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Month: February 2016

It’s Tax Time for the Person you Support!

Need Help Filing Taxes for the Person you Support? Tax Assistance and Information for People with Disabilities DABC (Tax AID DABC) is a new program offered by Disability Alliance BC (DABC). Through this program, we can assist people who are receiving the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) benefit or the Persons with Persistent and Multiple Barriers (PPMB) benefit with simple income tax filings and information/referrals. Haven’t filed taxes for numerous years? Don’t worry, they can help. For over 35 years, Disability Alliance BC (formerly BC Coalition of People with Disabilities) has been a provincial, cross-disability voice in British Columbia. Their mission is to support people with all disabilities, to live with dignity, independence and as equal and full participants in the community. They champion issues impacting the lives of people with disabilities through direct services, community partnerships, advocacy, workshops, research and publications. Each year Tax AID DABC helps hundreds of people with disabilities living on low incomes to access disability benefits (provincial and federal), mobility devices, special diet allowances and other health supplements. All  services are provided free of charge. For more information, please contact Sam Turcott at 604-872-1278/1-800-663-1278 or taxaid@disabilityalliancebc.org. http://taxaiddabc.org/ Please help spread the word about Tax AID DABC using the hashtag #TaxAidDABC on social media!…

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Brownies and Downies – a coffee shop in Cape Town

[responsivevoice_button voice=”US English Female” buttontext=”Listen to this page”] Brownies & Downies Cape Town is a coffee shop and lunchroom that is open to the public, tourists and businesses. First and foremost, however, it is a training centre for people with intellectual disabilities, and a vessel to create change and acceptance in the South African culture. Special needs trainees are trained to be employable in the hospitality and service sectors. http://browniesdownies.co.za/

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Exploring New Ways to Live in Community

Exploring New Ways to Live in Community – A conversation about supported living for people with developmental disabilities in BC This report offers some thinking about supported living for people with developmental disabilities in BC – how it looks like now and how it could look like in the future. It highlights many of the strengths associated with this residential option and identifies some of the challenges we need to collectively tackle. The content of the report is based on a survey and roundtable discussion, both conducted in 2013. These were initiated by a group of service providers and supported by Community Living BC (CLBC). The survey results showed that supported living is funded and delivered in a variety of ways and supports people with a wide range of issues – health, home and financial management, housing, social and community life, relationships, coordinating with other supports, and responding to crises. The service providers who responded articulated some key strengths of supported living. It offers individualized supports and choice allowing people to live in their own homes. It is strengths-based and can help people build relationships outside the “service world”. It is an important safeguard and can offer one way to…

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February 8th, 2016 is BC Family Day

Monday, February 8th, 2016: BC FAMILY DAY   Communities throughout B.C. are celebrating the Family Day weekend from February 5 to 8, 2016. See what’s happening in your hometown! BC Parks offers many ways for B.C. families to enjoy a fun and affordable Family Day. http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/visiting/bcfamilyday/  

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