Disabilities Mentoring Day

DABC has received the following information from the Accessibility Secretariat:

What is Disabilities Mentoring Day?

If you haven’t heard of DMD before, it is an event that brings job seekers with disabilities and employers together in a day of job shadowing. The goal in doing this is to help bridge the talent, communication and knowledge gaps between business, employment and community supports when it comes to working with persons with disabilities. In Vancouver, DMD is October 24, 2018.

Mentees in DMD will have an opportunity to:

  • Add valuable work experience to their resume
  • Access new workplace contacts, environments & HR processes
  • Increase confidence and social skills in the workplace
  • Dispel employers’ fears about hiring people with disabilities and promote disability confidence
  • Gain an understanding of what employers are looking for in order to be successful

For the pilot year in Vancouver, we have 10 mentee opportunities at 7 different employers. These include:

  1. Ayogo
  2. Travel for All
  3. BGIS (Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions)
  4. The BC Government
  5. AMI (Accessible Media Inc.)
  6. Air Canada
  7. TD Bank

Mentees can register at: www.disabilitiesmentoringday.ca or by filling out an application online.

Download a poster with more details here.  If you have any questions or want to submit a mentee application, please reach out to Jamie Burton at: jamie@dolphin.ca or Toll free: 1-888-804-1446.

Youth Engagement Opportunity

Seeking Youth Participation

Are you interested in using your skills to make a tangible difference in your community? Would you like to add a valuable experience to your resume or gain volunteer hours?

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is seeking youth participation under the new Youth Innovation Component of the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF).

What is the EAF?

The EAF is a federal government grants and contributions program which provides funding to eligible organizations for projects that increase accessibility for people with disabilities in Canadian community spaces and workplaces. Projects funded by the EAF allow people with disabilities to participate more fully in community activities, programs and services as well as access employment opportunities.

Examples of EAF Projects include but are not limited to:

  • Installing an access ramp and/or automated door openers;
  • Widening doorways and hallways;
  • Procuring accessible beach wheelchairs or adapted Kayaks; and
  • Installing accessible technology such as computer screen readers, voice recognition software and braille printers.

How youth can participate?

The EAF Youth Innovation Component provides an opportunity for youth to have a direct impact in the lives of people with disabilities by addressing accessibility barriers in public spaces and/or workplaces across Canada.

Interested youth (age 15-30) will:

  • Register their interest online to the EAF by September 21, 2018;
  • Receive a tool kit / info package from the EAF;
  • Identify accessibility barriers in workplaces or community spaces;
  • Approach eligible organization(s) and let them know about the accessibility barriers in their community space or workplace;
  • Encourage the organization(s) to apply for up to $10,000 in EAF funding under the Youth Innovation Component (deadline for organizations to apply for funding is November 16, 2018);
  • Answer the question in the organization’s project funding proposal related to the project’s objective; and
  • Fill out the final questionnaire to help improve the program.

Volunteer youth interested in participating in this initiative, are asked to inform the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) team of their interest by September 21, 2018 using the following link: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/enabling-accessibility-fund-youth-innovation.html.

Together let’s build a more accessible Canada!

Enabling Accessibility Fund Team
Employment and Social Development Canada

Community Update: ESDC releases new Canada Pension Plan Disability application form

Dear Community Partner,

Disability Alliance BC (DABC) is writing to let you know that Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has released a new simplified Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPP-D) application package. The new application was developed in consultation with DABC and other community organizations.

This simplified application consists of a single form rather than multiple separate forms. The new form also contains more reader-friendly language and provides examples and tips to help guide people through the application process so that it is easier.

The new application form is also electronically fillable and allows applicants to save and retrieve information. This change will make it easier to complete the application over multiple sittings if required. In addition, nurse practitioners will now be able to complete and certify CPP-D medical reports on behalf of their patients.

The new application form is available on the Government of Canada’s website:

DABC is pleased with the introduction of these much needed improvements to the CPP-D application process. For more information about these changes please contact our Senior CPP-D Advocate Ashley Silcock at 604-872-1278 or 1-800-663-1278.