BCANDS – Safe and Secure guide book submissions

BCANDS is an Indigenous non-profit, charitable society serving the disability and health needs of Indigenous people and communities across British Columbia. For further information visit: www.bcands.bc.ca

BCANDS is working with in partnership with Plan Institute on this project.  Plan Institute is a non-profit social enterprise that works to improve the lives of people with disabilities. For further information go to www.planinstitute.ca

Safe and Secure is a guide book of resources, supports, stories and art supporting people with disabilities and their families. The new Indigenous version will be published by BCANDS and will be free to families, individuals, and support workers.

We are inviting contributions of (unpublished) Poems; Songs; Personal Stories; and Artwork from Indigenous individuals or family members who have experience of living with disability.

1 step application process:

Submit by email to ndunne@planinstitute.ca to request for a submission form. Include the following for your application:

  1. Submission form
  2. Images (JPEG) or Documents (MS Word (Preferred), PDF, Rich Text Format (RTF)


We appreciate all contributions, and acknowledge the time and effort put into your submissions. As such, all submissions selected for publication will receive an honorarium.

Any questions?

Email: ndunne@planinstitute.ca or Tel: 604 439 9566 ext.154


Deadline for Submissions: March 19th 2018

Success for Students with Disabilities Research Opportunity

Dr. Rachel Weber and a team of School Psychology students are conducting a research study about how post-secondary students with disabilities feel they have been and are supported and how this may relate to their functioning. If you are interested in participating, please follow this link (Take the Survey) to view the consent form and decide if you’d like to complete the online survey. If you decide to participate, you will receive a $10 gift card for Starbucks or Amazon to thank you for your time. If you have any questions, you can contact Dr. Weber at rachel.weber@ubc.ca or (604) 822-6382.

Inclusive Campus project at UBC

In this phase, we study the efficacy of a newly developed blended learning module for students with disabilities. Your role in the study would be to participate in and evaluate the content of the blended learning module.

DREAM stands for Disclosure, Rights and REsponsibilities, & Advocacy and Accommodations Module. The purpose of DREAM is to educate and provide skills to students with disabilities in health and human science disciplines in a barrier-reduced learning environment.

If you are a student with lived experience as an individual with a visible and/or non-visible disability we would like to invite you to help us.

You are eligible to participate in this study if you are 19 years of age or older, and meet the following criteria:

1) Living with a visible and/or non-visible disability as a student or clinician in one of the 14 health and human science programs

If you would like to participate in the study please reply to this email and/or use the contact details below.

Contact: Alfiya Battalova at the Inclusive Campus team Email: inclusive.campus@ubc.ca
Phone: 604-822-7412

Transportation Survey – Please fill out

Campus and Community Planning is carrying out a Transportation Survey of all staff, students, and faculty to help guide future transportation planning, and give insights into what efforts need to be made to support more sustainable travel.

Please take a few moments to fill out the survey. The survey is open from October 30 – November 10, 2017.  All completed surveys will be entered to win one of four Mobi by Shaw Go standard annual bike share memberships.

Take the survey https://www.nrgsurveys.ca/SE/53/3944/

Employment and Social Development Canada wants to know about your experience with saving for education

The Innovation Lab at Employment and Social Development Canada is working on a design project seeking to improve the Canada Learning Bond, a federal program that seeks to increase savings for education after high school.  For this project, we are hoping to interview students who are living with a disability, to better understand their perspectives and experience.

The intent of the project is to identify structural, behavioral and situational issues when considering education and saving for education after high-school. The project is recruiting participants for interviews within the low-income bracket (45K or lower annual family income) from the disability community. The information gathered from the interviews will be used for policy and program improvement as well as informing the government of Canada’s services about everyday experiences of citizens who are at the receiving end of benefits and services.

If you are interested and consider participating in an interview, we will be happy to give you more information about the Innovation Lab and the project.  We are accessible by email ( NC-LAB-GD@HRSDC-RHDCC.GC.CA) or  by phone (Teresa Bellefontaine at 819-6543898).

