Recreation

Disabled Independent Gardeners’ Association

Address: 318 – 425 Carrall Street
Vancouver, BC
Phone:604-688-6464
Email: diga@disabilityfoundation.org
Website: http://digabc.org/

The Disabled Independent Gardeners Association (DIGA) provides opportunities for people with physical disabilities to actively participate in gardening. Members work with volunteers to actively participate in designing and tending to gardens.

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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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Zajac Ranch

Address: #300–2006 West 10th Avenue
Phone: 604-739-0444
Fax: 604-739-0441 
Vancouver  V6J 2B3
Email: info@zajacranch.com
Website: www.zajacranch.com

The Zajac Ranch provides camp experiences that empower children of all abilities to participate, foster the development of life-long skills and independence and create lasting opportunities for friendship and fulfillment. Including Water Sports, Petting Zoo, Gymnasium, Amphitheatre, Organic Garden, Equestrian Center, Swimming Pool, Climbing Wall, Canoeing and Kayaking, Archery Area, High Ropes Alpine Challenge Course and Low Ropes Team Development Course. Activities are designed to be accessible for children of all abilities.

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Theatre Terrific

Address: Office – The Woodwards Building
Suite #430 – 111 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC
Phone: (604) 222-4020
Fax: (604) 669-2662
Email:
General inquires: info@theatreterrific.ca
Artistic Director: susanna@theatreterrific.ca
Website: https://www.theatreterrific.ca/

Theatre Terrific pioneers inclusive opportunities for artists of all abilities to develop performance skills and collaborate in the production of theatrical works. Through its work, Theatre Terrific challenges audiences to be open to the impact of thought provoking art.Theatre Terrific pioneers inclusive opportunities for artists of all abilities to develop performance skills and collaborate in the production of theatrical works. Through its work, Theatre Terrific challenges audiences to be open to the impact of thought provoking art.

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Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association (VTEA)

Address: 3330 256th Street 
Langley  V4W 1Y4
Phone: 604-857-1267
Email: info@vtea.ca
Website: http://www.vtea.ca/vtea_wp/

Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association (VTEA) is a registered volunteer-based charity that provides medically-approved therapeutic horseback riding and hippotherapy treatments for children and adults of varying abilities. Since 1983, the goal of VTEA has been to enhance the quality of life for our riders by improving their physical, mental, and emotional well being with the help of our empathetic and gentle horses. The riders find they can interact with their environment in new, powerful, and inspiring ways.

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Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports (VASS)

Suite 322, 125A-1030 Denman Street 
Vancouver  V6G 2M6 
Phone: 604-646-VASS (8277)
Email: info@vass.ca 
Website:  www.vass.ca

Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports (VASS) runs skiing and snowboarding programs for persons with a disability at Grouse, Seymour and Cypress Mountains. VASS makes the mountain experience accessible to all. VASS is a registered non-profit society (89254 2168 RR0001), operated by a dedicated group of volunteers, which includes an active Board of Directors, program coordinators, instructors and administrators.

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Leisure Access Card – West Vancouver

Address: 750 17th St,
West Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604-925-7279
Email: info@westvancouver.ca
Website: http://westvancouver.ca/widgets/leisure-access-card

If you are a person with a disability, the Leisure Access Card makes it easier for your to use our programs and services with support. You can also meet with a district staff person to discuss adaptations or ideas for making your experience with us better. The application is mandatory for participants over the age of seven who use our facilities more than once with a support worker.

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North Vancouver Recreation Commission

Address: Administration Office 
600 W Queens Rd,
North Vancouver BC
Phone: 604-987-Play (7529)
Email: najakm@nvrc.ca
Website: www.northvanrec.com

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North Vancouver Recreation Commission’s mission is to build healthy individuals, families and communities and we know that recreation and culture are vital to the overall health, wellness and creativity of our community. That’s why we provide and facilitate quality municipal recreation and culture programs, services and events that enhance the quality of life for all North Vancouver residents.

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Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities (PRDA)

Address: 1088–208th Street 
Langley BC
Phone: 604-530-8717
Fax: 604-530-8617
Email: mklassen@prda.ca
Website: www.prda.ca

Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities was established in 1973 to provide therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities. For over 44 years, we’ve been giving youth and adults with varying disabilities the chance to bond with horses, make lasting friendships, have fun, and receive therapy at the same time. PRDA provides a caring and welcoming environment, and we pride ourselves on being a safe place for people to experience new things. We want our riders to feel like they can challenge themselves knowing that there is a strong support system in place for them should they require help.

