Representation Agreement named as one of the best policies in the world

A Scientific Advisory Board to the World Future Council http://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/ , consisting of eleven leading European experts from the disability rights movement, academia, human rights institutions and foundations has chosen the Representation Agreement as the best policy in the world for recognizing the right to support in personal decision-making and avoiding guardianship.

The World Future Council has also recognized the Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry as the leading expert on the BC law and system, and as the organization which has been the main driver behind the creation of the Act. Nidus and the Representation Agreement will be featured in a Bulletin issued by the World Future Council and promoted as an example of best policies at an upcoming conference in Vienna in January 2012, which Christine Gordon, Nidus’ Board President has been invited to attend.

Report on Employment and People with Invisible Disabilities

In 2011, BCCPD had an opportunity to work with two Douglas College students to assess accommodations in BC for-profit organizations for employees and potential employees with invisible disabilities. Their final report entitled Investigating Workplace Accommodation for People with Invisible Disabilities covers awareness of invisible disabilities in the workplace, disclosure, barriers for job seekers and employees and recommendations.

BCCPD at Ministerial Roundtable

BCCPD was very pleased to have the opportunity to speak at the recent Ministerial Roundtable on Labour Market Participation of People with Disabilities hosted by the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors.

Paul Gauthier represented BCCPD at the August 2011 event. He spoke about the Equipment and Assistive Technology Initiative (EATI) and the importance of the Social Development Partnership Program to the community. EATI is a ground-breaking project, funded by the Province of British Columbia, through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement.

Left to right:
Duane Geddes, Executive Director, Sam Sullivan Disability Foundation
Dr. Gary Birch, Executive Director, Neil Squire Society
Jennifer Lee, Executive Director, IAM Cares Society
Hon. Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors
Karen De Long, Director, British Columbia Association for Community Living
Paul Gauthier, BC Coalition of People with Disabilities
Jamie Millar-Dixon, Tourism Employment Specialist, WII-STEP Workforce Inclusion Initiative

photo of EATI staff and others meeting BC Minister