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Selfadvocatenet.com coverage of the Corona Virus Pandemic

Attention Self Advocates

The selfadvocatenet.com coverage of the Corona Virus pandemic also called COVID 19  is intended to inform Self Advocates by bringing you daily updates and information regarding this life-threatening situation so you stay healthy and safe.  

We encourage all Self Advocates to follow the Ministry of Health guidelines so we can stop the spread of this virus quickly. We each must do our part to protect ourselves and our communities.   If you have an issue let us know we are here to support one another.

A message that selfadvocatenet.com is wanting to let you know:  If you are out touching public surfaces, debit card machines, door handles at the grocery store DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE until you can wash your hands.  Wash your hands WELL, scrub for at least 20 seconds and don’t touch your face.  

Stay home if you are sick.  If you are sneezing cover your mouth with your arm.  Practice social isolation by staying 2 meters or at least 2 arm lengths away from everyone.  If you take the bus sit a few seats away from the next person.

By practicing these guidelines we will be doing our part as citizens to keep everyone safe.  When you are at home make sure your surroundings are cleaned regularly.  Frequently wipe down things you touch a lot like door handles, light switches, telephones, countertops, bathrooms, etc.   

Make sure you reach out to service providers, family, and friends if you are uncertain.  Only go out if it is necessary like going shopping or to the drug store. 

 World Health Organization has now called it Pandemic Officially 

All the best from the Sans Team.
To help reduce your risk of infection:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Using soap and water is the single most effective way of reducing the spread of infection. If a sink is not available, alcohol based hand rubs (ABHR) can be used to clean your hands as long as they are not visibly soiled.
  • If they are visibly soiled, use a wipe and then ABHR to effectively clean them.
  • Do not touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow when you sneeze or cough.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Do not share food, drinks, utensils, etc.
  • Handwashing poster

Will wearing a mask protect me? 

Masks should be used by sick people to prevent transmission to other people. A mask will help keep a person’s droplets in.
It may be less effective to wear a mask in the community when a person is not sick themselves. Masks may give a person a false sense of security and are likely to increase the number of times a person will touch their own face (e.g., to adjust the mask).

Health-care workers will wear surgical masks, eye protection and gowns in order to protect themselves and other patients. During health-care procedures in which aerosol sprays may be generated (for example, when giving certain inhaled medications), health-care workers should wear specialized masks.

Protecting loved ones

Follow the same advice that public health officials recommend for the cold and flu season: wash your hands often with soap and water, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, avoid others who are unwell, and stay home when you are sick.
The most important thing you can do to prevent coronavirus and other illnesses is to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.
Cover your mouth when you cough so you’re not exposing other people. If you are sick yourself, stay away from others. Contact your health-care provider ahead of time so you can be safely assessed.

What if I have a chronic condition?

Current information suggests that older people with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disease are at higher risk of developing more severe illness or complications from COVID-19. If you are at higher risk for COVID-19 complications, follow general preventative strategies against infection, and should you become ill, seek medical help early.
This Information on website called BC Centre for Disease Control go to their website click Here

Hear is updates from BC Govt Health Minister and Dr. Bonnie Henry

Joint statement on Province of B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates

B.C. Human Rights Commissioner issues guidance on COVID-19 mask policies commissioner Kasari Govender provides guidelines that detail how masking requirements must accommodate people with disabilities or medical conditions that prevent them from using non-medical masks. This on website Called BC Human Rights, Commission go to the link here

COVID-19 Immunization Plan


Online tool helps people book appointments with Service BC

Information for families of people in long-term care and assisted living.

