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What is making housing options so horrible for people with disabilities in BC ?

Written by Bryce Schaufelberger, Project Lead at www.selfadvocatenet.com January 15, 2024 The housing market of BC is on my mind because I am feeling back to square one on finding a good place to live and no idea where to go. It feels like our system of support is unable to help find a suitable place to live. Options only really lead to not being independent, not finding the right

An Employment Success Story

By: Raymond Vannatter My name is Raymond and I work at Bethlehem Retreat Center in Nanaimo, BC. I have been working there for almost a year and a half. Bethlehem Retreat Center is a place where individuals and groups can explore spirituality, seek non-judegmental sacred spaces for contemplation, learning and community. Many people visit and stay for many days. I love where I work! My job is to clean the

The Kamloops Self Advocate Newsletter Feb 2024

    Krystian Shaw Publisher and Owner   Welcome to our February edition – a newsletter that’s not just about hearts and flowers. This month, we’re talking about kindness, support and understanding. Valentine’s Day: Love and Support for All As February rolls in, we celebrate Valentine’s Day – not just a day with hearts and symbols, but a time to care for one another. Some of us feel really sad

Learning Our History

By: Julie Garbutt I was born a twin and I have Cerebral Palsy. My circle of support suggested the advocate program with Inclusion BC would be a good opportunity for me. I didn’t quite believe them and I was hesitant to even go because I was really nervous. There were a lot of new people, and I didn’t know them at all.  One person knew my twin, but not me.

Miss Sassy Pants

By: Madeleine Wieczorek My name is Madeleine Wieczorek.. I have Autism and an intellectual disability. I love to dance and I love everything about Drag, so when UNITI (Semiahmoo House Society) asked me if I wanted to perform as a Drag Queen at a fundraiser I said, “SURE!” My Drag name was Miss Sassy Pants. I dressed up as Lady Gaga and lip synced to her song “Born This Way”

Inclusive Education

By Miranda Orth I had a personal goal to become an assistant bookkeeper. This is my story about my experiences taking a bookkeeping course at Vancouver Island University (VIU). At a self-advocacy meeting, I heard about STEPS Forward, an organization that provides support for people with intellectual disabilities to attend post-secondary education. I contacted them and STEPS Forward connected me with a VIU facilitator and helped me apply for a bursary. I

Functional Neurological Disorder

By: Kristina Bridgen People living with Functional Neurological Disorder, also known as FND, have many daily struggles as it is an invisible medical condition. Let me backtrack here though. What is FND, you might ask? It is where the brain and body send and receive signals incorrectly, which causes many symptoms. In my case, my symptoms are non-epileptic seizures, also known as functional seizures. In the past, I have had

Christmas Time

Written by Michelle Goos When you are on low income it is hard to plan all the things you need to do at any time. But Christmas time is even harder because you want to make sure that you have money for gifts and food and the Christmas dinner, whatever that looks  like to you . For the last 18 years our family always asks for help from the place

Let Go, Let Her Have Her Life

By Michelle Goos (Victoria, B.C.) As a parent with a disability that has a daughter that has a disability, you see your child grow and you grow fonder of them. As a parent, you can look through their eyes at a whole new world. You see things differently; you see new things and all things in a different light as your child sees it. They learn from you because we

My Baby is Not a Baby Anymore

By Michelle Goos My baby is not a baby anymore and is almost grown up. She just graduated from college this past week. She will be busy since she works three days a week at a private school in the kitchen helping with cleanup and etc. She is also in Special Olympics this summer and she is going to the National Games. She is also working to swim the English

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