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Police personnel, firefighters, and about 150 members of general public attended Langley Pos-Abilities Society’s Day of Pos-Abilities event at Douglas Park on Saturday, Aug. 20. The event included food, drinks, entertainment, and more. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Langley Pos-Abilities’ wheelchair challenge an ‘eye-opener’ for some

Society invites police and fire department to a friendly ‘try-on-a-disability’ competition

 

Zosia Ettenberg, founder of Langley Pos-Abilities, tests out the "Try on a Disability challenge" at the Day of Pos-Abilities Douglas Park. (Langley Advance Times Files)

Celebrate the abilities of people with disabilities, says founder of Langley advocacy group

Annual inclusion-based event will have police and fire personnel competing

 

HandyDART must grow to meet increasing demand, union local president says. (Black Press Media files)

LETTER: TransLink mayors and board shortchanging HandyDART, union says

Local president has concerns about electrification, increased demand, and privatization

  • Jun 13, 2022
HandyDART must grow to meet increasing demand, union local president says. (Black Press Media files)
Irene, a guide dog that has been partnered with Aldergrove’s Kaya Berg, recently graduated from her training. (Special to The Star)

Guide dog gives teen her independence

Kaya Berg and four-legged companion, Irene, together six months, are learning to navigate as a team

  • Jun 6, 2022
Irene, a guide dog that has been partnered with Aldergrove’s Kaya Berg, recently graduated from her training. (Special to The Star)
The elevator in the Cedar at LLHS’s complex in Langley City has been broken since early May, and may not be repaired for months. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Only elevator in Langley seniors building out of commission

It may be months before parts can be made for the elevator at the Cedar

The elevator in the Cedar at LLHS’s complex in Langley City has been broken since early May, and may not be repaired for months. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Michelle Asgarali, shown in a handout photo, is the producer of the new show “Breaking Character,” which follows a cast of disabled actors trying to make it. THE CANADIAN PRESS/-HO-AMI

‘Breaking Character’ is breaking boundaries in the world of disability representation

Docu-series tells the stories of 6 performers with disabilities

Michelle Asgarali, shown in a handout photo, is the producer of the new show “Breaking Character,” which follows a cast of disabled actors trying to make it. THE CANADIAN PRESS/-HO-AMI
Emerson and Amelia Nelson are seen in a handout photo. Their mother hopes the siblings and other children with ADHD get support through B.C.’s new service “hubs” for neurodiverse children. But Jaymie Nelson is concerned about possible wait lists and staffing issues in the new system, set to be launched next year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Rochelle Hepworth

B.C. to launch ‘circle of care’ for neurodiverse kids but parents have many questions

40 family connections centres, or hubs, are slated to be opened across the province

Emerson and Amelia Nelson are seen in a handout photo. Their mother hopes the siblings and other children with ADHD get support through B.C.’s new service “hubs” for neurodiverse children. But Jaymie Nelson is concerned about possible wait lists and staffing issues in the new system, set to be launched next year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Rochelle Hepworth
Architect Dane Jansen (left) talked about construction of the new replacement for the Birch at the Langley Lions Housing Society complex with (left to right) Langley MLA Andrew Mercier, Langley East MLA Megan Dykeman, LLHS executive director Jeanette Dagenais, and Minister for Housing David Eby. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Housing minister tours Langley seniors housing construction

David Eby got to see progress on the replacement for the burned Birch housing site

Architect Dane Jansen (left) talked about construction of the new replacement for the Birch at the Langley Lions Housing Society complex with (left to right) Langley MLA Andrew Mercier, Langley East MLA Megan Dykeman, LLHS executive director Jeanette Dagenais, and Minister for Housing David Eby. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Colton Kenna at the bat during the Challenger Baseball season opener at Zarrelli Diamond in Walnut Grove on Saturday, April 9. (Jhim Burwell/Special to Langley Advance Times)

The delightful ‘organized chaos’ that is Challenger baseball returns to Langley

Volunteer ‘buddies’ help kids with disabilities play ball

Colton Kenna at the bat during the Challenger Baseball season opener at Zarrelli Diamond in Walnut Grove on Saturday, April 9. (Jhim Burwell/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Tracey Werry fears her sons Myles, 7, and Elliott, 9, will lose their autism support in the province’s new needs-based model. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

B.C. parents fear new autism funding model will leave their children behind

Children’s ability to mask their autism traits often places them low on support list, mother says

Tracey Werry fears her sons Myles, 7, and Elliott, 9, will lose their autism support in the province’s new needs-based model. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix look on as Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks about the COVID-19 vaccine card set to arrive in mid-September as they discuss details about the process during a press conference at provincial legislature in Victoria, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Premier John Horgan shows his vaccination card after receiving a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the pharmacy in James Bay Thrifty’s Foods in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, April 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

