Planned Virtual Programs for People with Disabilities
The program coordinators of the affiliated Societies we support have been working hard to pivot our programs to virtual delivery and to reach out and check-in with participants and volunteers. Below you will see a list of the ways the affiliated Societies will be delivering programs – follow us on social media to learn more.
In the meantime, we hope to see you online at one of our various virtual programs.
British Columbia Mobility Opportunities Society
Disabled Independent Gardeners Association
Disabled Sailing Association of British Columbia
Tetra Society of North America
Vancouver Adapted Music Society
Our highest priority is the well-being of our community of affiliated Societies’ participants, employees, volunteers and partners. The recent determination of the COVID-19 as a global pandemic has prompted our management team to take both short term and longer term steps to reduce the risk of transmission.
Effective immediately, large group activities in public spaces have been suspended. These include:
All locations where programs and activities are delivered, including BCMOS hiking and paddling centres, the DSA sailing centre at Jericho, and VAMS studio, will have appropriate hospital-grade cleaning products, along with posted reminders and checklists for personal steps to take to reduce the risk of transmission.
Like all of you, we will continue to monitor the evolving development of this public health issue. In the meantime, we are all reminded to have calm and mindful consideration as to how we individually respond to and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Please be well.
BC Accessibility Legislation Community Consultations
People throughout British Columbia had opportunities to give feedback for new, provincial accessibility legislation.
As a member of the BC Spinal Cord Injury Community Services Network, we helped collect a range of input during our consultations. Several common themes regarding barriers to participation, how to break them down, and how to legislate change emerged.
Download our November 2019 PDF report to find out about issues the disability community encounters.
Employment and Assistance Act and the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act Changes
On January 1, 2020, a number of changes were made to these two support programs in BC.
Read more about these changes on the Disability Alliance BC website.
Discover - Winter 2019
Diagnosed with AL Amyliodosis four years ago, Glenna Urbshadt found her way to the BCMOS paddling centre on False Creek through the recommendation of her physiotherapist who strongly encouraged her to sign up for kayaking. “I did and loved it,” Glenna says. “After spending most of my day in a wheelchair, it was so liberating to be on the water and gave me such a sense of normality not to mention freedom.”