disabilities

Michelle Asgarali, shown in a handout photo, is the producer of the new show “Breaking Character,” which follows a cast of disabled actors trying to make it. THE CANADIAN PRESS/-HO-AMI

‘Breaking Character’ is breaking boundaries in the world of disability representation

Docu-series tells the stories of 6 performers with disabilities

 

Emerson and Amelia Nelson are seen in a handout photo. Their mother hopes the siblings and other children with ADHD get support through B.C.’s new service “hubs” for neurodiverse children. But Jaymie Nelson is concerned about possible wait lists and staffing issues in the new system, set to be launched next year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Rochelle Hepworth

B.C. to launch ‘circle of care’ for neurodiverse kids but parents have many questions

40 family connections centres, or hubs, are slated to be opened across the province

 

(Black Press file photo)

One-of-a-kind speechreading training, courses coming to Victoria April 12

The courses make a big difference for the hard-of-hearing, 2,400 of whom are in Victoria

 

Ethan Ostropolski has been finding great success in his first two years in the workforce, securing jobs at Pizzability and as a newspaper carrier for the Sooke News Mirror. (Contributed - Melissa MacEwan)

Sooke man, 20, with autism gets job boost

Ethan Ostropolski is finding purpose and connection through work

Ethan Ostropolski has been finding great success in his first two years in the workforce, securing jobs at Pizzability and as a newspaper carrier for the Sooke News Mirror. (Contributed - Melissa MacEwan)
Tanelle Bolt is raising concerns over snow clearing on sidewalks in Langford after a recent dump of snow left her struggling to navigate city sidewalks, such as this one along Jacklin Road on the evening of Jan. 7. (Photo courtesy of Tanelle Bolt)

VIDEO: Accessibility concerns raised over sidewalk snow clearing in Langford

Local wheelchair user said she has been unable to get around in aftermath of a snowstorm

Tanelle Bolt is raising concerns over snow clearing on sidewalks in Langford after a recent dump of snow left her struggling to navigate city sidewalks, such as this one along Jacklin Road on the evening of Jan. 7. (Photo courtesy of Tanelle Bolt)
Tracey Werry fears her sons Myles, 7, and Elliott, 9, will lose their autism support in the province’s new needs-based model. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Greater Victoria parents fear B.C.’s new autism funding model will leave their children behind

Children’s ability to mask their autism traits often places them low on support list, mother says

Tracey Werry fears her sons Myles, 7, and Elliott, 9, will lose their autism support in the province’s new needs-based model. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Carla Willock is clinical director of the Victoria Speech and Language Centre, which provides support for 200 children with autism. (Courtesy Carla Willock)

Victoria autism support providers blindsided by provincial funding changes

B.C. plans to cut individual funding for children with autism, switch to hub model by 2025

Carla Willock is clinical director of the Victoria Speech and Language Centre, which provides support for 200 children with autism. (Courtesy Carla Willock)
Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix look on as Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks about the COVID-19 vaccine card set to arrive in mid-September as they discuss details about the process during a press conference at provincial legislature in Victoria, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Premier John Horgan shows his vaccination card after receiving a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the pharmacy in James Bay Thrifty’s Foods in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, April 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

No medical exemptions for B.C. vaccine card ‘blatant discrimination’, disabled activist says

Some British Columbians cannot be vaccinated due to allergies to vaccine components

Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix look on as Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks about the COVID-19 vaccine card set to arrive in mid-September as they discuss details about the process during a press conference at provincial legislature in Victoria, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Premier John Horgan shows his vaccination card after receiving a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the pharmacy in James Bay Thrifty’s Foods in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, April 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
A fleet of supercars filled a quiet Langley City street to visit Langley City teen Alyssa Anderson on Sunday, July 25, as part of the Drive Project. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Cool cars provide some automotive magic for B.C. teen

Driven Project brought fleet of supercars to quiet street

A fleet of supercars filled a quiet Langley City street to visit Langley City teen Alyssa Anderson on Sunday, July 25, as part of the Drive Project. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
People with physical disabilities shouldn’t be discounted when designing developments, said Coun. Terri O’Keeffe, as council discussed a new townhouse proposal for Resthaven Drive. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney councillor calls for attitude adjustment around accessibility

Terri O’Keeffe said developers need to rethink housing options for disabled residents

People with physical disabilities shouldn’t be discounted when designing developments, said Coun. Terri O’Keeffe, as council discussed a new townhouse proposal for Resthaven Drive. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Riley Oldford, 16, suffers from cerebral palsy. He was the first youth in the Northwest Territories to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Here he receives the needle from nurse practitioner Janie Neudorf in Yellowknife on Thursday May 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Braden

