disabilities

The signal says walk, but piles of icy snow say otherwise at the corner of Blanshard and Broughton in Victoria after a December 2022 snowfall. (Black Press Media file photo)

‘No access’: B.C. residents with disabilities keep cautious eye on snowy forecasts

Snow and ice severely limit those with mobility, sight or hearing disabilities

 

Sam the autism service dog is the first service dog to attend a School District 27 school. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photos - Williams Lake Tribune)

Autism service dog a game changer for family and 1st for B.C. school district

Dog attends class at Chilcotin Road Elementary to support a young student

 

Brayden Methot in the drivers position of his specially-adapted van, which he can drive from his power chair using hand controls, despite a C4 spinal cord injury. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo)

Williams Lake man driving first-of-its-kind adaptive van in Canada

Brayden Methot excited to enter back into the work force as he paves history

 

Salmon Arm resident Tim Kubash said a lack of staffing contributed to him being prevented from boarding his WestJet flight home from Victoria on Dec. 3, 2022. (Tim Kubash/Facebook)

Salmon Arm man kept from boarding WestJet flight due to battery in wheelchair

Incident took place on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Salmon Arm resident Tim Kubash said a lack of staffing contributed to him being prevented from boarding his WestJet flight home from Victoria on Dec. 3, 2022. (Tim Kubash/Facebook)
Jason Boberg, a member of the disability caucus and a founder of the disability climate action network SustainedAbility, speaks at the COP27 U.N. Climate Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022. Boberg told The Associated Press in an interview days before he departed for COP27 that he’s seen pro-disability rights language in draft text of negotiations at previous conferences, including language about funding disability rights organizations to do climate action work. But that language has been cut from final agreements at the negotiations. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
Jason Boberg, a member of the disability caucus and a founder of the disability climate action network SustainedAbility, speaks at the COP27 U.N. Climate Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022. Boberg told The Associated Press in an interview days before he departed for COP27 that he’s seen pro-disability rights language in draft text of negotiations at previous conferences, including language about funding disability rights organizations to do climate action work. But that language has been cut from final agreements at the negotiations. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
Chilliwack councillor Jason Lum (third row with coffee cup) was in the audience for a forum hosted by UFV social work students Nov. 3 at Evergreen Hall. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)

UFV students host forum pushing for disability rate increase

The students suggest the current Persons with Disabilities rate lags well behind the cost of living

Chilliwack councillor Jason Lum (third row with coffee cup) was in the audience for a forum hosted by UFV social work students Nov. 3 at Evergreen Hall. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)
Sandra Di Curzio and her 12-year-old daughter Chiara McGettigan. Di Curzio is upset because Zajac Ranch in Mission was unable to accept Chiara for an overnight camp unless Di Curzio provided 24-hour one-on-one support. (Deborah Caswell photo)

Chilliwack mother upset her daughter with Down syndrome, autism excluded from Zajac Ranch camp

Mom say she’s saddened by another example of exclusion; Mission camp said they can’t deal with ‘elopers’

Sandra Di Curzio and her 12-year-old daughter Chiara McGettigan. Di Curzio is upset because Zajac Ranch in Mission was unable to accept Chiara for an overnight camp unless Di Curzio provided 24-hour one-on-one support. (Deborah Caswell photo)
Free Rein Associates launched their campaign, on Aug. 29, to promote their Reins of Freedom program which challenges pre-conceived notions about disabilities in the workplace. (Reins of Freedom/Facebook)

Free Reins Associates encouraging employers to re-think notions about disabilities

Hope employers encouraged to hire people with disabilities through Reins of Freedom program

Free Rein Associates launched their campaign, on Aug. 29, to promote their Reins of Freedom program which challenges pre-conceived notions about disabilities in the workplace. (Reins of Freedom/Facebook)
Michelle Asgarali, shown in a handout photo, is the producer of the new show “Breaking Character,” which follows a cast of disabled actors trying to make it. THE CANADIAN PRESS/-HO-AMI

‘Breaking Character’ is breaking boundaries in the world of disability representation

Docu-series tells the stories of 6 performers with disabilities

Michelle Asgarali, shown in a handout photo, is the producer of the new show “Breaking Character,” which follows a cast of disabled actors trying to make it. THE CANADIAN PRESS/-HO-AMI
Emerson and Amelia Nelson are seen in a handout photo. Their mother hopes the siblings and other children with ADHD get support through B.C.’s new service “hubs” for neurodiverse children. But Jaymie Nelson is concerned about possible wait lists and staffing issues in the new system, set to be launched next year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Rochelle Hepworth

B.C. to launch ‘circle of care’ for neurodiverse kids but parents have many questions

40 family connections centres, or hubs, are slated to be opened across the province

