SPOTLIGHT: Caregiver communities

Hey everyone, we’re focusing our posts on CAREGIVERS and resources for caregivers this month. We know that one of the challenges faced by many caregivers is…finding sustainable ways to integrate connecting with other caregivers into a busy schedule.

While we’ve posted about the importance of self-care to caregivers, we wanted today’s discussion to be more focused on how connecting with others who have caregiving experience can help fight feelings of isolation and loneliness. With the COVID-19 pandemic changing how we all connect safely with one another, feeling isolated and lonely is more common than in the past. So, since we’ve posted about many ways for caregivers to connect, what’s are we bringing to the table today to try out?

Podcasts! If you haven’t listened to a podcast before, they are like individual radio shows and are usually released in episodes. Podcasts typically target a topic per episode. These podcasts in particular are designed to be relevant to the caregiving experience by those who put them out into the podcast-universe:

Besides the more obvious benefits of podcasts (running for a set amount of time per episode; covering a breadth of information about a given topic; facilitating discussion with and between people who have relevant experience) they can be a great tool to help caregivers feel that their struggles, challenges, and successes are genuinely seen, acknowledged, and respected. And – we hope! – support caregivers to feel a little less lonely and a little less isolated!

Let us know in the comments if you have a favorite podcast.

Rights & Responsibilities…

Hey everyone, as you know we’ve been posting topics for Community Inclusion month and last week we talked a bit about self advocacy.

A really important part of self advocacy is standing up for your own rights. We have a whole page that talks about rights and responsibilities here, complete with help to understand different kinds of rights, like:

Everyone has rights as a person in Canada, and rights as a person in BC. If you have a disability and you are getting supports, you also have rights as a person who uses the services of Community Living BC (CLBC).

With all those different kinds of rights in mind, we thought this would be a good time to remind ourselves about this awesome conversation that helped explore rights and responsibilities:

If you’ve got questions about rights and responsibilities, please let us know or leave us a comment.

It’s PRIDE WEEK!

Hey everyone, October 24-31 is PRIDE WEEK in Kelowna, and there are a whole bunch of events going on to celebrate 25 Years of Kelowna Pride! You can check it all out here, including the bike derby, trans and non-binary storytelling evening and social, pride festival and pride cabaret.

You can find Kelowna Pride Society on Instagram at the link below, on Facebook here, and you can read about Pride Week on KelownaNow.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CVQb3rgJCdP/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet

SPOTLIGHT: Local Documentary Wins!

Hey everyone, this past weekend marked the screening of the documentary “Shiny Objects – The Conductor with ADHD” in Kelowna. As CBC News reported back in August, the documentary won the New York International Film Awards’ best inspiration film title! The filmmaker, Gillie Richards, found out while she was making the documentary that she also had ADHD.

Check out more information in the video posted by Castanet about the documentary:

COMMUNITY INCLUSION MONTH: Where we’ve been

Hey everyone, we’ve been posting a series as part of Community Inclusion Month. We explored a bit last week about how we can participate in community while we all focus on keeping each other safe and healthy, using tools like technology and online communities.

We also talked about how everyone has a right to be included in their community – and, that this is part of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

So, why are we talking about it again this week?

We are looking at where we’ve been so that we can see how much progress we’ve made.

Progress on the road to community inclusion — like the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities — can take a long, long, long time. That UN Convention we were talking about? That only happened 15 years ago, in 2006. It’s important to remember what things were like for people with disabilities at the start of the disability rights movement.

If you’re interested in hearing more about what it was like to fight for the rights of people with disabilities, you can check out this video featuring Judith Heumann (a disability rights activist from the US). YouTube is a great resource to find other people with disabilities sharing their stories and experiences.

When we see people and organizations (like CLBC) promoting community inclusion, human rights, and the rights of people with disabilities, we are seeing how far we’ve come thanks to the work of self-advocates all over the world (like Judith) — and we celebrate their achievements as part of Community Inclusion Month!

Small Business BC celebrates Accessibility!

Hey everyone, Small Business BC is celebrating Accessibility Month through September by offering a month of free business education webinars that feature ASL interpretation and closed captioning. Their webinar “HOW TO REMOVE BARRIERS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AT YOUR BUSINESS” is running on Monday (Sep. 27) from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. You can find out more (and register) here. Know someone who owns a business who could use some help making it more accessible? Send them the link!

Their website also has information about workplace accessibility grant funding. You can check out more information via YouTube as well:

Find out more about what Small Business BC has to say about accessibility on their Accessibility Month webpage, here.

HAVE YOUR SAY IN…Election Accessibility!

Hey everyone, as we already posted, we had a federal election yesterday (Monday, September 20th).

Elections Canada wants voting to be as accessible as possible. Leading up to the election, Elections Canada offered resources, information, and help to vote leading up to general election day (September 20th).

Now you can tell them how accessible voting was for YOU!

Click here to be taken to their online feedback form and use the “Member of the Public” button to tell them about your voting experience. There’s more information about accessible polling stations and feedback here.

Voting Day…

Hey everyone, the federal election is happening on Monday, September 20th.

There are health and safety precautions in place for voting day, you can read more about them here on the Elections Canada website or check out their video.

Elections Canada also has a page of COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions set up here.

Voting Day Accessibility!

Hey everyone, we posted about the federal election coming up on Monday, September 20th.

Check out the video below all about what help is available on Election Day, and share it with anyone else who might be interested!

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).

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.