DCCN Session - The Language that Surrounds Disability

We’ve received the following information from the Disabled Community Connection Network (DCCN):


We wish to inform you about our next Disabled Community Connection Network (DCCN) session. DCCN is a monthly communication and information group for people of all ages (16+) with any disability. This group is supported by the North Shore Disability Resource Centre and PeerNet BC.

Our next group is happening on July 19th from 4:00PM – 6:00PM. At 408-602 West Hastings St. 

The session will focus on  language and stigma and the way in which those two concepts affect the disabled community. Through this session we hope to brainstorm  ideas for community projects that shine light on the disabled experience, based on previous group discussions. Come share your lived experiences through lively, peer facilitated discussion. This group is facilitated by and for people with disabilities.

This session will feature Jeanne Morton. Jeanne has worked supporting individuals with disabilities for thirty years, including positions with government, the non-profit sector, currently working with the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC. A lifelong ”Word-nerd”, she will discuss the effect of language on stigma.  

ASL Interpretation and food is provided! The space is also wheelchair accessible. Please let us know of any accommodations and dietary needs you require. Please email s.klassen@nsdrc.org or call 604-904-4088 to register.

City of Vancouver: Election Outreach Program

We have received the following information from the City of Vancouver.


The City of Vancouver’s election outreach program provides information about voting in the municipal election taking place on October 20, 2018. From now until October 19, outreach staff are available to talk to Vancouver residents to help ensure people have the information needed to vote. Through the Election Office you can book outreach staff for voter education presentations or to attend events.

Voter education presentations – 15 minute presentation on:
• City services
• Responsibilities of elected representatives
• Voter eligibility and registration
• Ways to vote
• Accessibility provisions for voters

Election information booth – Outreach staff will:
• Provide election information
• Help people register to vote
• Answer election-related questions

If you  are interested in requesting election outreach, please complete the election outreach request form: https://survey.vancouver.ca/s3/election-outreach-bookings.

Access Pro Bono launches Family Mediation Pilot Project

Access Pro Bono (APB) recently launched a Family Mediation Pilot Project, and DABC has received the following information from APB about the project:


We hope to provide suitable candidates with an opportunity to resolve their entire family dispute out of court and without litigation whenever possible.

We offer clients a 30-minute free legal advice appointment to provide pre mediation guidance. This is based on an income qualification (please refer to our website www.accessprobono.ca). If both parties choose to participate, we will then coordinate a pro bono mediation for up to 3 hours where they can discuss:

  1. parenting time;
  2. spousal and/or child support; and
  3. division of assets (limited)

If the parties reach a mutual understanding, they will receive independent legal advice before signing the agreement.

To determine if they qualify clients are encouraged to call us at 604-482-3195 ext 1526 or email us at familymediation@accessprobono.ca.

Please visit our website at: http://familymediationbc.com for more information and some informational videos.

Download the flyer and pamphlet.