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:

http://www.neads.ca/en/about/media/index.php?id=371#sthash.iAncHHkd.dpuf

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.

Contacts:

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:

<https://secure.neads.ca/register/en.php?id=15BC>https://secure.neads.ca/register/en.php?id=15BC

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)

Keynote:

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

NEADS – Scholarship and Awards Applications

NEADS Accepting Applications for National Student Awards/Holly Bartlett Memorial Award/AMI Scholarships/Christine Nieder Memorial

Award: Deadline April 30th

The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is now accepting applications for the NEADS National Student Awards Program, the Holly Bartlett and Christine Nieder Memorial Awards and the AMI Scholarships. These awards are offered to encourage full access to post-secondary education for persons with disabilities enrolled in undergraduate, graduate or professional degree programs at recognized Canadian universities, or in certified diploma programs at Canadian colleges. Two outstanding applicants who meet eligibility criteria will be eligible for the $5,000 Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship (one English, one French). Up to six deserving applicants, who meet the criteria of the NEADS Student Awards Program, will be receiving an award in the amount of $3,000 to support the costs of their tuition and student fees. One or more eligible and outstanding applicant(s) will receive the Holly Bartlett and Christine Nieder Memorial Awards, in the amount of $1,000.

Funding for the NEADS Student Awards is provided this year by our sponsors Scotiabank, Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services as well as private donors. Other corporate sponsors will be announced soon. “We are very proud of the NEADS Student Awards Program, and our close to 80 recipients over its first 9 years,” said Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai, NEADS’ Senior Advisor and the director of the student awards program. “This program is the first of its kind in Canada, and was created to recognize overall excellence among students with disabilities in all aspects of post-secondary education. Our winners to date all embody the very best qualities of academic and community involvement. We hope that the program continues to grow, and we look forward to this year’s crop of outstanding applicants.”

Formerly known as the AMI Scholarship, the bursary has been renamed the AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship in honour of the organization’s Accessibility Officer who passed away in December, 2015. Robert Pearson was a long-time employee of AMI and fervent supporter of accessibility in Canada and around the world.

“Renaming the AMI Scholarship in Robert’s memory ensures that his hard work lives on and forever reminds us of his commitment to accessibility and creating a more inclusive society,” explains Peter Burke, AMI Vice-President of Marketing and Communications. “The Scholarship program was created to further strengthen the organization’s commitment to making accessible media for all Canadians; a role that Robert embraced with great passion and enthusiasm. He was an inspiration to all of us.”

Entering its fifth year, the AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship program offers much needed financial assistance to students with a disability. In 2016, AMI will once again collaborate with the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) to administer the program and engage students with disabilities from across the country. Two $5,000 bursaries will be awarded to two deserving students with a permanent disability; one from the English community and one from the French.

“Holly Bartlett was loved by all who knew her”, said Frank Smith, NEADS’ National Coordinator. “It was my privilege and pleasure to work with Holly while she served on our Board of Directors. Holly’s accomplishments, in a life that was way too short, were phenomenal.

We believe that the Holly Bartlett Memorial Award is a fitting tribute because it will help other students with disabilities realize success in post-secondary education. This is the sixth year for the Award in Holly’s memory.” NEADS has given out 9 Holly Bartlett Awards since the inception of this program.

Mahadeo Sukhai, said of the Christine Nieder Memorial Award, in its second year: “Christine was a valued part of NEADS, and the National Graduate Experience Taskforce, as well as an important contributor to our work nationally and in British Columbia, and a good friend. We honour her legacy and her passion for research and volunteerism with this new award.”

Apply for all programs through the NEADS website:

http://www.neads.ca/en/about/projects/ete2/scholarship/

For more information:

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

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

– See more at:

http://www.neads.ca/en/about/media/index.php?id=354#sthash.aeuiPnTt.dpuf

The AEBC & T-Base Scholarship Program now accepting applications for the 2016/2017 academic year

For the fifth consecutive year, T-Base Communications is proud to partner with The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) in offering a scholarship program to help fund the educational pursuits of up to three outstanding blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted students in Canada who are continuing their academic education at the post-secondary level.

A total of $4,000 to be awarded!

