Contributors

Disabled Women’s Network Canada

We are working to end the poverty, isolation, discrimination, and violence experienced by women with disabilities by ensuring women with disabilities get the services and supports we need, have access to opportunities that non-disabled people take for granted, and have freedom of choice in all aspects of our lives.

Our interest is to connect all women with disabilities, including aboriginal women, black women, Asian women, South Asian women, women of color, immigrant women, lesbians, older women, women in institutions, and single mothers so we can

– address issues such as poverty, employment equity, violence, mothering, sexuality, health, isolation, access to services, and new reproductive technologies
– be a resource for women with disabilities and our concerns.
– provide role models for girls with disabilities.
– work with others on issues which affect all women
– work with others who share our concerns and be the voice of women with disabilities in Canada.

Canadian Multicultural Disability Centre
A community-based organization whose purpose is to identify solutions and opportunities that enable persons with disabilities to participate in Canadian life, to provide education on the role of cultural diversity in developing opportunities for persons with disabilities, particularly from ethno-racial backgrounds, and to enhance skills through training programs such as health education, computer literacy and job networking.

The Centre’s interest is to improve the quality of lives of Canadians with disabilities particularly those from ethnocultural communities and create opportunities for disabled communities to enhance their ability to escape poverty and contribute meaningfully to Canada’s economy and society.

Website: www.tacdca.com

Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI): is a network of national organizations or assemblies of disabled people, established to promote human rights of disabled people through full participation, equalization of opportunity and development.

Website: www.dpi.org

Ethno-Racial People with Disabilities Coalition of Ontario: a cross disability provincial
organization which addresses the issues of ethno racial people with disabilities. It is committed to building inclusive communities that respect, reflect and respond to human diversity, ensuring holistic access for everyone by providing strong leadership, structured communication and securing sustainable resources.

Website: www.ryerson.ca/erfco

Multi-Ethnic Association for the Integration of Persons with Disabilities:

Website: www.ameiph.com

AID TO DISABLED VETERANS OF ISRAEL, BEIT HALOCHEM (CANADA): is an organization devoted to helping Israeli disabled veterans and victims of terrorism.
Website: www.advi.ca

THEO BC: provides training, education, and job placement so that they may achieve employment, independence, and personal growth. The programs serve the mental health and disabled communities. The programs and services pre-employment services, employment related services, and continuing education and leisure.

Website: www.theobc.org

The BC Coalition of People with Disabilities: is a provincial cross-disability advocacy organization. Programs include: Advocacy Access Program, which helps people with disabilities access income assistance benefits, CPP disability benefits, and other disability-related programs, and services. Wellness and Disability Initiative offers health and wellness information and helps people learn how to live well, prevent illness, and manage health issues. Transition Magazine examines a broad range of issues of concern to people with disabilities. Individualized-Funding Web-Based Resource Centre, gives resources on individualized funding issues and programs. Health Literacy Network links disability and other community groups, individuals and health care workers to raise awareness and increase access to health information. CARMA is the Community and Residents Mentors Association which provides peer support to residents of George Pearson Centre.

Website: www.bccpd.bc.ca

Air Canada: offers a number of services for people with disabilities which include the identification of your special needs, at the time of booking, will enhance our ability to offer the services that best meet your requirements. Services include: registering at check-in counter, proceeding to the boarding area, proceeding to the general public area on arrival, or if in the same terminal, to a representative of another carrier, boarding and deplaning, and stowing and retrieving luggage and mobility aids.

Website: www.accesstotravel.gc.ca

Vela Microboard Association: dedicates itself to honouring the rights of, and eliminating the barriers for people with disabilities, and its mission is to promote and secure innovative and individualized community options and supports for people with disabilities or chronic illness.

Website: www.microboard.org

Richmond Centre for Disability: to empower people with disabilities to participate in the life of the whole community to the level of their desires and abilities by providing information, resources, support and by increasing community awareness.

Website: www.rcrichmond.org

Built Network New Westminster: offers a 8-week Skills Development program for people with mental health issues, disability (non-EI) who are entering or reentering the labour market. The program provides customer service skills and computer skills to enable persons in the community to find employment within the customer service/administrative/order desk/call centre employment.

