Alternatives for Families as BC Teachers Strike Continues

As we get closer to the beginning of a new school year, which falls on Tuesday, September 2nd, parents of children with special needs have a lot to think about. The labour dispute that has led to the BC teachers’ strike is still ongoing, and is not yet resolved.   What does this mean for children with special needs? Did you know that there are over 50,000 BC schoolchildren who have special needs? During the summer months, while classes are...

Disability Consultation Report: Moving Together Toward an Accessible B.C.

Contributed by Justine Chubb B.C. has a vision of becoming the most progressive region for people living with disabilities in Canada.  Through a recent public consultation process, the provincial government engaged citizens who are striving to reach the same goal. From December 3, 2013 to March 11, 2014, the passion, concerns and hopes of individuals with disabilities, along with family, friends, advocates and community members, were expressed and heard.  Almost 30,000 visits to their website (http://engage.gov.bc.ca/disabilitywhitepaper/) and close to 1,150...

White Paper Dialogues: B.C. government asks community how to reduce barriers, increase accessibility

– By Aamir Sheriff “Government policy that outlines universal and accessible design requirements for buildings, homes, street, stores and the general infrastructure of cities would help reduce costs in the long run.” “We need ONE website across different disabilities where people can collaborate, and have access to information categorized by employment, education, and other relevant topics.” “We’re concerned about the continuation of support for our children after they turn 18.” These are just some of the insights brought forward by...

Celebrating an important anniversary

Looking at the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities a year after ratification By Kristian Partington On Friday, March 11, posAbilities joined the chorus of organizations serving people with disabilities in celebrating the first anniversary of Canada’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Person’s with Disabilities. [click the title to read the full story ...]