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.

Are you a BC resident living with mental illness and pursuing post-secondary education?

Apply online for a bursary or scholarship by June 30, 2015.

The Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division administers several bursaries and scholarships to encourage and enable people with mental illness to pursue post-secondary education:
• Lorne Fraser Educational Bursary ($700) for individuals in BC currently enrolled or thinking of applying to post-secondary education or job training
• Lorne Fraser Scholarship for Mental Health Promotion ($1,000 or $2,000) for BC
university or college students pursuing a career related to mental health
• LGM Continuous Learning Bursary ($800) for individuals in BC who will enroll at the fully
accredited Athabasca University via distance learning

Visit www.cmha.bc.ca/bursary to learn more and apply.


Work-Able Graduate Internship Program

The Work-Able Internship Program is a paid twelve month BC Public Service work experience program for recent post-secondary graduates who self-identify as having a disability. This unique program provides learning, coaching and mentorship throughout the internship and interns will gain valuable skills and public service experience.

We offer extensive training, growth and development opportunities, a competitive salary and offer a balance between work and life commitments. We are committed to continuing to be an employer of choice and providing a professional environment where ideas work.

To be considered for this opportunity, please submit, via the online application process:

1. Resume Profile
2. Personal Essay – In 750 words or less (no less than 500) write a personal essay that responds to the following questions:

  • Describe how your personal values/ guiding principles align with 2 to 3 of the BC Public Service Values and provide an example of how you demonstrated this in one aspect in your life (e.g. school, work, volunteering);
  • Describe how your strengths (specific experience, knowledge, skills and abilities) will enable you to be successful over the course of the twelve month Internship; and
  • Describe what you think will be a challenge for you over the course of the twelve month Internship.

Your written essay will be used to assess the following:

  • Organizational cultural alignment (alignment or fit with organizational culture);
  • Self-awareness (relevant knowledge, skills/abilities and integration of strengths into Internship); and
  • Written communication skills (grammar, spelling, length, tone, clear/ easy to understand language).

Please note:

– Applications that do not include a resume and a personal essay will not be considered.
– Candidates who are selected for an interview will be required to provide an academic reference.
– Successful candidates:

  • May be asked for supporting documentation regarding their disability to assist in providing accommodation supports;
  • Will be required to submit documentation that verifies post-secondary graduation requirements for an under-graduate or a graduate degree have been met and are between the dates of April 1, 2013 and September 5, 2016; and
  • May be required to undergo a Criminal Record Check (CRC).

Steps to Apply: 

  1. Create a profile by clicking on “Create Profile” at the top of this page.
  2. To update an existing profile, click on “Career Centre Login” at the top of this page.
  3. Review your profile before hitting “submit” to ensure all your information is there.
  4. After submitting your profile, you will be taken to the Cover Letter page where you can add your personal essay (the personal essay is your Cover Letter).
  5. As the final part of your application process, you will be prompted to fill out a questionnaire which must be completed in order for your application to be considered. IMPORTANT: You will not be able to go back at a later time to complete the questionnaire so please allot up to twenty minutes to fill it out after clicking the submit button below.
  6. Please ensure you have completed all three stages of this application – resume profile, personal essay and questionnaire.
  7. Once you have clicked on the submit button and completed the questionnaire, you will receive an email confirmation of receipt. Please save this email confirmation.

For full description of accountabilities and qualifications, please review the attached job profiles.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Nancy Valley at Nancy.Valley@gov.bc.ca.

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.

Mattinson Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities

The Mattinson Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities is offering up to four scholarships, valued at $2,000 CAD for a bachelor degree program, tenable for one year.  Applications are by nomination only, and only one nominee from each of Universities Canada’s member institutions will be accepted. The candidates must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, and have a minimum academic average of 80%.  Candidates must be diagnosed with a permanent disability which is documented and is the primary disability for which they are applying.

Postmarked applications must be sent to Universities Canada on or before May 16, 2016.

