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.

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

 

National Young Leaders Program

Registration for the National Young Leaders Program is open online. If you are aged 17 – 30 and living with vision loss of any kind, you are now able to sign-up for the three in-person Summits that will be held across Canada this year.

And if you know someone who meets the criteria and would benefit from the Program, which is focused on career development and mentorship, please pass this invitation along. The three Summits are:

  • Summit 1: Vancouver (April 27 and 28)
  • Summit 2: Halifax (September 14 and 15)
  • Summit 3: Toronto (October 5 and 6)

CLICK HERE to be taken to the registration page, where you can select your Summit and sign-up.

Exciting details for next month’s Vancouver Summit are beginning to take shape: first, it will be held in the incredible Garibaldi room on the 31st floor of the Blue Horizons Hotel, which offers a 270-degree view of downtown Vancouver. You can take a “virtual tour” of the space by clicking the following link (select “Meeting + Banquet Rooms” at the top of the page): https://tours.360immersion.com/bluehorizonhotel/

Second, the Summit will feature the one and only Donovan Tildesley, the Canadian Paralympic swimmer and 2008 flag bearer who lives with blindness as a result of an inherited retinal disease.

More information on the Vancouver Summit will be announced shortly, including additional speakers and workshops. Once you register you will be on our list to receive financial support for travel and accommodations, should you require it. We will be booking blocks of hotel rooms in each city, but you need to sign-up now so that we can finalize numbers.

Register now so that you don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this amazing program! And if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us atcandrews@ffb.ca or call 1.800.461.3331 ext. 263.

Challenge Life” Weekend Youth Retreat

Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – BC Youth Peer Support Program

Join us for a weekend to connect with your fellow peers and challenge life together with confidence and positivity! We will have a variety of interactive sessions, both indoors and outdoors as well as free time.

Who: deaf and hard of hearing youth ages 18 to 30 (1-day option available for ages 15 to 17)

When: Fri March 8th 7pm to Sun March 10th, 2019 1pm (1 day option: Sat March 9th 9am to 6pm; lunch & dinner included)

Where: Timberline Ranch 22351 144 Ave, Maple Ridge BC

Cost (NEW): $35.00 (full retreat); $20.00 (one-day only)

Deadline: February 8th 2019

More details and registration on www.chha-bc.org/youthpsp/challenge-life

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/