Last updated: February 7, 2022

Province clarifies Visitors policy on essential vs. social visits at care homes, seniors facilities

January 8th,2021

The revised “Essential Visits” policy now supports people with disabilities during hospital visits

Page 3 Family and Visitor Policy click on the picture below to see the document

B.C. takes next steps in COVID-19 response

B.C. takes next step in balanced plan to lift COVID-19 restrictions

COVID-19 treatment outpatient virtual service launches for those at higher risk


 Here it is the Covig 19 videos made by SAS and SALN. go to this link to watch it click here

or click on the picture below where see pictures of videos below

Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

Coronavirus vaccine tracker

Virtual mental health supports during COVID-19

Counselling places that can call if need talk to someone self-advocates affected by Covid 19

Dorothy Hyslop (Counsellor that was at Leadership Retreat) is willing to provide free counselling to Self Advocates affected by COVID-19.  

please contact Dorothy Hyslop at 604-765-1039 and leave a message or

Email her atdorothyhyslop1associates@gmail.com

or go to her website details Dorothy Hyslop & Associates Counselling & Consulting

Illuminating Counselling Services

Practicing social distancing does not mean counselling services are not available. We have the means to assist you via telephonic means or web applications.

I am aware that this pandemic has increased anxiety and depression for many. Please know that I am available for you.

Illuminating Counselling Services at  www.advicecounselling.com.

Rosemary Fromson, RPC, MPCC-S

Email her at  rjfroms@telus.net; Phone: 604-302-9648

CLBC Mental Health and Wellness Resources during COVID-19
CLBC Weekly Update for Individuals & Families June 10th,2022 go to this link and click here 
June 10th,2022
Welcome to the June 10, 2022 edition of CLBC’s Update for Individuals and Families. This Update will be taking a break during the summer months and will resume again as we move into the fall season. We hope this Update continues to be a helpful source of information, resources and uplifting stories. We wish you and your families a safe and happy summer and hope you have many opportunities to connect with others and enjoy the warmer months ahead.

As a reminder, you can find all Updates (including past editions) posted on our website here. You can also check out CLBC’s Facebook page here and Twitter page here. If you know of anyone who would like to receive future Updates, please share the link to our sign up page with them. If you have a specific question, or feedback about this update, you can send an email to CLBCInfo@gov.bc.ca.

CLBC and Government News

New funding supports Re-Imagining Community Inclusion (RCI) projects

New provincial funding of nearly $5.3 million was recently announced during AccessAbility Week by Hon. Nicholas Simons, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. This new funding means more organizations can focus on creating projects that will make life better for people with developmental disabilities.

The funding will support Re-Imagining Community Inclusion (RCI) projects in the priority areas of inclusive housing, employment, health and wellness, inclusive Indigenous services and a community-inclusion innovation fund, which focuses on inclusion projects. Read more about the RCI initiative and about the organizations receiving funding here.

During AccessAbility Week, new provincial funding was also announced to help people plan for the future with the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP), to provide greater access to communications technology, and to boost accessibility in B.C. communities.

Learn about Representation Agreements: Nidus provides education, information and support

Nidus is a non-profit charitable organization that provides education, assistance and support around personal planning. You can learn more about their work here.

Through grant funding from CLBC, Nidus is providing foundational information about legal concepts, as well as legal tools and procedures available to B.C. adults for planning, particularly Representation Agreements. Nidus will be sharing information through educational webinars and videos, and also providing support to individuals, families, service providers and CLBC staff.

The first webinar session “Representation Agreement Basics – the RA7” has been scheduled for two upcoming dates next week:

Click here to learn more, including ways to access support from Nidus for individuals and families who are creating a representation agreement.

Ways to prepare and stay safe as flood, fire and extreme heat season approaches

As we move from spring into summer and temperatures rise over the weeks ahead, CLBC is reminding individuals and families about resources to help prepare for emergency situations caused by flooding, wildfires and extremely high temperatures.

We want to help ensure the individuals we serve who may be impacted are prepared and understand who to connect with. If you or your loved one lives in a CLBC-funded staffed home or home share, the home is required to have an emergency plan to support individuals in an emergency.

It’s also important for individuals and families to take time to get ready for emergencies and have their own plan in place. Being aware and prepared is the key to staying safe.

Find links and information on the CLBC website here about the many resources available to help plan ahead and to stay safe in the case of emergencies related to flooding, wildfires and extreme heat events.

