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We are inviting contributions of (unpublished) Poems; Songs; Personal Stories; and Artwork from Indigenous individuals or family members who have experience of living with disability.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

Wingspan presents – Mind and Music Matters

Date: Saturday, Feb. 3
Time: 8pm
Tickets: $10 – Cash only at the door

Location: Roundhouse Arts and Recreation Centre – Roundhouse Mews (Davie @ Pacific)

Join Sarah Jickling and Greg McLeod from My Good Bad Luck Band for an evening whimsical indie-pop songs. Canadian songstress and mental health advocate, this 26 year old uses her performances to create mental health awareness. Her music has been featured on radio stations across the country and in independent films. She has opened up about her experiences with Bipolar Disorder and Anxiety Disorder on radio, local television, podcasts, blogs and at live speaking events. Her new album, When I Get Better, was released July 14th, 2017. She can be found in hospital waiting rooms and pole dancing studios around Vancouver, BC.

Then, kick back with Vancouver Adapted Music Society artists The Jeff Standfield Band. Singer/guitarist Jeff will be joined by Dave Symington on drums, bassist Graeme Wyman & special guest Dan Moxon (Bend Sinister) on Keyboards.




Neworld Theatre brings us theatre at its most transformative. This production is a work of radical upheaval, in which the King Arthur legend is made fresh for our eyes. Merlin, Lancelot, Guinevere—they’re all present in this tale of love, honour and war. New to us are the live band, the 20-person choir and, most of all, the radically inclusive cast. The players in this drama, all professional, include people whose life experience includes Down syndrome. They stand on stage defined by their extraordinary perspectives.

UBC Students special pricing: $12.00

Feb 3, 7:30pm – Live description for people with vision loss

Feb 4, 2:00pm – Relaxed performance for people on the autism spectrum, with sensory and communication disorders, learning disabilities or anyone who benefits from a more relaxed environment

For more information please visit:

King Arthur’s Night

Wingspan Dis/ability Arts, Culture, & Public Pedagogy

The Dis/ability Arts, Culture & Public Pedagogy Cluster is composed of and by the Wingspan Collaborative at UBC.

Wingspan is an intellectual ‘studio’ of interdisciplinary scholars in disability studies, arts, culture and public pedagogy across many disciplines who collaborate and establish research excellence on common projects regarding the rights of people with disabilities and who proactively promote the idea that while individual disabilities pose impairments, they should not be seen as deficits but instead as differences that enrich collective human experience and the arts. We identify variously as disabled, non-disabled or as artists who focus on disability aesthetics and linger in the liminal spaces between and among artist/researcher/teacher in the broadest sense of these terms, hence, we are Dis/A/R/Tographers in an unequal global world.

Wingspan is opening with a series of engaging events on October 19-21.


Work on Campus Fair

The Centre for Student Involvement and Careers is hosting a Work on Campus Fair taking place on Wednesday August 9th from 11:00AM-2:00PM, providing students with an opportunity to meet with on-campus employers hiring for Fall 2017. Ten different campus employers will be meeting with students to provide more information about opportunities available, accepting resumes and conducting on-site interviews to hire students for part time employment opportunities starting in September.

Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday August 9th, 2017
  • Time: 11:00AM-2:00PM
  • Location: Brock Hall Concourse (1874 East Mall, Main Floor in front of CSI&C)
  • What to Bring: Copies of your resume
  • Who Can Come? All UBC students

The list of employers and further information about this event can be found on the Events Calendar with registration details on CareersOnline. Any questions can be directed to Hammond Yau at csic.support@ubc.ca.

Backpack to Briefcase – Simon Fraser University, April 29th!

Backpack to Briefcase is a one day all-in-one career development and enhancement conference at Simon Fraser University (SFU) for upcoming graduates and recent alumni. The conference, which takes place on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., will provide key resources for a smooth and successful transition from university to the working world, as well as techniques to help alumni advance their career while it’s still in its early stages. Buy your ticket now to hear innovative tips and strategies first hand from industry experts, alumni and educators. Only 100 tickets are available to all SFU students and alumni, so secure your spot at this invaluable event today!

