The North Shore Disability Resource Centre (NSDRC) provides programs and services based on the belief that all people are important to their community.
The North Shore Disability Resource Centre directly serves over 450 individuals through our residential and community based programs. Our Information and Advocacy Program received over 1,000 calls last year and provides programs and services to people with disabilities, their families, friends and networks on the North Shore. We make every effort to ensure that their voices are heard, and that they are supported to participate in their community as fully and independently as possible.
Our mission statement is Working for a community for all: we work to ensure that people with disabilities, along with their families and friends, can participate actively as members of the community. We are committed to working toward a community which is free of physical, financial and attitudinal barriers.
Mark Your Calendars!
The North Shore Disability Resource Centre (NSDRC) is pleased to announce Odds in concert, Saturday, October 18, 7:30pm at Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver. All proceeds go to NSDRC programs. Tickets available at www.centennialtheatre.com or call 604-984-4484. Please book accessible seating by phone.
Odds, a hard working local band, formed in 1987. In 1991 they had their first radio hit “Love is the Subject’. The 1993 single “Heterosexual Man” broke into the charts on both sides of the border. In 1995 the band broke into mainstream with the album “Good Weird Feeling” that yielded six top 40 singles, including, “Truth Untold” and “Eat my Brain”. They quickly followed up with “Nest” in 1996, which featured the band’s first #1 chart hit to date, the irresistibility catchy “Someone Who is Cool”. Odds released “The Most Beautiful Place on Earth” EP in 2014.
You can hear some of their hits at www.oddsmusic.com
We are so excited to have them performing at our 7th annual fundraising concert!
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:
Starting today, people being served by CLBC are eligible to apply for a scholarship from scholarship fund established by CLBC and the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) as a result of bargaining negotiations between CLBC and BCGEU.
Applications for 2014 will be accepted until March 31 and are available online at the following locations:
BC Self Advocate Net: www.selfadvocatenet.com
BC Government and Service Employees’ Union: www.bcgeu.ca
Community Living BC: www.communitylivingbc.ca
Feel free to forward these links to your key contacts. Paper applications and copies of a two-page hand-out will be arriving at CLBC offices across the province this week. For more information on the Scholarships, click here. The first round of successful applicants is expected to be confirmed in spring of 2014. Applications will be reviewed by a joint CLBC/BCGEU committee.
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!