Community Update: DABC Help Sheets Have Been Translated into Four Languages

In order to make our publications and resources available to more people, Disability Alliance BC has recently had many of our Help Sheets translated into four additional languages (Arabic, Persian, Punjabi and Spanish). Translation services are being carried out by MOSAIC, who is also our partner on our Accessibility for Newcomers project within our Advocacy Access program. Under this project, immigrants and refugees with disabilities have greater access in connecting with advocates for disability support services.

Translation of our Help Sheets would not have been possible without generous funding provided by the Law Foundation of BC. The Law Foundation is also the Advocacy Access program’s primary funder. In addition to financial support to run the program, the Law Foundation is also covering the costs of on-demand, live translation and interpretation services for client appointments with our advocates.

Our BC Disability Benefits Help Sheets are our most popular downloads. These self-help guides explain various benefits and programs, and how to apply for them.

These translations and English versions of the Help Sheets are located at the following link: https://disabilityalliancebc.org/publications/publications-bc-disability-benefits-help-sheets/.

MOSAIC is in the process of translating the remainder of our Help Sheets and our Canada Pension Plan-Disability (CPP-D) Guides into the four languages listed above. Once those translations have been finalized and uploaded, we will send out an additional Community Update and post an announcement on our blog and social media.

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2024 Call for Nominations - DABC Board of Directors

Join the Disability Alliance BC Board: Make a Difference!

Are you passionate about disability advocacy? Do you want to use your lived experiences to drive positive change? Disability Alliance BC (DABC) is looking for individuals to join our Board of Directors in 2024!

Who We’re Looking For:

    • Dedicated Advocates: If you have a passion for disability rights and advocacy, we want you!
    • Diverse Voices: We welcome candidates from all over BC, especially those from Vancouver Island and Northern, Central, and rural regions. We encourage applications from BIPOC and 2SLGBTQIA+ communities.
    • Experienced Leaders: Prior experience on non-profit or community boards is a plus, but not required.
    • We value lived experiences that reflect the diversity of our community.

Why Join Us?

Since 1977, DABC has been a powerful voice for people with disabilities in British Columbia. We are a provincial non-profit and registered charity dedicated to supporting people with all disabilities to live with dignity, independence, and as equal participants in the community. We promote disability issues through direct services, community partnerships, advocacy, research, and publications.

What You’ll Do:

As a Board Member, you will:

  • Oversee the performance of our Executive Director.
  • Ensure fiduciary and legal oversight.
  • Guide the implementation of our strategic plan.
  • Use your experiences to advise on systemic advocacy and policy recommendations.

Commitment:

Our Board meets virtually, six times per year, making the time commitment manageable. In addition, you may be asked to join one of DABC’s committees.

Eligibility: To join, you must be:

  • A person with a disability.
  • A member in good standing with DABC (membership fee: $15).

How to Apply:

Ready to make an impact? Email our Board & Communications Coordinator, Chloe Krause, at chloe@dabc.ca for a nomination package. This will include:

  • A nomination form (completed by a nominator).
  • A form detailing your reasons for seeking nomination.
  • A list of Board duties and responsibilities.
  • DABC’s Annual Report.

Deadline: Applications are open on a rolling basis and will be considered until Friday, August 15, 2024. We look forward to hearing from you!

Download a copy of the Call for Nominations here.

Press Release: 2024/25 Accessibility Projects Grants Application Process Opens in August

-For Immediate Release-

Vancouver, BC – May 29, 2024

As part of this year’s AccessAbility Week, taking place May 26th to June 1st, Disability Alliance BC (DABC) has announced that the funding for the Accessibility Projects Grants has been renewed by the Province.

The Accessibility Projects Grants were first launched in 2018 to commemorate BC’s first AccessAbility Week, and since that time, over 80 projects have been funded throughout British Columbia. Each year, the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction has provided $450,000 to DABC to distribute as community grants to improve and promote accessibility and inclusion in the province.

“To be an accessible and inclusive province, we must integrate accessibility into all aspects of our lives,” said Susie Chant, Parliamentary Secretary for Accessibility. “As we celebrate AccessAbility Week, I am especially grateful for our work with trusted partners like Disability Alliance BC to remove and prevent barriers for people with disabilities.”

Organizations may apply for up to $40,000 for year-long community engagement projects that will support lasting change for the more than 900,000 people (24.7% of population over age 15)[1] in BC living with disability. Projects will focus on one of the following objectives:

  • Accessible employment;
  • Accessible emergency planning and response;
  • Accessible arts, culture and tourism;
  • Accessible sports and recreation;
  • Accessible education and learning;
  • Accessible community participation.

 “We’re really excited that the grants have been funded again”, said Danielle Gauld, Coordinator of the grants. “We’ve seen them support a wide range of powerful projects around the province that have had deep impacts on the lives of people with disabilities, and we are so glad this will continue into the future. We can’t wait to see who applies this year!”

Applications will open on Friday August 2nd and close on Friday September 13th, 2024 at 12pm Pacific Time. Granting decisions are made by a Committee of representatives from DABC and other disability and community organizations from around BC. Successful applicants will receive funding in December, and implement their accessibility project in 2025.

To apply:

  • Projects must be focused on community engagement rather than large capital costs such as accessibility improvements to buildings.
  • Eligible organizations must be not-for-profit organizations with a volunteer Board chosen by its membership, based in BC or with a base of operations in and sufficient capacity to deliver services in BC. They must operate primarily for community benefit and have services open to the public rather than restricted to their membership.
  • If an organization has received a grant in the past, they can reapply 5 years after their application was submitted (for example, if an organization applied in 2018 for a grant and did their project in 2019, they can reapply in 2023 to do a project in 2024).

To learn more about the grants and organizations that have received funding in the past, please visit: Accessibility Projects Grants | DABC (disabilityalliancebc.org).

Media Contacts:
Helaine Boyd
Executive Director
helaine@dabc.ca

Download a copy of the press release here: https://disabilityalliancebc.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/APG-Press-Release-May-29th-2024-FINAL.pdf

[1]https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/t1/tbl1/en/tv.action?pid=1310037401&pickMembers%5B0%5D=1.13