We will have accommodation for accessible interviews. The Lab will be able to do interviews in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Toronto, at a location that is convenient for the participant or over the phone. The interviews will take approximately 1 hour. Transportation costs will be covered and the participants will receive a gift (with a gift certificate) as a token of appreciation for their time.

To learn more about the Canada Learning Bond

Workshop – Inclusive Campus Project

The Inclusive Campus Project invites students with disabilities to participate in a 2-3 hour workshop that will help address issues related to accommodations on campus and at the clinical settings. Participants must be:

  • a student with a disability (visible and invisible)
  • 19 years of age or older,
  • registered as a student in one of the targeted UBC professional programs (including, but not limited to: Audiology and Speech Sciences; Clinical Psychology; Counseling Psychology; Dental Hygiene; Dentistry; Food, Nutrition and Health; HKin; Law; Medical Laboratory Sciences; Medicine; Midwifery; Nursing; OT; Pharmaceutical Sciences; PT; Social Work; Teacher education), and,
  • will experience academic and clinical (practicum) work this year

During the workshop a practitioner with a disability will share their experiences and answer questions. Students will also have the opportunity to discuss strategies related to accommodations.

Refreshments and snacks will be provided. The workshop will be held in late March 2017. Please contact inclusive.campus@ubc.ca if interested.

Impact Lab – Technological Advancements: The New Social Justice

Impact Lab is a semi-annual 1-day conference featuring workshops presented by a diverse group of UBC student leaders representing 34 globally minded clubs and organizations on campus. Do you have a cause or a purpose that you’re passionate about? Curious to explore how your social justice mission can be strengthened by using technology? ‘Technological Advancements: The New Social Justice’ is all about how we can use various forms of technology to assist in spreading and supporting your cause in order to create meaningful change.

Featured Keynote: Dr. Ray Hsu, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

Free coffee, snacks AND lunch included!

The event will be held at the Simon K. Y. Lee Global Lounge and Resource Centre which is located on the unceded, traditional and ancestral territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people.


Facebook event:


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Survey on Work Accommodation Needs of Young Adults Living with a Disability

Moving from school or training into the workforce is a challenge for any young person, let alone for a young adult with a disability. Help us understand the types of job accommodations and benefits you need to find and maintain employment. A study is being conducted on the work accommodation needs of young adults living with a disability by the Institute for Work and Health.

We would like to learn more about your needs in the workplace including your requirement for job accommodations, modifications and supports. We would like to hear from young adults with a disability or health condition who are either:

•Currently in school, education or a training program OR

Have finished their education or training in the past five years, including those who are employed and those who are not working.

This online survey takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. This survey can also be completed over the phone or by mail. To thank you for your time, all participants will be entered into a draw for an Apple iPad.

SURVEY LINK: https://iwhca.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0p3zB6vo00wZY1v

The survey is co-led by the Institute for Work & Health and McMaster University, with the collaboration of the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS). The research team is attempting to understand the types of supports that young people with disabilities need to successfully move from school to work. Our findings will be shared with policy-makers, employers, and community-based organizations. Information about your work experiences that we collect will be kept separate from any information that might identify you.

Please contact the study coordinator if you have any questions or require assistance completing the survey:

Julie Bowring

416-927-2027 ext 2105 jbowring@iwh.on.ca

Institute for Work & Health

Phone: 416-927-2027 Fax: 416-927-4167 General

email: info@iwh.on.ca http://www.iwh.on.ca/

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Reminder: Share your story in NEADS survey!

The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is collecting stories from students with disabilities about their experience in obtaining financial aid to support their post-secondary studies. If you have faced challenges in this area, you are encouraged to share your story by completing their online survey by May 30, 2016.

Your participation will help inform NEADS’ advocacy efforts to improve access to financial aid in Canada for students with disabilities. Stories collected will be made available in the future in NEADS’ annual report.

Should you require assistance in financial planning, UBC Enrolment Services can provide personalized support and advice to help ensure your financial wellbeing and academic success.

Enrolment Services Professionals can work with you to understand your costs and financial aid options, and help make a plan to fund your studies.

How to contact an ESP

Access online financial resources

Financial health is an essential part of student wellbeing. We encourage you to take advantage of UBC’s free resources to support your financial health and make the most of your experience here.