WOW Award in British Columbia

To read on Community Living British Columbia website:

WOW Award

Widening Our World (WOW) Awards

4273_CLBC_WOW_BrandRefresh_finalEvery year, Community Living BC’s Widening Our World (WOW) Awards celebrate the different ways people are building inclusion across B.C.

wownominatebuttonWhat do we mean by inclusion? An example might look like people of all abilities doing something together – like being in a classroom, at work, at a community or sporting event, or playing in a band. Or it could be a self-advocate taking a leadership role, or a family member raising awareness about abilities in community.

The WOW awards are intended to show everyone in B.C. what an inclusive community looks like. When you nominate someone for a WOW Award, we are asking you to answer questions about how the person(s) you are nominating is making their community a place where people of all abilities are valued and respected.

Winner_Garth McGreedy - photo 3 - webWe are also asking you to take a photo to submit with your nomination that shows us what the person you are nominating is doing to make their community a welcoming place –  and explain why you think what they are doing is inclusive and deserves recognition. Photos really help to show people what inclusion looks like.

We know people are doing this work all across the province. Whether it is an employer, teacher, support worker, volunteer, self advocate or someone else breaking down barriers, we are looking to you to tell us about it – and show us what it looks like!

Click here to nominate an inclusion champion in your community

The nomination deadline is 5:00 p.m. on November 30, 2016 (sorry, no late entries will be accepted).

Winners of this year’s WOW Award will be chosen by a Selection Committee in December 2016 and will be announced on the CLBC website in early 2017.

Award presentation events that include the photos will be held in early 2017 in the winners’ home communities.

Past WOW Award Winners

You can click the links below to find stories of WOW Award winners from recent years:

2015 winners     |     2014 winners     |     2013 winners


UK – ‘Rights Here, Rights Now’, pro bono legal advice

To read on The Law Society Gazette website:

Note: In the UK, the term of ‘Learning disability’ is used instead of ‘Intellectual disability’.

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Mencap sets up volunteer legal panel

Legal aid cuts and the closure of charitable legal services have prompted a major learning disability charity to set up its first legal panel of firms willing to contribute expertise pro bono.

Mencap’s panel, called ‘Rights Here, Rights Now’, currently comprises 40 solicitors from law firms Shearman & Sterling, White & Case, Baker & McKenzie and Ashurst.

Operating on a ‘triage’ model, cases coming through Mencap’s helplines will be assessed by the charity’s internal teams and, where necessary, referred to the panel. Panel members will review the individual’s case, outlining potential available legal tools.

The charity will then present the guidance to the individual and, where necessary, support them to find legal representation.

The charity said widespread cuts to legal aid and the closure of charitable legal services had a significant impact on the number of people with a learning disability and their families accessing quality legal advice and support.

Mencap chief executive Jan Tregelles told the Gazette the panel members would be able to provide the ‘critical thinking’ the charity was unable to offer internally. ‘We do not have the time to read suitcases of decisions,’ she said.

Panel members have pledged to donate four hours a month.


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