People with disabilities even more alone during pandemic: cerebral palsy spokeswoman

Many people with disabilities are at higher risk, but not always prioritized for vaccines

Riley Oldford, 16, suffers from cerebral palsy. He was the first youth in the Northwest Territories to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Here he receives the needle from nurse practitioner Janie Neudorf in Yellowknife on Thursday May 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Braden
Surrey Liberal MLA Stephanie Cadieux. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)

Cadieux: Removing barriers should be a provincial priority

When it comes to reducing barriers, B.C. has made progress, but still has a long way to go

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Surrey Liberal MLA Stephanie Cadieux. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Laura Campbell was one of eight recipients of the Community Living BC Widening Our World award in 2020. (Courtesy of Laura Campbell)

Victoria woman earns provincial award for work with differently abled adults

Widening our World awards recognize community, inclusivity building

Laura Campbell was one of eight recipients of the Community Living BC Widening Our World award in 2020. (Courtesy of Laura Campbell)
A Crofton senior would like to see Loblaws, the ownership company of the Real Canadian Superstore, provide more electric carts for use in the Duncan store. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Islander with mobility issues lobbies for more electric carts at Superstore

Inability for anyone to alleviate the situation getting frustrating

A Crofton senior would like to see Loblaws, the ownership company of the Real Canadian Superstore, provide more electric carts for use in the Duncan store. (Photo by Don Bodger)
B.C. Special Olympics athlete, Jake Hooper, and his sister Caitlin are concerned about the impact COVID-19 is having on people with intellectual disabilities. (Courtesy of Caitlin Hooper)

Pandemic raises stakes for B.C. residents with intellectual disabilities

Untrained health care workers can jeopardize lives of people with ID

B.C. Special Olympics athlete, Jake Hooper, and his sister Caitlin are concerned about the impact COVID-19 is having on people with intellectual disabilities. (Courtesy of Caitlin Hooper)
Aaron, 16, and his parents in this undated photo. His mom, Sue Robins, has voiced concerns after an email from the Ministry of Child and Family Development included outdated terminology for those with disabilities. (Submitted by Sue Robins to Black Press Media)

B.C. mom’s complaint about ‘R word’ in children’s ministry email sparks review

In 2020, the ‘R’ word shouldn’t be used, Sue Robins says

Aaron, 16, and his parents in this undated photo. His mom, Sue Robins, has voiced concerns after an email from the Ministry of Child and Family Development included outdated terminology for those with disabilities. (Submitted by Sue Robins to Black Press Media)
J.K. Diddee had his electric wheelchair stolen on Jan. 2. (File contributed by Priya Diddee)

Victoria senior housebound after electric wheelchair stolen

The 75-year-old’s customized chair was stolen from his James Bay residence

J.K. Diddee had his electric wheelchair stolen on Jan. 2. (File contributed by Priya Diddee)
Dec. 12, 2019 – Daniel Sands, a two-spirit person, says they have faced discrimination from BC Transit since they started using a wheelchair this year. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria resident accuses BC Transit of repeated discrimination since transitioning to a wheelchair

Daniel Sands says they are often not allowed on buses, even when there is room

Dec. 12, 2019 – Daniel Sands, a two-spirit person, says they have faced discrimination from BC Transit since they started using a wheelchair this year. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Cheryl Tradewell (left) with Blossom, Danielle Swanson with Aidan, and Sonja Seyfort with Sage. The volunteers will train the puppies for up to 18 months before they are transferred to advanced training, and their forever home. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

WATCH: Island needs puppy guide dog training volunteers

BC & Alberta Guide Dogs is looking to double the number of volunteers on Vancouver Island

Cheryl Tradewell (left) with Blossom, Danielle Swanson with Aidan, and Sonja Seyfort with Sage. The volunteers will train the puppies for up to 18 months before they are transferred to advanced training, and their forever home. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
D’Arcy Mahoney (right) and her son Nathan are big fans of Power to Be’s Adaptive Recreation Program (File contributed/Power to Be) [Alt text: A 12-year-old boy dressed in grey and his mother, dressed in pink, smile at the camera with greenery in the background.]

Greater Victoria non-profit brings the outdoors to people of all abilities

Power To Be’s Adaptive Recreation Program allows people of all ages and abilities to get outside

D’Arcy Mahoney (right) and her son Nathan are big fans of Power to Be’s Adaptive Recreation Program (File contributed/Power to Be) [Alt text: A 12-year-old boy dressed in grey and his mother, dressed in pink, smile at the camera with greenery in the background.]