Creating Accessible Neighbourhoods wants to hear from you!

Creating Accessible Neighbourhoods (CAN) is working with Realize on a project that needs your help. They are looking for participants to help them expand their collective knowledge and understanding about the issues that directly impact the employment journey of queer and trans community members living with episodic disabilities in Canadian workplaces. Participants will be paid $75 for their contribution. 

Participants must be 2SLGBTQIA+ and disabled/person with a disability, chronically ill, mad, crip, neurodivergent, and/or Deaf/deaf with episodic disabilities. Participants must be living in what is colonially known as Canada (no citizen requirements). CAN is particularly seeking interviewees who live outside of Vancouver. The interviews will be online 1-on-1. 

To participate, contact Heather McCain, Executive Director of CAN by email at or phone/text 604.437.7331.  They will send you a calendly link for you to book a 30 or 60 minute interview. They understand if the interview needs to be cut short due to pain/energy. Typed follow-up answers will be accepted if you didn’t get a chance to say everything. 

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Realize’s definition of episodic disabilities:

A person can simultaneously live with both permanent and episodic disabilities; however, there are clear distinctions. An episodic disability is marked by fluctuating periods and degrees of wellness and disability. In addition, these periods of wellness and disability are unpredictable. As a consequence, a person may move in and out of the labour force in an unpredictable manner.

Examples of episodic disabilities: arthritis, asthma, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, colitis, crohn’s disease, diabetes, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, HIV/AIDS, pain, lupus, mental health issues, multiple sclerosis (MS), muscular dystrophy, severe migraines, and more

More information: 

Under the Workplaces REVAMPED (Workplaces REcognizing the Value of eMPloyees with Episodic Disabilities) project, Realize aims to:

1) Increase awareness of episodic disabilities among employers;

2) Increase the understanding of employers of the challenges related to working and living with episodic disabilities;

3) Increase the capacity of employers to respond effectively to the challenges facing people living with episodic disabilities;

4) Increase access to information and networking opportunities for small, medium and large employers on leading practices in accommodating employees living with episodic disabilities in the workplace; and 

5) Increase the capacity of people living with episodic disabilities to communicate effectively about their lived experience.

Free course on episodic disabilities for human resource professionals

Time sensitive! Register by Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR) ( has received funding to grant access to the Managing Episodic Disabilities: Accommodation Best Practices course to a maximum of 30 HR professionals in small/medium sized businesses free of charge ($349 value) over a 6 week period, beginning April 16th, 2012.

Participants in this 6 week course must work for a small/medium sized business. Continuing education credits will be available upon completion of the entire course for selected HR associations across Canada .

Participants in this program will be asked to post to an online forum on episodic disabilities in the workplace for HR professionals weekly during the 6 weeks of course access. Course access is available in both English and French.

For additional information see: (overview available in English only) or contact Melissa Popiel at

For those interested in participating, a statement of interest (maximum one page) can be sent to by email by Thursday April 12th, 2012.