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The C-Pen Reader pen introduced at Inclusion BC Conference

This Product was introduced at Inclusion BC Conference in Victoria  The C-Pen Reader pen scanner is major technological breakthrough for anyone learning English, Spanish or French and is a life-saver for those who suffer from reading difficulties such as dyslexia. The C-Pen Reader is a totally portable, pocket-sized device that reads text out aloud with an English, Spanish or French human-like digital voice.   Go to the reader pen website

Vela Canada, Creator of Microboards for People with Disabilities, Expands Inclusive Living Model Internationally

Vela Canada, a BC based non-profit, specialized in the model for Microboards 30 years ago and is expanding it’s expertise to countries around the world. Their recent partnership is with Uloba, Independent Living Norway. A Microboard™ is a small (micro) group of committed family and friends (a minimum of 5 people) who join with an individual with a disability to create a non-profit society (board). Together, they help the individual

New homes and opportunities open for people in need in Vernon

Vernon Thursday, May 23, 2019 1:45 PM Fifty-two people who have been homeless in Vernon are about to move into their new homes with around-the-clock supports, to help them regroup and improve their lives. “A safe home is a critical foundation for recovery, while support services are the building blocks that give strength, purpose and hope so people experiencing homelessness can make a new start,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal

Ross Chilton to become Community Living BC CEO

Posted on May 23, 2019 A long-time leader in British Columbia’s community living sector with a track record of advancing inclusion in social service agencies and on sector boards will become CLBC’s next Chief Executive Officer, starting August 12, 2019. Since 2007, Ross Chilton has served as CEO of Community Living Society, a service provider that provides services to hundreds of individuals with developmental disabilities and families across Metro Vancouver

National AccessAbility Week: Changing the way we think, talk and act about barriers to accessibility and inclusion

News release May 22, 2019              Gatineau, Québec              Employment and Social Development Canada Providing opportunities to promote accessibility and inclusion is a priority for the Government of Canada. From May 26 to June 1, Canada’s third National AccessAbility Week will celebrate the contributions of persons with disabilities and promote accessibility and inclusion in communities and workplaces across the country. This week is also an opportunity to recognize the efforts and accomplishments

More inclusive workforce to advance tech sector in B.C.

Surrey Wednesday, May 22, 2019 1:45 PM People under-represented in B.C.’s growing technology and engineering sectors, including women, Indigenous peoples, immigrants and people with disabilities, will have better opportunities and advancement through new government-supported initiatives. Provincial funding of up to $2.2 million over two years will break down barriers through pilot projects, such as mentorship for employees and resources and training for employers. Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and

Campers to benefit from upgraded sites

Powell River Monday, May 13, 2019 9:30 AM A new $15 fee is being applied to two recreation sites in the Powell River area that are being upgraded to fee-for-service sites to provide better camping services. The change means that the sites at Dodd Lake and Nanton Lake will be maintained more frequently and visited regularly by a site host. The fees will apply to users occupying a campsite for

Skills and supports for people struggling to find employment

Victoria Monday, May 13, 2019 11:30 AM The Province is seeking service providers to deliver skills training and employment supports for people facing multiple barriers to employment. Funding of up to $10 million a year will support about 1,230 people in British Columbia who face multiple barriers to employment, including immigrants and refugees, people with disabilities and those whose circumstances include housing instability, addiction recovery, prior criminal justice experience and chronic

Province responds to housing task force with steps to protect renters, landlords Chinese and Punjabi translations are included

Victoria Wednesday, May 8, 2019 12:15 PM In addressing the recommendations of the provincial Rental Housing Task Force, the B.C. government is moving ahead immediately with increased public education and bolstered enforcement to better protect the rights of both renters and landlords.“To make renting work better for everyone, we need to make sure both renters and landlords know their rights under the law and have a place to go when

Government of Canada to provide more support to Canadians with visual impairments and print disabilities

News release May 7, 2019              Ottawa, Ontario              Employment and Social Development Canada Today, the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, attended a Parliamentary Reception in honour of Vision Health Month, hosted by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). During the event, Minister Qualtrough announced Budget 2019’s proposed funding to the CNIB to support Canadians with visual impairments find jobs. An investment of $1

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