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
Greetings Community Members and Networking Partners,
Thank you to everyone who participated and shared at the Connections Create Community informal networking sessions on January 20 and January 26, 2022. I.A.C.D.I. would like to thank the Social Planning and Research Council of B.C. for their support of these events.
Accessible Community Forum
Friday, Mar 25, 2022 2:00 - 4:00 p.m PT
Help us explore possible solutions and resources to bridge the gap between the employment opportunities you currently experience, and what they could become. This is an open, honest, and inclusive dialogue between a panel of organizational and government representatives and our beautiful province's diverse disability community. Find more info: here.
Next I.A.C.D.I. Monthly Meeting
May 19, 2022 06:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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Meeting ID: 857 2209 4971
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2022 Meeting Schedule
- Thursday January 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
- Thursday February 17 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
- No meeting in March
- Thursday, April 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Annual General Meeting
- Thursday, May 19 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
- No meeting in June, social instead T.B.A.
- No meetings in July or August - Summer Break
- Thursday, September 15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
- Thursday, October 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
- No meetings in November or December
According to Statistics Canada, over 6 million Canadians have a disability of some form.
Do you know a ‘difference maker’ in your community? Is there someone who promotes access and inclusion? If so, I.A.C.D.I. encourages you to nominate them by emailing us at: email@example.com
The Difference Makers Recognition Initiative has been generously supported by the Social Planning and Research Council of B.C. and I.A.C.D.I. is grateful for this partnership.
Did you know that on the City of Victoria’s website it states that drivers with accessible parking permits can park for up to four hours for free on Sundays at regular metered (90-minute zone or more) on-street parking spaces?
There are Accessibility Improvements coming for BC’s Provincial Parks. More information can be found at this link: Accessibility improvements coming for BC’s provincial parks | West Coast Traveller
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
In partnership with The Social Planning and Research Council of B.C., I.A.C.D.I. continues to build increased awareness around existing and emerging needs for accessible parking, as well as strengthen efforts to better meet the needs of people with disabilities. We want to draw attention to the need for designated accessible parking and put measures in place to ensure these spaces are respected and protected.
Establish accessibility as a priority in your community by:
- Creating accessible spaces or places in your community
- Making design changes or physical improvements that contribute to greater accessibility. This could include but are not limited to-
- Designated accessible Parking spaces
- Curb ramps and Safe path of travel
- Pathways and other walking spaces etc.
Create a more informed, aware, and inclusive environment by:
- Educating communities on invisible or hidden disabilities
- Spreading awareness about the role of accessible parking spaces in providing independence for people with disabilities
- Advocating for accessibility to local businesses who will also benefit from an expanded customer base
Please find a Guide to User-friendly Trails here.
- 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.
Wescom Medi-Lend Society - Medical equipment loaned to residents of the Western Communities. Operates Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. / 567 Goldstream Avenue Victoria, BC V9B 2W7 / Phone: (250) 478-5373
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 email@example.com.
- Metchosin Seniors Information and Resource Centre http://www.metchosinseniors.ca/
- Stigma Free Society firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.stigmafreesociety.com
- Social Planning and Research Council Accessibility and Inclusion - Sparc BC
- Accessible Parking BC AccessibleParkingBC@gmail.com www.facebook.com/AccessibleParkingBC
- Family Caregivers BC Family Caregivers of British Columbia | Support and Resources for You (familycaregiversbc.ca)