We hope you are well and looking forward to the summer ahead. Further to previous updates, below is a progress report on some of the things CLBC has been doing over the past month.
Feel free to share this with friends and family. As always, we welcome your thoughts on these things so email us by responding to this message or call directly to 1-877-660-2522.
- Personalized Supports Initiative â€“ BC is a leader in Canada with a specific program for adults who have a diagnosis of Autism or FASD and significant challenges in adaptive functioning. CLBC is improving and expanding the Personalized Supports Initiative. Read more here.
- Employment â€“ The provincial and federal government signed a $60 million agreement to help the people we serve gain skills and experience to get jobs. The Vancouver Foundation also announced over $1 million for 16 projects that will help support CLBCâ€™s Employment Plan. Three of the projects are funded with CLBC with the Family Support Institute, Inclusion BC and the BC Self Advocacy Foundation.
- Provincial Summit Announced - The province has released a report to decrease barriers and increase accessibility for people who have disabilities. Many self advocates provided feedback in the report. The provincial government hosted a Summit on June 16 in Vancouver to discuss how BC can become the most progressive place in Canada for people living with disabilities.
- Scholarship Update - The deadline for applications to the CLBC/BCGEU Scholarship Fund passed at the end of March and the response was very positive. Our staff have reviewed over 150 applications with a representative of CLBC's new Editorial Board of self-advocates.Approximately 30 awards are expected to be confirmed in June.
- Self Advocate Net: New Articles - The BC Self Advocate Net is a safe and easy-to-access online place for the people we serve to create and share stories about things and issues most important to them. Here are some examples of recent stories that have been posted on the site:
If you know a self advocate with an interesting story idea, circulate this link
and encourage them to fill out the short online suggestion form.
Thank you again for your ongoing commitment to British Columbiaâ€™s community living movement and for everything you do to build inclusive communities.
Doug Woollard Jessica Humphrey
Interim CEO Self Advocate Advisor
Community Living BC Community Living BC