Awarded Grants

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Connec Tra Society

Are Disability Benefits in B.C. a Barrier to Employment?

Are disability benefits and the security they provide for people with disabilities serving to deter those very same people from searching for work? Additionally, what would happen if people with disabilities were allowed to retain their full benefits while working and earning income? ConnecTra Society, in cooperation with researchers at the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia, proposes that the Government of British Columbia test the possibility that the benefits it currently pays monthly and annually to people with disabilities, in fact, pose a barrier to employment for a percentage of recipients – perhaps even a majority. This two-part research project proposes first to test the attitudes of people with disabilities with respect to work and receipt of benefits and, second, to test what happens when people with disabilities, currently receiving social assistance over the course of a full year, are able to seek employment without losing their benefits. Please see the attached proposal for greater detail.

Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association

Stable Management Vocational Development

CTRA offers several spheres of programming which contain individualized sub-programs (for example: introduction to competition, therapeutic horsemanship). We are hoping to develop and implement a “Stable Management Vocational Training” program under our “education” sphere, creating a vocational development program for persons with disabilities in the areas of equine husbandry, horsemanship, and stable management. This program would run parallel to our already existing therapeutic programs, running for 10 week sessions at a time. Participants will engage in a mixture of theory, applied lessons, and hands-on (supervised) practice – according to their ability and goals. Class would be appropriately limited and grouped to ensure adequate supervision and quality of instruction and will be taught by our CanTRA-certified instructors. As clients progress, we intend to provide opportunities in volunteer roles (as appropriate), in the intention of providing opportunities for applied development & bridging the gap between education and active participation in the local employment economy.

Inclusion Langley Society

Youth Works 2012

This project proposes to provide summer employment opportunities for youth with developmental disabilities between the ages of 16 and 19. Generally this will be youth in grades 10-12, including youth who have just completed high school. This project will be managed by the Association in collaboration with the organizations' employment service, Partners in Employment, Langley School District #35 and a host of local businesses and employers. The project proposes to complete a discovery process in collaboration with school partners, ascertain each individual's employment skills and interests and match them with a suitable employment opportunity for a 6 week duration throughout the summer. Individuals will be provided with the required on the job support and coaching to ensure their success. The project proposes to track individual successes over a number of years to determine if access to summer employment improves the likelihood of students obtaining employment after graduation.

The Garth Homer Society

Oak Bay High School Transition Pilot

The Oak Bay High School Transition Pilot Program is targeted to high school students with developmental disabilities, and their families, to support them in preparing and making effective choices concerning community inclusion, support programs, and employment after graduation. Working with students from grades 10 to 12, the program will create experiential learning opportunities that allow students to gain independent learning about the different possibilities open to them. The varied experiences provided — such as employment internships, post-secondary opportunities, volunteer participation, or other community inclusion activities — would allow students to make informed choices about their futures. It also allows the program facilitators to provide new perspective for individual students, their families, and others involved in their support, on each student’s potential to transition effectively after graduation, and to succeed and develop in different situations. Funding is being requested for Phase 3 of this project, from January to June 2013.

Victoria Brain Injury Society

Survivor, Supporter, Success!

The “Survivor, Supporter, Success!” program provides volunteer and employment training and mentorship to brain injury survivors. A large percentage of survivors are unable to return to their previous professions post-injury and must find gainful employment or volunteer opportunities in an environment that works with their disabilities. This program aims to rehabilitate and retrain survivors so they are able to volunteer or re-enter the workforce. Participants complete a peer support training course which enables them to become certified peer support volunteers. They develop transferable skills, including active learning and listening, problem solving, critical thinking, social perceptiveness, time management and communication skills. Once in their position as peer supporters, they support other survivors during their rehabilitation. This mutually beneficial program enhances the capacity and self-confidence of the peer supporters and is utilized as a stepping stone to paid employment, while providing recent survivors with educated, understanding peer mentors.