Remember These? – posAbilities’ Top News Stories of 2015!

From all of us here at posAbilities, we hope you had a holiday season full of joy and offer you our best wishes for a happy new year in 2016! We would like to recognize and thank all the self-advocates, families, service providers, community partners, employers and our other supporters for their contributions over the past year. Your hard work and dedication to the people we serve make all the difference. 2015 was a year full of fun events and...

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. 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 the world with her family, camped throughout...

Celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities!

December 3rd, 2015 marked the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities! The day works to promote action to raise awareness about disability issues and draw attention to the benefits of an inclusive and accessible society for all. We celebrated this day by heading down to the Yaletown Roundhouse for the free community celebration that marked the final event from the Project EveryBODY campaign. The afternoon kicked off with an opening ceremony from Elder Joe Calder from the Nisga’a nation...

The Jake Report – Community Connections

Jake visits Alternative Creations Studio during the Eastside Culture Crawl, where he meets up John Woods of Building Caring Communities and Sarah Peacock, Art Facilitator with ‘ Alternative Creations Studio. Through his interviews, Jake discovers new roles in community living that are changing lives and creating more inclusive communities. The BC Government Employees Union has 8,000 members working in community-based social services, many of whom are providing supports like these to youth and adults with developmental disabilities.  

Building Caring Communities: Rethinking Services to Persons with Developmental Disabilities

Originally published on the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.   Source: http://mcconnellfoundation.ca/blog/2015/11/25/building-caring-communities-rethinking-services-to-persons-with-developmental-disabilities/?utm_source=hootsuite Guest blog by Gord Tulloch, Director of Innovation, posAbilities Have you ever had a professional crisis of faith?  One where you question the entire foundation of your work and career? Four organizations (, Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion, Inclusion Powell River and Simon Fraser Society for Community Living) were facing down a troubling problem together: why were people with developmental disabilities rarely part of community life? Why were they often segregated...