We provide workshops to community organizations, health care providers, businesses, and government.
DABC provides workshops across BC to share information on provincial and federal (CPP-D) disability benefits, the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP), Disability Tax Credit (DTC), income tax filing and emergency preparedness.
Most of our workshops are provided free of charge. However, we ask that a minimum of ten participants be confirmed for workshops outside of Metro Vancouver.
Please see the contact form at the bottom of this page.
Our Tax AID DABC program provides workshops on simple income tax filing issues for people with disabilities, common tax filing credits, options for dealing with tax debt, options for filing your income taxes, strategies for communicating with Canada Revenue Agency, and other programs that can be accessed through income tax filing.
DABC advocates provide workshops on provincial disability benefits (Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and the Persons with Persistent and Multiple Barriers (PPMB) benefits), as well as federal disability benefits (Canadian Pension Plan-Disability). The workshops include information about financial and medical eligibility criteria and the supplementary supports that are attached to PWD and PPMB. The workshop can be tailored to the needs of the organization or group.
Access RDSP advocates provide workshops on the eligibility criteria for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC), strategies for communicating with your doctor, options if your DTC application is denied, eligibility criteria for the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP), tips for communicating with your bank, information about Canada Disability Savings grants and bonds, best practices for maximizing RDSP benefits, and accessing the Endowment 150 grant.
DABC offers workshops to train businesses, government departments, local governments and community organizations how to create emergency plans that include people with disabilities and seniors. These workshops may be provided at no cost when funding is available. Please contact us through the form below to ask about current costs.
What People Say About Our Emergency Preparedness Workshops
“The information was invaluable. I will be working with a colleague in our community to ensure that we have addressed emergency preparedness for people with disabilities.”
“My goal was to get information that I could use to enhance my existing Health and Safety Plan. I definitely came away with that and more!”
“This was a valuable workshop; very informative, particularly in regards to preparation for all types of disabilities.”
Strategic Inclusive Training for Emergencies (SITE)
Businesses and community organizations need to know how to include employees and clients with disabilities in their emergency preparedness plans.
You’ll learn the strategic steps to make your emergency plans inclusive–and meet WorkSafe BC and BC Fire Code requirements.
When you take SITE, you’ll become an expert on how to include people with disabilities and seniors in your emergency planning. And, we’ll tailor SITE to your business or organization’s needs.
- The SITE program covers the Emergency Preparedness and Response sections of the Workers Compensation Act, so you’ll understand your responsibilities under the Act.
- Emergency planning is not just about preparing for “the big one.” Small scale emergencies can have a huge impact on your business. You’ll learn about the kinds of local hazards and emergencies that can affect your business.
- We’ll show you how to do a non-structural hazards assessment of your worksite and plan emergency drills with staff.
- SITE will show you how to gather self-assessment information from your staff to help you create an emergency plan. You’ll plan how your staff can help each other and your clients with disabilities in an emergency.
- Employers and employees both have responsibilities during an evacuation. You’ll learn your responsibilities and how to train your employees.
- SITE will teach you how to plan for specific disabilities, e.g. visual, hearing, cognitive and mobility. You’ll learn how different disabilities can affect a person’s ability to respond in emergencies and how this can be addressed in your plan.
- The ability to communicate quickly with all employees and clients is critical during an emergency. The SITE program covers emergency notification options, communication devices used by people with disabilities, and how to communicate with clients and customers with a variety of disabilities.
We can work with you to create a customized emergency plan for your business. Our training will help you be a leader in inclusive emergency planning in your community.
CMIST and the Functional Needs Framework
CMIST stands for the following needs: Communication, Medical, Functional Independence, Supervision, and Transportation. This approach to emergency planning and response offers a different way to consider the range of needs of the people in your local community.
The Duty to Accommodate is part of the BC Human Rights Code. You will learn what the law says about providing public services in a way that is accessible to all citizens and how to implement solutions to address accessibility.
The CMIST workshop can make your emergency planning and response more comprehensive and inclusive.
We provide half and full-day workshops (half-day workshops are offered only in Metro Vancouver). Through presentations, table top exercises and group discussions, you will gain understanding of how disabilities impact a person’s ability to respond in emergencies and you will take away planning and response solutions you can implement to meet those needs.
Emergency Preparedness Workshop Costs
We offer our workshops throughout British Columbia.
Businesses and government
- Metro Vancouver: Half day $650 | Full day $1,000
- All other regions of BC: $2000
DABC member organizations: 20% discount