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Province invests $3.1 million for new housing projects in Keremeos

Seniors and people with disabilities in Keremeos will soon have access to 24 new units of affordable rental housing. Following a call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) in April 2016, the British Columbia government has selected Lower Similkameen Community Services Society to receive $1.5 million in capital funding toward an eight-unit expansion at Mountain View Manor at 412 12th Ave. Additionally, following the September 2016 announcement of a $500-million investment

BC Failed a Generation of Students: Time to Rebuild Inclusion in our Public Schools

This is from a press release Nov 14th 2016  From Inclusion B.C. on education in public school students with disabilities need to included in them During the 14-year fight between the BC government and teachers, a generation of students with special needs had their supports and inclusion steadily eroded. Now Inclusion BC calls for an urgent response to ensure public schools can restore inclusion, lost access and special education supports.

Art gallery helps paint bright future for adults with developmental disabilities

Ladysmith Thursday, November 10, 2016 10:00 AM The Government of British Columbia has set a vision to become the most progressive and accessible place for people with disabilities in Canada by 2024. An important part of achieving that vision is collaborating with, and recognizing, community partners and organizations, like the Ladysmith Waterfront Art Gallery, that are committed to making a difference in the lives of people with developmental disabilities. When

New homes for low-income renters, people with disabilities in Surrey

Surrey Monday, November 7, 2016 10:15 AM Individuals and families with low-to moderate-incomes and people with disabilities are benefiting from 71 new units of affordable rental housing at Chorus Apartments, which officially opened in Surrey today. The building features 20 units, including three long-term lease homes, for people who have developmental disabilities, helping them stay in their community, close to family and friends. They will also have access to a

The Eve Decision, 1986 October 23, 2016 Marks the 30th Anniversary of “The Eve Decision”

  On October 23, 1986 the Supreme Court of Canada ruled unanimously that Eve, a 24-year-old woman with an intellectual disability, could not be sterilized without her consent. This landmark case, known as the Eve Decision, has had a profound impact on the global movement to fully recognize the rights of persons with intellectual disabilities. The Supreme Court of Canada’s 1986 Eve Decision was a critical turning point in the struggle for

TELUS launches Internet for Good pilot to support 18,000 British Columbian families

TELUS announced today a new pilot program that will offer low-cost Internet service to low-income single-parent families across the province on income or disability assistance. In the coming weeks, approximately 18,000 single-parent families currently receiving assistance from the province will receive a coupon code in the mail. The code will allow them to activate TELUS’ offer of Internet service for $9.95 a month. This innovative pilot program is entirely funded

Endowment 150

  Plan Institute, Disability Alliance of BC, and the British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society have united to launch a new program designed to help British Columbians with disabilities learn about and access tax benefits that will help them save for the future. As part of this initiative, Plan Institute is distributing a one-time $150 gift to help low-income British Columbians to start growing their RDSP, thanks to the support of the Vancouver Foundation. About

New Tax AID DABC video

Posted on October 7, 2016 by DABC         Since July 2015, Tax AID DABC advocates have helped British Columbians receiving provincial disability assistance to file their income taxes so that they can take full advantage of all the benefits and credits available to them. As of October 2016, Tax AID DABC advocates have helped more than 335 clients to file 931 years of taxes and access over

$1 million supports students with special needs at unique independent schools

The Province is providing an extra $1 million to boost its support for special needs students attending specialized independent schools in B.C. The funds are more than doubling the number of designated Special Education Schools (SES) from six to 15, and providing $2,000 to support each qualified student. Education Minister Mike Bernier made the announcement today joined by the Federation of Independent School Associations, along with students and staff at

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