Working for Change
In addition to our Direct Services and Programs, DABC does a great deal of work behind the scenes to help bring about positive change for people with disabilities.
DABC’s Board members and staff participate on many committees, including those listed below. This work helps ensure that the voices of British Columbians with disabilities are heard in the policy making and planning involved in a range of issues including provincial and federal disability assistance, transportation, poverty reduction, and transit policing.
- Access Transit Users’ Advisory Committee (Metro Vancouver)
- Accessibility 2024 Leadership Team
- BC Access to Justice Committee
- BC Ferries Advisory Committee on Accessibility Issues
- BC Hydro Low Income Advisory Council
- BC Poverty Reduction Coalition
- BC Transit Accessibility Advisory Committee (Prince George)
- BC Transit Accessibility Advisory Committee (Victoria)
- CPP-D Client & Stakeholder Roundtable (Ministry of Employment & Social Development Canada)
- Ending Violence Association Community Coordination for Women’s Safety Committee
- Langara Social Service Worker Program Advisory Committee
- Minister’s Council on Employment and Accessibility
- Passenger Directed Vehicle Advisory Committee
- Pearson Redevelopment Advisory Committee
- PovNet Board
- RDSP Action Group (Provincial government working group)
- Southwest Region Emergency Social Services Directors Committee
- Supporting Increased Participation (SIP) Committee
- Transit Police Chief’s Community Council
Changing Public Policy and Raising Community Awareness
Complementing and building on DABC’s committee work, we are actively involved in several ongoing projects including:
- Working with other community groups (Inclusion BC; Plan Institute; BC Centre for Community Inclusion; BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society) to advocate for a Basic Income (BI), or Guaranteed Annual Income (GAI). In the spring of 2017, DABC and our community partners on this project hosted noted BI advocate Hugh Segal on a series of forums and public events.
- A campaign in partnership with the Trial Lawyers Association to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving http://distracteddrivingkills.ca/
- Continuing advocacy for an increase to PWD rates, with our partners in the Disability Without Poverty Network
- Continuing advocacy for changes to the Accident Benefits (Part 7) section of BC’s Motor Vehicle Act
- DABC leads The Right Fit Pilot Project, a partnership funded by the Vancouver Foundation & the BC Rehab Foundation to help wheelchair users find affordable accessible housing that meets their needs. The 3-year pilot is working with housing providers, programs that support independent living and wheelchair users to address barriers and facilitate a better match between affordable, accessible rental homes and those who need them. Partners include the Individualized Funding Resource Centre, BC Housing, City of Vancouver, Fraser Health Authority, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and Ministry of Social Development & Poverty Reduction.