NEADS Accessibility Resilience Program – Emergency Support for Students with Disabilities in Response to COVID-19

COVID-19 has placed an undue burden on post-secondary students with disabilities (undergraduate university, graduate university, college, cégep, and high school students entering a post-secondary institution) who were already facing immense socio-cultural and operational accessibility challenges before the pandemic. Particular challenges include rising tuition fees and a lack of transitional support for online learning such as assistive technologies, devices, and software. To do our part to help address these challenges, the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) has put in place the Accessibility Resilience Program, with generous support from the Government of Canada’s Supports for Student Learning Program through a contribution agreement, to deliver $157,000 in disabled student emergency financial assistance.

There are two key components to this funding program:

Emergency Relief Awards: a minimum of $30,000 to increase the number of awards offered to disabled college and university students through the 2020 NEADS Student Awards Program. All applicants who applied to the 2020 program will be eligible and no further action is required.
Emergency Relief Grants: A maximum of $127,000 to college and university students with disabilities to facilitate recovery and account for any unforeseen costs related to rising tuition fees and the transition to online/remote learning. Application details below.

Emergency Relief Grants

The Emergency Relief Grants will be given to 87 deserving post-secondary students with disabilities to help them recover and account for any unforeseen costs related to the transition to online/remote learning resulting from COVID-19. Grant types include:

77 grants with a maximum claim of $1000.
10 grants with a maximum claim of $5000.

Eligible costs would include, but are not limited to: tuition fees, devices, cables, assistive technology software, internet bills, ergonomic desk equipment, or any other costs related to accessing education online as a result of COVID-19.

For all eligible costs, excluding tuition fees, recipients are responsible for invoicing NEADS with their receipt of purchase and would be reimbursed for costs incurred. Tuition fees would not be reimbursed but instead be applied directly to your student account.

DISCLAIMER: Applicants must wait to receive confirmation from NEADS that they are an Emergency Relief Grant recipient, including the specified value of the grant so that they can purchase their item(s) for reimbursement. If an applicant purchases an item without receiving confirmation that they have been selected as a recipient, NEADS is not liable to cover these costs.
Eligibility

-Applicant must be a Canadian citizen

-Applicant must have a permanent disability

-Currently enrolled in or accepted into a post-secondary institution

-Applicants must demonstrate COVID-19 impacts on their education

-Applicant must demonstrate they have not had their needs met by other funding    available from federal or provincial sources

Selection Process

Once your application has been submitted, it will be reviewed for completeness and adherence to the above guidelines. Assuming all guidelines are met, selection committees will review applications based on the selection criteria described above. Due to the volume of applications received, only those selected to receive an award will be contacted. Recipients will be contacted by mid-January 2021.

For any inquiries pertaining to the application process please contact Lauren Gravis, Director of NEADS Student Awards at: etes@neads.ca or our National Office.

Deadline: December 1, 2020.

Apply now here: https://www.neads.ca/asas/arp-en/

Mattinson Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities

To encourage Canadian students with permanent disabilities to pursue university studies with the ultimate objective of obtaining a first undergraduate degree.

Up to four (4) scholarships at the bachelor level, distributed as follows: one in the category of Physical Disability, one in the category of Sensory Disability, two in any of the following categories: Physical Disability, Sensory Disability, Mental Health Disability and Learning Disability.

These scholarships are valued at $2,000 CAD, for one academic year.

Submit an online application by visiting https://portal.scholarshippartners.ca

FREE Executive Functioning Course and Coaching

• Feeling overwhelmed, under-prepared, or disorganized?
• Struggling to keep up with all that’s on your plate?
• Are you working hard but just not seeing results in your grades?
• Do these difficulties affect your well-being or your social life?

If the answer is “YES,” the first thing to know is you are not alone!

Manypeople struggle with these same things. There is also help available!

The Psychoeducational Research Training Centre (PRTC) at the
University of British Columbia (UBC) is currently seeking UBC students
who wish to participate in a FREE executive functioning course that
includes individual, supportive coaching. These services would take
place during the Winter 2 term, starting in mid-January.

If you are interested, you would work with a coach one-on-one on a
course tailored to meet your needs. You would also meet regularly with a
group of students who have similar struggles. You would be asked to
commit to attend the course for 10 weeks. If you are interested in this
course, please click the following link to register:

https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9ZG8j9Uwe7ibCEB.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Rachel Weber
Phone: 604-822-6382 Email: rachel.weber@ubc.ca

It’s Election Time: Support People with Disabilities to Vote

The Centre for Community Engaged Learning would like to invite you to an initiative called: It’s Election Time: Support People with Disabilities to Vote. During our kick-start event, participants will brainstorm ideas of what we can do to make the federal election more accessible in Vancouver, plan a one month ‘voting accessibility’ project to carry out with others, and hear from community specialists on some of the barriers people with disabilities face to civic engagement. This initiative is taking place in collaboration with Community Living BC, Disability Alliance of BC, Developmental Disabilities Association, and the UBC Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship.

 

Please RSVP here and invite your network!

Free food provided.

 

Event Details: It’s Election Time: Support People with Disabilities to Vote

When: September 17, 2019

Time: 5:45pm-7:45pm (doors open at 5:30).

Where: Multipurpose Room 4, Creekside Community Centre, at 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, V5Y 0B1

RSVP required

 

We look forward to seeing you at the next event.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

www.ccel.ubc.ca

Accessible Voting Poster

UBC Awards for Students with Disabilities

The deadline for students with disabilities to apply for UBC Awards for Students with Disabilities is September 16th. Students can apply for the awards on-line (https://students.ubc.ca/enrolment/finances/awards-scholarships-bursaries/awards-disabilities). The on-line process is designed to be accessible. However, if any students encounter accessibility issues with the online form, please contact the Centre for Accessibility at accessibility@ubc.ca.

Only students who are not registered with the Centre for Accessibility need to submit medical documentation. Students registered with our office do not need to include medical documentation with their application if it has already been submitted.

The UBC Inclusive Campus project – Student Actor Position

The UBC Inclusive Campus project—a cutting-edge team of faculty, staff, clinicians and students —has heard students and clinicians with disabilities in the health professions express hurdles to their participation, in particular due to stigma and attitudinal barriers. They are now creating a play based on the stories using an innovative, drama-based approach. They are looking for a student with a disability with acting skills, who is interested in joining the cast.  Research will take place April-June (approximately 20 hours in total) with few performances (1-3) throughout this period. This will be a paid position.

If you are interested please contact yael.mayer@ubc.ca

CDSA Conference Volunteer Opportunity

The Canadian Disability Studies Association conference will take place in Vancouver, June 1-3. They are looking for volunteers to monitor the sessions and registration table. In return you will be able to attend the sessions when you are not on duty. Here is the website of the association.

Website: http://english.cdsa-aceh.ca/

If you are interested in volunteering please email Tal Jarus at tal.jarus@ubc.ca