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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Free Tax Clinics at the BCCPD

If you have a simple tax situation, our trained volunteer can help complete your taxes for free! If you are on PWD benefits, this is a good way to ensure taxes are filed on time & correctly.

Where:

BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD) office
#204- 456 West Broadway in Vancouver.  

When:

In February: Feb. 20th 2012; Feb. 27, 2012
In March: March 5th 2012; March 12th 2012
In April: April 2, 2012; April 16, 2012; April 23, 2012; April 30, 2012

Appointments are 30 minutes.

 Suggested eligibility:
– Individuals on PWD Benefits
– Individuals earning up to $25,000
– Couples earning up to $35,000

To Register: Call the BCCPD at 604-872-1278. We will let you know what documents you need to bring to your clinic.

*Please note, volunteers do not prepare tax returns for complex situations such as:
– Returns for deceased persons
– Individuals who file for bankruptcy
– Self-employed individuals
– Individuals who report capital gains or losses
– Individuals who report employment expenses, business or rental income & expenses

The BCCPD thanks ACORN for all of their support.