For additional information, please visit Universities Canada’s web site, and click on the Mattinson Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities link.

Applications must be received by May 5 by Access and Diversity to review and consider one nomination. Please drop off to Access and Diversity at 1203 Brock Hall or email access.diversity@ubc.ca

Seeking Your Financial Aid Stories!

Do you have stories of challenges you have faced in getting financial aid to support your college or university studies, as a student with a disability?

If so, we want to hear from you! The National Educational Association of Disabled Students

(NEADS) is collecting student narratives on the difficulties of navigating Canada’s student financial aid system. We are especially interested in your experiences with government grants and loans programs. Your stories will inform our advocacy to improve financial aid in Canada for students with disabilities.

Please share your story with us by completing the following survey online, which is supported by the Canadian Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and hosted by the University of New Brunswick: http://goo.gl/hj4Ndq

We ask that surveys be completed by May 30, 2016.

Thank you for your help in improving the post-secondary experience of students with disabilities in Canada!

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

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

– See more at:


Racontez-nous vos expériences de l’aide financière aux étudiants!

Racontez-nous vos expériences de l’aide financière aux étudiants! Auriez-vous des histoires à nous raconter concernant les difficultés auxquelles vous avez été confrontés pour obtenir de l’aide financière afin de poursuivre vos études collégiales ou universitaires en tant qu’étudiant ayant une incapacité? Si c’est le cas, nous voulons les connaître!

L’Association nationale des étudiant(e)s handicapé(e)s au niveau postsecondaire (NEADS) recueille des récits sur les problèmes que rencontrent les étudiants en tentant de s’y retrouver dans le système canadien d’aide financière aux étudiants. Nous nous intéressons tout particulièrement à vos expériences des programmes gouvernementaux de prêts et bourses.

Vos témoignages éclaireront nos activités de représentation en vue d’améliorer l’aide financière au Canada pour les étudiants handicapés.

Nous vous demandons de bien vouloir partager vos histoires avec nous en remplissant le questionnaire en ligne suivant, qui bénéficie du soutien de l’Association canadienne des responsables de l’aide financière aux étudiants et qui est hébergé par l’Université du Nouveau-Brunswick : http://goo.gl/Lb9oMg Respondez par le 30 Mai, 2016 s’il vous plait.

Merci de nous aider à améliorer l’expérience postsecondaire des étudiants handicapés au Canada!

L’Association nationale des étudiant(e)s handicapé(e)s au niveau postsecondaire (NEADS) Pièce 426, Unicentre, Université Carleton Ottawa (Ontario) K1S 5B6 Tél. : 613-380-8065, poste 201 www.neads.ca

« Nous encourageons l’accès à l’enseignement postsecondaire et au marché du travail pour les étudiants et les diplômés handicapés. »

Breaking Silences Stigma

Please join us at Green College Coach House to launch a dialogue addressing accessibility challenges in our community. We will be discussing disability rights and activism, common challenges, and tips for being an ally to people with disabilities.

Please RSVP so we can get an idea of how many people to bring snacks for! Please let us know if you have any accessibility needs.


J.allard.green@gmail.com or beckylgold@gmail.com

Directions to Green College can be found at www.greencollege.ubc.ca

NEADS Breaking It Down employment event

Breaking it Down: Dialogues on Removing Barriers for People With Disabilities in the Workplace (Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, March 12, 2016)

The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) invites post-secondary students and graduates with disabilities, career educators and representatives from federally regulated private sector employers to a one day innovative and interactive workshop “Breaking it Down (BID):

Dialogues on removing barriers for people with disabilities in the workplace”, to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia on Saturday, March 12th from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Simon Fraser University, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street. This event is presented by the Centre for Students With Disabilities and Career Services, Simon Fraser University.