The Jennifer Laura Eve Wilson Memorial Scholarships

Two Jennifer Laura Eve Wilson Memorial Scholarships (worth $1,000 each) will be offered.

Jennifer was someone who was always selfless, always there for someone in need. She showed courage in overcoming adversity. She took the challenges life put her way from the complications of Type 1 diabetes including visual impairment, and rose above them by her courage, inner strength and determination to make the world a better place for others. These annual AEBC scholarships continue her tradition of helping others.

T-Base Communications Scholarship

The T-Base Communications Scholarship is designed to help students pursue their educational endeavors and is not limited to any one discipline.   One T-Base Communications scholarship valued at $2,000 will be awarded for the 2016/2017 academic year beginning in the fall semester of 2016.

Award Criteria

Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of:

  1. Academic performance;
  2. Community involvement; and
  3. Overcoming adversity.

While each criterion will contribute in the overall evaluation process, equal weight will not be applied in determining a final score. Rather, each criterion will serve to assist in distinguishing the exceptionalities and strengths of one candidate from another in the awarding of scholarships.

The winner of the T-Base Communications scholarship is expected to participate in 2 ad-hoc advisory committee meetings on the topic of T-Base Communications’ educational services.

The AEBC Student and Education Council Committee is comprised of one AEBC member from the national executive and two regular members of the organization. This committee reviews all applications and selects the scholarship recipients.

In the case of the T-Base scholarship program, the top three applicants are identified to T-Base Communications and T-Base Communications makes the final decision.

Successful recipients will be notified of their selection by July 31st, 2016.

Applicant Qualifications

Students at the undergraduate and graduate levels (masters, doctorate, or post-doctorate),as well as students in college, vocational, educational upgrading, and performing arts programs, are welcome to apply.

Unless an applicant indicates otherwise, all applicants will be considered for each scholarship for which they are eligible. A separate application for each scholarship program is not required.

Previous applicants or recipients of AEBC scholarships are eligible to reapply if qualified.

To be eligible for these scholarships, you must meet all of the following qualifications.

  1. You must be blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted. For our purposes, you are considered to be “blind” if you have no vision or only light perception in the better of your two eyes, and “partially sighted” if you have a visual acuity of 20/60 or less (as measured on the Snellan eye chart) in your better eye with best correction, or if your visual field measures less than twenty degrees.
  2. You must be studying (or planning to study) at a post-secondary institution in Canada. (Canadian citizens or permanent residents studying abroad under an exchange program and paying fees to a Canadian educational institution are eligible, as are students who choose to study abroad for lack of a similar program in Canada, failure to be accepted into a Canadian program, or the clear superiority of a program abroad.) You will be required to provide your social insurance number for income tax purposes if you receive a scholarship.
  3. You must be attending (or planning to attend) a post-secondary program during the period between September 2016 and April 2017, on at least a part-time basis (i.e. taking the equivalent of at least two courses per semester).

Membership in AEBC

Scholarship applicants and recipients need not be members of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians. However, involvement in the organization is strongly encouraged, as we seek to gain a stronger voice in Canada, and membership benefits those who are blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted both collectively and individually.

A year’s free membership to AEBC is part of each scholarship. This affords the winner an opportunity to learn about and participate in our organization.

Completing Your Application

A complete application is comprised of the following five items. You may submit your application in either English or French. Please double check that your application is complete before submitting it. A complete application will include:

(a) The application form. You can find a blank copy of this form at http://www.blindcanadians.ca/programs/scholarship.

(b) A copy of your most recent transcript. This need not be an official copy – a printout from your school’s web site is acceptable. We may ask for an official copy at a later date.

(c) A one-page (500 word) personal statement: This is an opportunity for you to describe yourself, provide background on your visual condition (and any additional medical or disability information that may be relevant), your academic goals, interests, school and community activities, work experience, and so on. In writing this essay, you should try to answer the question: “What barriers or obstacles have you faced and conquered in your life (which may include financial hardship), as a result of your disability?” Please do not simply send a resume.

(d) A one-page (500 word) essay on ‘accessible education’: Tell us how accessibility in learning makes a difference in your education. Please let us know what format (print, large print, Braille, audio, etc.) is most important to you for your success as a student and why. NOTE: We can only know you through the information you give us. Please be thorough and complete.