Location: Simon Fraser University, Segal Building, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Co-sponsored by SFU Career and Volunteer Services and the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS).

Register today! https://www.sfu.ca/career/conference/Register.html

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Vancouver Recruitment Reception

New roles available!

Join us for our next recruitment reception on February 9, 2017, in Vancouver. Come and network with representatives of our corporate partners: Bell, IBM, BMO Financial Group, CIBC, TD Bank Group, and Rogers Communications. Come and learn more about great career and internship opportunities for current students, recent and upcoming grads and experienced professionals.  

New BMO roles have been added to the reception, including a number of summer internship opportunities.

The deadline to apply is Sunday, January 22nd at midnight PST.
Visit The Lime Network to apply today! 

Disabled Students Social – Wednesday Nov 16

This is an event for disabled students and their allies to socialize and get involved in their community. There will be opportunities to share experiences, eat food, win prizes and make friends.


We will do our best to accomodate all accessibility concerns. For more information on the Nest’s accessibility in general please check out: http://www.ams.ubc.ca/nest/

Additionally, we kindly ask that people make every effort to go fragrance-free while attending this workshop in order to make it accessible to folks with chemical sensitivities. This means wearing no perfume, strong smelling lotions or deodorants.

We acknowledge that this event is taking place on the ancestral, traditional, unceded and occupied Indigenous territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, and in particular, the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) peoples. The xʷməθkʷəy̓əm territory on which UBC is situated was never surrendered, relinquished, or handed over by xʷməθkʷəy̓əm to Canada or British Columbia through a treaty or other means; it is sovereign and unsurendered.

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:


Register here:



National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) seeks applications for its Board of Directors – due November 21, 2016

The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is seeking applications for the next two year term of its board of directors, January 01, 2017 – December 31, 2018. All persons interested in a position on the board must be regular members in good standing, that is students with disabilities enrolled in a Canadian post-secondary institution or recent graduates with disabilities who have graduated within the last five years.

The NEADS Board of Directors is composed of eleven seats; there are ten provincial Directors (British Columbia Director, Alberta Director, Saskatchewan Director, Manitoba Director, Ontario Director, Quebec Director, Nova Scotia Director, Newfoundland and Labrador Director, Prince Edward Island Director, New Brunswick Director), one territorial Director. Candidates for the positions of provincial/territorial Directors must be students or recent graduates with disabilities, residing in and/or attending a post-secondary institution in the geographic location they seek to represent.

NEADS Board members will be expected to attend a minimum of twelve (12) monthly Board teleconferences, as well as one to two in-person Board meetings per year, funding permitting.

Board members are also expected to participate in and chair NEADS standing and project committees, and take part in Committee teleconferences.

Provincial/territorial Board members also represent their Province/Territory on the Board, serve to bring the work of NEADS to their jurisdiction, as well as to bring local issues to the national table. Board members may participate in local, regional and provincial committees and activities, within the framework provided by NEADS mandate and mission.

No prior participation in the disability or student movements is required to join the NEADS Board. Members who have strong skill sets in governance, fundraising, finance, social media and membership/partnership outreach are especially welcome. Any interested and enthusiastic NEADS member with relevant skill sets and a strong work ethic is encouraged to seek election. If you would like to become a member of the NEADS Board, please complete and sign the Nomination Form as specified online and submit it by NO LATER THAN November 21, 2016.


If you have any questions, please contact: Frank Smith, National Coordinator: frank.smith@neads.ca

Time Commitment:

Board members will be expected to attend a minimum of 12 teleconferences per year, each lasting up to 2 hours, as well as 1-2 in-person Board retreats per year, dependent upon funding, that typically run Friday-Sunday. Board members are also expected to serve on at least one committee, and attend regular committee meetings by teleconference as required. Correspondence of the Board is primarily by email and telephone; members are also expected to keep up-to-date with and respond to, as necessary, all correspondence.

