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.

Raffle 2014!


1st PRIZE:CHERYL GREN – TICKET # 0862.  2nd Prize– DAVID BRUCKSHAW – TICKET # 0649. 3rd Prize:VAL HEBDEN TICKET # 0237. Thanks to all our sponsors! West Jest IHG Hotels, and M. DeMarni Ventures!


Disability Tax Credit Consultations- November 25


Consultation Opportunity: Disability Tax Credit

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is committed to consulting with Canadians on The Disability Tax Credit Promoters Restrictions Act, and to seek feedback on how to simplify the disability tax credit application process and clarify the steps Canadians need to take to apply for the credit.
People with disabilities have particular needs and challenges. The disability tax credit (DTC) is a non-refundable tax credit that provides tax relief to eligible individuals and, in certain cases, to supporting family members to help them cope with these challenges.

While most people with disabilities are able to complete their DTC eligibility application by themselves, or with the help of a friend or a family member, some may seek the assistance of a third party. The new Disability Tax Credit Promoters Restrictions Act supports people with disabilities by protecting them from excessive fees that promoters might charge for their services. In this way, the Act will contribute to a fair marketplace.

To that end, the Government of Canada is seeking your input on the maximum fee to be allowed under the regulations and whether some promoters can or should be exempt from the reporting requirements. We are also looking for feedback on how the CRA can simplify the DTC application process and clarify the steps Canadians need to take to apply for the credit.

For more information, and to register for the consultation session got to: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/dtcconsultations/


Share your knowledge and experience!


Consultation Opportunity: technology at Work program

You are invited to a conversation about a new assistive technology program for people living with disabilities in B.C.
As part of the B.C. government’s Accessibility 2024 Action Plan, the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation is designing a new assistive technology program, Technology at Work, to support employment for people with disabilities.
We are seeking input from users of assistive technology to assist us in designing this new program. Your feedback and comments will help inform the development of Technology at Work to meet the needs of the community.
When: Thursday November 27, 2014
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Registration and refreshments starting at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Sheraton Guildford Hotel
15269 104 Avenue
Surrey, BC
RSVP: Please RSVP by Wednesday November 19, 2014 to Diversity.ClientInclusion@gov.bc.ca (subject line: Consultation Session)
Please also indicate any disability related accommodations you may require or any dietary restrictions we should be aware of.
Notes: Space is limited and will be offered on a first come, first serve basis.
To prepare you for the dialogue, a short information sheet will be provided one week in advance. If you require plain text materials, please advise us at the time you RSVP.


This is the Story of a Civil Rights Movement



Yuk, winter is here! You need something yummy, served with a smile!


Check out the Thumbs Up Café!
The Thumbs Up Cafe is at the Karen Magnussen Wave Pool, Monday - Thursdays, 9-2pm


Want to be King or Queen of the Universe?


This would be a good start:
Interested in being a volunteer member of the North Shore Advisory Committee on Disability Issues? Please call 604-990-2311 or email acdi@dnv.org


Once again, the NSDRC is pleased to announce our annual RAFFLE!


All money raised goes to support our Information and Advocacy Programs.

Tickets: $5.00 each
Draw Date: November 17, 2014

This year the prizes are:
1st One (1) return trip for two to any scheduled WestJet destination.
2nd 50,000 *IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) Rewards Club Points (equivalents to 1-3 night stay at any IHG brand hotel)
3rd A pair of tickets to a 2014/15 Canucks season game.

Chances of winning: 1 in 1,000!

To purchase tickets please call the office 604-985-5371 or drop in!

Thank you to our generous donors;
InterContinental Hotels Group
Mike DeMarni – Lignum Forest Products

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And THE WINNER of the first ever NSDRC Poster Contest is……


An intense blue background holds a winding path of neutral green-grey and a large building labelled "school". A line of green trees dot the horizon.

We called Kayla this morning and she was very happy to hear the news!
The theme of the contest was “What Inspires You?”. Kayla’s obvious enthusiasm for school, and her cheerful use of colour won praise from the judges. Kayla’s poster will be published as the cover of our Annual General Report this year, and she will also receive a gift certificate. Congratulations Kayla!!

We had 16 wonderful entries altogether, and picking a winner was hard. Click here to see all the “inspirational” art work.


Check It Out! Transition Focus: A Newsletter


Transition Focus is a newsletter for families and individuals who are facing the transition process.
Transition Focus Newsletter 1


The Disability Consultation Report is Out!


The report captures all of the information received over the last few months from engagement sessions, as well as group and individual input.

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.

NSDRC Services Brochure in 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.

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


Image of coins in change purse.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.

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NSDRC Wins Community Contribution Award 2012


Liz Barnett accepts award.


.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!


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