(e) One letter of reference: You should include one current letter of reference (written in the last twelve months) from an individual who can comment in detail on your academic progress, personal strengths, community involvement, and any other aspects of your life that support your application. The individual may be an employer or supervisor, clergy member, academic advisor, department head academic planner, etc. If possible, this reference letter should be forwarded with your application package. If your reference would prefer to send it directly to AEBC, please ensure that they clearly indicate in their e-mail who they are writing on behalf of.

Submitting Your Application

The deadline for scholarship submissions is Thursday, March 31st, 2016.

Each part of your application should be submitted as a separate electronic file, preferably in Microsoft Word (.DOC or .DOCX), Rich Text (.RTF), or plain text (.TXT) format. Some members of the Student and Education Council committee are themselves blind, and picture files (.JPG, .GIF, .PNG, etc.) are not accessible. Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) files may or may not be accessible to users who are blind and should be avoided if possible. (We understand, however, that some documents, such as your transcript, may only come in one format from your institution).

Please attach all of these documents to an e-mail message and send them to: scholarship@blindcanadians.ca

Incomplete applications, as well as any applications (complete, incomplete, or parts of applications) received after March 31st, 2016 will not be considered for scholarship awards.

Please distribute this announcement as widely as possible to ensure it reaches your eligible blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted students.

Application deadline is March 31, 2016.

For full details on how to apply and to download the information package, visit http://www.blindcanadians.ca/programs/scholarship.

About The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians is a national charitable organization, founded in 1992, that is dedicated to promoting the increased inclusion of blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted Canadians in all aspects of social life, from employment to participation in elections. Our members, comprised of blind, deaf-blind, and partially sighted consumers and supporters from across the country, participate in working groups and committees, engage with local, city-based chapters, and engage in public awareness and education activities on a daily basis. www.blindcanadians.ca

About T-Base Communications

T-Base Communications specializes in quality and on time delivery of alternate format educational textbooks and learning materials in braille (literary, music, computer, chemistry and Nemeth), e-Text, Audio CD, Accessible PDF, DAISY, and Math ML. Our goal is to provide accessible learning materials for you to offer students who are blind or print-disabled and to ensure the delivery and quality matches that of the learning materials their sighted peers have access to.

www.tbase.com

For further information:

Media Contacts

Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians Dar Wournell National President AEBC

1-800-561-4774

dar@blindcanadians.ca

T-Base Communications

Deanna White

Media Relations

(613) 236-0866 Ext. 1231

dwhite@tbase.com

 

Accepting Applications for the Sarah Gaulin Memorial Scholarship

January 19, 2016 – Laval – The Gaulin Foundation is pleased to announce that it is once again accepting applications for the $1,000 Sarah Gaulin Memorial Scholarship– a national scholarship that promotes the resilience of individuals with mental illness pursuing post-secondary education.

The Sarah Gaulin Memorial Scholarship was established in honour of Sarah Gaulin, who died at age 26 after a longtime battle with mental illness. Along with her passion for Paralympic sport, Sarah actively pursued a career in the healthcare field. Notwithstanding her health issues, Sarah persevered and continued to attend and excel in her educational field of choice.

Although she battled with mental illness, she never gave up on education and her dream of one day helping others.

The scholarship seeks to support and encourage the resilience of individuals with mental illness pursuing post-secondary education, which Sarah believed strongly in. Students must be registered in a post-secondary institution and provide documented proof of their mental illness. The scholarship will be awarded to outstanding applicants who meet the criteria of the program.

The awards will be paid directly to the post-secondary institution (in the students’ accounts) that the recipients are attending to defray the cost of tuition fees for post-secondary study. In order to apply, students must be registered in a post-secondary institution and provide documented proof of their mental illness.

The scholarship will be awarded to outstanding applicants who meet the criteria of the program.

Deadline for applications is April 1, 2016.

Details about the scholarship can be found at www.gaulinfoundation.org

Contact: The Gaulin Foundation 2334 De Mexico Laval, QC, H7M 3C9 Telephone: 514-360-3500 E-mail: info@gaulinfoundation.org

– See more at:

http://www.neads.ca/en/about/media/index.php?id=337#sthash.5mR6YXMf.dpuf