Voting by mail…

Hey everyone, as we already posted, there is a federal election coming up on Monday, September 20th.

If you want to vote by mail, you can check out the Elections Canada website Voting by Mail page for instructions and help to vote by mail – the sooner you can apply to vote by mail, the better! The cutoff is September 14th (next Tuesday).

There are 3 steps to voting by mail:

You can click here to be taken to the “Apply to vote by mail” page or you can click here for frequently asked questions about voting by mail.

Elections Canada suggests you consider voting by mail if you are part of a vulnerable population, or you know you will be away on voting day and prefer not to vote early.

Voting and accessibility…

Hey everyone, there is a federal election coming up on Monday, September 20th.

Check out the Elections Canada website Accessible Voting page for resources to help you vote! They have separate information available about:

If you can’t find the accessibility information you’re looking for, call Elections Canada (1-800-463-6868 or (TTY) 1-800-361-8935).

Search for Self Advocates!

Hey everyone, as was reported in CLBC’s August 27th update, Down syndrome BC is forming a Self Advocate Advisory Committee! They are looking for self advocates with Down syndrome willing to volunteer their time to share their experiences and ideas.

Activities: The new Advisory Committee will meet a few times a year, discuss ideas and issues related to living with Down syndrome, and give feedback to Down syndrome BC about activities, vision and goals.

Requirements: Volunteers for this committee must be over the age of 16, live in BC, have Down syndrome and be interested in self advocacy work.

If you or someone you know is interested, send an email to hello@downsyndromebc.ca with “SAA Committee” in the subject line.

Election Time!

Hey everyone, there is going to be an election this month on September 20th, and CLBC’s August 27th update had some great information and resources to help get prepared:

Elections Canada helps make voting accessible:

Upcoming BCPF workshop:

BC People First (BCPF) wants to help people with diverse abilities to feel ready to vote and to know their voting rights, and they are hosting a workshop on Sep. 13th. Join presenters and BCPF Members Jo-Anne Gauthier and David Sherritt on Zoom from 1:00pm to 2:15pm PDT. You can find full details and register here.

Coping with Natural Disaster stress…

Hey everyone, CLBC’s August 27th update had some great information and resources to help cope with stress caused by natural disasters. Wildfires and floods can be a major source of stress and anxiety. If you are feeling stressed or anxious, know that you are not alone. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has a website dedicated to information and resources to help.

There are also free, confidential support and crisis lines available 24/7:

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) presentations

Hey everyone, CLBC’s August 27th update included information about several presentations being hosted by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for people with disabilities and caregivers:

  • Persons with Disabilities Presentation – September 2 and October 12, 2021 from 1:30PM – 2:30pm PDT  
  • Benefits and Credits for Caregivers Presentation – September 14 and October 5, 2021 from 1:30PM – 2:30pm PDT  
  • Scam Awareness Presentation – September 29 and October 26, 2021 from 1:30 – 2:15pm PDT

There is a full list of upcoming presentations and registration links here.

CLBC Update for Individuals & Families

Hey everyone, CLBC’s update for August 27th is now posted. All CLBC updates are posted on their website here and you can sign up to get updates using the link to the sign up page.

Highlights included this update: