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June 7, 2020: Access Awareness Day-–Celebrated annually on the first Saturday in June, is a comprehensive campaign to raise awareness about disability, accessibility, and inclusion
Fall 2020 Newsletter
Clothing Donation — Bin Locations
Disability Alliance BC – Help sheets and Pension Plan Disability Guides
CLBC Rights and Safeguards
Dementia Fact Sheet
Emergency Preparedness Guide
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Continuing Education of the Accessibility Committee:
The Accessibility Committee is dedicated to furthering its knowledge of Accessibility issues and developments and has subscribed to a wide spectrum of accessibility resources. In 2019, we saw the largest increase in resources that the Committee has decided to monitor. Below is a summary of our most used resources.
Federal Accessibility Legislation Alliance:
Lifetime Networks is a member of the Federal Accessibility Legislation Alliance which is a social movement powered by people with disabilities. Over 100 Canadian disability organizations, representing thousands of people with disabilities, are joined to improve access and inclusion. The goal is to create an accessible Canada. Additionally, our membership provides us with updates pertaining to the proposed Federal Accessibility Legislation, which is currently working towards becoming the Accessible Canada Act.
Accessible Canada Act:
On May 29, 2018, Bill C-81 – Accessible Canada Act was passed in the House of Commons with unanimous support. The Bill is now being moved forward to receive Royal Assent. The goal of this legislation is to benefit all Canadians so that everyone, and especially those with disabilities, can get to and use information, spaces, and places. The Bill aims to progressively realize a barrier-free Canada. Once approved by Parliament, the Act would add to the existing rights and protections for people with disabilities, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Canadian Human Rights Act and Canada’s approval of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Lifetime Networks receives email updates on the status of this via the Federal Accessibility Legislation Alliance as well as by monitoring the Government of Canada website.
The Provincial Government of British Columbia:
The BC Government has a 10-year Accessibility Action Plan, which was developed in response to the 2014 public consultation. It contains 12 building blocks based on themes that emerged during the consultation.
The Accessibility Secretariat provides annual Accessibility progress update each year. These updates outline highlights and information on progress towards Accessibility goals from:
The 2018 Progress Update – Building a Better B.C. for People with Disabilities provides an overview of the policies, programs and activities helping make B.C. more inclusive for individuals with disabilities. It displays a selection of the work that government, community and businesses have been doing to improve accessibility throughout B.C.
The Accessibility Committee of Lifetime Networks subscribes to email updates regarding the 10-year Accessibility Action Plan. Further information can be found at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/about-the-bc-government/accessibility/background
BC AccessAbility Week:
On Monday, May 27, 2019, the Province launched B.C.’s second annual AccessAbility Week. During AccessAbility Week, communities throughout the province hosted events and activities that promote inclusion and accessibility. The celebrations were supported by $10,000 in provincial funding to the Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC). AccessAbility Week 2019 concluded on June 1, Access Awareness Day.
As part of the celebrations, the government of British Columbia announced the funding of $500,000 for community projects that improve accessibility. The funds will be distributed through grants administered by Disability Alliance BC (DABC). A call for proposals were posted on the DABC website in summer 2019, and grants will be awarded by the end of the year.
Lifetime Networks applied to, but was not successful in obtaining a grant from the Disability Alliance BC.
Additionally, The Accessibility Committee will be working harder to promote BC AccessAbility Week in 2020 amongst it Stakeholders. It is unclear now how this will be achieved, but the Committee thinks that our social media platform would be a good place to start.
Disability Alliance of BC:
Disability Alliance BC has been a provincial, cross-disability voice in British Columbia. The mission is to support people, with all disabilities, to live with dignity, independence and as equal and full participants in the community. It champions issues affecting the lives of people with disabilities through its direct services, community partnerships, advocacy, research and publications.
Lifetime Networks often refers its stakeholders to the resources provide by the Disability Alliance of BC. Additionally, we have their Help Sheets and Canada Pension Plan Disability Guides (CPP-D) Guides on our website under our Resources tab.
Council of Canadians with Disabilities:
CCD is a national human rights organization of people with disabilities working for an inclusive and accessible Canada.
In November 2019, Lifetime Networks Accessibility Committee signed up for “a Voice of Our Own”, the quarterly newsletter from CCD.
The BC Community Accessibility Network (BC CAN):
In November 2019, we became a member of The BC Community Accessibility Network (BC CAN) which is a way to stay updated on provincial accessibility issues and developments.
The Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia (SPARC BC):
The Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia (SPARC BC) was established in 1966 and is a leader in applied social research, social policy analysis and community development approaches to social justice. The mission is to work with communities in building a just and healthy society for all. It is a provincial organization with over 16,000 members, governed by a Board of Directors that is representative of all regions of British Columbia.
Lifetime Networks Accessibility Committee receives regular email newsletters from SPARC.