Monthly Archives: May 2014

From the Archives: Self Advocate Net in 2013

It’s been a long time since Bryce Schaufelberger and Joe Rikley started Self Advocate Net website – and it has changed quite a bit over the years. We’d like to share with you another version of Self Advocate Net. This is the third version of the site – what it looked like in 2013! You can visit […]

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Employment Success Story: Daryl and Little Caesar’s Pizza


Daryl is a talented artist who actively participates in posAbilities yearly Art Show, celebrating his aboriginal heritage through his artwork.   When starting employment classes at Vancouver Employment Service a year ago Daryl quickly shared three things: 1. He loved to draw; 2. He was non-verbal; 3: he wanted to work.  So in exploring job […]

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B.C.’s welfare payout computer ‘slow’ but working

‘Some chaos’ for clients in big test for system after crash By Rob Shaw, Vancouver Sun May 28, 2014 VICTORIA — B.C.’s troubled income assistance and child welfare computer system is facing its first major test, after a massive crash earlier this month.Government staff spent Wednesday attempting to use the Integrated Case Management system to […]

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Kamloops Self-Advocate Newsletter – May 2014

Tracy-Jo at Safeway

The Kamloops Self-Advocate is a newsletter for people with diverse abilities published by Krystian Shaw. The May/June 2014 edition of The Kamloops Self-Advocate is all about employment, and features interviews, upcoming events, word games, and much more! Click here to download the May/June 2014 edition of the Kamloops Self Advocate Newsletter. If you would like to […]

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Interview with Carole James, MLA

Sheenagh Morrison is a self advocate from Victoria. Recently she sat in on the BC Legislative Assembly Question Period – a time during the daily legislative proceedings when the opposition parties hold the Government responsible for its actions. She then sat down with Carole James, NDP MLA of Victoria-Beacon Hill. She writes about her experience below: […]

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Employment Success Stories: Anastasia at Cowell Motors

Anastasia is a young woman with both visual and hearing challenges who works part time at Cowell Motors in Richmond as an administrative assistant. Finding a job has been a life changing experience and has opened up opportunities for new connections, as well as increasing her confidence and independence.   Anastasia emigrated with her family […]

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Nothing About Us Without Us: Trailblazing by BC’s Self-Advocacy Community

BC Self Advocacy

  “One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized, and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered.”   – Michael J. Fox, Actor from Burnaby, British Columbia who has Parkinson’s disease. It was not that long ago when people labeled with a developmental disability had to surrender their rights and have all decisions […]

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Community Living Toronto and Developmental Services Toronto Partner on Diversity Project Initiative

TORONTO, May 21, 2014 /CNW/ – Families from ethno-culturally diverse backgrounds who have a child with an intellectual disability often face many barriers in accessing services, navigating supports and at times facing stigma and isolation from their own cultural community. However, thanks to a $115,100 grant through the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), Community Living Toronto […]

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Options for intellectually disabled people

Wed, May 21: RCMP and the province’s Department of Community Services are both investigating how and why a 56 year old man was killed while staying at a care home in Lower Sackville. The man’s death is being treated as a homicide and has many speaking out about the need to get rid of institutions…. […]

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Autism and Developmental Disorders: Quality of Life Discussion Series

Tara Torme & Panel

Autism spectrum disorder is a condition that many people around the world are still working to understand – especially because there is a wide variation in the way that it affects different people.   The impact on the families of those individuals with ASD is even more widespread – and recently the Autism and Developmental […]

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