Community Connections

Join the Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee

The Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee for the RCE/CSAP is looking for people to join their committee! They are looking for people with lived experience and/or expertise in the area of accessibility to join the committee. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 3, 2021

Elwin LeRoux, the former school board's executive director states, "in accordance with the Accessibility Act, at least one half of the membership will be persons with disabilities or from an organization that represents persons with disabilities." 

If you are interested in applying, you can find out more about the position and get an application form here

Move and Learn with Conductive Education!

March of Dimes Canada is pleased to be offering virtual and in person programs for children and young adults living with neurological motor conditions starting January 10, 2022. Check out the many programs available:

  • Parent and Child Program (0-3 years)
  • Early Intervention Program (3-6 years)
  • After School Program (6-12 years)
  • Adolescent/ Young Adult Program (12-21 years)

Help your child develop the motivation, confidence, and knowledge to participate actively in everyday life with this FREE program. Spaces are limited so make sure you sign up today!

Find out more information by contacting Britany Jennings by phone (902) 943-1841 or by email bjennings@marchofdimes.ca

Accessibility Standards Committee Recruitment 

Do you, or someone close to you, experience accessibility barriers everyday? Are you an expert in the field of accessibility? Accessibility Standards Canada is recruiting members for two new technical committees. Their aim is to create balanced and inclusive teams that value the lived experience of people with disabilities. They are looking for 12 to 18 members per committee in the following categories:

The deadline to apply is January 14, 2022. For more information, visit their website: https://accessible.canada.ca/creating-accessibility-standards#Help+create+accessibility+standards

March of Dimes Canada Community Programs

March of Dimes Canada provides a variety of programs and services for people with disabilities. The following is a list of programs offered here in Atlantic Canada. Our programs are supported through generous donations and grants and are free to attend. To find out more about any of the programs listed below, contact Brittany Jennings at 90 943 1841 or at bjennings@marchofdimes.ca

1. Conductive Education Program - Offered for children and adults of any age with a neurological motor condition such as cerebral palsy, post-stroke, Parkinson's, MS, and acquired brain injury. These classes are movement and education based and provide strategies for participants to achieve their goals in all aspects of life. We have various classes offered weekly based on individual needs.

2. Virtual Exercise Classes - Our virtual exercise program is for anyone with mobility challenges. The program focuses on building balance, strength, stamina and flexibility through various exercises that are adapted for both seated and standing. It is recommended to have some independent movement for this program or to have support if needed. Virtual exercise is for ages 18 and up.

3. Perk - Perk is a social program for adults living with cognitive challenges such as Stroke survivors, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, and acquired brain injury. Participants get to increase creativity and self-expression through a mixture of activities including memory and sensory work, word challenges, brainstorming, theatre games and more!

4. Connect and Share - Wouldn’t it be wonderful to regularly connect with someone who shares your interests? If you have a disability and are 18 years or older, you are eligible to be matched with a person who is volunteering their time because they enjoy meeting new people too. With physical distancing in place because of the pandemic, you will visit by phone or online.

5. Tech for Good - Do you need training and support on how to use your device’s accessibility features? Our assistive technology program can provide education and support on what assistive technology and accessibility features are out there. We provide individualized support, recommendations, and training on assistive technology, apps, software, and hardware for your mobile phone and tablet.

TD & Muscular Dystrophy Canada Present - Let's Connect Atlantic Youth Networks

The TD - MDC Let’s Connect Atlantic Youth Networks are a great opportunity to meet a Paralympic athlete, chart your path to the big screen and take a trip around the globe - all from the comfort of your own home.

Join them for:

  • The Power of Dance with Luca Patuelli - November 13, 2021 at 3 P.M. (AST)
  • The World of Gaming: Where Will You Go? with Ghaasan Akl - December 11, 2021 at 2 P.M. (AST)
  • Para-Sport Journey with Ben Brown - January 15, 2022 at 2 P.M. (AST)
  • Cooking Class with Mystery Chef - February 19, 2022 at 2 P.M. (AST)
  • Wrap Up Party - March 19, 2022 at 2 P.M. (AST)

To learn more or register for any of the network sessions, please contact Ryanne Belyea by email at Ryanne.Belyea@muscle.ca or by call or text at 902-403-2837.

Job Opportunities at the CRA

The Canada Revenue Agency is currently seeking talented candidates who self-identify as Indigenous people, Visible Minorities or Person with Disabilities to fill positions at various management levels within the Atlantic region. This process is to create an inventory for current and future vacancies. As positions become available, candidates who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment. The CRA has created a ‘How to Apply’ video to aid in the application process, this can be viewed in either English or French.

English:https://canada.webex.com/recordingservice/sites/canada/recording/playback/aecee773fed01039adef0050568116cc 

French:https://canada.webex.com/recordingservice/sites/canada/recording/playback/8758d9fdff8d1039b9a100505681781f

To access these job opportunities click here, or at the following links:

Open to Indigenous Peoples

Open to Persons with Disabilities

Open to Visible Minorities

What's Next for Halifax?

Halifax Partnership wants the community to have a say in the 2022-2027 Halifax Growth Plan. Together with the Halifax Regional Municipality, Halifax Partnership is leading the development of Halifax’s five year economic growth plan. By bringing together businesses, communities, and residents throughout the HRM to share ideas and insights, a more inclusive, sustainable, and resilient Halifax can be built over the next five years. To share ideas or to learn more about the Halifax Growth Plan visit their website:

https://halifaxpartnership.com/research-strategy/economic-growth-plan/whats-next-halifax/

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