Emerson and Amelia Nelson are seen in a handout photo. Their mother hopes the siblings and other children with ADHD get support through B.C.’s new service “hubs” for neurodiverse children. But Jaymie Nelson is concerned about possible wait lists and staffing issues in the new system, set to be launched next year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Rochelle Hepworth
Ace, age six, is an Abbotsford boy who now has an adaptive to help him and his mom get around. (Submitted photo)

Two Abbotsford kids to be featured on Variety Show of Hearts Telethon

Ace and Tayla both have had help from the Variety Kids Children’s Charity

Ace, age six, is an Abbotsford boy who now has an adaptive to help him and his mom get around. (Submitted photo)
Tracey Werry fears her sons Myles, 7, and Elliott, 9, will lose their autism support in the province’s new needs-based model. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

B.C. parents fear new autism funding model will leave their children behind

Children’s ability to mask their autism traits often places them low on support list, mother says

Tracey Werry fears her sons Myles, 7, and Elliott, 9, will lose their autism support in the province’s new needs-based model. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Reins of Freedom staff are (left to right): Destiny Lenhardt, Megan te Boekhorst, and Taylor Spencer. (Submitted photo)

Workshop series starting for people with disabilities in Hope

Reins of Freedom leading free series focusing on basic lifeskills

Reins of Freedom staff are (left to right): Destiny Lenhardt, Megan te Boekhorst, and Taylor Spencer. (Submitted photo)
Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix look on as Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks about the COVID-19 vaccine card set to arrive in mid-September as they discuss details about the process during a press conference at provincial legislature in Victoria, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Premier John Horgan shows his vaccination card after receiving a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the pharmacy in James Bay Thrifty’s Foods in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, April 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

No medical exemptions for B.C. vaccine card ‘blatant discrimination’, disabled activist says

Some British Columbians cannot be vaccinated due to allergies to vaccine components

Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix look on as Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks about the COVID-19 vaccine card set to arrive in mid-September as they discuss details about the process during a press conference at provincial legislature in Victoria, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Premier John Horgan shows his vaccination card after receiving a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the pharmacy in James Bay Thrifty’s Foods in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, April 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
A fleet of supercars filled a quiet Langley City street to visit Langley City teen Alyssa Anderson on Sunday, July 25, as part of the Drive Project. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Cool cars provide some automotive magic for B.C. teen

Driven Project brought fleet of supercars to quiet street

A fleet of supercars filled a quiet Langley City street to visit Langley City teen Alyssa Anderson on Sunday, July 25, as part of the Drive Project. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Riley Oldford, 16, suffers from cerebral palsy. He was the first youth in the Northwest Territories to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Here he receives the needle from nurse practitioner Janie Neudorf in Yellowknife on Thursday May 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Braden

People with disabilities even more alone during pandemic: cerebral palsy spokeswoman

Many people with disabilities are at higher risk, but not always prioritized for vaccines

Riley Oldford, 16, suffers from cerebral palsy. He was the first youth in the Northwest Territories to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Here he receives the needle from nurse practitioner Janie Neudorf in Yellowknife on Thursday May 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Braden
Called Smiley by family and friends, Chilliwack’s Nelson Rioux is facing a world of change after having both of his legs amputated above the knee. (GoFundMe photo)

GoFundMe created to help Chilliwack man after devastating heart attack

Nelson Rioux had both legs amputated above the knees after the heart attack cut off circulation

Called Smiley by family and friends, Chilliwack’s Nelson Rioux is facing a world of change after having both of his legs amputated above the knee. (GoFundMe photo)
Parliament Hill is shown in Ottawa on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. The Trudeau government has agreed with the Senate that Canadians suffering solely from grievous and irremediable mental illnesses should be entitled to receive medical assistance in dying — but not for another two years. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick photo)

Self-advocates ‘sad, scared, angry’ over revisions to assisted-death legislation

Bill C-7 was expanded to include access to medically assisted death for non-terminal conditions

Parliament Hill is shown in Ottawa on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. The Trudeau government has agreed with the Senate that Canadians suffering solely from grievous and irremediable mental illnesses should be entitled to receive medical assistance in dying — but not for another two years. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick photo)
The City of Chilliwack website now has a panel full of customization options for people with disabilities, including an ADHD Friendly Profile. (chilliwack.com)

VIDEO: City of Chilliwack website offers new options for people with disabilities

The website now has a panel allowing users to adjust just about everything to suit individual needs

The City of Chilliwack website now has a panel full of customization options for people with disabilities, including an ADHD Friendly Profile. (chilliwack.com)
Direct-support staff who support individuals with developmental disabilities – including many involved with Semiahmoo House Society in South Surrey – should be prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccine, says the head of UNITI. (File photo)

Support workers for those with disabilities left behind in B.C. vaccine-rollout ‘oversight’

UNITI CEO Doug Tennant says misunderstanding is putting vulnerable people at greater risk

Direct-support staff who support individuals with developmental disabilities – including many involved with Semiahmoo House Society in South Surrey – should be prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccine, says the head of UNITI. (File photo)
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