Diving into Diversity: A Journey to Cultural Respect & Inclusion

Contributed by Monica Alves, Special Projects Worker, and Monique Nelson, Director of Community Engagement It’s a word that can be defined in many different ways. At posAbilities, diversity is a value that we strive to recognize and appreciate. It is acknowledging and valuing the variety of characteristics that make up individuals, characteristics which make each and every one of us unique.  Or in the words of American entrepreneur and publisher of Forbes magazine Malcolm Forbes, is it “the art of thinking independently...

Endless posAbilities at the Disability Pride Parade

Contributed by Monica Alves, Special Projects Worker   Thursday, June 15th, marked the day of BC’s first ever Disability Pride Parade in Richmond. As a day dedicated to recognizing and celebrating people of diverse abilities, the energy that persisted throughout this event was strong and uplifting. The morning began with a march from the Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza to Brighouse Park, with an incredible turn out of over 1,200 people with and without diverse abilities. Despite the rain, supporters young...

Laurel Celebrates World Autism Awareness Month

Contributed by Vania Huang As you may have heard, April is World Autism Awareness Month! In light of this month-long celebration, we thought it would be appropriate to let you get to know our Laurel Behaviour Support Services team a bit better and celebrate with some thoughts and photos. Through this, we hope that our message of inclusion will reach more people and raise greater awareness about autism. If you have a friend or family member with autism, or if...

Comic Crushes Stereotypes About Autism Spectrum

Contributed by Vania Huang April is World Autism Awareness Month! In the following weeks, we’ll be sharing stories about the autism experience and hopefully break down some barriers to understanding the spectrum. One artist named Rebecca Burgess has created a comic that strives to do this through a series of creative drawings, narrated by the character Archie. She explained to The Mighty in an email, “I want people to understand that autistic people don’t all fit a stereotype, and show people the consequences...

Not Special Needs | World Down Syndrome Day

Today is World Down Syndrome Day! Every year, WDSD is observed on the 21st day of the 3rd month to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down Syndrome. We invite you to share this video with your friends and family to celebrate inclusive communities that recognize the things which make each of us unique. You can follow the movement and share your stories on social media via #NotSpecialNeeds and learn more at http://www.notspecialneeds.com/.