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Richmond Therapeutic Equestrian Society

13671 No.3 Road 
Richmond  V7A 1X7
Phone: 604-241-7837
Email: info@richmondtherapeuticriding.com
Website: http://www.rtesrichmond.com/

Richmond Therapeutic Riding Association provides Therapeutic Riding for people, primarily children and youth with disabilities. We offer several sessions of lessons throughout the calendar year.

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SportAbility

Address: 780 SW Marine Drive
Vancouver BC
Phone: 604-324-1411
Email: info@sportabilitybc.ca
Jade Werger – Sport Development Coordinator
Email: jadewerger@sportabilitybc.ca
Website: http://sportabilitybc.ca/

SportAbility is a multi-sport society that ensures and facilitates opportunities in physical activity and sport. We enable all British Columbians who have a physical disability to enhance their quality of life by being active in their community and beyond. portAbility has a number of sports programs for athletes with physical disabilities. These sports include 7-A-Side Soccer, Power Soccer, Sledge Hockey, and Boccia.

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BC Camping Association

Address: 3302 Senkler Rd,
Belcarra BC
Phone: 604-931-6449
Website: http://www.bccamping.org/

The British Columbia Camps Association is a governing body that facilitates and promotes an in-depth accreditation process, informs and educates its membership of camping professionals, and advocates the benefits of accredited camps to parents and the BC public.

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BC Mobility Opportunities Society

Address: Suite 318 – 425 Carrall Street
Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604-688-6464
Email: shunter@disabilityfoundation.org
Website: http://www.bcmos.org/

BC Mobility Opportunities Society empowers and inspires people with physical disabilities to re-imagine what is possible through the provision of wilderness access opportunities. British Columbia Mobility Opportunities Society (BCMOS) was formed to make the Vancouver outdoors more accessible, which we do through our hiking and paddling programs.

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Special Olympics BC

Address: 3701 Hastings St., Unit 210
Burnaby, BC
Phone: 604-737-3078
Fax: 604-737-3080
Email: info@specialolympics.bc.ca
Website: https://www.specialolympics.ca/british-columbia

Special Olympics BC is dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities through sport. Through the power and joy of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. Special Olympics athletes find joy, confidence, and fulfillment – on the playing field and in life.

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BC Wheelchair Sports Association (BCWSA)

Address: 780 SW Marine Drive 
Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604- 333-3520
Fax: 604- 326-1229
Toll Free: 1-877-737-3090
Email: info@bcwheelchairsports.com
Website: https://www.bcwheelchairsports.com/

BCWSA supports the growth and development of four member and two associate member sports: wheelchair athletics (track, field and throws), wheelchair basketball (through BC Wheelchair Basketball Society), wheelchair rugby, wheelchair tennis, and target sports. Each of these is played by athletes from the casual beginner level all the way to the elite level. Whether weekend recreation or organised competitions are your interest, there are many opportunities for everyone to get involved.

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Disabled Sailing Association of BC

Address: Suite A304, 770 Pacific Boulevard South,
Plaza of Nations Vancouver, BC
Phone: (604) 688-6463 – Book: (604) 222-3003
Fax: 604-688-6463
Email: dsa@reachdisability.org
Website: www.reachdisability.org/dsa
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Sailing Chapters
Address: Jericho Sailing Centre 1300 Discovery Street,
Vancouver, BC

The Disabled Sailing Association of BC provides people with disabilities the opportunity to leave their restrictions behind and become active participants in an exciting outdoor sport.

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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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Access 2 Entertainment Program

Phone Toll Free: 1-877-376-6362
Email: access2card@easterseals.ca
Website: http://www.access2card.ca/

Access 2 Entertainment Program is for people of all ages and types of permanent disabilities who require the assistance of a support person at hundreds of participating entertainment, cultural and recreational venues across Canada. A support person is an adult who accompanies a person with a permanent disability to assist with services that are not provided by the employees at the participating venue, such as assistance with eating, administering medication, communication and use of the facilities.

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Water Wheelchairs & Mobi-Mats – City of Vancouver

Phone: 604-873-7000
Email: access.services@vancouver.ca
Website: http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/accessible-beaches.aspx

Water Wheelchairs and Mobi-Mats makes the city’s most popular beaches and watering holes more accessible to people with mobility challenges, allowing all Vancouverites the chance to enjoy the sunshine this year.

Ten new floating wheelchairs will provide safe entry to the ocean with the help of an attendant and be available around the city as of June 1. In addition, last week at Kitsilano Beach, the park board installed Mobi-Mats — a non-slip beach access pathway, the first of which rolled out at English Bay last summer, according to the Vancouver Park Board.

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