Hi everyone, thanks to COPCS for sending around an update regarding the Home Share Working Group, and their efforts on behalf of home share providers:
Hey everyone, make sure you check out the Family Support Institute’s Fall 2018 Newsletter – link below! They are also putting out a call for anyone interested in writing for future issues. If you like to write, consider sending in an article!
Thanks to COPCS for sharing these great photos from their Christmas Party last weekend!
Hello Cool Arts friends, family, and supporters:Please find the Cool Arts Winter Newsletter and an invitation to our Holiday Party & Art Sale attached.If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via return email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or give me a call in studio.Hope to see you at the Holiday Party – if we miss you, have a wonderful holiday and we’ll see you in the new year!With warmest regards,Elana Bizovie
Cool Arts Society
Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities! Today, we join people all over the world as we celebrate how far we have come in support of community inclusion. And, we also join in as we look forward to “what’s next” in this movement.
Since 1992, the United Nations has celebrated International Day of Persons with Disabilities each year. Looking ahead to the future, this day is a big part of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which pledges to “leave no one behind.” You can read more about the UN’s Agenda here.
More locally, here are some of the ways people are looking at this year’s theme, which is “empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”:
The BC Government has put together a series of articles on their website that reviews how the province has supported removal of barriers – and how they plan to keep removing barriers in future. The list includes resources that are already available (such as CLBC, CAYA) as well as new ones. One new strategy is a Cross-Ministry Disability Strategy Reference Group. This group, made up of 18 assistant deputy ministers, is going to explore ways that ministries and government agencies can better collaborate in providing supports for people with disabilities.
The SelfAdvocateNet website has a page for this day and how it remains relevant. They’ve also included information on events, including the Film festivals taking place in our communities. CLBC has also added film festival information on their events page.
So, let us know what’s going on in your community and how you will be celebrating today! Leave us a comment or send us a photo.
Hi all, thanks to our friends at InclusionBC for letting us know about the Sprout Film Festival – the 4th annual film festival celebrating UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities! Locations include New Westminster, Campbell River, Victoria, Kelowna, and Dawson Creek. Here is the invitation (mailchi.mp/inclusionbc.org/e-update-sept-2274329?e=a487d6e1d6) and info for Kelowna is here (gallery.mailchimp.com/1b7161e0c15d3775331002a15/files/9722d806-83dd-4911-b036-7ebae0c097b8/CICSproutPosterNov.5.pdf).
Hey everyone, there is a medical practice in Kelowna that is currently accepting new patients. Check out their website if you are looking for a family doctor: www.divisionsbc.ca/central-okanagan/family-physicians/family-practice-clinics/rutland-medical-associates
…and that doesn’t just mean it’s time to watch Game of Thrones on TV!
Keep warm, dress in layers, wear sturdy footwear and stay safe with these Seven Steps to Cold Weather Safety on the Government of Canada website.
Need some ideas to keep active through the winter? Check out ideas from the online community!
And, if you happen to build a snow fort, send us a picture! Welcome, Winter!
What’s your favorite winter sport? Let us know in the comments?
Hey everyone, we have heard from our colleagues at Disability Alliance BC that the Province of BC has issued a bulletin that explains the compensation process for former residents of Woodlands – check out more details at their website here or visit the Province’s site here.
It’s also the DABC Community Update that let us know about the Complex Medical Dental (CMD) pilot project funded by the provincial government (in addition to the existing benefits available). This project is led by the BC Dental Association and creates new opportunities for coverage for people on disability assistance, income assistance, and their families.
Applications to participate in the CMD pilot project must be completed by a person’s dentist – we have included the DABC Community Update and the Information and applications forms below.
Hi all, Please see attached for details on a free workshop for families and caregivers. It will be hosted by Clinical counselor, Kristin Edstrom @ People Place in Vernon.
Thanks to COPCS for circulating the info about this opportunity.