Note: Prospective Board members may come from a variety of backgrounds: for example community service, student leadership, provincial and regional committees, etc.; or may come from none of these backgrounds. Although specific skill sets are not required, prior experience in Board governance will be a strong asset. Interest in, and experience with, establishing regional and national projects, programs; grant funding and financial management would also be an asset. A strong commitment to participate and engage with the volume of Board business is a must. All interested members are encouraged to apply; you must have a willingness to learn and apply that learning while on the Board. NEADS Board of Directors application form:

PLEASE COMPLETE ALL QUESTIONS IN THIS APPLICATION (email it in a Word attachment to frank.smith@neads.ca)

Section A:

Candidate Information (Note that your contact information will NOT be disclosed to the NEADS membership in the Candidate Information presented for the elections)


Primary Mailing Address:

City: Province: Postal Code:

Telephone: ( ) Email: Name of your School: Year of Graduation: _____________________________________

Degree Type:

o Arts & Science Bachelor’s Degree o Master’s Degree

o Doctorate Degree

o Professional Degree (e.g., medicine,

engineering, law, social work, pharmacy, nursing, etc.) o Certificate

o Diploma

Section B:

Referees – Two referees are required, who can speak to your skill sets, previous volunteer record and achievements.

Referee #1

Name: Primary Mailing Address: City: Province: Postal Code:

Referee #2 Name: Primary Mailing Address: City: Province: Postal Code:

Section C:

Previous Volunteer/Leadership Experience and Personal Statements

Please tell us about your previous volunteer, extra-curricular and leadership experiences, and how they have prepared you for serving on the NEADS Board? (250 words or less) Based on what you know of NEADS, why do you want to join the Board of Directors? (250 words or less) How do you plan to further NEADS’ mandate and mission (as outlined in the organizational value proposition statements) in your province, region or school? (250 words or less) What specific area of the Association’s work do you believe that you can most influence? Why?


L’Association nationale des étudiant(e)s handicapé(e)s au niveau postsecondaire (NEADS) lance un appel de candidatures pour son Conseil d’administration, qui prendra fin le 21 novembre 2016

Toutes les personnes qui aimeraient occuper un poste au sein du Conseil doivent être des membres réguliers en règle, c’est-à-dire des étudiants ayant une déficience qui sont inscrits dans un établissement d’enseignement postsecondaire au Canada ou des diplômés handicapés récents qui ont obtenu leur grade au cours des cinq dernières années.

Le Conseil d’administration de NEADS est composé de 11 membres, soit 10 administrateurs provinciaux (un de la Colombie-Britannique, un de l’Alberta, un de la Saskatchewan, un du Manitoba, un de l’Ontario, un du Québec, un de la Nouvelle-Écosse, un de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador, un de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard et un du

Nouveau-Brunswick) et un des territoires. Les candidats doivent être des étudiants ou des diplômés récents handicapés qui habitent dans la région géographique qu’ils veulent représenter ou qui fréquentent un établissement d’enseignement postsecondaire dans cette région.

On s’attend à ce que les membres du Conseil d’administration de NEADS assistent à au moins douze (12) téléconférences mensuelles du Conseil ainsi qu’à une ou deux réunions en personne du Conseil par année. Les membres du Conseil doivent aussi faire partie de comités permanents et de projets de NEADS et en présider, et participer aux téléconférences de comités. Les administrateurs du Conseil représentent leur province ou les territoires au sein du Conseil et ont pour fonction de faire connaître le travail de NEADS dans leurs régions respectives et d’informer le Conseil national de l’association des problèmes locaux. Les membres du Conseil sont libres de participer aux activités et comités locaux, régionaux et provinciaux, dans le cadre établi par le mandat et la mission de NEADS. Il n’est pas nécessaire d’avoir participé à des mouvements de personnes handicapées ou d’étudiants pour siéger au Conseil de NEADS. Nous réservons un accueil tout spécial aux candidats qui ont de grandes habiletés en gouvernance, en collecte de fonds, en financement, en médias sociaux et en communication avec les membres et les partenaires. Nous invitons tous les membres de NEADS qui manifestent de l’enthousiasme et de l’intérêt pour le travail de NEADS et qui ont des compétences pertinentes et une solide éthique de travail à présenter leur candidature.

