Equipment

Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WIDHH)

Address: 2125 West 7th Avenue
Vancouver BC
Phone: 604-736-7391
TTY: 604-736-2527
Toll-Free: 1-888-736-7391
Fax: 604-736-4381
Email: info@widhh.com
Website: www.widhh.com

WIDHH is unique because we are the only organization in British Columbia that houses resources to assist with every aspect of a person’s life under one roof. These resources include hearing aid services, sign language interpreting services, employment counselling services, a job resource centre, a seniors outreach program, a communication devices showroom, informative classes, and community presentations.

WIDHH proudly believes in serving the community as a non-profit organization. This means that any money we earn from our social enterprises, such as our hearing aid clinic, goes back into the community to provide free programs.

Service:
Hearing Aid Clinic
Hearing Tests
Hearing Aids
Counselling Services
Employment Counselling
Seniors Outreach
Sign Language Interpreting Services
Communication Devices Showroom

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BC Institute of Technology – Disability Resource Centre

Address: Burnaby Campus – British Columbia Institute of Technology
3700 Willingdon Ave
SW1 Room 2360
Burnaby, BC, V5G 3H2
Phone: 604 451 6963
Fax: 604 432 8839
E-mail: drc@bcit.ca
Website: https://www.bcit.ca/drc/contact.shtml

Discover your potential and achieve your post-secondary goals at BCIT!

Our focus at the Disability Resource Centre is to empower you to overcome the limits and barriers that you encounter during your studies, visible and invisible, permanent or temporary. We look forward to helping you “level the playing field” and succeed in your courses. Whether you’re a full-time or a part-time student, or even if you just need help in figuring out which option is the best fit for you, we’d like to meet with you.

Enjoy browsing through the useful information we’ve put together on our website. Then call or come meet with us in a friendly, casual environment! Besides the assistance we can offer you, we can help you find other BCIT or community services when you need them.

Services Include:
Adaptive Technology Lab

The new Disability Resource Centre (DRC) Adaptive Technology Lab(ATL) aims to assist students registered with DRC. It contains specialized software, computers, assistive devices, and study space.

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The Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation

Address: 902 West 16th Street
North Vancouver, BC
Phone: 1-866-866-0800
Fax: 1 855 771-8731
Website: http://www.eia.gov.bc.ca/pwd/employ.htm

Employment Strategy for Persons with Disabilities
The Government of British Columbia recognizes that persons with disabilities want to achieve greater independence for themselves and their families. They want to contribute to their communities by volunteering or working, as they are able.

The Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation introduced the Employment Strategy for Persons with Disabilities that focuses on developing a broad range of new skills training services and employment-related programs to assist persons with disabilities into the labour market and to improve their employment outcomes.

Components of the Employment Strategy for Persons with Disabilities include:

– Employment Program for Persons with Disabilities (EPPD)
– Minister’s Council on Employment and Accessibility
– Disability Supports for Employment Fund (Vancouver Foundation)

 

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BC Association for Individualized Technology and Supports for People with Disabilities (BCITS)

Address: #103 – 366 East Kent Avenue South
Vancouver BC V5X 4N6
Phone: Local- 604-326-0175 Long Distance 1-604-326-0176
Email: info@bcits.org
Website: http://bcits.org/ 

Through collaboration, BCITS develops and provides client centred technological solutions and supports to optimize independence.

BCITS Provides:

PROP program: PROP is dedicated to people who need home ventilation.
TIL Program: We provide Environmental Control Systems (ECS) that assist people with high level physical disabilities to control devices in their homes and on the go.

Other Programs:
Peer Support
Planning independent living
Order Supplies
Self-help resources

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Neil Squire Society

Address: 400 – 3999 Henning Drive
Burnaby, BC V5C 6P9
T 604-473-9363
F 604-473-9364
Toll Free 1-877-673-4636
Email: info@neilsquire.ca
Website: www.neilsquire.ca

Western Regional Manager
Greg Pyc: gregp@neilsquire.ca

 
The Neil Squire Society helps their clients remove barriers so that they can live independent lives and become active members of the workplace and our society. Specializing in education and workplace empowerment, the Society has served over 30,000 people since 1984.
 
Employment Programs
 
Working Together: helps people with disabilities prepare for, obtain and maintain employment. This unique, comprehensive and participant centered program is designed to develop the skills required to help individuals achieve their employment goals.
 
Solutions for Employment: provides specialized case managed services for people with disabilities and injuries. Our range of services support job seekers find and maintain employment and improve employment readiness. *Offered at our Western Regional Office only.

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Vancouver Adapted Music Society (VAMS)

Address: Office – Suite 318 – 325 Carrall Street, Vancouver, BC
Studio – GF Strong Rehab Centre 4255 Laurel Street Vancouver, BC
Phone:Office – 604-688-6464
Book studio – 604-734-1313 ext. 2535
Email: Booking Studio – gwyman@vams.org
For corporate sponsorship and major gifts – mmcmillan@disabilityfoundation.org
Website: http://www.vams.org/

The Vancouver Adapted Music Society supports and promotes musicians with physical disabilities in the Metro Vancouver area. We operate Canada’s only fully-accessible recording studio, release CDs, create music videos, and promote concerts. VAMS is for beginners as well as those with a background in music.

