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We are inviting contributions of (unpublished) Poems; Songs; Personal Stories; and Artwork from Indigenous individuals or family members who have experience of living with disability.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

Compensation:

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

2018 CBS News Internship

CBS News Internship for College Students with Disabilities 3rd Annual CBS News/Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0/DisBeat Internship for College Students with Disabilities

For three years, CBS News in collaboration with Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 Initiative and DisBeat, has expanded its paid internship program to include outreach to college juniors, seniors and graduate students with disabilities for the CBS News/Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0/DisBeat Internship for Spring2018. Recent graduates are not eligible.

Applications are due by 5 pm ET on Friday, October 20, 2017.

Applicants with insight into the lived experiences of disability are strongly encouraged to apply for the Spring 2018 Internship Program that runs fromJanuary 8 — May 11, 2018.

The CBS News Internship Program is designed for college students interested in pursuing a career in journalism, broadcasting or communications. Juniors, seniors, and graduate students are eligible. Students majoring in journalism, broadcasting or communications are preferred, but those majoring in marketing, advertising, public relations, English, history, international studies and political science are welcome to apply and will be considered.

Placement possibilities include The Evening News, 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, CBS This Morning, Sunday Morning, National Desk, Newspath, Radio News, Press Office, Weekend News, News Marketing, Investigative Unit and Broadcast Marketing. The location is New York City.

Participants must have good computer skills, excellent written and verbal communication abilities and knowledge of current events. A 3.0 GPA or above is recommended. Interns are expected to work 16 hours/week and adhere to a professional code of ethics. Assignments vary day-to-day. Interns can expect to Learn fundamental news gathering skills, find, confirm and report news stories, log tapes, coordinate script, research stories, conduct preliminary interviews, assist during shoots, select footage, perform light clerical duties and assist staff members. Duties vary in each department.

This is a paid internship. CBS News does not require students to receive college credit. Students are solely responsible for coordinating and meeting credit requirements of their college/university.

Please complete an application including requests for accommodations/ productivity tools, and 250-word essay, “How my personal experience with a disability will enrich this internship experience.” A panel of media professionals with disabilities and allies determine top finalists with the selected intern decided by CBS News.

Kindly e-mail:
1) Application Form;
2) Two letters of recommendation;
3) Transcripts (can be unofficial); and
4) 250-word essay in MS Word document format to:

Tari Hartman Squire at Tari@EINSOFcommunications.com with “2018 CBS News Internship” in subject line.

Deadline is Friday, October 20, 2017 at 5pm ET. Thanks!

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:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1547827531910375/

Register here:

https://survey.ubc.ca/surveys/gl/impact-lab-fall-2016-rsvp/

 

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.

http://www.neads.ca/en/about/events/conference2012/nomination.php

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)

Name:

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?

http://www.neads.ca/en/about/media/index.php?id=403

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>

“Supporting access to post-secondary education and employment for students with disabilities”

LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR DISABLED STUDENTS AND THEIR ALLIES:

The UBC Disabled Students Association is in search of executive members! We are looking for a treasurer, for people with experience in social activism, and for people with disabilities (physical and sensory impairments, autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, ongoing medical conditions) who are interested in representing their community and want to improve academic and physical accessibility at UBC.

Please contact Evguenia Ignatenko on Facebook, through e-mail (ignatenko.evguenia@gmail.com), or by phone/text/whatsapp (604-401-5853) for more information and to apply.

Let’s CampOUT This Summer!

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By Helena Zhu, Women Students Program Assistant at Access & Diversity

CampOUT! is a UBC-supported summer camp for British Columbia and Yukon’s queer, trans, and allied youth aged 14 to 21. Running from July 2 to 5, 2015 on Gambier Island, the sixth annual CampOUT gives opportunities for youth to become leaders for social change, meet new friends, access resources, and engage in imaginative, critical, and innovative workshops. CampOUT also features traditional camp activities, such as canoeing, campfires, and arts and crafts.

“I feel incredibly accepted and supported at camp, and that really helped me begin to accept myself,” one past participant shared after attending CampOUT.

CampOUT is an opportunity for diverse range of individuals to come together to learn more about themselves and each other. It also enables participants to learn about how they can act as allies across their differences and share their skills, while getting their needs met.

If you or your child is interested in a safe and inclusive space where you/they can develop leadership skills, build self-esteem, inspire each other, foster hope and resilience, and connect with resources that can support your/their health and well-being, give CampOUT a try.

The camp only costs $25 thanks to the generosity of community partners and donors. Application for CampOUT! is open now until Sunday, March 29. You can find more information and apply on CampOUT’s website. Should you have any questions, please contact CampOUT at campout.director@ubc.ca, 604-822-8298, or toll free at 1-877-678-2267.

Stepping Stools: Equity vs Equality

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Post by Melody Cheung, Equity Ambassador and 3rd-year Arts student

At one of the very first meetings of the Equity Ambassadors (EA), one of the EA’s drew two pictures on the board. The picture was of people standing on blocks. On the left, everyone was standing on the same sized block whilst on the right everyone was standing on different sized blocks. This was the beginning of my journey in learning what equity means.

A quick Google search on the definition of equity brings up words such as ‘impartiality’ and ‘fairness’. But what does this really mean? How is it different than the world equality? What I learned that day was pretty eye-opening. It happened through a short anecdote about the difference between these two terms and how important it is.

Imagine that you are at a baseball game and have to look over a fence in order to see the game. There are also several others who are in the same situation as you are. The fence is quite high so everyone needs a stepping stool of some sort to see over the fence. In equality, everyone would get the same sized stepping stool. Thus, one can immediately see a glaring problem! Not everyone is the same height. This is where equity steps in. In being equitable, everyone would get different sized stepping stools so that they could all see over the fence. Everyone would get a chance to view the game.

This is what equity is about; it is about how people need different ‘boosts’ in order to have a fair chance to participate in society. When I first learned this concept, I was surprised that I hadn’t thought of equity in that way before and that it made so much sense after being explained. I think equity is such a simple concept yet it can have such profound reach.

Equity in essence is about ‘fairness’ but the way it brings it about is quite different than equality. For me equity has to do with paying attention to specific needs and working with individuals and groups to provide customised ‘stepping stools’ in the form of social, economic and political tools. This definition of equity is a cornerstone of being an Equity Ambassador and something that will continue to guide my journey in promoting equity in all its forms.

A note about the Equity Ambassadors logo: One of the EA’s suggested the ‘baseball’ anecdote be incorporated into our logo and this was the result! I’ve been working on the design with input from all the EA’s and I am so excited to be able to create discussion around the reasons behind the ‘stepping stools’.

Leadership/involvement opportunity:
Anti-discrimination Response Training Workshop Facilitator

The “Really?” Program is looking for facilitators to lead Anti-discriminatory Response Training (ART) workshops. ART workshops gives tools to members of the UBC community to intervene when they witness comments or behavior that targets others based on race,  gender, sexual orientation, ability and other distinctions.

Build skills while contributing to an inclusive living and learning environment at UBC. Facilitators will recieve 2 days of training. The deadline to apply is 5pm Monday September 22, 2014.

Job description and how to apply on the “Really?” campaign site.