New paper from the Broadbent Institute: Toward Adequate Income Assistance for People with Disabilities in British Columbia


“British Columbia has a long way to go towards providing an adequate and dignified standard of living to persons with disabilities. In Toward Adequate Income Assistance for People with Disabilities in British Columbia, Broadbent policy fellow and Lansdowne Professor of Social Policy, Michael Prince, shows that despite a modest increase in the income assistance rate in 2016, persons with disabilities have seen a stealthy decline in assistance rates since 2007.

Current rates leave those on this assistance unable to meet the basic necessities of living. To tackle the systemic disadvantage and indignity facing persons with disabilities in BC, the report calls for a bold plan of social policy that can close the poverty gap and ensure BC’s income assistance system is the best in Canada by 2024.”

Read the paper here:

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Step Up for Women’s Equality – CEDAW Implementation Letter

DABC has signed on to West Coast LEAF’s letter calling for BC leaders to commit to implementing the recent United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) recommendations.

The letter can be viewed here:

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Access RDSP

Since September 2016, DABC, Plan Institute and the BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS) have been helping clients to access the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) and the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) through our Access RDSP program. Access RDSP is generously funded by the Vancouver Foundation.

For more info, download the poster or visit


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2017 Skiing Is Believing! Introductory Adaptive Cross Country Ski and Biathlon Clinic

Looking for a new challenge?  Looking for a new activity to help you stay fit?  If you’ve never tried cross country skiing, this winter is the best time to do so!  Learn from BC Para-Nordic Team Coach and from former Paralympians.  (If you’ve skied before and want to come back to the sport, this invite is for you too!)

Join us on Saturday February 11th for an introductory ski clinic and optional Biathlon clinic.

Cost for the clinic is $25 per para-skier (must be 10 years of age or older).  You may bring one guide/support person/family member for free!  Included in the fee is ski equipment rental, trail pass and coaching for you and your guide/support person.

Where: Whistler Olympic Park

When: Saturday February 11, 10am to3pm (not including travel time to/from Vancouver) and Saturday February 11, 10am to 3pm (not including travel time to/from Vancouver).  Skiing in the morning and optional biathlon session in the afternoon.

Registration:  Deadline for registration is February 4th.  Register

Minimum mobility standards:

-   Wheelchair users: Able to transfer with minimal assistance and have enough upper body strength to move your own bodyweight in a sled. Support staff does not push or tow athletes in our programs.

-   Standing skiers:  includes Blind/Visually impaired as well as amputees, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, etc.  Able to stand and walk at least 400m with or without walking aids such as a cane or crutches but without assistance from another person.

Questions? Email questions to

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Casting Notice

DABC has received the following information:

TV Series
Large Network seeking:

Man in his 30s-­40s with a developmental disability
An excitable, strong willed man who loves his family.

Girl around age 15 with a developmental disability
An exuberant, chatty girl who is dealing with the fate of her

We are looking for a truly special, gifted
man and girl who want to participate in a
very exciting television show!

If interested, please contact:
Jackie Lind Casting
Phone: 604 454 4105

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#IMPACTability webinar

Join Al Etmanski and Vickie Cammack for another exciting #IMPACTability webinar on January 24, with guest Donna Thomson, author, parent and caregiving advocate. The conversation will explore what it means to advocate with empathy and improve your chances of advocacy success.

Donna Thomson is a disability activist, author, parent, and caregiving advocate. She joins the # IMPACTability webinar next Tuesday, January 24, for an intimate discussion with Vickie and Al as they explore what it means to advocate with empathy and improve your chances of advocacy success.

Co-hosted by Plan Institute and Tamarack Institute . Registration is FREE:

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