Join VAMS to:

– Learn guitar, bass, keyboards, singing or studio techniques
– Record in a fully-accessible studio
– Perform at one of our Vancouver-area gigs

​Our specialized adaptive equipment allows people with all levels of disability to explore music.

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Tetra Society of North America

Address: Suite 318 – 425 Carrall Street,
Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604-688-6464
Toll Free: 1-877-688-8762
Website: http://www.tetrasociety.org/
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ERIC MOLENDYK
National Program Coordinator
Email: eric@tetrasociety.org
Phone: 604-688-6464, ext. 117
Fax: 604-688-6463
Toll-free: 1-877-688-8762

The Tetra Society is a non-profit organization, founded in 1987 in Vancouver, BC that recruits skilled volunteers to create customized assistive devices for people of any age with physical disabilities.

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Assistive Technology BC


Address: #108 – 1750 W. 75th Avenue
Vancouver, BC Canada V6P 6G2
Phone: (604) 264-8295
Fax/TTY: (604) 263-2267
Email: info@at-bc.ca
Website: www.at-bc.ca

Assistive Technology BC (ATBC) provides assistive technology resources to make learning and working environment usable for people with disabilities throughout British Columbia.
 
In collaboration with persons with disabilities, post-secondary institutions, employers, community organizations, and our funding partners, ATBC offers a wide range of individualized, centrally coordinated technology services including assessments, assistive equipment, training, and consultation to enable persons with disabilities to achieve their educational and employment goals.
 
Assistive Technologies include Speech Recognition, Audio Recording, Concept Mapping, Text to Speech, Screen Readers / Magnifiers, and Operating Systems.

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Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)

Address: 5055 Joyce Street Suite 200
Vancouver, BC V5R 6B2
phone: Local (604) 431-2121
Phone: Main 1-800-563-2642
Website: www.cnib.ca

Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) work with people of all ages in their own homes, communities or local CNIB offices – providing a wide range of programs and services Canadians need to see beyond vision loss, build their independence and lead the lives they want.

Services include:
Vision Loss Rehabilitation BC: rehabilitation therapy for people with vision loss.

– Registration and Referral
– Emotional and wellness support
– Assistive technology
– CNIB Sight Solutions BC
– Shop CNIB
– Child and family services

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ConnecTra

Address: Suite 318 – 425 Carrall Street
Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604-688-6464 ext. 115
Email: info@connectra.org
Website: http://connectra.org/
Employment: http://www.connectra.org/employment-support-project.html

ConnecTra helps people with disabilities connect to their communities.
 
ConnecTra offers The Employment Mentorship Support Project (EMSP).
The project will test and evaluate whether the pairing of people with physical disabilities who are seeking employment with community-based, trained volunteer mentors can help reduce obstacles and increase the potential for employment.
 
The EMSP takes place in six Metro Vancouver communities: North Shore, Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Tri-Cities and Surrey. We have Community Connectors, people with physical disabilities themselves, recruiting participants and volunteer mentors in each of these communities.
 
The EMSP offers eight months of one-on-one volunteer support for people with disabilities who want to explore work, social and leisure options. Participants will NOT be pressured into work, and will be at NO RISK of losing benefits.
 
For more information please contact your local Community Connector at ConnecTra.
 
The Community Connector for North and West Vancouver:
— Louisa Bridgman

Phone: 604-417-1765
Email: Louisa.bridgman@gmail.com

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Spinal Cord Injury BC (formerly BC Paraplegic Association)

Address: 780 South West Marine Drive 
Vancouver  V6E 4A4
Phone: 604-324-3611
Email: info@sci-bc.ca
Website: http://sci-bc.ca/

Formerly known as the BC Paraplegic Association, Spinal Cord Injury BC (SCI BC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping people with spinal cord injuries, and related disabilities, adjust, adapt and thrive.

Whether someone needs help finding accessible housing, meaningful employment, special equipment and any other resources about living with a physical disability in BC, we’re here to help.

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Veterans Affairs Canada

Address: 605 Robson Street, Suite 900,
Vancouver BC V6B 5J3
Phone: Office – 866-522-2122
Counselling and Referral Service
Call toll-free: 1-800-268-7708
TDD/TTY: 1-800-567-5803
Webpage: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/

Veterans Affairs Canada is funded by the government of Canada and provides many services to support their veterans including:

Pension for Life
Benefits Navigator
Mental Health Support Service
Counselling and Referral Service

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Opportunities Fund Program

Address: Funded by BC Centre for Ability – 2805 Kingsway
Vancouver BC V5R 5H9
Phone: (604) 451-5511
Fax: (604) 451-5651
E-mail: on webpage
Website: http://www.oppsfund.ca/

How to Apply
Referral process
Referrals to the Opportunities Fund Program are only received from Case Managers.

About the Opportunities Fund Program
The Opportunities Fund Program is a financial assistance program designed to assist persons with a disability obtain employment through:
– funding for training
– wage subsidy BC Centre for Ability office
– funding for adaptive equipment
– self-employment training

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