Important Notices



Contact Shelley for more details about the Summer Tutoring Program
PEICOD, 5 Lower Malpeque Road, Unit 2, Landmark Plaza, Charlottetown.
tel: (902) 892-9149 ext 221/ fax: (902) 566-1919 / email

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New Partnership for PEICOD and Harding Medical

PEICOD and Harding Medical Partnership

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Robbie Scott, Harding Medical Sales Manager, Charlottetown
Judith Bayliss, Development Coordinator, PEICOD
Marcia Carroll, Executive Director, PEICOD
Bernie Plourde, Harding Medical Sales, Charlottetown

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI, December 3rd, 2012 – Following a recent meeting with Harding Medical, the PEI Council of People with Disabilities is happy to announce a new working partnership with Harding Medical Supplies.

“We are delighted to accept a $10,000 donation from Harding Medical that will be put toward our programs during this year.” said Marcia Carroll, Executive Director of PEI Council of People with Disabilities. “It is a pleasure to welcome Harding Medical as a partner in our work to help people with disabilities. We share many common goals, and we are looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial working relationship with Harding Medical. This is an important connection and will help add to the quality of life of islanders with disabilities” Carroll said. “We are very happy to be able to work in partnership with PEICOD,” added Blake Scott, the Harding Medical General Manager, who travelled from Moncton to help make the presentation. “We are all working to make this a long and successful partnership”, Scott added.

Harding Medical Supplies has been helping clients enjoy the benefits of an independent lifestyle since 1987, and has offices in Charlottetown, Moncton and Halifax.

The PEI Council of People with Disabilities is a voluntary, non-profit and non-government organization which is incorporated as a registered charity. It was formed in 1974 by a group of concerned people with disabilities to speak out on issues such as housing, employment, education, transportation, human rights, and access to support services. The PEI Council of People with Disabilities promotes the full participation and inclusion of people with disabilities in Island Society.

For more information contact Marcia Carroll 902-892-9149 ext: 222





International Day of People with Disabilities

December 3, 2012

International Day of People with Disabilities

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$10,000 donation from Metro Credit Union for Snoezelen Room

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Left to right
Bernard Gillis, Manager of Operations
Marcia Carroll, Executive Director Council of People with Disabilities (PEICOD)
Judith Bayliss, Development Coordinator PEICOD
Doug Bridges, Marketing and Communications Officer


Want to learn more about funding opportunities, student loans and disability grants?

Please contact:
PEI Council of People with Disabilities
5 Lower Malpeque Road, Unit 2 Landmark Plaza
902 892 9149 ext 225

Registered Disability Savings Plan
Learn more about this new federally registered savings plan delivered by the Government of Canada.

RDSP Facts

For more information, please contact
PEI Council of People with Disabilities
5 Lower Malpeque Rd. Unit 2 Charlottetown 
892-9149 ext. 221

The RDSP is designed to help people with disabilities and their families save for the future.
This information session is available in English only. Afin d'obtenir des renseignements en français, veuillez communiquer avec Gilbert Brunette par téléphone, au 613-563-2581 Ext. 11, ou par courriel à ou visiter le

Loud, Proud & Passionate

Signing and singing with passion in Arabic, Spanish and English, 54 disabled women activists from 43 countries celebrate the achievements, pride and solidarity of women with disabilities around the world. These leaders are revolutionizing the status of women and girls worldwide. Filmed during MIUSA’s 5th International Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD), the Loud, Proud and Passionate!(SM) music video release marks the beginning of MIUSA’s 30th Anniversary year-long celebration.

Please share the YouTube link to Music Video: Loud, Proud and Passionate!(SM)

PEI Council of People with Disabilities receives Human Rights Award

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI - The Prince Edward Island Human Rights Commission is pleased to announce that the PEI Council of People With Disabilities will receive the 2010 Award for the Advancement of Human Rights.

“The PEI Council of People with Disabilities makes a significant contribution towards equality in dignity and human rights every day,” said Anne Nicholson, Chair of the PEI Human Rights Commission. “We are so pleased to recognize this organization for their outstanding work on behalf of Islanders with disabilities.”

The PEI Council of People With Disabilities was created in 1975 to advocate and provide services for Islanders with disabilities. It is a not-for-profit, non-government organization providing employment counseling, public education and awareness, and information and referral to a community of close to 5,000 Islanders with disabilities. The Council has 11 permanent staff and is run by a Board of Directors representative of the community it serves. For more information about the PEI Council of persons with Disabilities, visit

The Award for the Advancement of Human Rights will be presented to the Council at a special ceremony at the Delta hotel in Charlottetown on Friday, December 10, which is International Human Rights Day. Guest Speaker for the event is the Honourable Gerard Mitchell, Police Commissioner and former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (Appeal Division).

