Contacts and Links

Here are some quick links to loosely defined categories on this page:
Resources for wheelchair accessible activites and information in Comox Valley
How to get to where you want to go
Resources for the deaf and blind community
National and Provincial Information Resources
Emergency Preparedness

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Resources

Comox Valley Accessibility Committee - www.cvaccess.ca

Accessible trails in Comox Valley (from Active Comox Valley):
  1) 12 Great Places to get active for free
  2) 12 More Great Places to get active for free this one has wheelchair accessible trails clearly marked.

Try out the City of Courtenay Interactive Parks Map

For excellent snow sports, check out: Vancouver Island Society for Snow Sports They have an annual winter snow sports festival which is fantastic way to discover adaptive snow sports and how you can participate.

Comox Valley Wheelchair Sports- Email
Check out WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL in Comox

Into music? Check out the Vancouver Adapted Music Society. VAMS is part of an initiative of the Disability Foundation . This organisation was founded by Sam Sullivan and also goes by the name Sam Sullivan Disability Foundation.
More organisations linked to the Disability Foundation are:
BC Mobility Opportunities Society
ConnecTra Society Guidance through the maze of opportunities, grants and aid for people with disabilities
Disabled Independent Gardeners Association
Disabled Sailing Association of BC
Tetra Society of North America Tetra's assistive device projects tackle barriers to mobility, personal care and communications.

Rick Hansen Foundation For a wealth of information of resources, tips and discussion

Spinal Cord Injury BC helps people with spinal cord injury (or related physical disability) and their families adjust, adapt and thrive in their new lives.

Check out the Neil Squire Society, they use Technology, Knowledge and Passion to Empower Canadians with Physical Disabilities.


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How to get to where you want to go

HandyDART
BC Transit
JOE'S TAXI 250-941-8294 Clean, safe taxi service with wheelchair accessible cabs
Care Medical Transport 250-702-0318 Non-emergency transport. Preference for 24 hour notice, though will try to fit in same day bookings if able. Wheelchair width limit is 29 inches, and can transport up to two persons in wheelchairs.. For booking information click here.


Resources for the Blind and Deaf Community

Thanks to Brent for the following links:

Hear and There Audio Magazine, a detailed auditory tour of places to visit in the United States with interviews and story telling. This site also has some excellent resources for making places accessible in many ways.
From Dave Ühlman, Accessibility Consultant: Accessibility, FUN and Hear and There Audio Magazine. We find the coolest places to go and describe them with details most would miss. The site has podcasts to download and an Adventure Blog where you can tell the world about your accessible adventures. Maybe someone else would like to go there too.

BlindCoolTech.com This is a resource that has tips, techniques and tutorials for MAC and Windows users. It has links to many other resources for the visually impaired community.

A-Z Deafblindness is a resource for deaf blind persons. Especially check out The newsgroup and list server for blind and deaf persons.

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Provincial and Federal Links for National Initiatives

Council of Canadians with Disabilities
Canadian Government Links to Rights for Disabled Canadians
Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation
BC Housing - Individuals with Disabilities
Canadian Housing and Mortgage Corporation - Programs and Finanacial Assistance
Accessibility Resource Centre from the Government of Canada
Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs NOTE: this is a pdf document and is provided through the American Red Cross
Fire Safety for People with Disabilities An American Guide to household prevention and preparation with Fire Safety in mind.
Canadian Association of Guide and Assistance Dog Schools
Coping with a new or sudden disability
Living with a Disability - Service Canada Depression and Disability Note: this is a pdf document provided from The North Carolina Office on Disability and Health
45 signs of Prescription Drug Abuse This site is part of an American program for Drug Rehabilitation
How to Stay Physically Active Aging Well with a Physical Disability This is an American program with exercise fact sheets.
Top tips for getting fit if you have a disability This is information from Disability Horizons.

Hat tip to Patricia from Public Health Corps for the American links above...


Emergency Preparedness

Thanks to Spinal Cord Injury BC (http://sci-bc.ca/) for the following excellent article on "Emergency Preparedness 101"
From the Government of Canada:Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities and A PDF Manual "Planning for Safety"
From Yvonne Olssen, some resources on Fire Safety (Note– these links have ads and are from the US):
Fire Safety for Persons with Disabilities
Printable Fire Safety Tip Sheets
Fire Safety for Kids

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