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Samsung Technology Initiative in partnership with Autism Speaks Canada

May 11, 2020

Canadians with a diagnosis of  ASD who do not currently have a touch device can apply to receive one of the 1000 Samsung Tablets Autism Speaks Canada and Samsung Canada are providing. These devices will assist individuals and families with the disruptions faced in accessing critical resources, supports, and services during this time.

Apply http://autismspeaks.ca/SamsungTech. Deadline for application is May 15, 2020.

May Calendar

May 4, 2020

Check out the May Calendar!

Wishin’ and Hopin’

April 16, 2020

We received this amazing message and song via Messenger from BeConnected staff members Nate and Danielle – thank you for sharing Wishin’ and Hopin’!

 

“My wife Danielle Dowling and I are both support workers with BeConnected in Victoria, BC and our residents are understandably having a tough time coping with the recent disruptions to their routines. Specifically, they miss taking part in their day programs where they would regularly socialize with their workers/friends and enjoy activities such as swimming, playing music, and going to the library.

The inspiration for this song came as I was helping a resident to bed one evening. He said “I wish my program would open, I hope they do soon” and when I replied “So you’re wishin’ and hopin’ that your program would be open” He laughed at the rhyme and repeated it back in his own melody because he’s such a musically minded guy! The lyrics of this song are tailor made for him but I hope that all of you will enjoy it.

I assure you that my wife and I are better support workers than singers…Thanks for watching and keep wishin’ and hopin’”

 

 

Thank You to all BeConnected Personnel

April 9, 2020

A big thank you to all BeConnected personnel. Your continued care and support of individuals is so appreciated during this challenging time. We hope you are able to safely celebrate the upcoming holidays with  your loved ones.

Planning for Being Safe and Staying In

April 8, 2020

Opening Doors, an organization based in the United Kingdom, developed this great plain language guide for planning during the COVID-19 pandemic. We would like to thank Opening Doors for allowing us to modify their guide for use in British Columbia. Download the guide for information on what that Coronavirus is and how to keep yourself safe.

Greater Victoria Pandemic Community Resource

April 1, 2020

Quadra Village Community Centre created this great Pandemic Community Resource list for the greater Victoria are. You can find information about local food banks and other services and supports.  Thanks QVCC!

Check it out here. 

April Calendar

March 30, 2020

Just because we are social distancing doesn’t mean we can’t find ways to keep busy! Check out our special calendar filled with at home activities!

Social Media Art Show

March 23, 2020

We may be spending more time at home but it doesn’t mean we can’t be our creative selves and make some art. BeConnected is calling all artists for our BeConnected Social Media Art Show! Send us a photo of art you create during this time of self isolation and social distancing, and we will share it on all BeConnected social media platforms. Persons supported, workers, self advocates, family, friends, family of persons supported, children of workers, friends-of-family-of workers-and-persons-supported – you get the picture! Let’s add some COLOUR and LIGHT to all the information circulating about COVID-19 and closures while we do our part in keeping everyone safe in our communities.

 

Event Cancellations

March 16, 2020

In keeping with recommendations from the Government and Health Authorities for social distancing, BeConnected has cancelled several upcoming events. Please see the image below for events and dates.

As BeConnected continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic we anticipate further event cancellations. Please contact your Coordinator prior to attending a BeConnected event for the most current information.

 

Please visit our COVID-19 Update page for further information surrounding COVID-19 and BeConnected’s response plan.

COVID-19 Update

March 15, 2020

BeConnected is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for the people we support, personnel, and other visitors. We are continuing to monitor the Coronavirus carefully as it evolves. We are regularly reviewing updates from government and health authorities and have plans in place to respond as needed. Please read our COVID-19 update page for more information. BeConnected will also provide information updates to the community via social media.

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