Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Red Deer AB : "Action bus changes eyed"

Action bus changes eyed

By Laura Tester - Red Deer Advocate

Published: January 22, 2010 6:50 AM
Service levels for Red Deer’s Action Buses will remain the same in 2010 despite an increase in the number of handicapped people needing the service.

As a way to cut costs during slow economic growth, Red Deer Transit decided not to add more buses in the city.

Howard Maki, special transportation operations supervisor, expects an impact will be felt because user numbers rise monthly.

The service averages four passengers per hour, one of the highest levels in Canada, Maki said.

“With our current fleet, we can’t really take more people out,” said Maki. “So we’ll probably experience more turn-downs.”

more at:
Red Deer Advocate

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Financial Assistance for Students with Permanent Disabilities

Found this by accident but thought folks should know about it.

Financial Assistance for Students with Permanent Disabilities:

Beginning in fall 2009, new financial assistance measures will be introduced to help more students with permanent disabilities attend university, college or trade school. They include:

Recognizing previous assessments of permanent disability. Students will not have to send in documentation repeatedly.

Treating all borrowers with permanent disabilities by eliminating time restrictions on forgiveness of loans issued from 1995 to 2000 (risk-shared loans).

We also noticed:

Any new Canada Student Grants which you may be eligible to receive including:
- $2,000 per school year for students with permanent disabilities, as assessed by their province or territory of permanent residence.
- Up to $8,000 per school year for the Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities. This grant covers exceptional education-related costs associated with a student’s disability"

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Cochrane Handibus to Hand Over Keys

Society looking to hand over keys
Posted January 6, 2010
Cochrane Times

After 30 years in operation, the woman who has led the Senior Citizens Activities Society says its time for someone else to take over.

Maureen Wills, long a volunteer in Cochrane for many organizations, started the busing society back in 1980. When she launched the organization three decades ago, things were far different.

Cochrane had only a few thousand residents following construction of many homes in the Glenbow subdivision in 1980, gasoline was cheap, insurance costs were a fraction of the busing service's cost and Wills admits, everyone was 30 years younger.

For those reasons, and many more, Wills and the society's volunteer board have decided to transition the handi-bus society to new operators during 2010.

"It's time. There comes a time for everything," Wills said. "We are finding it hard to get younger people on the board and all the drivers, we have done it all this time, we need to retire."

More at: Cochrane Times