Website: www.newest.builtnetwork.ca

Neil Squire Society: assists persons with physical disabilities to develop employment skills, and to find and sustain employment which include: career development, computer exploration, workplace adaptation and accommodation, health and wellness, personal; development, and employment liaison/work experience.
Employment Access Skills Enhancement for People with Physical Disabilities (EASE): offers both group and one-to-one supportive environments that help clients develop employment skills. Participants can take the course attending our classrooms or through long distance learning technology.

Website: www.neilsquire.ca

IAM CARES Society: offers a full range of free employment assistance and support services to people with all types of disabilities and/or chronic conditions. Programs include Edge Program (Vancouver), Edge Program (Surrey), Employment Assistance Services, and North Shore Focus on Abilities Program.

Website: www.iamcares.com

Polaris Employment Services Society: innovative in working with employers, in a variety of industries, to meet their ongoing needs for productive staff, assist employers to see how an employee with a developmental disability can contribute to their company, to help companies integrate their new employees into the workplace, and serve a support role when managing workplace changes.

Website: www.polaris-employment.bc.ca

BC Centre for Ability: to provide community based services that enhance the quality of life of children, youth, and adults with disabilities, and their families, in ways that facilitate and build competencies and foster inclusion in all aspects of life. It is an employer-led coalition of business, government, and community organizations dedicated to improving employment opportunities that benefit businesses and persons with disabilities.

Website: www.centreforability.bc.ca

GROWING THE TALENT (Skills Link for Youth with Intellectual Disabilities) -Polaris Employment Services Society: designed for 10 participants who have an intellectual disability, to complete a 24-week program in the Retail, Tourism and Hospitality industries.

Website: www.polaris-employment.bc.ca

New Westminster Youth Employment Resource Centre (Youth 15-30): is an employment and life skills program for unemployed or underemployed youth in New Westminster and surrounding areas. Criteria are: disability, aboriginal origin, health, drug and or alcohol issues, lone parent household, low literacy or numeracy levels, visible or ethnic minority, street involvement, contact with justice, and child or social assistance system.

Website: www.pcrs.ca (New Westminster Youth Employment Resource Centre)

CCRW (Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work)
PARTNERS FOR WORKPLACE INCLUSION
: offers one-stop employment services for job seekers with disabilities include support services as: job hunting services, assistance to develop a vocational ACTION PLAN, access to training dollars once employment goals have been determined, access to a range of employment related opportunities (Targeted Wage Subsidy, Work Experience, Job Shadowing).

Website: www.ccrw.org/en/programs

Lookout Emergency Aid Society: is a non-profit charitable organization providing services to adult men and women who cope with a wide variety of challenges including mental illness, mental handicaps, medical problems, physical disabilities, social dysfunctions, substance abuse or a combination of issues.

Website: www.lookoutsociety.ca

Mr. Pickwick’s Community Foundation: is a non-profit organization which helps meet emergency needs related to fires, hospitals, police community programs, and special needs for people with disabilities.

Website: www.pickwickfoundation.org

Abilities Arts Festival: is a disability arts organization that showcases artistic excellence by artists with disabilities and uses art as a vehicle for transforming public perceptions about people with disabilities.

Website: wwww.abilitiesartsfestival.org

Developmental Disabilities Association: provides individuals with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to enrich their lives and celebrate personal achievement through positive sport experiences.

Website: www.develop.bc.ca

Programs include:
Disabled Sailing Association: an independent, charitable society dedicated to enriching the lives of people with significant disabilities through leisure and competitive sailing.

Disabled Skiers Association of BC: promotes and provides skiing programs and services to all persons with disabilities.

Developmentally Challenged Youth Basketball Association: promotes and supports the development of basketball programs for youth with developmental challenges in BC.

Pacific Riding for the Disabled Association: provides therapeutic equestrian activities and educational opportunities in a safe, fun and effective environment.

My Parkgate Community Centre (People with Disabilities Services):

Website: www.myparkgate.com

BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS): is a non-profit society that provides a variety of support services and resources to Aboriginal People with disabilities and those associated with the disabled. The website features an online health resource centre which lends material to First Nations communities and health-care workers.

