Wanted: Participants for Focus Group on Health Care Communication

The BC Coalition for People with Disabilities is seeking 8-10 people aged 40 and older with chronic health issues/disabilities for a focus group. Participants will discuss their experiences communicating with health care professionals. The purpose of this discussion is to identify improvements or strategies that could be used to increase successful interaction.

The focus group findings will be used for an article on communication in health care situations and participant input will be kept anonymous.

No honourarium is available but light refreshments will be provided.

When: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 2:00-3:30 pm

Where: BCCPD office, #204-456 West Broadway, Vancouver

If you are interested, please contact Shelley by emailing wdi@bccpd.bc.ca or phoning 604-875-0188.

Library Services for People with a Print Disability Survey

The Library Services for People with a Print Disability Survey executivePages of a book summary is now available at the BC Library Association (BCLA) website.

The BCLA’s Services to People with Print Disabilities Working Group (SPPD) and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) jointly conducted this online survey of people with print disabilities. In November/December 2011 the survey was completed by 101 people across BC.

Excerpts from the report:
“The majority of respondents were over 40, with half being in the 41 to 64 year old age bracket. The respondents primarily identified as visually disabled or blind.”

Ninety-four percent of survey respondents preferred to borrow rather than purchase reading material. “Cost was the main reason for a vast majority of the respondents, as many were on fixed incomes due to disability. Other reasons include the fact that books are usually only read once and there was no need to keep them, space concerns and that the library was a convenient place to borrow materials.”

Read more from the executive summary at: http://tinyurl.com/7o5mrrc

Life on welfare: separating fact from fiction

The following letter was published on The Vancouver Sun’s website today, in response to a January 26 article titled “BC welfare rates are adequate.”


“The authors believe that $1,800 a month is enough to pay for the basic needs (shelter, food and clothing) of a family of four.

They refer to Chris Sarlo’s “basic needs” measurement to support their position.

What they fail to mention is that a paper published by the University of Calgary in September 2011 (Income Support for Persons with Disabilities), using Sarlo’s measurement, concluded “the level of support provided to disabled persons in B.C. is disturbing; it falls slightly below that measure of income required to meet basic

Given that the provincial disability benefit rate is $300 a month more than basic assistance, it is hard to fathom how the authors can conclude B.C.’s welfare rates are adequate.

Neither the basic assistance rate nor the disability benefits rate provide people enough money to live with dignity.”

Jane Dyson Executive director, BC Coalition of People with Disabilities

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