CLBC Editorial Board seeking members from Interior and North regions

CLBC’s Editorial Board is made up of self advocates from across B.C. who bring their ideas, stories and input to CLBC communications, publications, projects and initiatives.

There is currently space on the Editorial Board for two self advocates from the Interior and the North regions. This is a two-year position for individuals who are eligible for supports and services from CLBC. Members receive a monthly board payment of $100 and travel expenses for attending meetings in Vancouver three times a year.

Successful applicants will:

  • have a basic understanding and interest in the work of CLBC
  • have an interest in self advocacy and disability related issues
  • be comfortable speaking in front of a group
  • be friendly, flexible and like working on a team
  • have good listening skills
  • be respectful of other people’s ideas
  • show dedication to creating positive and supportive working relationships both in and outside CLBC

CLBC will help successful applicants learn the necessary skills and offer guidance to prepare and support them during their work with the CLBC Editorial Board.

Learn more about the Editorial Board on the CLBC website here, including the Terms of Reference. Anyone interested in applying can contact CLBC’s Self Advocate Advisor at Jessica.Humphrey@gov.bc.ca.

Booster doses help maintain protection

A booster dose is an additional shot of vaccine that helps you maintain and lengthen your protection against severe outcomes of COVID-19. When you get a booster dose, you help protect yourself and the people around you. Click the image to the right to view at full size and learn about the benefits of the booster shot ->

All British Columbians ages 12 and older are now eligible to get a COVID booster dose and will get an invitation to book a booster appointment six months after their second dose. Even if you’ve already had COVID-19, getting a booster dose, once you are eligible and your symptoms have passed, is important as post-infection immunity is temporary.

Second booster shots are also now available for seniors 70 and older and Indigenous people 55 and older once six months have passed since their first booster. You can learn more about boosters on the B.C. Government website here.

Self Advocate Corner

Share your feedback on the B.C. Employment Strategy for Youth

CanAssist is working with a provincial network of stakeholders to develop the Provincial Youth Employment Strategy (PYES) for youth with disabilities. The strategy will address service gaps and simplify the process of navigating the youth employment support system for youth between ages 15 to 30 who self-identify as having a disability (including mental health and substance use challenges). Learn more about this project here.

To develop the strategy, CanAssist is collecting input from youth with disabilities across B.C. who can click here to complete the online survey and have their voice heard.

Lauren’s Story premiers at Inclusion BC’s Everybody Belongs conference

A video story sponsored by UNITI, a partnership of three affiliated, non-profit organizations in Surrey, premiered at Inclusion BC’s, recent Everybody Belongs conference which took place in late May.

You can watch Lauren’s Story here, which focuses on the journey of housing activist and disability advocate Lauren Simpson as she works for affordable housing for herself and others.

Upcoming self advocate led events open to everyone

Join one of the upcoming self advocate led events below or visit the Calendar for Connection here to learn about other fun ways connect with others.

Breaking Away from the Covid Blues with Lynnetta hosted by Self Advocates of the Rockies society (SAOR)

  • Meets the third Wednesday of every month from 1-2pm MDT/ 12-1pm PDT.
  • Join the group on Google Meets by clicking here or dial: ‪(CA) +1 613-916-1823 PIN: ‪337 088 313#

Phone Tree with Self-Advocates of the Rockies Group Society (SAOR)

  • Every Thursday: 2pm-3pm MDT; 1pm-2pm PDT.
  • SAOR is holding weekly group phone calls to catch up with friends and meet new advocates from around the province.
  • To register, email j.moore@realmbc.ca, or call 250-426-3393 by 3:00 pm on Wednesdays. Spots are limited to five per call so make sure to sign up to reserve your spot.

Join BC People First and become a member of the Self Advocate Presentation Team

BC People First Society (BCPF) is a non-profit provincial organization that is part of the international People First movement. BCPF has been the independent voice of self-advocates in B.C. for over 40 years.

