The Zero Project Conference 2018

Zero Project 2018 LogoThe 2018 Zero Project Conference is being held February 21-23 at the United Nations in Vienna.  Vela's Executive Director, Linda Perry and Facilitator, Caitlin Goodsell will be in attendance. Once again Vela is honoured to be presenting at this international event. The Zero Project is committed to a world without barriers. Updates from the conference will be posted as soon as available. This years conference is also being streamed live!! The Zero Project

In February 2015 Linda Perry, our Executive Director, and Maria Glaze, Vela's President, were preparing to fly to the United Nations headquarters in Vienna to receive The Zero Project Innovative Practice Award along with 39 other participants.  It was such an honour to be recognized for our innovative work with Microboards, supported decision making and Individualized Funding. 

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The following year we were invited back, so Linda and Kim Thomas, our Development Officer, packed their bags!  The Zero Project is internationally recognized for their comitment to a world without barriers for persons with disabilities.  One of the ways they do this is by researching innovative practices and policies worldwide. Their aim is to promote solution-oriented approaches to decision–makers and opinion-leaders worldwide.  The February 10-12, 2016 conference focused on inclusive education and information and communications technologies.  We were honoured to be given the opportunity to be involved two years in a row. 
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Don't miss reading about Bree-Anna Robertson's 2015 contribution. At the conference Linda presented on Microboards and supported decision making featuring Bree-Anna. If you are a regular reader of our Newsletter, VelaVision, then you already know about Bree-Anna's love of travel and volunteer spirit. Bree-Anna is an example to the world of how a Microboard is a solution to supported decision making. The Microboard concept is transferable to communities - large and small - urban and rural - around the world. 
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We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Bree-Anna for allowing us to use her as an example of how Microboards can change peoples lives. 

Linda Perry is featured on She Talks Radio

Our own Linda Perry is interviewed by Barinder Rasode on She Talks! “She Talks Radio is an open platform for woman to share with each other, to be vulnerable, to be supportive, to be powerful. Be part of a woman’s journey as she shares her story without skirting the issues.” Thank you Linda for sharing your personal journey as a parent through adoption.

My Self Advocacy Adventure in Australia

BreeSelfAdvocateNetArticlePhotoOur own Bree Robertson is in the news again!  Bree's story about her trip to Australia is now online on the Self Advocate Net website.  Check out Bree's story and interesting articles by others at the Self Advocate Net website.  This is a great website created by self-advocates with DiversAbilities for self-advocates and their supporters worldwide.

Ready for the Future

Bree Anna and DrewA few years ago Terry Robertson, our Vela Facilitator in the north, presented her family’s Microboard story at an Aging Conference in Prince George. Afterwards, she was asked to write a story for a book CLBC was developing on Aging.

Terry wrote her family’s story, how they have tried to guarantee some longevity and consistency into the future for her children Bree-Anna and Drew. Terry and her husband, Gord, knew both of their kids would need support when they were no longer here. The article in the CLBC newsletter is a part of that story - Ready for the Future: How one family found peace of mind, through early, careful planning.
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