Celebrating the joy of the holiday season with “Amazing Grace”

In the spirit of the season, we are re-posting a heartwarming story about a family we are privileged to know. This is truly their season! Last December, Josh Rimer visited Grace and her mom Judy at their home in North Surrey to enjoy a cup of tea and take a peek into their lives. Despite being born with multiple disfigurements and health issues, it is clear that Grace’s life is built around a celebration of her abilities. She has travelled...

Spotlight Jake shines a light on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Spotlight Jake, posAbilities’ arts correspondent extraordinaire, is back with a report from the City of Vancouver’s extravaganza for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities! This annual community event was held at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre on December 3 and featured some of Vancouver’s best and most talented artists of all abilities. The event was a big hit with guests, performers and speakers alike. If you were there and want to relive the highlights or want to...

Season’s Greetings, from posAbilities!

It’s that magical time of year again, when cold dark nights are brightened with tinsel and fairy lights and many of us reflect on the year gone by. posAbilities would like to share the warmth of the season and invite you on a trip down memory lane by viewing our holiday greeting:   The beautiful painting featured in the video is “Winter Wonderland” by David Cairns, who is the winner of the posAbilities holiday card design contest. The painting was...

Stage Door PSA urges public to see past labels, celebrates UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Caitlin Dawson ‘Once you label me, you negate me,’ wrote the philosopher Soren Kierkegaard almost two centuries ago. Today, when it comes to seeing personality and individuality as opposed to a disability label, these words hold as much truth as ever. Myths and misconceptions about disability are common and labels can perpetuate negative stereotypes that threaten to completely obscure the actual person and their beliefs and aspirations, quirks and foibles. ‘Names’, a thought-provoking new public service announcement (PSA) from the...

Making Time for Personal Connections

Connect with families, professionals at the Richmond Autism Resource Fair and other upcoming events. Monique Nelson There are three things that have been a constant in my journey as a parent: feeling immense time pressure, the need for support and the value of professional services. When I was searching for information on autism interventions in March of 2001, I was living in a small, remote community with dial up internet access and no other parents nearby who had gone through...