Register online now:


The BID workshop is part of “Breaking Through

Barriers”: An Employment Project To Support Persons With Disabilities, a national two–and-a-half year project funded by Labour Canada through its Workplace Opportunities:

Removing Barriers to Equity program. The initiative is aimed at connecting recent graduates with disabilities and employers in the federally regulated sector, through in-person workshops and a unique web portal designed to create on-going relationships and resource sharing between disabled graduates and employers.

During this event, students and employers will have the opportunity to hear from both lived experience and employer experts on topics such

as: Personal Branding and Social Media; Disclosure and Accommodation In The Workplace; Job Interviews; Soft Skills: Challenges in the Workplace; Professional Development; Barriers and Focused Career Transitions; Moving On From Entry Level. Unlike most employment workshops that rely on a one-way flow of knowledge from employer to potential employee, student and employer participants will have the opportunity to engage in facilitated discussions about the issues aimed at creating a knowledge exchange process between employers and potential employees.

Come join NEADS and representatives of our valued project partners (see below), for an employment workshop that will bring job seekers and job makers together, who will learn from each other by……….Breaking it Down. This event is free to post-secondary students and recent graduates with disabilities (within less than 5 years after graduation). The registration fee is $50 for professionals. You must complete all fields in the registration form. A full list of speakers will be announced soon!

Introductory Remarks:

Jewelles Smith, Vice-Chair/British Columbia Director, National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)


Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai, Ph.D, Team Leader and Head, Variant interpretation Group, Advanced Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Hospital, The Ontario Cancer Institute

Master of Ceremonies:

Jeremiah Bach, Event Producer, National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)

Other Speakers Include:

Sana Khan, Employment and Outreach Specialist, Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW): Branding and Social Media

Jewelles Smith, Vice-Chair/British Columbia Director, National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS): Disclosure and Accommodation in the Workplace

For further information contact: Jeremiah Bach, Event Producer, NEADS:

<mailto:jeremiah.bach@neads.ca>jeremiah.bach@neads.ca or our national office

VocalEye – Live Audio Description

VocalEye started over seven years ago, kicking off with a production of “The Miracle Worker” at the Vancouver Playhouse.   It was the first Live Audio Description program in the country.  Which means people with low vision or blindness can listen to a description of a play or performance, in between dialogue, as it unfolds live on stage.

VocalEye regularly partners with The Arts Club Stanley, The Arts Club Granville Island, The Gateway, PuSh Festival and The Surrey Arts Centre.

People who are blind or have low vision can become a member of VocalEye for free.  You can contact

info@vocaleye.ca  to sign-up.  Included in a membership is the possibility of a ‘touch tour’ during select performances.

For more information, visit http://www.vocaleye.ca/

The deadline for CHHA Scholarship Applications is a week away!

The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) Scholarship Program was established in 2002, and is supported by donations of the members of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA), by the generous contributions from the Algar family, Doreen Laszlo (spouse of Dr. Charles Laszlo) and MED-EL. There are currently four available scholarships offered by CHHA, but the deadline to apply is fast approaching.

Applicants to the CHHA Scholarship Program must have some form of hearing loss and use spoken/written language as their primary mode of communication (ie: hard of hearing, deafened or oral deaf). Eligible applicants may be first-time or returning post-secondary students at a recognized College or University. Applicants must be entering school in a full-time program for the Fall 2016 academic year, and successful scholarship recipients must provide proof of registration in order to receive their scholarship.

For more information about CHHA’s scholarships, eligibility requirements or to apply, please visit our website: http://www.chha.ca/chha/scholarships-index.php

Act quickly, because all online applications for 2016 must be submitted by March 4nd 2016 at 3pm EST.

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered nor will applications be accepted by mail, e-mail or fax.

Should you have questions about our scholarships or our organization, please contact the CHHA National Office for more information:

Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Scholarship Program

2415 Holly Lane, Suite 205, Ottawa, ON.   K1V 7P2

Voice: (613) 526-1584   Toll Free: 800-263-8068

Fax: (613) 526-4718    TTY: (613) 526-2692

Email: scholarship@chha.ca