The Award for the Advancement of Human Rights was created by the Prince Edward Island Human Rights Commission to recognize Island individuals or groups who have made an important contribution to the promotion of the values enshrined in the PEI Human Rights Act. This is the third annual award. It was established in 2008 to mark the 60th anniversary of the UN’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For more information about the PEI Human Rights Commission, visit

International Day of People with Disabilities

Did you know that December 3rd is International Day of Persons with Disabilities?
This day is aimed at promoting a better understanding of disability issues. It brings focus to the rights of persons with disabilities and what is gained from integration into all aspects of the political, social, economic and cultural life of their communities.
Join with the PEI Council of People with Disabilities – Montague, Summerside and Charlottetown – in celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities and help promote social justice and equity in our communities.
For more information about the International Day of People with Disabilities:

For more information on the Around the Block Theatre Program for youth with disabilities, please call 902-892-9149 ext 225 or toll free 1-888-473-4263

People with Disabilities... An Emerging Workforce!

Are you looking for an excellent employee?

Job Seekers
Employment Specialists can assist in you in:

Contact us at 1-888-4PEICOD (473-4263) and ask for employment services.

For Immediate Release

Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions

Fall 2010 Program Begins

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI - Living a Healthy Life is a self-management program being offered through the Department of Health and Wellness. Minister Carolyn Bertram announced this week that there are 10 programs scheduled across Prince Edward Island this fall. Living a Healthy Life is a fun and practical program that helps people with ongoing health conditions overcome daily challenges and maintain active and full lives. “This program is designed to empower people to take control of their health,” said Minister Bertram. “Chronic disease is something that affects many Islanders. Living a Healthy Life is an educational tool and support system to assist individuals in overcoming their daily health challenges.”

Living a Healthy Life is a six-week program with sessions held once a week for 2½ hours. There is a maximum of 18 people per session. It is led by two peer leaders; many also have ongoing health conditions.

The program is open to people with any type of ongoing health condition (e.g. diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, asthma, etc.), their caregivers or loved ones, as well as those looking to make lifestyle changes to help prevent future health problems. Participants learn ways to manage symptoms, make daily tasks easier, get started with healthy eating and exercise, better manage difficult emotions like fear, anger and frustration, and communicate well with family, friends, doctors and other health care providers.

The program costs $10 and participants receive a copy of the book: Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions. People can register for the program by calling 1-888-854-7244.

Programs will be held in various community sites across the province; the scheduled programs for the fall include:

More programs will begin in 2011. The program costs $10 and participants receive a copy of the book: Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions. People can register for the program by calling 1-888-854-7244.

Disability Action Council

The Disability Action Council is comprised of 19 members from advocacy groups, service organizations, government departments, businesses and community members. The Council plays an integral role in consulting with and advising government on new and existing legislation, policies, programs and services affecting people with disabilities in Prince Edward Island.

Marcia Carroll, Executive Director of the PEI Council of People with Disabilities, is the chair of this committee and working diligently to address the needs of people on PEI living with a disability.

The Disability Action Council has identified 14 priority areas that they will focus on over the next year to help improve outcomes for Islanders with disabilities.

The priority areas stem from the recommendations that were included in the final report of the Disability Services Review committee that was presented to government in 2009. The committee’s final report contained almost 50 recommendations aimed at improving the disability supports and services that are available in PEI.

The recommendations are intended for all levels of government, and all members of the community. The provincial, federal, and municipal governments, as well as businesses and community organizations all play a role in improving the quality of life for Islanders with disabilities. 

