Disabilities United Club (DUB)

A student registered with the Centre of Accessibility is interested in reforming an AMS resource group called the Disabilities United Club (DUB). The group was originally known as the Neurological Pathfinders Club, which was founded by Adrian Cheng in 2012. The student is looking to form a leadership team to start up the group again. If this role is of interest to you, or if you have any questions, please contact the student.

You can reach them at:  jasmh37@student.ubc.ca

Work-Able Graduate Internship Program for People with Disabilities

Attention: Job seekers with disabilities

The application deadline for the (2022/2023) Work-Able Graduate Internship Program has been extended from May 2nd, 2022 to Monday, May 16th, 2022 at 11:00pm.

Work-Able​ is a twelve-month BC Public Service paid internship program for recent post-secondary graduates with disabilities. This unique program provides learning, coaching, and mentorship throughout the internship and interns will gain valuable skills and public service experience.

There are 4 job postings organized by location:

  1. REQ 84742 for Vancouver Island
  2. REQ 85794 for Lower Mainland
  3. REQ 85800 for Telework anywhere in BC
  4. REQ 85797 Multiple Locations in BC

Please note: These positions are now scheduled to close on Monday, May 16th 2022 at 11:00pm.

Who is eligible to apply for Work-Able? 

  • Recent post-secondary graduates between the dates of April 1, 2019 and August 30, 2022 with a 2-year Diploma, an Associate Degree, Undergraduate Degree or Graduate Degree from a recognized post-secondary institution
  • Individuals who self-identify as a person with a disability
  • Residents of British Columbia
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada

Questions?

Please contact Daamini.Bhushan@gov.bc.ca

AbbVie IBD Scholarship Program

Did you know that Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are most frequently diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 30, with the typical onset being in the early 20s?

A recent study found that 69% of people who had Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis when they were young were delayed in completing their post-secondary education.

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

Supported by an educational grant from AbbVie, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada will extend 15 one-time scholarships of up to $5,000 to students living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis who are entering into or currently attending a post-secondary educational institution for the fall semester of 2022. The AbbVie IBD Scholarship is a competitive bursary.

Application deadline is June 1, 2022. For more information, or to access the online application, please visit www.ibdscholarship.ca.

Research Opportunity!

Are you a post-secondary student (19+) currently living with a chronic physical illness diagnosed in childhood/adolescence?

Consider participating in this research study examining the stories of post-secondary students living with chronic physical illness while managing academic life.

Time involved:

-In-person orientation – 30 mins

-Two weeks to take photographs

-In-person conversation – Between 1 and 2 hours

-Potential follow-up interview

Interested in participating or have any questions? Please contact Briar at 778-885-3775 or briar.schulz@kpu.ca

Campus Planning Focus Group for Students – September 21

Overview: UBC’s Campus + Community Planning (C+CP) is preparing to undertake a comprehensive campus-wide land use planning process called Campus Vision 2050. As part of the pre-planning for this process, they are convening a focus group of students at the end of September. The aim is to bring together a broad representation of up to 30 students in a facilitated discussion to identify some of the key opportunities and needs that the planning process should address. They are also interested to learn how students would like to engage throughout this process. Other focus groups will also be held with staff, faculty, residents, and alumni.

Background: This 2.5 year planning process will launch in early 2022. It is an important opportunity to plan for the evolving needs and aspirations of the university and its community, including how the campus can accommodate future academic needs, UBC’s deepening relationship with Musqueam, housing affordability, connectivity, community well-being, and climate change.

Details: Tuesday September 21 from 4:30-6:30PM at the AMS Nest, with an optional additional hour from 6:30-7:30PM to talk about the engagement process. Food and refreshments will be provided. We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. For inquiries about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Madeleine Zammar.

Contact: Madeleine Zammar, C+CP Manager of Engagement – madeleine.zammar@ubc.ca

The Disability Foundation is hiring a Youth Leadership Initiative Coordinator!

The Disability Foundation is hiring a Youth Leadership Initiative Coordinator. This part-time position is a one-year internship. The successful candidate will be joining the Youth Leadership Initiative team to lead a national initiative that helps break down the employment barriers young people with disabilities experience when transitioning from studies to the workplace. (Learn more about the YLI project at disabilityfoundation.org/yli)

This position is a remote work opportunity, so all applicants across Canada are welcome. Please note that funding for the Youth Leadership Initiative Coordinator is intended to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to gain skills and leadership development through a paid internship.

Applicants will apply for the position by sending a resume with cover letter to David Fong, Interim Executive Director at admin@disabilityfoundation.org no later than September 15, 2021.

For the full job description, please visit: www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/2680394037/?refId=fgeZgtX1SEueyIIJfF%2FmUw

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!

Participation Request – Learn about our Peer Physical Activity Counseling program!

What is it?
This research study explores how a Peer Physical Activity Counseling Program, accessed via a smartphone, might influence a wheelchair user’s level of activity.

The Details
For this study, participants will be randomly assigned to an intervention group or control group. Those in the intervention group will be assigned a peer trainer who will support and encourage them to increase their physical activity. Those in the control group will be provided physical activity resources and recommendations but will not have access to a peer-coach until completion of the study. Participants in both groups will be asked to engage in four data collection sessions. This study will require no more than 13 hours of time in total over a 6-month period.

Is it for me?
In order to participate you must meet the following requirements:

•Have been living with a spinal cord injury for at least 1 year

•Have been using a manual wheelchair for mobility for one or more months

•Currently do no (or minimal) exercise

•Able to effectively communicate in English

•Be 19 years of age or older

Please contact:

Angie Wong
Project Assistant – BCIT Applied Research
Tel: 604-451-6934
E-mail: angie_wong@bcit.ca

*Participants will be given an honorarium for their participation. This research study has been reviewed and approved by the BCIT Research Ethics Board.

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/