Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities! Today, we join people all over the world as we celebrate how far we have come in support of community inclusion. And, we also join in as we look forward to “what’s next” in this movement.
Since 1992, the United Nations has celebrated International Day of Persons with Disabilities each year. Looking ahead to the future, this day is a big part of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which pledges to “leave no one behind.” You can read more about the UN’s Agenda here.
More locally, here are some of the ways people are looking at this year’s theme, which is “empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”:
The BC Government has put together a series of articles on their website that reviews how the province has supported removal of barriers – and how they plan to keep removing barriers in future. The list includes resources that are already available (such as CLBC, CAYA) as well as new ones. One new strategy is a Cross-Ministry Disability Strategy Reference Group. This group, made up of 18 assistant deputy ministers, is going to explore ways that ministries and government agencies can better collaborate in providing supports for people with disabilities.
The SelfAdvocateNet website has a page for this day and how it remains relevant. They’ve also included information on events, including the Film festivals taking place in our communities. CLBC has also added film festival information on their events page.
Our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, also took this opportunity to highlight the steps Canada is taking, including the proposed Accessible Canada Act – our first national accessibility law.
So, let us know what’s going on in your community and how you will be celebrating today! Leave us a comment or send us a photo.
It’s been a fantastic fall at Community Connections – and we thought we’d share some of our favorite highlights from this past month in Community Support to round out all our Community Inclusion month fun!
Roy left everyone full to the brim after feasting on his spectacular bounty of breakfast food – check out the perfect pancakes these guys turned out!
There were a few birthdays, but celebrating Kim’s out to lunch was an extra thrill – everyone managed to keep it a secret that they knew about his birthday until the lunchtime surprise!
With Halloween at the end of the month, everyone’s attention turned to costumes and how to dress up for the occasion – Teri-Kay rocks a royal look, while Jaclynn went all-out as a classic character.
There was also time for getting in a healthy amount of exercise – Graham is almost always smiling, after a kick-butt workout is no exception!
Those who absolutely love walking were treated to wonderful walking weather at the very end of the month!
What a way to spend October! Looking forward to sharing more costume photos from our Facebook page very soon! Stay tuned…
Have a favorite picture of your community? Send it to us with a story about the photo and we will post it on the website!
Thanks to our colleagues at the Central Okanagan Professional Caregivers Society (COPCS) for letting us know that there is an FASD Conference taking place in Vernon this September 6th and 7th, 2018. Click here for information.
If you’re interested in the topics that will be covered by each presenter, you can find this information here.
For the registration form, click here.
Planning to go? Leave us a comment!
Hi all, CLBC’s Standards for Home Sharing course is available online! This course is free to take, is available online, is broken down into flexible modules around key themes, and offers a certificate once completed. There are great resources (videos, help sheets, tips) built into the content, too. Check it out! Let us know what you think in the comments.
You can find the course here.
Hi everyone, thanks to COPCS for passing around the info below – super that this is available!
NLS is a free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page. Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS offers books the way you want them: in braille or audio formats, mailed to your door for free, or instantly downloadable.
Please see link below to apply for service:
Hey everyone, DABC has a short breakdown of how the changes to the Annual Earnings Exemption (AEE) translate for people receiving the PWD benefit – check it out as a quick reference guide!