Website: www.bcands.bc.ca
www.womenshealthmatters.ca

WORKink: is an online career development portal for Canadians with diabilities. The following services that are offered: Employment counseling which include one of the first Web sites to provide online chat room technology for counseling purposes, meetings, and presentations, and Job Search tools, Career Guidance, and Resource pertaining to education and employment. Both those who are job seeking with a disability and if you are an employer looking for an employee.

Website: www.workink.com

British Columbia Mobility Opportunities Society: BCMOS is an independent non-profit society dedicated to enriching the lives of people with significant physical disabilities through wilderness recreation. Those include TrailRider, Day Hikes, Theme Hikes, Camping Trips, General Hire, and Special Expeditions.

Websites: www.disabilityfoundation.org/bcmos

Disabled Independent Gardners Association: enables people with significant physical disabilities to enhance their quality of life, and involves nurturing and caring for plants and flowers, people feel needed, develop skills, build self-confidence, learn and grow. Programs include: Gardening Workshops, Adaptive Services, Volunteer Program, and Information and Resources.

Website: www.disabilityfoundation.org/diga

Vancouver Adapted Music Society (VAMS): works with music as quality of life, enabling musical self-development, and aiding talent to shine.

Website: www.vams.org

The Greater Vancouver Business Leadership Network (GVBLM): is a means to engage employers in a focused effort to market the benefits of hiring qualified individuals with disabilities. The BLN’s has created greater opportunities for employment as well as improving the understanding by the business community, and of the employment issues facing the disabled workforce.

Website: www.gvbln.ca

Active Living Alliance for Canadians with Disabilities: is a national network to motivate and assist Canadians with a disability to become more physically active. We have core networks who are dedicated in facilitating communication and collaboration among individuals, agencies, communities, and organizations.

Website: www.ala.ca

Canadian Paraplegic Association: to assist persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities to achieve independence, self reliance, and full community participation.

Website: www.canparaplegic.org

Vancouver Resource Society: to provide innovative opportunities for persons with disabilities to maximize their independence and inclusion in the community.

Website: www.vrs.org

Triumph Vocational Services: to ensure people with disabilities receive all necessary services through Employment Programs for Persons with Disabilities.

Website: www.triumphvocational.com

BACK in MOTION: is a full service Canadian rehabilitation, disability management and employment solutions company. Services include: Employment Services, Consulting Services, Assessment Services, and Treatment Services.

Website: www.back-in-motion.ca

WCG International HR Solutions: works with governments, businesses, and community partners to help income assistance recipients and people with disabilities find long-term employment.

Website: www.wcginternational.com

The Richmond Committee on Disability: serves as an advisory board and spokesgroup to local government, business, and community on issues and barriers faced by people with disabilities. The purpose is to give people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in the community to the fullest extent of their ability and to improve their quality of life by working for Inclusion, Independence and Empowerment.

Website: www.drcrichmond.ca

BC Centre for Ability: works with business, government and community partners to create employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The centre is housed in a fully assessable building in Vancouver, with regional offices in Richmond and the North Shore. The centre offers lending libraries for therapeutic toys, equiptment, books and video tapes; an adaptive computer lab and software for assessment and testing; and a family resource centre with information for families and caregivers.

Website: www.centreforability.bc.ca

BC Rehab Foundation: is to support people with disabilities through education, research, arts, and recreation and wellness programs and celebrate and support people with disabilities in their determined efforts to strive towards their own independence.

Website: www.bcrehab.com

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology: provides students with training, knowledge, and skills to assess, and formulate strategies that will enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities. The Understanding Disabilities Program is a one-year certificate program that prepares students to work with individuals, families, and communities in a variety of multi-disciplinary settings.

Website: www.nvit.bc.ca

AccessWORKS: embodies a consensus within the disability community to work together to ensure an appropriate share of opportunities created by the Olympic and Paralympic Games to flow to persons with disabilities. Members of the accessWORKS Consortium are experts in employment support and service, entrepreneurs with disability, social enterprises and co-op operators, technical and adaptive support service providers, and advocacy and resource organizations.

