Disability Rights Promotion International Forum Held

photo of Vancouver DRPI monitorsThe Disability Rights Promotion International is human rights research project conducted by people with disabilities. Locally, BCCPD human rights monitors interviewed 48 people about their disability experiences in the Lower Mainland and in the Penticton area.  Globally, other sections of the DRPI project monitor systemic human rights abuses.

In October 2011, BCCPD and DRPI held a forum to present the survey findings to the community. We were fortunate to have as our guest speakers: Susan O’Donnell Executive Director of the BC Human Rights Coalition, Normand Boucher of DRPI-Canada/Laval University, Jewelles Smith, DRPI monitor and Laura Mackenrot, DRPI interviewee. Normand presented the research findings and forum participants were invited to comment on the findings and respond to questions designed by BCCPD and DRPI. The forum participants’ responses will be incorporated into the report’s final recommendations.

See more about DRPI here.

Seeking Compensation for Woodlands Survivors

photo of woodlandsBCCPD continues to work closely with the Woodlands survivors in their struggle for justice and compensation. As of the end of 2011, the Province continues to exclude former Woodlands residents who were at the institution before August 1, 1974. These oldest survivors have not been given the opportunity to have their abuse recognized through the settlement agreement that has been signed by the Province. The compensation process for survivors who were at Woodlands after August 1, 1974, is extremely slow: as of October 2011, only 8 claims have been filed, out of the approximately 850 survivors who have come forward.

See more on our ongoing work on Woodlands.

Changes to Community Volunteer Supplement

This article in the August 11/11 Globe and Mail describes the BC’s government’s plan to change the Community Volunteer Supplement for people with disabilities.

This is good news for the almost 8,000 people on the CVS waitlist; however, we’re disappointed that the legislation supporting the CVS program has been repealed and a moratorium introduced on new applications.

We hope the community is invited to participate as the Province develops “a more sustainable model,” for the program.

See the article here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/bc-politics/government-plans-to-reform-stipend-program-for-disabled-volunteers/article2125877/