No medical exemptions for B.C. vaccine card ‘blatant discrimination’, disabled activist says

Some British Columbians cannot be vaccinated due to allergies to vaccine components

Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix look on as Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks about the COVID-19 vaccine card set to arrive in mid-September as they discuss details about the process during a press conference at provincial legislature in Victoria, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Premier John Horgan shows his vaccination card after receiving a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the pharmacy in James Bay Thrifty’s Foods in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, April 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Langley City teen Alyssa Anderson and mom Courtney had a look inside a supercar on Sunday, July 25, as part of the Drive Project that aims to bring a little motorized magic to special kids. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Cool cars provide some automotive magic for Langley City teen

Driven Project brought fleet of supercars to quiet street

Langley City teen Alyssa Anderson and mom Courtney had a look inside a supercar on Sunday, July 25, as part of the Drive Project that aims to bring a little motorized magic to special kids. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Langley Pos-Abilities is petitioning for better wheelchair access at the Brookswood Plaza shopping centre, where the sidewalks have multiple steps, and anyone using a wheelchair must traverse the parking lot. (Screencap/Langley Pos-Abilities video)

VIDEO: Petition aims to replace Brookswood Plaza steps with ramps for disabled

People with wheelchairs have to head out into the parking lot to do their shopping

Langley Pos-Abilities is petitioning for better wheelchair access at the Brookswood Plaza shopping centre, where the sidewalks have multiple steps, and anyone using a wheelchair must traverse the parking lot. (Screencap/Langley Pos-Abilities video)
Riley Oldford, 16, suffers from cerebral palsy. He was the first youth in the Northwest Territories to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Here he receives the needle from nurse practitioner Janie Neudorf in Yellowknife on Thursday May 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Braden

People with disabilities even more alone during pandemic: cerebral palsy spokeswoman

Many people with disabilities are at higher risk, but not always prioritized for vaccines

Riley Oldford, 16, suffers from cerebral palsy. He was the first youth in the Northwest Territories to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Here he receives the needle from nurse practitioner Janie Neudorf in Yellowknife on Thursday May 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Braden
Parliament Hill is shown in Ottawa on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. The Trudeau government has agreed with the Senate that Canadians suffering solely from grievous and irremediable mental illnesses should be entitled to receive medical assistance in dying — but not for another two years. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick photo)

Self-advocates ‘sad, scared, angry’ over revisions to assisted-death legislation

Bill C-7 was expanded to include access to medically assisted death for non-terminal conditions

Parliament Hill is shown in Ottawa on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. The Trudeau government has agreed with the Senate that Canadians suffering solely from grievous and irremediable mental illnesses should be entitled to receive medical assistance in dying — but not for another two years. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick photo)
Direct-support staff who support individuals with developmental disabilities – including many involved with Semiahmoo House Society in South Surrey – should be prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccine, says the head of UNITI. (File photo)

Support workers for those with disabilities left behind in B.C. vaccine-rollout ‘oversight’

UNITI CEO Doug Tennant says misunderstanding is putting vulnerable people at greater risk

Direct-support staff who support individuals with developmental disabilities – including many involved with Semiahmoo House Society in South Surrey – should be prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccine, says the head of UNITI. (File photo)
With few designated parking spots available for people with disabilities in the Langley Mall, this resident was surprised to see a huge dumpster parked in two of those spaces. (Geoff Straker/Special to Langley Advance Times)

LETTER: Not the intended purpose of these stalls in Langley Mall

NOTE: Company has since relocated the garbage bin

  • Sep 11, 2020
With few designated parking spots available for people with disabilities in the Langley Mall, this resident was surprised to see a huge dumpster parked in two of those spaces. (Geoff Straker/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Health Minister Adrian Dix shared details of an amended essential-visitors policy Tuesday (May 19). The changes were sparked by the death last month of South Surrey’s Ariis Knight.(Contributed photo/Tracy Holmes photo)

Policy change sparked by death of disabled B.C. woman ‘will save lives’

‘Ariis’s Law’ expands definition of essential visitors in hospital

Health Minister Adrian Dix shared details of an amended essential-visitors policy Tuesday (May 19). The changes were sparked by the death last month of South Surrey’s Ariis Knight.(Contributed photo/Tracy Holmes photo)
Lisa Arlin is appealling for greater accessibility on public transit for her service dog, Princess, who is in training. Arlin says bus drivers aren’t letting the dog board because she’s not certified. (Tracy Holmes photo)

White Rock woman says blocking ‘service dog’ from transit a denial of human rights

White Rock’s Lisa Arlin says guide-dog certification is voluntary

Lisa Arlin is appealling for greater accessibility on public transit for her service dog, Princess, who is in training. Arlin says bus drivers aren’t letting the dog board because she’s not certified. (Tracy Holmes photo)