Call for participants: study on legal issues and people with disabilities

DABC has received the following information:

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Are you a person with a physical disability living in western Canada who has had a recent problem, related to:

Work?
Discrimination, prejudice due to your disability, race, age, 2SLGBTQ+ identity?
Healthcare services?
Banking?
Landlord?
Immigration?
Family Violence?
Government Assistance?

Or any other legal issues? We would like to hear from you!

My name is Doris Rajan and I am doing a study on legal issues experienced by people with disabilities. This research is being carried out to complement the national Canadian Legal Problems Survey (CLPS). The CLPS is a self-completion and it was felt that we likely will miss hearing from populations that face extra barriers to justice, like people with disabilities. This is the reason why we are doing the phone interviews. I will also be speaking to people labelled with an intellectual, cognitive and/or psychosocial disability but will be doing that in-person later this year.

We are particularly interested in hearing from Indigenous, racialized, low income, immigrant, 2SLGBTQ+ and Francophone people with physical disabilities living in western Canada – of all ages and genders.

Please send me an email if you are interested in learning more and/or would like to participate in an anonymous, confidential phone interview. People who qualify will receive a $50 honorarium.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Email: d.rajan@irisinstitute.ca

BC government announces temporary additional supports for people receiving income assistance and PWD

We are pleased to see that the provincial government has just announced temporary exemption of EI and the new federal Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) from clawback from income assistance (IA) and PWD. An automatic $300 crisis supplement will be provided for the next three months to people on IA and PWD who are not receiving EI or the CERB. We will share more details about these new measures as that information becomes available.

We hope the federal and/or provincial government will be providing comparable supports to people who receive federal disability assistance (CPP-D). DABC will be advocating that this gap be addressed.

For more information: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/income-assistance/on-assistance/covid

Read the news release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020SDPR0012-000620

Moderation Policy for Social Media

DABC has developed a new social media moderation policy.

Introduction

Disability Alliance BC Society (DABC) is located in Vancouver on unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Since 1977, DABC has been a provincial, cross-disability voice in British Columbia. Our mission is to support people, with all disabilities, to live with dignity, independence and as equal and full participants in the community. We champion issues impacting the lives of people with disabilities through our direct services, community partnerships, advocacy, research and publications.

Policy

Through DABC’s social media channels (Facebook and Twitter), we aim to keep our community partners and clients informed of important information, programs and services pertaining to people with disabilities in BC.

Many of our clients live on very low incomes and are homeless or at risk of
homelessness. Poor people, homeless people, and people with disabilities often experience discrimination, stigmatization, harassment and violence both online and offline. This is especially true for people who experience multiple and intersecting marginalized identities. DABC will not tolerate posts or comments that are hateful, ableist, poor-bashing, racist, xenophobic, homophobic, transphobic, or sexist. We will delete or hide comments and block users as necessary.

DABC also sees its role as one that holds governments and government actors accountable for harmful laws, policies, and practices. We are a non-partisan organization and do not endorse any particular political party or politician. We may remove messages that support or oppose political parties or candidates.

Criteria

Your comment may be subject to deletion if it:

· contains hateful or stigmatizing messaging;
· harasses other users;
· intentionally misleads other users by providing false information;
· contains spam or advertising; or
· campaigns for political parties or candidates.

Community Moderation Methods

We will moderate our social channels for hateful comments, spam, advertising, and comments that are irrelevant to DABC’s work and the communities DABC supports. To this end, we may use either of the following methods when faced with comments or posts that fall within the above criteria:

· hiding or deleting comments; and
· blocking individuals.

DABC’s social media is moderated by a very small team and we are not always able to respond immediately to concerns and questions. While we welcome critique to keep pushing our work forward, we will not tolerate comments that contain hate speech, threats of harm to individuals or groups, dehumanizing and discriminatory language, or blatant misinformation.

Contact

If you have questions, comments, or concerns about our social media community practices, please contact jloh@disabilityalliancebc.org.