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  • 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
    • Customized one-on-one online personal training with a certified personal trainer from the comfort of your home
    • Adapted fishing education with former Paralympian and accessibility advocate, Mike Stiles

    ConnecTra
    • COVID-19 Resource Hub for people with physical disabilities
    • Virtual Abilities Expo Events where we bring you service providers, vendors, presenters and performers online
    • Speakers Bureau where professional speakers present on various topics including:
      • Breaking down the barriers of isolation: How to support people with physical disabilities in your community during COVID-19
      • New Reality: Discovering value of remote and flexible work to engage people with disabilities in the workforce
      • Tools and technologies for people with disabilities working from home

    Disabled Independent Gardeners Association
    • Online gardening hub with instructional workshops, resources for adapted tools, and home and window gardening projects

    Disabled Sailing Association of British Columbia
    • Adapted sailing education on the Martin 16 sailboat, equipment and techniques
    • Try an online sailing simulator

    Tetra Society of North America
    • Utilize netCle, an adapted devise that controls a keyboard and mouse for people with mobility
    • Challenges
    • Virtual Coordinators are ready to help with designing and building an assistive device – check out TetraBase for a catalogue of DIY devices

    Vancouver Adapted Music Society
    • VAMS’ new podcast is launching soon so you can get to know and listen to local musicians in your living room!
  • Coronavirus Action

    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:

    • DIGA’s workshop (March 19)
    • VAMS’s gig at Havana (March 26)
    • ConnecTra’s Abilities Expo (April 7)

    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.

    Sincerely,

    Ruby Ng
    Executive Director

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.”

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Events

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