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.

Historical Background

Terms of Reference

Contact IACDI

Email iacdisabilityissues@gmail.com

IACDI News

Follow on Twitter @IACDI

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 iacdisabilityissues@gmail.com

Upcoming Meetings and Events

All Meetings take place at the Juan de Fuca 55 Plus Centre in Room 201 at 7:00 PM

2020
Thursday, January 16th
Thursday, February 20th
No meetings in March

Due to COVID-19 protocol the following meetings have been cancelled: Thursday, April 16th and Thursday May 21st.  We are working on having video chats/meetings in the future. More details will be provided in the near future.

No meeting are scheduled in June/July/August
Thursday, September 17th
Thursday, October 15th
No meetings are scheduled in November/December

CANCELLED - IACDI Community Picnic - Thursday, June 25, 2020 
Due to COVID-19 protocol the IACDI Community Picnic has been cancelled. IACDI will organize and promote community events as soon as it is safe to do so.  Message from Marnie Essery, Chair of IACDI

News

Disability Alliance BC - Community Update: BC government announces temporary additional supports for income assistance and Persons with Disabilities benefit recipients

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

User-Friendly Trails

Go beyond the parking lot and download the “Guide to User-Friendly Trails.”

Resources

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.

Yellow Booklet 
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. 

COVID-19 Supports and Programs

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

Disabled Parking Permit Information

Family Caregivers BC Support Line 1 (877) 520-3267
Greater Victoria Caregiver Support Groups, and Caregiver Connection Newsletter and E-news 

Leisure Involvement is For Everyone Program

Stroke Recovery Association - Young Stroke Survivors Group Phone 250-686-8653

Victoria Disability Resource Centre Phone 250-595-0044
Community Resource Page

BC Ferries
Travel Planning and Safety
Download our Accessibility, Evacuation & Safety Brochures for:
Coastal Renaissance, Coastal Inspiration , Coastal Celebration

Networking Groups

Barrier Free BC  info@barrierfreebc.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/
Metchosin Seniors Information and Resource Centre  http://www.metchosinseniors.ca/