Inclusion champions celebrated
During Community Inclusion Month in October, CLBC recognized five inclusion champions from across the province as this year’s Widening our World (WOW) Award winners, and presented them with awards in their home communities.
The five WOW Award recipients were selected from an impressive pool of over 60 nominees by a provincial committee of self advocates, family members, service providers and CLBC staff for fostering greater awareness of the benefits of inclusion and accessibility in their communities.
The winners of the 2019 WOW Awards were:
- Gloria Gagnon of Princeton
- Katie Moore of Vernon
- Krystian Shaw of Kamloops
- Tara Roberts of Surrey
- Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue
Read more about the winners by visiting: CommunityLivingBC.ca/WOW
Input on accessibility gathered from across B.C.
More than 6,300 people shared their experiences and feedback on proposed accessibility legislation for B.C. during a public consultation this past fall.
“I thank everyone who took the time to share their views and experiences,” said Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. “We undertook public consultation with the United Nations principle of ‘nothing about us, without us.’ We heard overwhelmingly about the need for accessibility legislation to enhance education and awareness and the importance of creating a culture of inclusion, as well as eliminating barriers for all British Columbians.”
The public consultation was held from September 16 to November 29, 2019. Nearly 500 people attended one of the 10 community meetings around the province, while 75 independent community consultations were held and over 50 formal submissions were received. Of the 6,352 people who filled out the online questionnaire, 3,776 identify as having a disability. There were more than 23,000 visits to the accessibility engagement website.
A report is expected to be released early this year and feedback will be used to inform the development of accessibility legislation for B.C.
Website maps inclusive places in community
myCommunity BC is a new online mapping site that engages people to share about the places in their community that are inclusive, accessible, value diversity, and welcome everyone.
The site was developed through a collaboration between the Family Support Institute (FSI), the BC Community Asset Mapping Network and CLBC, to support the inclusion of people who live with disabilities in everyday places beyond the disability world.
Check out the myCommunity BC website to discover and map inclusive and accessible places in your community.
Visit www.mycommunitybc.com to:
- Find places that others have recommended as inclusive and welcoming
- Suggest an inclusive place in your community
- Create an account to save your own map of places
The more people add and recommend places, the more places there will be for others to explore.
CLBC staff, Welcome Workshop Presenters, Community Councils and others are already using the website to share stories and connect people and families to inclusive opportunities in their communities.
Information for families now available in multiple languages
To make information about CLBC and its services more accessible for individuals and families who speak English as a second language, CLBC has posted translated versions of the following information sheets on our website here:
- Getting CLBC Services
- Youth in Transition
These information sheets are now available in Korean, Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi, Arabic and Vietnamese. The information sheets can be downloaded or printed in colour or black and white.
Languages were identified by CLBC facilitators who work in areas with the highest populations of people for whom English is a second language. CLBC is continuing to work on translating its Information for Families sheets and will share information about additional translated versions when they are available.