BCANDS E-Support Program – (B.E.P.) – (Currently in development)
BCANDS is examining the possibility of the development of a BCANDS e-support program or “BEP”. BEP, when realized, will be a series of video-conference delivered support groups relating to specific disability conditions and / or experiences facing Aboriginal persons living with a disability within British Columbia. The BEP support groups will be developed based on information gathered from disabled Aboriginal individuals, health and disability groups and organizations from across British Columbia, identifying possible disability support areas to be developed.
It is BCANDS goal through the BEP to solicit partnerships with organizations from across British Columbia to allow access and assistance to potential BEP participants in relation to the use of video-conferencing equipment, meeting locations and support, as necessary and able. Additionally, BCANDS will foster partnerships with a variety of disability and health professionals both Aboriginal and non, gaining their commitment and support to act as facilitators of specific BEP supports groups.
It is our hope that BEP will not only be a valuable support for our clients, providing access to increased disability information and services but also assist in reducing the isolation that is often felt by individual’s living with a disability, through connecting with other persons that may be experiencing similar conditions.