IACDI - Terms of Reference

Vision

Our vision is that the West Shore will become a safe, tolerant, and inclusive place for people of all ages and abilities to live, work, and play.

Mission Statement

To advocate for people with disabilities and advise the municipal Councils of the West Shore on topics that affect the quality of life of citizens with disabilities.

Meetings

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Contact IACDI

Email iacdisabilityissues@gmail.com
Twitter @IACDI

IACDI News

Sledge Hockey

Consulting with Canadians on Accessibility Legislation

DABC Community Update - Province Exempts EI Maternity and Parental Benefits for PWD and Income Assistance Recipients

DABC Community Update - Help Sheets Updated

DABC Community Update - Prescribed Classes - Nurse PWD App

DABC Community Update - Re PWD Rates

DABC - Community Update - Updated Canada Pension Plan Disability Guide

DABC Community Update - Changes to DTC Application Form

Positive Independent Living Workshops

Powerful Partnership Constructs User-Friendly Trails

Wheelchair Tennis Program

Victoria Wheelchair Sports Association (VWSA) in partnership with BC Wheelchair Sports Association will be launching a new beginner wheelchair tennis program at Cedar Hills Rec Centre in conjunction with the existing VWSA’s wheelchair tennis session, this Friday, February 6th. This beginner session is aimed for individuals who are new to the sport and will provide an opportunity to learn and practice stroke development. The session is open for all ages and abilities.

Where: Cedar Hills Rec Centre, 3220 Cedar Hill Rd
When: Fridays 7-8pm, February 6 thru April 17 (except: Feb. 13, Feb. 27 and April 3).
Registration: Must have a VWSA membership ($60.00) 
Coach: Jared Martin jaredmartintennis@shaw.ca         
Tennis Coordinator: Bernice Wong brwong@shaw.ca
*If you have any questions at all, feel free to connect with Bernice! 

Inspiring paralympics video

Links to the User-Friendly Trails Guide:

Healthy Communities E-Newsletter

Shaw Story on Overcoming Barriers and Getting Outdoors

Changes To Medical Services Only (MSC) coverage for people receiving the Persons with Disabilities benefit (PWD)

Measuring Up - We are very grateful for Measuring Up and the funds that allowed us to partner with the City of Langford, City of Colwood,District of Highlands, District of Metchosin and the Town of View Royal to implement one accessibility improvement in each municipality.

Congratulations to Saanich for their accessibility upgrades that have been made to Cadboro Bay.

Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation Increases Asset Exemptions to $100,000 for PWD Recipients

Partner News

IACDI believes in the value of partnerships so that we can continue to make accessibility improvements. Together, we can create more inclusive communities to live, work and play!

CRD Parks

CRD is in the process of developing a new web site. Usability and accessibility for people who are visually impaired will be considered and it was included as a requirement in CRD’s RFP and contract. Regional Parks and the Ministry of Environment, Fish and Wildlife Branch are in the process of installing a fishing float (accessible) at Durrance Lake at Mount Work Regional Park (similar to the one at Elk /Beaver Lake Regional Park). This initiative is one that MOE and others are actively working on and involves installing these floats at many fresh water lakes on the south island. Durrance Lake has been identified as a high priority for increasing urban lakes fishing opportunities. Durrance Lake is stocked with catchable Rainbow Trout.

City of Langford

The wooden play structure at Centennial Park was in disrepair and had become a safety hazard not conforming to CSA Z614 Canadian Playground Safety Standards. Our Parks Staff at the City of Langford have designed a new playground plan and it was decided then to make the park more accessible for children with disabilities. In addition to a new playground structure, a rubber pour-in-place safe-surface was chosen along with brick pavers and an "accessible" picnic table. This provided wheelchair access. A grant from Tire Stewardship BC was applied for and received for playground surfacing at the park. IACDI provided a support letter for this grant application. This grant will pay for 59% of the playground surfacing cost of up to $30,000. The total cost of this projects, including new pathways, surfacing, play structures, picnic table, new fencing and a bike rack is approximately $126,000.

Disability Alliance BC (DABC) Update

Changes to Rules on Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) Withdrawals Effective January 30, 2013.  Read more about RDSP Withdrawals.

Outdoor cycling sessions

Outdoor cycling sessions start June 6 and run every Thursday @ 5:30 at Ring Road, U Vic New and experienced cyclists welcomed and coached by Peter Lawless.  It is a 2km ring with minimal traffic so you can just ride or have specific goals for each session.  If there are any wheelchair racers this is a great opportunity to tag along.  We have experienced racers who are now cycling to offer guidance.  Looking for a little cycling racing? Every Tuesday night out in Sidney are Time Trials and all para-cyclists are welcome.  Info at sidneyvelo.ca  Questions? e-mail Karen March marchkl@mac.com.

Victoria Rowing Club

Come and try Adaptive Rowing.  If you are a lover of the water and want to try something new and a bit more challenging, the Victoria Rowing Club is offering Rowing programs to individuals living with barriers and disabilities. They have solo, group and adaptive rowing boats.

To learn more or sign up please contact them directly; Colin Mattock  cjmattock@gmail.com or via phone as listed below.

Resources

BC Ferries Travel Planning
BC Ferries Safety

User Friendly Trails Initiative Toolkit
User Friendly Trails Final Report

Trail-riders and Hand Crank Bike for Rent

Download our Accessibility, Evacuation & Safety Brochures for:
Coastal Renaissance
Coastal Inspiration 
Coastal Celebration

Historical Background
Meeting dates, agendas and minutes

2017 Meetings

Thursday, January 19th at 7p.m. at City of Colwood - Regular Meeting.

Thursday, February 16th at 7p.m. at City of Colwood, I.A.C.D.I. Annual General Meeting and Monthly Meeting.

No meetings in March.

Saturday March 11th - I.A.C.D.I. Music Night-Pennybrook-Highlands Music Coffee House-will be advertised closer to date.

Thursday, April 20th at 7p.m. at City of Colwood/other location, T.B.A.

Thursday, May 18th at 7p.m. at City of Colwood.

June 22nd from 6:15-8:15  I.A.C.D.I. Picnic will take place at Metchosin Community House Farmers Market Area or Metchosin Community House, weather permitting.

No meetings in July and August.

Saturday July 8th  -I.A.C.D.I. Music Night-Mufaro Marimba at Highlands Music Coffee House-will be advertised closer to date.

Thurs Sept. 21st at 7p.m. at City of Colwood.

Thurs Oct. 19th at 7p.m. at City of Colwood/other location T.B.A.

No meetings in November and December.

Networking Groups

Advocacy Access - 1-800-663-1278
Action Committee for People with Disabilities (ACPD) - 250-383-4105
Barrier Free Info - info@barrierfreebc.org

BC Transit - 995-5695
Disability Alliance BC (DABC)
Recreation Integration Victoria - 250-477-6314
Community Response Network for West Shore and Sooke - 250-642-2804
Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre - 250-478-8384
Power to be Adventure Therapy Society - 250-385-2363
Spinal Cord Injury - BC 
S.P.A.R.C