Participants needed for a study on home access devices

BCCPD has received the following notice:

Researchers at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) are conducting a study to evaluate the usability of different home access solutions. The goal of the study is to gain a greater understanding of users’ perceptions of these solutions to try to better understand how they can be adapted and improved to meet the needs of the end user. The information gathered will be utilized to improve current and future home access technologies.

To be eligible for this study, you must be over 21 years of age and have physical limitations that impact your ability to enter homes and buildings that are not at ground level. If you are selected for this study, you will be required to attend a 2 hour session in which you will be asked to try a number of different home access solutions (eg. platform lift, BCIT integrated staircase lift, stair glide, ramp, and stairs- according to your ability). After trying each solution, you will be asked to provide feedback by completing a short questionnaire. The session will be held at the Centre for Applied Research and Innovation at the BCIT Burnaby Campus, located at 4355 Mathissi Place in Burnaby.

All enrolled persons will be paid $75 for their participation.

To learn more about this research and your eligibility, please contact:

Angie Wong
BCIT, Living Laboratory
Tel: 604-412-7661
Email: angie_wong@bcit.ca

Taxi Passenger Bill of Rights

photo of a taxiBCCPD would like you to know your rights as a taxi passenger. BC’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, in consultation with taxi companies in Metro Vancouver, created a Taxi Bill of Rights: Information for Passengers.

You can download Information for Passengers here.

Change to PWD application for youth with developmental disabilities

BCCPD is encouraged by this initiative that became effective on July 8, 2013, which will streamline the application process for youth with developmental disabilities who are accessing disability benefits.

For more information: http://www.communitylivingbc.ca/2013/07/new-process-to-simplify-youth-disability-assistance/