December 3 is the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This year’s theme is “Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all.”
This day provides an opportunity for the UBC community to reflect on how much progress we have made over the years in making our workplaces and learning spaces more accessible. As a practicing GP, I am constantly reminded that physical disabilities continue to be a barrier for potential doctors.
I encourage you to think about what we may do in the next year to continue to make our campus, educational programs and services more accessible to people with disabilities.Continued awareness is needed of the issues and challenges facing students, faculty and staff at UBC campuses.
This year our colleagues at UBC Okanagans’ Disability Resource Centre promoted the “R Word” campaign to remind us that negative terms for those with disabilities are discriminatory and abusive and should not be tolerated in a respectful environment for learning, working and conducting research.
Lastly, if you are a person with a disability and need support please read below for services at Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.
Gurdeep Parhar, M.D.
Acting Associate Vice President Equity and Inclusion
Associate Dean, Equity and Professionalism, Faculty of Medicine
Services at UBC Vancouver
Access and Diversity
Access & Diversity is active in providing support, research, teaching, and program initiatives designed to remove barriers for students with disabilities or chronic medical conditions.
Services are also available to support faculty & staff.
Human Resources – Workplace Health Services
Provides accommodation services for staff and faculty with disabilities, and coordinates safe return to work plans for ill and injured employees at UBC.
- Return to work program
- WCB Claims Assistance
- Income Replacement Plan/Disability Benefit Plan
Equity and Inclusion Office
UBC departments can apply for the Equipment Accommodation Fund to cover extraordinary costs associated with specialized adaptive supplies and equipment that 1. Facilitate the recruitment of well-qualified persons with disabilities into faculty and staff positions, and 2. Accommodate faculty and staff who suffer accidents or deteriorating conditions over the course of their careers at UBC.
Services at UBC Okanagan
Disability Resource Centre
The Disability Resource Centre (DRC) works with UBC’s Okanagan campus community to eliminate structural and attitudinal barriers to those with disabilities. The DRC provides disability-related services and academic accommodations to students, staff and faculty with documented disabilities.
City of Vancouver event:
City of Vancouver’s 7th Annual Celebration for the International Day of People with Disability from 3:30pm – 7:30pm at the Roundhouse Community Centre. For details: http://vancouverdisabilitiesday.ca/