Accessibility means different things to different people! We recently asked our team what accessibility meant to each of them and got a variety of responses. Here are some of their interpretations:
Amanda: Creating programs and environments that are free from barriers and proactive in providing supports. Every person is included and their possible needs are considered and accommodated. Jake: Striving to create a world where EVERYONE’S freedom of movement, use of public spaces, and ability to participate in their communities is an absolute right, not an accommodation! Lisa: No physical, financial, or other barriers to participation. Julie: Open to EVERYONE. ALL are WELCOME. Brock: Products, programs, and information are usable by people with the widest possible range of ability. Stella: The ability to use, obtain, or participate without any kinds of barriers Lindy: Barrier-free, able to participate and obtain available resources, programs, and support.
We know there are many resources pertaining to accessibility and hope that we are able to highlight some of them you may find useful. If you know of resources that aren’t mentioned here but should be included please contact us!
Sensory Friendly and Accessible Spaces
COVID-19 has made going outside the home a lot more stressful for individuals, especially since masks were made mandatory in public spaces. Here are some resources that may help you navigate the changes or better advocate for someone in your life:
Pacific Assistance Dog Society (PADS) was Canada’s first fully accredited Assistance Dog International school and they breed, raise, train, and partner dogs with individuals with diverse-abilities (PADS, 2018).
Earlier this year, we partnered with TransLink on a Mobility Guide and Accessible Transit Tool. You can read about it here.
Have you seen our AutismBC Talks with Translink regarding its COVID-19 changes? Watch it below.
Do you know if you qualify for ICBC discounts? Find out here.
Flying can be challenging for people with diverse-abilities. Each airline has its own policies, but all will require a form from your doctor, so please check the appropriate policy before you book your flight.
Did you know that of BC’s International Airports, YVR—Vancouver and YLW—Kelowna, have partnered with CAN to help support members of the autism community? Now you do! Simply click on the airport’s name to learn more.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort allows CADS members and their helpers to each get 50% off its window tickets. To qualify for this discount, the CADS member must show their valid CADS card at RMR Guest Services when purchasing lift tickets. Revelstoke also has an adaptive snow sports program called Revelstoke Adaptive Sports and can be reached here (Revelstoke Mountain Resort, 2020).
Big White offers a diverse-ability discount for disabled skiers that require a caregiver to ski. For more information, you can email here (Big White Ski Resort, 2020).
If you’re wanting additional supports, you may want to look back on our AutismBC Talks: Money Matters with Dave Taylor or parts one and two of our Facebook Live with Darren Milne of Freedom 55; however, it is worth noting that these resources are pre-COVID-19.