Are you or someone you know interested in joining BC People First and becoming part of their Self Advocate Presentation Team? Members take part in presentations, workshops, focus groups, conferences and more. Learn about how to become a BC People First member here.

Publish your story for $100 on the Self Advocate Net website

Self Advocate Net is an online community that is the voice of self advocate leaders across B.C. It is a place to have a voice, break down stereotypes and encourage positive change in our communities.

Self Advocate Net publishes up to eight new stories per month on themes like achieving goals, inclusive employment, overcoming barriers, finding ways to keep positive, and using language that promotes inclusion and diversity. People who have their story published receive $100.

Learn more and submit your story idea on the Self Advocate Net website here. Priority is given to those who have not yet been published on Self Advocate Net.

Self Advocate course on COVID-19 and health starts June 16

Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities is recruiting participants from across Canada for its second round of virtual courses on COVID-19 and health.

Participants will learn how to rebuild more meaningful activities and routines in their daily lives and have questions answered about balancing safety and wellness and knowing when to get help for mental health concerns. Participants are introduced to health care communication tools, including My COVID Check-In, to improve health care visits. Learn more about the course here.

The course for self advocates starts next week on June 16. Anyone interested in participating can fill out this Expression of Interest and Collaboration Form, email hcardd@camh.ca or call 437-328-6761.

People Planning Together training takes place in August

People Planning Together is a free four-day, two-hour per day virtual training session for people with developmental disabilities who are interested in taking a leadership role in planning a life they desire. It is led and facilitated by Empowering Self Advocates to Take Action Co-operative (ESATTA) which is made up of people who also live with a label of developmental disability.

During the training, participants spend time identifying the things that are important to them for them to feel happy, healthy and safe. Participants decide what works for them and how other people in their lives can best support them.

The training takes place on August 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 10:00am to 12:00pm PDT and you can find the full details in the flyer here. If you or anyone you know is interested in taking part, or has questions, please contact James White at jamesdwhite31@yahoo.com or 604-803-1745.
Staying Supported and Connected

Spinal Cord Injury BC offers an Accessible Travel Guide

As people begin to travel again, the Accessible Travel Guide created by Spinal Cord Injury BC is a helpful resource to have available. From pre-trip planning through to check-in, departure and more, this guide helps people get the most out of their travel experience, regardless of their level of mobility.

Learn more and download the Accessible Travel Guide here.

Access gender-based violence resource for people with disabilities

Gender-based violence is any violence against a person that is because of their gender. Disability Alliance BC, Inclusion BC and Ending Violence BC have worked together to create a plain language guide for people with intellectual disabilities called What is Gender-Based Violence?.

The guide is available online here.

Autism Community Training gathers information on summer activities

Summer is just around the corner. To help families find recreation opportunities, Autism Community Training (ACT) has been gathering information on fun activities for all ages. The community events page on their website here is updated frequently with new events and activities taking place in B.C. They also share information for families about summer camps and activities here.

Canadian Centre for Caregiving Excellence offers support for caregivers and providers

The Azrieli Foundation has launched the Canadian Centre for Caregiving Excellence, a new non-profit initiative dedicated to supporting caregivers and paid care providers in Canada. The Centre advances the knowledge and capacity of the caregiving field, and advocates for effective and visionary social policy, with a disability-informed approach.

Learn more by visiting their website here where you can also sign up for their newsletter to stay up to date.

Inclusion Canada seeking organizations to host focus groups for the Canada Disability Benefit

The Disability Inclusion Action Plan is a Canada-wide plan developed to ask people with disabilities what actions the government should take to improve the lives of people with disabilities across Canada.

PLAN Institute is a supporting partner in the Financial Security Pillar of the Disability Inclusion Action Plan. This part of the plans looks at the immediate and long-term financial needs of Canadians with disabilities.

