changes and improved protections for Canadians with disabilities.

For more information, please see the official news release from the Government of Canada:

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/news/2019/06/canadas-first-federal-accessibility-legislation-receives-royal-assent.html.

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Dear Community Partner,

On June 17, the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction announced a number of policy changes that will take effect on July 1st. These changes are being introduced to further the Province’s poverty reduction strategy, TogetherBC, and help reduce the rate of poverty in BC.

The Province’s news release (https://archive.news.gov.bc.ca/releases/news_releases_2017-2021/2019SDPR0047-001258.htm) lists policy changes which will impact people with disabilities and people on regular income assistance.

For all people on Ministry assistance, including those on PWD:

  • ending penalties for families providing room and board to a family member;
  • expanding access to the identification supplement;
  • eliminating the “transient” client category; and
  • expanding the moving supplement to cover more circumstances.

For people not intending to apply for PWD:

  • decreasing the work search from five weeks to three weeks;
  • expanding access and simplifying the application process for Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers programs by eliminating the Employability Screen, the 12/15 month wait period to apply and removing addiction-related restrictions to eligibility;
  • removing $10,000 asset limit on a vehicle for everyday use; and
  • increasing asset limits for people on income assistance from $2,000 to $5,000 for a single income assistance or PPMB recipient and from $4,000 to $10,000 for families and couples.

We welcome these changes, which will remove barriers to supports and increase the well-being of many British Columbians with disabilities living on low incomes. We encourage the government to keep moving forward and to raise the disability and income assistance rates further.

Further changes will be announced in the coming months, which DABC will monitor.

For more information, please contact our Advocacy Access program by phone at 604-872-1278/1-800-663-1278 or by email at feedback@disabilityalliancebc.org.

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Are you a person with disabilities living in BC who would like to know more about how to do taxes on your own?
Then our Step-By-Step DIY Taxes webinar is for you! Please join us on July 16th for our next webinar.

This workshop is co-hosted by four organizations: including Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society, Together Against Poverty Society, Active Support Against Poverty Society and Disability Alliance BC.

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Come out for the “Make It” art show presented by Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House, one of the winners of our Accessibility Project grants.

The show will take place at 2106 Commercial Drive, Vancouver on Thursday, June 13th from 6:00pm-8:30pm.

“Make It” is a therapeutic art program for youth aged 16-30 with mental health related disabilities. The program consists of weekly 3 hour drop in sessions.

For more information on the Accessibility Project grants, please go to: http://disabilityalliancebc.org/programs/accessibility-projects/

Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2239290232989422/

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Today was the first day of the Women Deliver 2019 conference, and Jana was glad to be there representing DABC. Women Deliver (#WD2019) is the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health and rights of girls and women in the 21st century. Advocates are meeting in Vancouver to explore solutions to achieve a more gender equal world.

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Photo credit: Province of BC

On May 27, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (MSDPR) Shane Simpson presented DABC’s Myung Lee with an AccessAbility Week proclamation plaque in recognition of DABC’s work in the disability community. He emphasized the work we have done through our Tax AID DABC program, which we operate thanks to funding from MSDPR, and in partnership with other organizations across BC. DABC Board member Elizabeth Lalonde was also in attendance.

DABC thanks the Province of BC for this honour.

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Yesterday, to kick off AccessAbility Week, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Shane Simpson announced that the provincial government will once again provide funding to community projects that improve accessibility and inclusion. The grants will be disbursed by Disability Alliance BC. We were happy to be in attendance for the announcement.

From the Ministry’s news release:

“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.”

More info: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2019SDPR0038-001074

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Are you a mother living with disabilities?

– Are you over 19?
– Are your children living with you (full time or part time), and under 19?
– Do you live in BC or Ontario?

Are you interested in talking about your experiences as a disabled mother?

If you are, Jewelles Smith, PHD (c) would like to hear from you, for a PHD research study titled: Understanding Systemic Barriers Experienced by Disabled Mothers in Canada: A Human Rights Inquiry into how Policy, Legislation and Media Influence Discrimination and Stereotypes of Disability and Mothering.

You are invited to participate in a 2-4 hour interview where you will be asked questions about your reproductive and mothering experiences.

To find out more about this study, contact:

Jewelles Smith, PHD (c)
UBC Centre of Inclusion and Citizenship (CIC)
UBC Okanagan 3333 University Way, Kelowna, V1V 1V7
Phone: 250-200-1200
Email: jewelles.smith@alumni.ubc.ca

For more information:

Dr. Rachelle Hole, Associate Professor
UBC Centre of Inclusion and Citizenship (CIC)
UBC Okanagan 3333 University Way, Kelowna, V1V 1V7
Phone: 250-807-8741
Email: rachelle.hole@ubc.ca

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Researchers from University of British Columbia are looking for volunteers to participate in a study examining the effectiveness of a self-management mobile app in individuals with spinal cord injuries.

For more info and to participate: http://icord.org/…/2018/11/sci-self-management-mobile-app-2/

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