Website: www.accessworks.ca

BC Association For Community Inclusion: provides a broad range of programs and services including infant development, child care, adult day program, supported residential facilities, skills development and advocacy to over 600 individuals with disabilities and their families. The services have both range and flexibility, and are able to accommodate people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, needs and goals. Services are personalized to the greater extent possible.

Website: www.gobcai.com

British Columbia Association for Community Living: is a provincial association dedicated to promoting the participation of people with developmental disabilities in all aspects of community life. BCACL is a federation working with partners to build community and to enhance lives of children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities and their families by supporting abilities, promoting action and advancing rights, responsibilities and social justice.

Website: www.bcacl.org

Building Opportunities with Business Inner-City Society (BOB): works with residents, community groups, government agencies and businesses to create economic opportunities that strengthen the social well-being, health and security of vulnerable populations.

Website: www.vancouver2010.com/en/Sustainability/…InnerCityCommunities/BOB

World Accessibility: has championed issues of rights and access for people with disabilities and has brought together a group, passionate about the possibilities of universally accessible communications through video phones and video communication tools.

Website: www.worldaccessibility.com

Sustainable Employment Network Inc: is a joint venture of four organizations committed to providing cross-disabilities services and help communities and businesses remove barriers to the employment of persons with disabilities, and promote best practices for employment-related programming. Programs include: Pre Employment Services, Self Employment Services, and Achieve Program Services.

Website: www.senibc.com

People in Motion – Kelowna: works to integrate persons with disabilities into Canadian society, volunteers, employees and directors assist and encourage physically challenged individuals and their families to participate in and contribute to their communities as much as they desire. People in Motion is involved with programs and services in recreation, employment, transportation and community networking,

Website: www.peopleinmotionbc.ca

Surrey Association for Community Living: provides services and support for persons with special needs and their families and advocates on their behalf. Individuals can choose from a wide range of options in determining their living arrangements, social activities, employment and volunteer options, as well as participate in day programs designed to support their life goals.

Website: www.commliv.com

Garth Homer Society (Supported Employment): is to create opportunities for independence, growth and participation in the community with people who strive to overcome developmental and physical obstacles. The Supported Employment Services provides employment opportunities for adults who want to learn new skills that will help them work in their community. Then program matches an individual’s vocational interests, personal goals, work experience and aptitudes with the needs of local businesses and community organizations.

Website: www.garthhomersociety.org

BC Workinfonet: to provide unemployed and other individuals who are making a career, learning throughout British Columbia, and those who work with them, with relevant accessible and up-to-date electronic labour market information and related services which include an information centre that provides access to career, learning, and employment information, research and services which include labour market indexes, job listings, work search tutorial, and career event calendars.

Website: www.workinfonet.bc.ca

Diversity World: we believe that people with disabilities have a rightful place in our workplaces and that they have valuable contribution to make to our economy. They are intended to help employers improve their outreach recruiting, job accommodation, and employment practices. They are intended to help providers of education and employment services to be more effective at supporting people with disabilities in job and career development.

Website: www.diversityworld.com

Training Innovations Inc.: works with governments, businesses and other organizations to deliver a full spectrum of career management services. For individual, it helps you find a job, redirect your career, get training or improve your performance at work. For employers, it improves business results through workplace development and workplace learning programs. It also partner with career development organizations to give e-career services through our e-Career Service Alliance.

Website: www.training-innovations.com

Across Boundaries: is an ethnoracial community Mental Health centre which provides a range of supports and services to people of colour who are experiencing mental health problems. It provides a holistic approach to dealing with mental health problems recognizing the interdependence of the spiritual, physical, social, cultural, linguistic, economic and broader environmental aspects of health that affect the well being of people of colour.

Website: www.acrossboundaries.ca

BC Coalition of People with Disabilities: is a non-profit organization that represents people with all types of disabilities. The membership includes individuals and groups from the communities of people who use wheelchairs, people with visual or hearing impairments, and people with hidden disabilities, mental health disabilities, learning disabilities, and HIV/AIDS.

