The Accessible Community Forum
You are the expert of your experience. Be heard.
Our next ACF will be on Accessible Healthcare! Share your thoughts by taking our survey, and join us on October 27th via zoom.
Are you able to access the healthcare services you need?
On October 27th, 2023, join us online over Zoom from 1:00 – 3:00 PM PT for our next Accessible Community Forum on Accessible Healthcare in BC to discover our community’s thoughts and experiences navigating healthcare with a disability.
Although Canada offers universal healthcare, the accessibility and availability of services are not guaranteed, and people with disabilities are often the people who experience the most severe effects from a lack of accessible services.
Equal access to healthcare is a necessity. Let’s break down barriers by discussing the current challenges people with disabilities face with topics like accessibility of services, mental health, medical ableism, and government support.
Register now by clicking the button below, and on October 27th, join us on Zoom!
Presented by the Disability Foundation and hosted by the ConnecTra Society, this next Accessible Community Forum aims to cultivate a conversation between various organizations and our community of people with disabilities.
Healthcare is a frequent topic of discussion in our outreach, previous Accessible Community Forums, and affiliated societies’ regular programming. Through our survey and forum, we will build on our current knowledge and broaden our collective understanding of your needs and how best to accommodate them.
Your feedback is essential to driving change in the accessibility of healthcare services. We encourage all our community members to come and voice their experiences and opinions. A final report with the forum’s findings will be sent to the panellists, related nonprofit organizations, grantors who may fund these needs, and government representatives.
Help us explore possible solutions and resources to prevent anyone from experiencing barriers to the healthcare services they need to be healthy and thriving. The forum is an open, honest, and inclusive dialogue between a panel of organizational representatives and our beautiful province’s diverse disability community.
The panelists for the coming Accessible Community Forum include:
- Charmaine Niebergall from Health Quality BC
- Cassie Starc from Tall Tree Integrated Health
- Pascale Jendral from Pathways Clubhouse
- Joanne Smith from Fruitful Elements Nutrition
- Jocelyn Maffin from SCI-BC
Start the conversation by taking the Accessible Healthcare Survey by Sunday, October 22nd, at 11:59 PM PT.
You are the expert of your experience. Be heard.
If you require assistance taking the survey, registering or attending this event, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Closed captioning will be available.
About the Disability Foundation: Established in 1985 and based in Vancouver, B.C., the Disability Foundation strives to support people with physical disabilities by supporting accessible programs to enjoy outdoor activities, make social connections, and access personalized adapted devices. With the support of our well-rounded, multi-disciplinary board members, our leadership team has experienced great success in empowering the disability community to reimagine what is possible.
About the ConnecTra Society: Formed in 1999 by Vancouver tetraplegic Sam Sullivan, the ConnecTra Society is a connecting agency linking people with physical disabilities to activities and programs that will, over time, allow them to grow, gain confidence and become increasingly more active and involved in community life. We aim to get all people with significant disabilities living in British Columbia as socially active and engaged as possible through our workshops and other resources.
July 21st, 2023
Do you feel you have equitable access to Digital Accessibility in British Columbia? Listen in as our community and group of panelists explore possible solutions and resources to bridge the gap between the digital accessibility you currently experience, and what it could become.
March 10th, 2023
Do you feel you have equitable access to Accessible Travel Opportunities in British Columbia? Listen in as our community and group of panelists explore possible solutions and resources to bridge the gap between the travel opportunities you currently experience, and what it could become.
- Susie Chant: Parliamentary Secretary for Accessibility
- Marco Chiaramonte: Senior Accessibility and Inclusion Specialist at YVR
- David M Lyons-Black: Personal Travel Business Owner
- Kathleen Harvey: Manager of Visitor Services for Destination BC
- Tarita Karsanji-Davenock: Founder and CEO of Travel For All
November 18th, 2022
Do you feel you have equitable access to Accessible Education in British Columbia? Listen in as our community and group of panelists explore possible solutions and resources to bridge the gap between the education opportunities you currently experience, and what it could become.
- Dr. Carly Christensen: Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia
- Mike Prescott: Project Manager for the Accessible Organizations Project at Disability Alliance BC
- Dr. Jennifer Fane: Director of Education at LDS (The Learning Disabilities Society)
- Frank Smith: National Coordinator of the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)
- Uli Egger: Accessible Standards Canada Technical Committee for a model standard of accessibility for the built environment
July 22nd, 2022
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Inclusive Employment in BC
March 25th, 2022
Inclusive employment is a frequent topic of discussion in our community. Through our survey and forum, we built on our current knowledge and broadened our collective understanding of your employment needs and lived experiences.
- Moderator: Tony Botelho, Director of SFUs Career and Volunteer Services
- Serena Bains, Youth Leadership Coordinator with the Disability Foundation
- Ross MacMillan, Employer Engagement Specialist with Canucks Autism Network
- Sandy Labermeyer, Vocational Counsellor with WorkBC
- Micaela Evans, Advocate and Communications Specialist with Presidents Group
- Gary Birch, Executive Director of Neil Squire Society
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December 3rd, 2021 for International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWD), we hosted an Accessible Community Forum (ACF) on Accessible Parking in BC in partnership with SPARC BC and ConnecTra. This event was a huge success, offering insight to the barriers that exist in our current legislation and how true accessibility can be achieved in the province, better informing our panelists on how we might make improvements.
This Accessible Community Forum included panelists from SPARC BC, the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver, and more.
Accessible Recreation in BC
August 27th, 2021
Living in British Columbia, community members can participate in countless activities along the Pacific coastline and mountain ranges during the summer and visit indoor facilities during the winter. Through our survey and forum, we wanted to learn more about your top concerns about the barriers to accessibility for indoor and outdoor recreational activities in BC.
This Accessible Community Forum included panelists from from Spinal Cord Injury BC, The City of Surrey, Power to Be, SportAbility BC, Ocean Rehab & Fitness, and Parks Canada.
Built Environment in BC
May 21st, 2021
Built Environment includes human-made structures, features, and facilities viewed collectively as an environment in which people live and work. In this forum, we wanted to learn more about how the built environment in your home, neighbourhood, and community affects your everyday life.
December 4th, 2020
Our first forum brought together representatives from Lyft ridesharing, the Accessibility Secretariat, Coast Mountain Bus Company (a subsidiary of Translink), ConnecTra and more to discuss issues of transportation accessibility in BC.