The Victoria Disability Resource Centre is proud to announce:

The 4th Annual “Artists with Disabilities Showcase”
on Friday & Saturday, Dec 2-3, 2016 at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria!

Held in conjunction with United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities with funds from the CRD Arts Development Service, the Victoria Disability Resource Centre (VDRC) is pleased to be hosting this prestigious show which will showcase the amazing art from our community.

Artists with Disabilities based on Vancouver Island are encouraged to apply. 
Click here for more info

Deadline for entries is September 15, 2016

Employment Opportunity - Social Media / Education Assistant Intern

The Victoria Disability Resource Centre has partnered with the Neil Squire Society and we are looking for a Social Media / Education Assistant Intern.

The Neil Squire Society uses technology to empower people with physical disabilities. Our programs and services connect people with disabilities to appropriate technology, develop their skills, and then connect participants to employment, education or other community

For more information and how to apply: click here.
For the accessible version: click here.

Application deadline: September 01, 2016

Employment Opportunity - Access Manager

The Rick Hansen Foundation recently launched the Team Access B.C. Job Creation Partnership (JCP) Project. The aim of this initiative is to pursue the goals of Accessibility 2024, which encompasses: Accessible Built Environment; Employment; Inclusive Communities; and the Consumer Experience.    

As such, they are seeking individuals for the positions of Access Manager. Successful applicants will be responsible for the daily management of the JCP Participants’ on and off-site activities (i.e. assigning work, evaluating performance, overseeing workflow processes; mentoring staff), as well as apprising the Project Manager on the status of the JCP Participants’ activities, milestones, performance and evaluation. They will also ensure that the physical site surveys of the built environment are in compliance with RHF’s standards for rating accessibility and inclusive design.

To find more information about this opportunity, as well as how to apply, click here. For the accessible version, click here

Chronic Health Self-Management Workshops

July 6th - Aug 10th

This six-week program, developed at Stanford University, provides information and teaches practical skills. It is being offered by the Neil Squire Society at our offices at 817A Fort St. See below for information about how to enrol.

Topics Covered Include:

• Learn to Better manage your health
• Set goals and problem solve
• Communicate effectively with your health care team
• Take action and live a healthy life!

WHERE: 817A Fort Street at the Victoria Disability Resource Centre

WHEN: For six Wednesdays from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Registration is Required! Contact Wendy Cox at 250-595-0044 or email

Click here for further details.


Barrier-Free BC urges provincial government to ‘Just Say Yes’ to a British Columbians with Disabilities Act

Victoria, BC – April 6, 2016 – A grassroots movement of organizations and individuals representing British Columbia’s residents with disabilities officially launched a province-wide campaign on the steps of the Legislature today. Barrier-Free BC called on the provincial government to ‘Just Say Yes’ and enact a British Columbians with Disabilities Act.

More than 600,000 people in BC have some form of disability – and that number is expected to rise dramatically over the next 15 to 20 years as the population ages.

Introducing formal legislation would help to secure the rights of persons with disabilities around issues of accessibility, inclusion and equal opportunity.

“We strongly urge all parties to support the enactment of legislation to make accessibility a priority for BC residents with disabilities – to build a stronger, equal British Columbia for all,” said Sleath.

About Barrier-Free BC

Volunteer-driven, Barrier-Free BC is a non-partisan, grassroots campaign advocating for the enactment of a strong and effective British Columbians with Disabilities Act, ensuring a truly barrier-free province for all persons with disabilities.

For more information: 

Twitter: @barrierfreebc

PWD application process to be streamlined for some British Columbians with disabilities

The Ministry of Social Development recently introduced legislation that will streamline the Persons with Disabilities Benefit (PWD) application process for people with disabilities in the following programs:

  • Community Living BC

  • The Ministry of Children and Family Development At Home Program

  • BC PharmaCare Plan P – Palliative Care

  • Canadian Pension Plan – Disability

Although people in those programs will still need to meet eligibility criteria and to make an application, they will no longer have to complete the 28-page PWD application booklet.

Disability advocates say that this change, in addition to the annualized earning exemption and higher asset limits for PWD recipients introduced this past year will all benefit British Columbians with disabilities.

More info here

Life with Les Chan - Shaw TV Victoria

Les Chan from Shaw video
Les Chan from Shaw video

Shaw TV's Dan Kahan meets Les Chan, a motivational speaker who has developed more than a few tricks to overcome the loss of an arm. Les is a volunteer and member of the Board at the VDRC. Click here to watch the 3 min video.

Disability Tax Credit

The disability tax credit (DTC) is a non-refundable tax credit that helps persons with disabilities or their supporting persons reduce the amount of income tax they may have to pay. Being eligible for the DTC can also open the door to other government programs.


Phone: 1-800-959-8281.

Tax Assistance

Haven't filed your taxes for numerous year? Tax Assistance and Information for People with Disabilities DABC (Tax Aid DABC) is a new program offered by Disability Alliance BC. This program can assist people who are receiving the PWD benefit or the PPMB benefit with simple income tax filings and information/referrals. There are a number of financial benefits available to British Columbians who file their taxes. The money received from these benefits will not usually affect PWD or PPMB assistance cheques.

Phone: 604-872-1278

Toll Free: 1-800-663-1278



Working Together with Employers & Enhancing Employability

Helping people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, and maintain employment

This unique, comprehensive and participant centred program, available through the Neil Squire Society at our offices at 817A Fort Street, is designed to develop the skills required to help individuals achieve their employment goals. Click here for details.

Writers/bloggers wanted

VDRC members have a broad range of often under-utilized skills and abilities. The Centre is looking for writers-bloggers (both amateur and pro) to enrich the content of our website and our quarterly newsletter. If you have insight or information you'd like to share in written form, we are extremely interested. We are looking for blog posts and news or feature articles on any topic relevant to improving the quality for life of people with disabilities--all types of disabilities. If you love to write poems or even draw cartoons, that's great too. Interested members should call or email Neil Dickie, Office Manager, at

Disability in the News...

Lots Of Good Reasons For Seniors To File Their Taxes

The B.C. Seniors Advocate says there are at least nine good reasons why seniors stand to gain a lot from filing their income taxes. 

Full article here

New Guide to Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

This guide builds on recommendations from Disability Alliance BC on personal emergency planning using the five categories of the functional needs, or C-MIST (Communication, Medical, Independence, Supervision and Transportation).

Download the guide here

Thank you to our membership and contributors

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