Website: www.bccpd.ca

Vela Microboard Association of British Columbia: is a legal non-profit that is set up to support the needs of one individual. Vela promotes and secures innovative and individualized community options and supports for people with disabilities or chronic illness.

Website: www.microboard.org

Citizens for Accessible Neighborhood (CAN): is a non-profit society in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows that creates a place for those who live with a disability (physical, mental, learning etc.) to use their voice, experience, and knowledge as a tool for others in similar situations. Three main focuses are: Universal Access and Barrier Free Design, Access to information, and Adaptive Sports.

Website: www.canbc.org

Canadian Society for Social Development: is a federally non-profit with charitable status funded by the federal government to provide free online entrepreneurial and web design training to persons with disabilities across Canada.

Website: www.enablelink.org

BC Epilepsy Society: is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to serving British Columbians living with epilepsy, and their families.

Website: www.bcepilepsy.com

British Columbia Association of Professionals with Disabilities: a non-profit solely and permanently committed to meeting the complex and emerging concerns of professionals with disabilities. It is cross-disabilities based organization and are controlled by professionals with disabilities and for professionals with disabilities.

Website: www.bcproffessionals.org

LINK UP Employment Services for People with Disabilities: is a charitable, not-for-profit employment agency with head office in the heart of Toronto, Ontario, and branch offices in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Vancouver, BC. It offers access to a wide array of cross-disability programs and services and by continuing to reach out and offer our services it makes it possible for more and more persons with disabilities to make a contribution towards the economic life of their city and allow more and more businesses access to the entire pool of talent available when filling their positions.

Website: www.linkup.ca

Opportunities through Rehabilitation and Work Society: is a non-profit, independently funded resource base, serving organizations, business and government involved in employment of persons with disabilities. The organization provides consultation services and collects and distributes employment related information and material.

Website: www.orw.ca

Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: is the largest non-profit agency in Western Canada which strives to offer high quality services to Deaf, Deafened and Hard of Hearing individuals through innovative products, services, and programs that help to promote accessibility equal to that of the hearing public. Services include: Counseling Services, Employment Services, Audiology, Hearing Aid Program, Information Services, Communication Aids, Interpreter Services, and Resource Room.

Website: www.widhh.com

The Association of Service Providers for Employability and Career Training (ASPECT): is a non-profit association of community-based trainers that represents and promotes the interests and activities of members to strengthen their capacity to provide services to people with barriers to employment. Our members are leading experts in the delivery of career training programs that lead to improved chances of employability and job retention.
Employment Programs: previous programs include Training Works and Job Start – Wage Subsidy and current programs include Training for Jobs and Job Placement.
IMMPowerBC: is the only province-wide program that is designed for skilled immigrants and internationally trained professionals.

Website: www.aspect.bc.ca

Fraserside Community Services Society: is a non-profit multi-service organization providing quality services to individuals and families in New Westminster, Burnaby, Surrey and the Tri-Cities.
Services include: Volunteer Organizations
Assistance to Low Income Families
Employment Resource Centre
Programs for Adults with a Development Disability
Programs For Adults with Mental Health Issues
Counselling
Emergency Shelters
Housing Support

Website: www.fraserside.bc.ca/about/services.htm

Pacific Community Resource Society: is a non-profit society which is to enhance the social, emotional, educational and economic well-being of children, youth, adults and families. It partners with individuals, businesses, other agencies and governments to ensure access to effective, high quality community resources for people who are often vulnerable or marginalized from society.

Website: www.pcrs.ca

AWARE Society: is a non-profit organization which provides employment counseling services to both men and women with multiple barriers. Services include Career Planning Programs, Job Search Programs and Wage Subsidy Programs.

Website: www.awaresociety.bc.ca

Action Committee of People with Disabilities: is a charitable cross disability society located in Victoria, British Columbia. Programs include: Assisted Independent Living Program, Consumer Card Program, Individual Advocacy Program, Public Advocacy Program, and Office Volunteer Program.

Website: www.actioncommittee.ca

www.nflabc.org

PLAN – Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network