March of Dimes Canada: Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Tablet Giveaway

Would a smart tablet help you with your disability?

March of Dimes Canada Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Can Help!

Applications and Guidelines available at: http://www.marchofdimes.ca/EN/events/special/Pages/Assistive-Mobile-Technology-Initiative.aspx

Community Partners -- Were Your Organizations/Clients Impacted by This Year's Fires/Floods in BC? We Want to Hear From You!

Was your organization and services impacted by the floods and fires in BC this year?

Were your clients, staff or volunteers with disabilities impacted?

If so, we’d like to hear from you. Your stories will help DABC educate local emergency programs to create more accessible and inclusive emergency response plans.

Disability Alliance BC (DABC) has funding from Emergency Management BC to work with local emergency programs throughout BC in order to increase their local capacity to respond to the needs of community members with disabilities in emergencies and disasters. This builds on more than 10 years of our work on emergency preparedness and people with disabilities.

Examples of areas we are working with local emergency programs on are: communicating with the public during emergencies; mass evacuations; public education on personal preparedness; and Emergency Support Services (ESS) response and accessible facilities and services. We provide training to local government programs and provide them with resources to help them integrate the needs of people with disabilities into their emergency response.

Your organization’s experiences, and those of your clients, will provide invaluable learning opportunities for local emergency programs throughout this province. DABC will keep the names and places anonymous, but real-life stories of how the floods and fires impacted people with disabilities and the organizations that help them, is important to ensuring better response and emergency services in all communities.

Please share your experiences with: Karen Martin, Project Coordinator, karen@disabilityalliancebc.org.

Government of Canada tables the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Government of Canada has tabled the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

From the news release:

“The Optional Protocol would allow individuals in Canada to make a complaint to the United Nations if they believe their rights under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Convention) have been violated.

The Convention protects and promotes the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities without discrimination and on an equal basis with others. In 2010, Canada became a Party to the Convention and committed to promoting, protecting and ensuring the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights by persons with disabilities.”

To read the rest of the news release, please click here.