Advocacy Survey – Participants Needed

The Alma Mater Society of the University of British Columbia (AMS of UBC) is currently working with SEEDS UBC to commission research into our advocacy around equity-based grants. These grants would be designed to support low-to-middle income marginalized students in their pursuit of a post-secondary education.

In order for the AMS of UBC to continue its efforts in advocating for the establishment of these grants on a provincial level, data with regards to the barriers of post-secondary education that students with disabilities experience is essential. The survey, which is being conducted by several extraordinary student researchers apart of PSYC 421, will provide us with data-driven insights into this important topic of advocacy.

Estimated Completion Time: 5-10 minutes

UBC Qualtrics Link: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ebKxGhQxjt9AcjI

Research Contact: 

Hayley Roth – Student Researcher

h.canfield@hotmail.com

AMS Contact:

Saad Shoaib – Associate VP, External Affairs

avpexternal@ams.ubc.ca

Thank you!

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/

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.

Lime Connect – Scholarship Opportunities

Lime Connect is proud to offer several scholarship opportunities with our corporate partners for university students with disabilities*. We are sharing the opportunities below to ensure that you are aware of all of the up-to-date deadlines and eligibility requirements.

These merit-based scholarships support the education of current university students and open the door to potential internship and co-op opportunities. Check out our scholarships page. We encourage you to share these opportunities with your students and any university platforms that post student opportunities. Please note the PwC Lime Scholarship is only available in the U.S.

The scholarship page can also be visited by following this link: https://www.limeconnect.com/programs/page/scholarships

THE CANADIAN HARD OF HEARING ASSOCIATION – 2019 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

This program was established in 2002 by the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association and to date we have awarded $48,000.00 to ensure students with hearing loss have equal access to educational opportunities.

The deadline for applications for the 2019 academic year must be submitted by March 8, 2019 at 3pm EST.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered nor will applications be accepted by mail, e-mail or fax.

The following scholarships have been established to assist students with hearing loss:

Carrell Hearn Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

This scholarship is being offered by the North Shore Branch in memory of Carrell Hearn a resident of West Vancouver, BC who passed away in 2014 at the age of 105. Carrell was a long-time member and generous supporter of the CHHA North Shore Branch as well as a number of other local North Shore charities.

Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship ($1,000)

The Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship requires that the applicant be enrolled in the second or higher year of study in the area of Science and Technology and Trades. In addition, the applicant must also display an interest in supporting activities to improve the lives of those who have hearing loss following the example of Dr. Laszlo’s commitment and work on behalf of the hard of hearing community.

Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

The Frank Algar Scholarship does not focus on any field of study; however, the advocacy level of the applicant is taken into account. The Algar family wishes to continue to support the work of their father who was a strong advocate of for hard of hearing people and people with disabilities.

Susan Brown Memorial Scholarship ($2,000)

The Susan Brown Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a deserving student in memory of Susan Brown, Chairperson of the CHHA-NL Families Resource Group who passed away in 2017. This scholarship is sponsored annually by the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association-Newfoundland and Labrador (CHHA-NL) and is offered to hard of hearing, late-deafened and oral deaf students entering their first-year, full time program at a recognised Canadian college or university in any area of study, with the ultimate goal of obtaining a diploma, certificate or degree.

For more information about CHHA’s scholarships, eligibility requirements or to apply, please visit our website: https://www.chha.ca/get-involved/scholarships/

LISA HUUS BURSARY

To assist persons with physical disabilities to begin or continue post-secondary education in British Columbia. The Lisa Huus Memorial Fund was created in memory of Lisa Pauline Huus in 1988 by her family and has been supported by personal donations and fundraising activities for 30 years.

Highlights:

  • Deadline: May 31, 2018
  • Eligibility: Students with significant physical disabilities living in British Columbia and completing post-secondary education in an accredited program
  • Bursary Amount: Up to $5,000 per student
  • Application and information about applying: https://islandkidsfirst.com/lisa-huus-bursary/

AbbVie IBD Scholarship Program

The AbbVie IBD Scholarship Program recognizes the obstacles faced by students living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and supports them in rising about their personal challenges in pursuit of their dreams.

Supported by an educational grant from AbbVie, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada will extend 10 one-time scholarships of up to $5,000 to students living with these conditions who are entering into or currently attending a post-secondary educational institution for the fall semester of 2018.

Application deadline is June 1, 2018. For more information please visit www.ibdscholarship.ca

T-Base-AEBC scholarship program for 2018-’19

This year we have two scholarships available; each is worth $1,000. Every year T-Base is honored to contribute $2,000 in support of an accessible education, an initiative that runs parallel to our larger goal: to improve accessibility in education.

Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) will be accepting applications February through March. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 30, 2018, by 11:59 p.m. PDT. For full details and to download the application form, please visit the official 2018 AEBC/T-Base Scholarship Program page.

Accepting Applications for the 2018 Sarah Gaulin Memorial Scholarship

The Gaulin Foundation is pleased to announce that it is once again accepting applications for the Sarah Gaulin Memorial Scholarship – a national scholarship that promotes the resilience of individuals with mental illness pursuing post-secondary education.

 The $1,000 scholarships are being offered in honour of Sarah Gaulin, who died at the age of 26 after a longtime battle with mental illness.  We would appreciate you sharing the attached information with students you work with.

In order to apply, students must be registered in a post-secondary institution and provide documented proof of their mental illness. Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding applicants who meet the criteria of the program. Deadline for applications is April 1, 2018.

Details about the scholarship can be found at www.gaulinfoundation.org

Are you a post-secondary student who lives with hearing loss? Apply for the CHHA Scholarships for financial assistance!

The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) is pleased to offer financial assistance to students who live with hearing loss. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you have until March 31, 2018 to apply to any of CHHA’s three scholarships:

Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

The Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship was created in 2004 by the Algar family in memory of their father who was one of the founding members of CHHA and provided outstanding service for many years to the work of the association at the National, Chapter and Branch levels.  He received numerous awards on behalf of his advocacy for the hard of hearing and people with disabilities, including the Marilyn Dahl Award of Merit in 2002 and the President’s Award in 1996.

The Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship ($1,000)

This scholarship was created in 2007 by Dr. Doreen Laszlo to honour the commitment and work of her husband on behalf of hard of hearing people. Dr. Charles A. Laszlo was the founding President of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association and served on its Executive and Board of Directors in various capacities for 16 years. He also served as President of the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People. Dr. Laszlo also served a six-year term as the President of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Foundation. This scholarship is awarded to hard of hearing students who have shown both academic achievements in their post-graduate program and commitment to work on behalf of other hard of hearing people.

Carrell Hearn Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

The scholarship is being offered by the North Shore Branch in memory of Carrell Hearn a resident of West Vancouver, BC who passed away in 2014 at the age of 105. Carrell was a long-time member and generous supporter of the CHHA North Shore Branch as well as a number of other local North Shore charities.

If you are a post secondary student who lives with hearing loss, you can apply for any of the CHHA Scholarships. To confirm if you meet the criteria to apply, please click on Scholarship program eligibility.

The 2018 scholarship application form is now available online, with a deadline of March 31, 2018 at 3 pm (EST). Please click here to access the application or here for more information on the other scholarships offered by CHHA.

Should you have questions about our scholarships or our organization, please contact the CHHA National Office for more information:

Canadian Hard of Hearing Association

2415 Holly Lane, Suite 205, Ottawa, ON.   K1V 7P2

Voice: (613) 526-1584   Toll Free: 800-263-8068

Fax: (613) 526-4718    TTY: (613) 526-2692

Email: info@chha.ca