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The Giving in Action Society – families can apply


The Giving in Action Society provides grants to families living in BC through two funds – the Family Independence Fund (FIF) and the Children and Youth with Special Needs Fund (CYSN). These grants enable families to stay together by addressing accessibility issues in their home and community. Since November 2006, the Giving in Action Society has granted $17,553,518 to 530 families across BC. Updates: 

  • Giving in Action expects to be able to provide CYSN funding throughout 2009, however due to a backlog of applications, we will not accept new CYSN Letters of Inquiry after February 1, 2009.  We are hopeful that the Fund will continue beyond 2009 however at this point, we want to ensure that families who currently have their applications in process are able to complete their projects or purchases.


  • Committee meetings in 2009 will occur on the 3rd Thursday of each month. The next Committee meeting is scheduled for January 15th and applications must be submitted before January 5th to be considered. 
  • Letter of Inquiries (first step to apply) can be found on our website, and once the applicant submits an LOI and receives an application, applicants have 6 months to submit a full application.

 For fund information, eligibility, or to apply go to

Voting Tips for People with Disabilities

  • Election Canada has also posted a new webpage for voters with special needs.
  • Click on "Voters" on the first page and it will take you to the section called "Voters with Special Needs." Check it out!
  • Election Canada has prepared many forms and information materials in different formats. The formats include large print, Braille and plain language.
  • The Webpage has voting information, describes services available and links to organizations.
  • There also is a study kit which helps adults learn more about what’s happening during the election (for example…what are some of the key issues,  how to sign up to vote, etc).
  • There also is a revised voting template to help people with visual impairments.

Plain Language Website


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This is a good website because it has a lot of information about technology, the internet, etc in plain English. It can be helpful because the explanations are both spoken and have short videos. One thing…the website is American so some of the information is US based, but it’s still worth checking out.

10 Tips to Becoming An Advocate


The following tips are from Transition Magazine Spring/Summer 2007:

1. Volunteer – participate in boards and other community groups to get involved.

2. Educate yourself – learn about advocacy, go to meetings, attend seminars on advocacy, etc.

3. Find people who inspire you – talk to them, ask questions, find out what works for them.

4. Become knowledgeable about a topic – become passionate about a topic/issue and research, find out the information, talk to others, etc.

5. Be a problem solver – look at issues from all angles and develop the best course of action.

6. Be positive – find ‘win-win’ scenarios and try to stay focused on the positive even when it’s hard to see the positive.

7. Listen!

8. Be patient – change can be slow, but it’s worth the wait so enjoy the journey and learning along the way.

9. Don’t quit!

10. Take care of yourself – burnout is common with advocacy so take care of yourself, have lots of support…don’t do this alone because you don’t have to.