CPABC New Workshop Series: Accessing CSIL
In keeping with our vision of Life Without Limits for our membership, starting in January 2015, CPABC is launching a new program: Accessing CSIL.
CSIL, pronounced â€œSEE-suhlâ€, stands for Choices in Supports for Independent Living. Run by the local health authorities, CSIL provides funding for self-directed care. While the advantages of increased control and flexibility can be very attractive, the process to negotiate CSIL contracts and manage the employer responsibilities can be confusing and discouraging.
This is where we come in: Our Accessing CSIL Workshops will demystify the requirements and responsibilities of CSIL contracts.
We are offering help in graduated intensities, depending on your needs. Our initial workshop presents an overview of CSIL. For those who would like more in-depth skill development, we are offering a series of 10 workshops, breaking down the processes such as writing a Life Support Plan, tips for meetings with Case Managers, Bookkeeping, banking and employment regulations.
Facilitator: Paul Gauthier
Paul has much experience working with individuals, groups and the government to create successful and innovative programs, including the Choices in Support for Independent Living [CSIL program]. This program allows individuals to have more control and flexibility.
Paul is a 5 time Paralympian â€“ an athlete in the sport of boccia. At the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens he won the Gold medal in individual competition and bronze with his teammate in Paris.
Paul has been involved in many initiatives to improve the lives of people with disabilities, uniting a variety of organizations and providing individuals with the supports they need to fully participate in society. He is the Executive Director of a new society called the Individualized Funding Resource Centre.
First Accessing CSIL workshop:
Saturday, January 17th 1:30-4:30pm at The Roundhouse Community Center
What does Life Without Limits mean for you?
2014 CPABC Tanabe Bursaries
Our Tanabe Bursary recipients are preparing for their futures and Life without Limits through education.
This year, the CPABC awarded a total of $10000 to eleven post-secondary students who are studying a range of disciplines including journalism, philosophy, cognitive neuroscience, biotechnology, visual arts, public health administration, philosophy, international relations, accounting and environmental geography.
Nor are these young people waiting to graduate to start giving back: they are contributing now. Some of the accomplishments include anti bullying presentations, motivational speaking, and sitting on North Shore Advisory group for Disabilities, working with vulnerable aboriginal youth, participating in model UN and volunteering at recreation centers.
These awards were made possible through the generous support of the Kinsmen Foundation and Face the World Foundation. One quality that unites our CPABC Tanabe recipients is their sheer determination â€“to complete their studies, participate in their community and to make a contribution. Students with disabilities often take longer to complete course work and graduate with up to 60% more student debt than their peers. They need our support, and we need their voices to be heard.
Investing in the education of a talented young person is truly a gift that keeps on giving â€“ your contribution not only helps one student complete his or her studies, the community benefits from their skills and abilities, and you are helping to ensure representation of people with CP in research, policy development and in public debates
However, our funding did not permit supporting every worthy application. Consider donating to the CPABC Tanabe Bursary programs so that we do not have to say no to helping these amazing, determined and inspirational students make their mark on the world.
2014 CPABC Camperships
Dreams really can come true, according to one recipient of our Campership program. Louisa told us that she was able to experience her lifelong dream of attending a BC Lionâ€™s Training Camp in Kamloops thanks to the CPABC Campership program.
Or, ask Shayne to recount his adventures in Vegas (if the story doesnâ€™t â€˜stay in Vegasâ€™) â€“the ultimate destination for a 23 year old.
When summer rolls around, most of us look forward to the opportunity to get away, relax, perhaps to commune with nature or to experience other adventuress. For people living with CP, vacation expenses, including attendant care can be as prohibitive as the physical accessibility of many destinations.
Once again, the CPABC is thrilled to be able to provide support for people living with CP to relax and enjoy a summer break at the special needs resort of their choice. This summer, we helped 13 people, granting just over $4700. Like, Louisa and Shayne, each of our campers reports having a wonderful time.
We are grateful for the support of the Central Okanagan Foundation for both campers and facilities in the Okanagan region.