Working for a Community for All:
We work to ensure that people with disabilities can participate actively as members of the community. The North Shore Disability Resource Centre (NSDRC) provides programs and services based on the belief that healthy vibrant communities are inclusive communities, free of barriers to participation.
We directly serve over 450 individuals through our residential and community based programs. Our Information and Advocacy Program receives over 1,400 calls a year and provides programs and services to people with disabilities, their families, friends and networks on the North Shore.
Many thanks the Province of British Columbia for their generous grant to the NSDRC’s Information & Advocacy and Transition & Employment Programs. Thanks to MLA Jane Thornthwaite for being the bearer of great news! In the picture are Lizz Lindsay (NSDRC Foundation President), MLA Jane Thornthwaite, Suzanne Klassen (NSDRC) and Bob McCormack (NSDRC Foundation Board).
Know Your Rights:
Gear up to find a summer job!
Family WORKS Part 1: “Achieving Employment for your Family Member with a Disability”
Do you know what the Family Support Institute does?
If not, come and find out! Thursday March 5, 6pm – 8pm, at the NSDRC. Please rsvp to Glenda at email@example.com
Transition Focus: News, Upcoming Workshops and More…
The Province announced yesterday that it will implement an Annualized Earnings Exemption (AEE) model in January 2015. This means that the $800 monthly earnings exemption that PWD recipients are eligible for will be calculated over the year ($9,600) rather than the month. This will provide much more flexibility and choice and is a positive change.
For more information, please visit this link:
This is the Story of a Civil Rights Movement
Yuk, winter is here! You need something yummy, served with a smile!
Want to be King or Queen of the Universe?
And THE WINNER of the first ever NSDRC Poster Contest is……
We called Kayla this morning and she was very happy to hear the news!
The theme of the contest was “What Inspires You?”. Kayla’s obvious enthusiasm for school, and her cheerful use of colour won praise from the judges. Kayla’s poster will be published as the cover of our Annual General Report this year, and she will also receive a gift certificate. Congratulations Kayla!!
We had 16 wonderful entries altogether, and picking a winner was hard. Click here to see all the “inspirational” art work.
Check It Out! Transition Focus: A Newsletter
The Disability Consultation Report is Out!
The report is available in several formats at: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/disabilitywhitepaper/disability-consultation-report/
NEW! Information in Farsi!
With thanks to the Lynn Valley Lions for their donation, we were able to translate our NSDRC Brochure into Farsi! In addition we were able to translate the BC Coalitions PWD Help Sheet 12, which will be of great use for explaining the complications of applying for Persons with Disability Income Assistance to those who speak Farsi.
NEW Accessible Services at the Vancouver Aquarium!
Missed Access Day? You can now take advantage of descriptive tours and ASL interpreted visits year-round.
ASL INTERPRETED VISITS
We have partnered with Douglas College to provide our
visitors the opportunity to experience our galleries and
shows accompanied by an ASL student interpreter.
Visitors who are blind or with low vision will have the
opportunity to discover our galleries with a trained
volunteer like never before. Using tactile props and
technology, visitors will discover our world through
touch, smell and sound.
Both services are free of charge, must be booked in
advance and are dependent on availability.
For more information on all of our accessible services or to book:
Raise the Rates
At our recent Strategic Planning Session, we spent the day discussing which issues the NSDRC should focus on in the coming years. Housing was definitely on the list. In our discussion about housing, the fact that people with disabilities on government assistance receive only $375/month for shelter costs was raised. Some new board members had not heard this figure before, and were dismayed that people had to find housing with a budget less than half of the average rent for a bachelor suite (and the figures we use for average rents are almost three years old). While accessible housing is also a factor, affordability is usually the key issue we face when assisting people to find housing in the community.
NSDRC Wins Community Contribution Award 2012
THE NORTH VANCOUVER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION AWARD 2012
.The 15th annual North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards were held on November 8, 2012. The North Shore Disability Resource Centre was nominated in the Community Contribution category. We were finalists along with Lions Gate Hospital Foundation and Capilano Community Service Society.
We are thrilled to tell you that we were selected as the WINNERS! It is such a testament to the work the NSDRC has done over the past 36 years and to the leadership of the Boards, families, and the people we support!