The Intermunicipal Advisory Committee on Disability Issues (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!
Did you know that IACDI has a representative on the BC Accessible Transit Advisory Committee and the BC Ferries Accessibility Advisory Committee? We welcome your feedback on BC Transit/ BC Ferries. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Meetings and Events
2021 IACDI Meetings
All meetings will take place via zoom until further notice
- Thursday, January 21 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
- Thursday, February 18 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
- Thursday, April 22 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
- Thursday, May 20 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
- Thursday, September 16 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
- Thursday, October 21 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Disability Alliance BC
Community Update: BC Recovery Benefit and BC Recovery Supplement
The BC Recovery Benefit is a one-time, tax-free payment of up to $1,000 for eligible families and single parents and up to $500 for eligible individuals. You have until June 30, 2021 to apply. Please see this link to get the relevant information and apply: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/economic-recovery/recovery-benefit
IACDI is currently advocating for a wheelchair accessible swing to be installed in at least one West Shore Park. More details to be announced in the future.
IACDI supports Mary Lake becoming a municipal park in the Highlands. It is a stunning location with a user friendly trail already in existence with a paved pathway to the house. Access improvements such as disabled parking and 2 possible locations for accessible picnic tables would enhance this park. To learn more about Mary Lake or support the efforts to secure Mary Lake as a municipal park click here www.marylakeconnections.ca
Go beyond the parking lot and download the “Guide to User-Friendly Trails.”
- Powerful Partnership Constructs User-Friendly Trails
- Friendly Trails Initiative Toolkit
- User Friendly Trails Final Report
Alcohol & Drug Information & Referral Service
1 800 663-1441 Lower Mainland: 604 660-9382
This service is available to people across B.C. needing help with any kind of substance abuse issues 24 hours a day. It provides information and referral to education, prevention and treatment services and regulatory agencies.
Crisis Line Association of BC
In Crisis? Call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) to speak with crisis line workers anytime of the day or night. Looking for information and support? Call 310-6789 to reach the Mental Health and Information and Support Line, from anywhere in the province. You will receive emotional support, and information on appropriate referral options and a wide range of support relating to mental health concerns.
Anywhere in BC: 8-1-1
TTY (Deaf and hearing-impaired): 7-1-1
Leisure Assistance Pass
The LA pass was designed for people with disabilities who require assistance to pursue leisure and recreation acclivities to not have to pay double. The LA pass is accepted at all recreation facilities in Greater Victoria as well as many other places, such as the Royal BC Museum, Flying Squirrel, Craigdarroch Castle, and many more locations. This pass is still available through all recreation centres in Greater Victoria. Call your local recreation centre to apply for or renew your pass.
The Yellow Booklet has been a great resource for Families in planning summer activities for their children and youth. RIV started this booklet in 1996 when a gap was noticed between the number of weeks of service a child or youth received and the parents' knowledge of what camps were offered. Since then 24 edition has been published by RIV in order to close the gap and provide knowledge to all parents and caregivers. RIV is thrilled that this important service will be continued through Community Living Victoria (CLV) and this year's edition of the booklet can now be viewed through their website.
Equipment Loan Program
What first began as a few pieces grew into a full inventory of adapted outdoor equipment available to use for $15/week. This valuable service ensures that cost does not prohibit someone from accessing the outdoors, and pieces available range from tandem bikes, hand-cycles, TrailRiders, all-terrain wheelchairs, beach wheelchairs, tricycles, and more. The Equipment Loan Service will remain available to you through Lifetime Networks! Follow the link: https://www.lifetimenetworks.org/programs/
LAVA - Leisure Access Victoria App
The LAVA website contains information of 34 local recreation and community centres in Victoria. The site will remain live for another year, and then keep an eye out for this information on your local recreation centre sites.
Action Committee for People with Disabilities (ACPD) Phone 250-383-4105
Disability Alliance BC - Phone 604-872-1278; Toll Free 1-800-663-1278
Budget 2019 - Changes Impacting People with Disabilities
Province Announces Policy Changes Aimed at Reducing Poverty
Stroke Recovery Association - Young Stroke Survivors Group Phone 250-686-8653
- Barrier Free BC email@example.com
- BC Transit https://www.bctransit.com/victoria/riderinfo/accessibility
- West Shore Parks and Recreation Society http://www.westshorerecreation.ca/ 250-478-8384
- Power to be Adventure Therapy Society https://powertobe.ca/ 250-385-2363
- Spinal Cord Injury BC http://sci-bc.ca You can call our Info Line toll-free from 9 am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday at 1-800-689-2477. You can also reach us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Metchosin Seniors Information and Resource Centre http://www.metchosinseniors.ca/