Inclusion Canada is inviting other organizations to host focus groups of up to seven people as part of their consultation process. The focus groups are opportunity to discuss and share ideas on what the Canada Disability Benefit should look like. If you work for or know of an organization that is interested in hosting a focus group, please contact Teisha at lugwuegbula@inclusioncanada.ca or at 416-661-9611 Ext. 253.

Stories and Celebration

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day

Tuesday, June 21 will mark the 26th recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada, which began in 1996. It is an official day to celebrate the culture and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities in Canada. June 21 was chosen because of its alignment with the summer solstice, which is a significant day to the many Indigenous peoples and communities who have celebrated on this day for generations. This day can be commemorated in many different ways which celebrate the different talents, traditions and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada. In past years, Indigenous communities have celebrated with powwows, potlatches, festivals or movie screenings by Indigenous filmmakers. It is a day to both honor the contributions and struggles of Indigenous peoples in a Canadian context, while recognizing the continued brilliance of Indigenous people in the face of colonization.

Click the links below to learn about some of the events happening around B.C. to recognize National Indigenous Peoples Day:

Signing off

In June, communities across B.C. and Canada celebrate Pride Month. It is a time when we celebrate diversity and LGBTQI2S+ communities, acknowledging their history, the hardships they have faced, and the progress that has been made.

Find information about Pride Month celebrations happening across B.C. here.

Until next edition…


Community Living BC Update June 15th,2022 Click Here

June 15th,2022
Community Living BC seeks your input on the description of our services
Before the pandemic, we asked the people we serve, their families, service partners and CLBC staff what they thought about the way CLBC describes our services (as outlined in the Catalogue of Services, a document that has a description of our services in it). We want to thank everyone who participated in those sessions.We now have an opportunity to finish this work and want to hear from you about the draft changes we’ve made.

To make sure this is done right, we need to hear from you!

Provide your feedback on how CLBC describes its services at these upcoming sessions:

For Self Advocates and People Supported by CLBC

Date: Thursday, June 23, 2022
Time: 4pm – 5pm (PDT)
Location: Online via Microsoft Teams
Please RSVP to: lisa.makortoff@gov.bc.ca by June 20

 A meeting link will be shared with you prior to the session date.

For Families / Caregivers / Personal Support Networks

Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm (PDT)
Where: Online via Zoom
Please RSVP to: lisa.makortoff@gov.bc.ca by June 23

 A meeting link will be shared with you prior to the session date.


April 19, 2022, COVID-19 MS Teams update for individuals and families

from Community Living BC on Vimeo.




Govt of Canada News Covid 19 Here

Federal Briefing on the response to Covid 19

Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create stress and anxiety for many Canadians, particularly those who do not have ready access to their regular support networks. Through the Wellness Together Canada online portal, people of all ages across the country can access immediate, free and confidential mental health and substance use supports, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. PocketWell, a free companion app to the WTC online portal, provides another way to help Canadians access online mental health and substance use resources, and measure and monitor aspects of their mental well-being.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) continues to monitor COVID-19 epidemiological indicators to quickly detect, understand and communicate emerging issues of concern. The following is a brief summary of the latest national trends.For additional COVID-19 data and analyses, the PHAC posts the following reports:

While SARS-CoV-2 virus is still circulating across the country, disease activity indicators, including daily case counts and lab test positivity, are stabilizing at the national level with most areas continuing to decline. Wastewater signals have plateaued or are continuing to decline in many areas, however there is variability from testing sites across the country. Although hospitalizations rates remain elevated and variable, severe illness trends are also continuing to decline in most areas. While we are cautiously optimistic about the current trajectory, we are observing early signals of increased activity in some areas.

Nevertheless, as we expect the SARS-CoV-2 virus to continuously evolve, we are closely monitoring the domestic and international situation and preparing for new variants. This includes several Omicron and Omicron-BA.2 sub-lineages, specifically BA.2.12.1, BA.4, and BA.5, that have demonstrated a growth advantage and additional immune escape over BA.1 and BA.2. Because the Omicron variant is immune evasive, two doses of COVID-19 vaccines offer less protection against Omicron than against previous variants. Fortunately, evidence shows that boosters can help increase antibody levels that wane over time after the second dose. Although vaccine effectiveness against infection decreases over time, evidence shows that two doses of mRNA vaccines generally maintain good effectiveness against severe outcomes across variants, and a booster further increases vaccine effectiveness to over 90% against severe outcomes. Thus health authorities continue to strongly recommend up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination for all eligible people, including for those who may have been previously infected.

