Disability Alliance BC

http://www.disabilityalliancebc.org

There are approximately 704,000 British Columbians living with a disability and, unfortunately, it is estimated that half of these individuals live in poverty and many are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Disability Alliance BC is working to change this reality and build equality and dignity for all people with disabilities. For over 35 years, Disability Alliance BC's mission has been to support people, with all disabilities, to live with dignity, independence and as equal and full participants in the community. We champion issues impacting the lives of people with disabilities through our direct services, community partnerships, advocacy, research and publications.

The heart of DABC is our Advocacy Access program. Each year, our advocates assist hundreds of people in our office to apply for and appeal the denial of provincial and federal (Canada Pension Plan [CPP-D]) disability benefits. We also offer help overt the phone and by email, and we encourage other organizations across BC to assist people with disabilities through our workshops and published information. 

DABC now also operates two programs, thanks to funding from the Vancouver Foundation. Since July 2015, Tax AID DABC advocates have helped British Columbians receiving provincial disability assistance to file their income taxes so that they can take full advantage of all the benefits and credits available to them. As of November 2016, Tax AID DABC advocates have helped more than 350 clients to access nearly 700,000 in tax credits and benefits. The video above, produced by Curly Tail Pictures, provides info about the program and features stories from some of the clients who have benefitted from Tax AID DABC's assistance. www.taxaiddabc.org

Through Access RDSP, we are able to assist people who are eligible for the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) to apply for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC), which is necessary to open an RDSP. This is a partnership with the BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS) and Plan Institute.

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