Pour devenir membre du Conseil d’administration de NEADS, veuillez remplir et signer le formulaire de mise en candidature en suivant les instructions en ligne et le soumettre AU PLUS TARD le 21 novembre à http://www.neads.ca/fr/about/events/conference2012/nomination.php?id=

Si vous avez des questions, veuillez communiquer avec Frank Smith, coordonnateur de NEADS, à frank.smith@neads.ca Investissement de temps : On s’attend à ce que les membres du Conseil assistent à au moins 12 téléconférences par année, pouvant durer jusqu’à deux heures chacune, ainsi qu’à une ou deux retraites en personne du Conseil par année, si des fonds sont disponibles à cette fin, qui se déroulent habituellement du vendredi au dimanche. On s’attend aussi à ce que les membres du Conseil fassent partie d’au moins un comité et qu’ils assistent aux réunions régulières du ou des comités, au besoin, par téléconférence. Le Conseil communique principalement par courriel et téléphone, et on s’attend aussi à ce que les membres se tiennent au courant de la correspondance du Conseil et y répondent lorsque cela est nécessaire. Note : Les membres potentiels du Conseil peuvent avoir de l’expérience dans divers domaines, comme le service communautaire, le leadership étudiant, les comités régionaux ou provinciaux, etc., ou n’avoir de l’expérience dans aucun de ces domaines. Bien qu’un ensemble particulier de compétences ne soit pas exigé, une expérience antérieure en gouvernance au sein d’un conseil d’administration est un atout majeur. Un intérêt pour l’établissement de projets ou de programmes régionaux ou nationaux, le financement sous forme de subventions et la gestion financière, et de l’expérience dans ces domaines seraient aussi un atout. Un engagement solide à l’égard de la participation à toutes les activités du Conseil est essentiel. Nous encourageons tous les membres que ce travail intéresse à présenter leur candidature. Vous devez être disposés à apprendre et à mettre ce que vous aurez appris en application pendant que vous ferez partie du Conseil.

Formulaire de mise en candidature – Conseil d’administration de NEADS

VEUILLEZ RÉPONDRE À TOUTES LES QUESTIONS DANS CE FORMULAIRE (envoyez-le par courriel sous forme de pièce jointe en Word à frank.smith@neads.ca)

Section A : Renseignements sur le candidat (Veuillez noter que vos coordonnées ne seront PAS divulguées aux membres de NEADS dans le court texte de présentation des candidats aux élections.)

Nom : Adresse postale principale : Ville :

Province : Code postal : Téléphone : ( ) Courriel :

Nom de votre établissement d’enseignement :

Année d’obtention de votre grade ou diplôme :


Type de grade : Baccalauréat en arts ou en sciences Maîtrise Doctorat Diplôme professionnel (p. ex., en médecine, en génie, en droit, en travail social, en pharmacie, en sciences infirmières, etc.) Certificat Diplôme

Section B : Présentateurs – Nous devons obtenir les coordonnées de deux personnes qui peuvent nous renseigner sur vos compétences, vos antécédents en tant que bénévole et vos réalisations.

Présentateur no 1 Nom : Principale adresse postale : Ville : Province : Code postal :

Présentateur no 2 Nom : Principale adresse postale : Ville : Province : Code postal :

Section C : Expérience antérieure en bénévolat ou en leadership, et déclarations personnelles

Veuillez nous parler de votre expérience antérieure dans les domaines du bénévolat, des activités parascolaires et du leadership, et de la façon dont elle vous a préparé à servir au sein du Conseil d’administration de NEADS. (250 mots ou moins)

En vous fondant sur ce que vous savez de NEADS, dites-nous pourquoi vous voulez faire partie de son Conseil d’administration. (250 mots ou moins)

Comment avez-vous l’intention de contribuer à la réalisation du mandat et de la mission de NEADS (tels que décrits dans ses énoncés sur sa proposition de valeur) dans votre province, région or établissement d’enseignement? (250 mots ou moins) Sur quel domaine particulier du travail de l’Association croyez-vous pouvoir influer le plus? Pourquoi?

Frank Smith, National Coordinator

National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) Rm. 514 Unicentre, Carleton University Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6 tel. (613) 380-8065 ext. 201 www.neads.ca <http://www.canadahelps.org/dn/344>

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