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/.

Get a Head Start on Spring Camps

Contributed by Vania Huang It may still be the dead of winter, but we like to stay optimistic and look forward to the coming of spring. Just imagine: sunnier (hopefully), longer days… and most importantly, spring break! Head Start Camp is the perfect opportunity for youth between the ages of 14 and 18 to learn about employment and the opportunities that await them, all while having fun and making new friends. The maximum number of participants for each camp is...

The Jake Report: PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

At the core of the PuSh Festival’s values are engagement, inclusion and accessibility, providing transformative performing arts experiences to as many audiences as possible. They seek to break down the barriers — whether physical, social, financial or otherwise — to experiencing live performing arts. Relaxed Performances cater to people with light and sound sensitivity, autism, neurological disorders and anxiety with the goal of creating a comfortable and fun theatre experience for people with diverse abilities. The houselights remain half-lit and...

Project EveryBODY Celebrates Diversity With PEBtalks!

Contributed by Vania Huang On December 3rd, 2016, Project EveryBODY invites you to attend PEBcelebrates in celebration of the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities! The event will be held at Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre in Vancouver from 11am to 4pm. Everyone is invited to this free event! There will be ASL interpretation, and the venue is fully wheelchair accessible. The exciting itinerary includes film, an art show featuring our very own Alternative Creations Studio, music,...

That’s a Wrap!

Contributed by Vania Huang Our 12th Annual INCLUSION Art Show has come to an end, and we’d like to thank everyone for your participation and support. This two-day event was held on October 26th and 27th at Heritage Hall, and provided local artists with a wonderful opportunity to not only show case their artwork, but also demonstrate the ability of art to transcend and break down barriers and perceptions of disability. This year, we featured over 900 pieces of artwork crafted...