In particular, getting a booster dose(s), if you are eligible, helps improve protection that may have decreased since the second dose and provide even better protection against severe illness from Omicron. This is especially important for those aged 50 years of age or older, given the risk of severe illness increases with increasing age. As of June 16, 2022, over 18.7 million third doses and as of May 22, 2022 over 2.5 million fourth doses have been administered to date. As well, national data as of May 22, 2022 indicate that over 86% of seniors aged 70 years or older and 62%-77% of 50-69 year olds have received at least one additional dose.

During the transition phase of the pandemic and beyond, our best advantage is to continue maintaining caution and a state of readiness as we prepare our surge capacity for future response, while not forgetting the personal protective habits we have learned. At the individual level, this can be best achieved by keeping COVID-19 vaccinations up-to-date, including getting a booster dose(s) as recommended to be better protected against serious illness and other complications of COVID-19 infection, including post COVID-19 condition (also known as long COVID). At the same time, continuing to follow public health advice tailored to local epidemiology and circumstances can help guide your individual and family risk assessment and use of personal protective practices to reduce your risk of exposure and spreading the virus. In particular, properly wearing a well-fitted and well-constructed face maskavoiding crowding, and getting the best ventilation possible in indoor spaces, are layers of protection that can reduce your risk in all settings. As always, staying home and away from others when you are sick or experiencing any COVID-like symptoms, even if mild, is advised to reduce of the risk of spreading the virus.

We can also stay healthier by getting up-to-date with other recommended vaccines and routine vaccines for children and adults. For additional information regarding vaccination in your area, reach out to your local public health authorities, healthcare provider, or other trusted and credible sources, such as Immunize.ca and Canada.ca, which includes information to help Canadians understand the benefits of being vaccinated against COVID-19.

Canadians can also go the extra mile by sharing credible information on COVID-19 risks and prevention practices and measures to reduce COVID-19 in communities. Read my backgrounder to access more COVID-19 Information and Resources on ways to reduce the risks and protect yourself and others, including information on COVID-19 vaccination.


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Public Health Agency of Canada

This is on Govt of Canada’s Website go to the link here





29 MAY TO 04 JUNE 2022 (WEEK 22)

Published: 10 June 2022

Last one of weekly EPIDEMIOLOGY REPORT

Here you will find the latest data on Covid-19 Cases in Canada on June 10th,2022

Public health releases guidelines for Canadians fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on June 25th,2021

COVID-19 Disability Advisory Group will continue to help guide Government action on disability inclusion

COVID-19 & Disability Resources



Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Awareness resources


From The World Health Organization website, you can find information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019.

Please visit this page for daily updates.

Here is the WHO’s latest update

WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 -June 14th,2022

This is the Briefing of The WHO News Conference that was Today Wednesday, June 14th,2022



Weekly epidemiological update on COVID-19 – 15 June 2022 Edition 96

Emergency Situational Updates Overview

Globally, the number of new weekly cases has continued to decline since a peak in January 2022. During the week of 6 until 12 June 2022, over 3.2 million cases were reported, similar to the number reported during the previous week. After five weeks of decline, the number of new weekly deaths has risen again, with over 8700 fatalities reported, a 4% increase as compared to the previous week.

As of 12 June 2022, over 533 million confirmed cases and over 6.3 million deaths have been reported globally. In this edition, we provide an update on the geographic distribution of circulating SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern (VOCs). We also provide a special focus on mass gathering events during disease outbreaks and WHO’s recommended risk-based approach to decision-making for mass gathering events.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Videos Click Here

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