14 Priority Recommendations - Disability Action Council 

  1. All organizations and individuals who design, develop, deliver, or use services and supports for people living with disabilities adopt the elements of the disability framework that was proposed in A Scan of Government Based Service Delivery Models for Persons with Disabilities.
  2. Establish a provincial coordinating mechanism within Executive Council to:
    a. Develop and implement a framework for a client-centred approach to services and programming for persons living with disabilities in PEI;
    b .Give the coordinating mechanism the mandate and authority to review and recommend on legislation, policy, programs and services and their impact on persons living with disabilities; and,
    c. Require the coordinating mechanism to report annually on progress made on its mandate.
  3. The Province establish an ongoing mechanism to ensure that those managing and implementing the Labour Market Development Agreement and Labour Market Agreement have knowledge regarding employment issues specific to people with disabilities to ensure barriers to employment are addressed, including post-secondary education issues.
  4. Government leaders come together to create a PEI social framework for the rights of people with disabilities reflecting the Provincial vision of One Island, One Community, One Future. Such a framework will identify criteria for determining how to support persons living with disabilities.
  5. The Department of Community Services, Seniors and Labour explore the following policy changes within the DSP program:
    a. Reassess DSP funding rates to match with qualifications, experience, market and geographic conditions and have the rates indexed annually to match the Consumer Price Index (CPI);
    b. Investigate a "no cap" needs-based approach to DSP funding, in particular for individuals at either end of the needs spectrum: those with minimal needs and those with extreme high needs;
    c. Introduce a systematic rate review process that reflects the cost of living;
    d. Investigate removing the cost of transportation from the cost of the DSP case plan;
    e. Introduce flexibility into the DSP Policy regarding client co-pay to address exceptional circumstances; and
    f. Assess the feasibility and implications of using the person with disability’s income instead of spousal or spousal-equivalent income, to assess eligibility for the DSP.
  6. The Province establish provincial housing policy that:
    a. Respects a person’s choice and individual needs;
    b. Is person-centered and not based on an institutional or medical model;
    c. Provides flexibility and is designed to meet the needs of individual and family circumstances in a timely and effective manner;
    d. Values the family unit and their need for financial support;
    e. Is proactive, rather than reactive, and values the service provided by family members to the person with a disability;
    f. Promotes and requires that a certain percentage of homes, units, or facilities built in PEI be barrier free or meet universal design requirements.
  7. The provincial government work collaboratively with the federal government to:
    a. Encourage flexibility in current Employment Assistance Services programs to support planning for high school students, and ensure that the allocation of staff is adequate to support the transition; and
    b. Adjust the current federal Employment Benefit & Support Measures under LMDA such as Employment Assistance Services so that it has sufficient flexibility to accommodate the individual needs of persons living with disabilities.
  8. All Islanders should have access to an Island-wide, accessible and affordable public transit system:
    a. To be truly coordinated, the system would require a central dispatch and route planning to be part of a Transit Authority, as recommended in the Island Wide Transit Feasibility Study.
    b. Transportation planners identify options for connecting smaller communities to major routes; and
    c. Provide a reduced bus fare for people with a disabling condition to remove barriers for inclusion. awareness and education program for provincial, municipal, or community planners who issue building permits.
  9. Provide DSP workers with enhanced case management skills, such as interviewing skills and interpersonal communication skills, that facilitate the client’s ability to express their needs and concerns:
    a. Require DSP workers to direct more focus on the typical day of the person with disabilities, his or her functioning and needs, rather than adopting the gatekeeper approach of starting from the eligibility criteria.
  10. A client-centered service, involving a multi-disciplinary approach, be used in providing services to persons living with disabilities, including case management where required. The competencies of persons providing services to persons living with disabilities be matched with the needs of the person and be based on their disability.
  11. Delivery models provide seamless supports and services including:
    a. Standard needs identification;
    b. Consistent case management;
    c. Services and programs working together in a coordinated manner; and
    d. Asingle-point of entry for services.
  12. Provide consistent training to all service providers across the Island to improve case-management abilities and consistent application of policy and procedures.
  13. The Province lead a sustainable social marketing approach in partnership with not-for-profit government organizations, the private sector, persons living with disabilities, their families, Advocacy Groups and Island communities designed to;
    a. Provide information about the needs of persons living with disabilities;
    b. Demonstrate that appropriate, affordable, accessible services are a priority issue for persons living with disabilities;
    c. Highlight the social isolation arising from living with a disability;
    d. Illustrate the benefits of inclusion in the community through participation in activities;
    e. Assist provincial and private sector organizations and businesses in their understanding of the importance and value of accommodating persons living with disabilities in the workplace;
    f. Include personal stories about inappropriate residential placement situations and highlight best practices for options that are possible; and
    g. Demonstrate examples where the province leads by example in inclusion activities or initiatives.
  14. The Province in partnership with not-for-profit government organizations, the private sector, persons living with disabilities, their families, and Advocacy Groups encourage the increased implementation of barrier free or universal design requirements for homes and buildings constructed in PEI by developing:
    a. An awareness and education program for the construction industry, and municipalities and communities; and,
    b. An awareness and education program for provincial, municipal, or community planners who issue building permits.