ConnecTra serves as a connecting agency, linking people with physical disabilities to activities and programs that will, over time, allow them to grow, gain confidence and become increasingly more active and involved in community life. It aims to get people with significant disabilities living in the Lower Mainland as socially active as possible, setting the stage for many to consider training, education and work. Includes the Abilities Business Cooperative, a networking group for the self-employed. ConnecTra also has a Facebook page.
Disabled Independent Gardeners Association
Disabled Independent Gardeners Association provides people with significant physical disabilities the opportunity to become involved in gardening. DIGA recognizes gardening as a recreational activity that can enable people with disabilities to develop skills, build self-confidence, learn and grow. Also visit DIGA on Facebook.
Disabled Sailing Association of BC (DSA)
Disabled Sailing Association of British Columbia promotes freedom and independence by providing people with disabilities the opportunity to actively participate in an exciting and challenging outdoor sport. Uses a specially designed adaptive sailboat, the Martin-16, which allows joystick or (mouth-operated) sip ‘n’ puff control. DSA has affiliates in Victoria, Chemainus, Kelowna, and other cities across Canada. For a less formal take on it all, see the DSA blog, Sailing is Freedom. While you are at it, also check out the DSA boat donation website. DSA is also on Facebook.
Programs: recreational sailing (novice to expert) – regattas.
Tetra Society of North America
Tetra Society of North America provides volunteer engineers to design and construct customized assistive devices for people with significant physical disabilities. Volunteers work one-on-one with people with specific needs that cannot be met by commercial assistive devices. Tetra also has a Facebook page.
Vancouver Adapted Music Society (VAMS)
Vancouver Adapted Music Society works with musicians of all levels of ability. Provides karaoke and entry-level music making, along with a fully equipped, professional-standard recording studios at GF Strong Rehab Centre, Vancouver which is used by musicians of all levels of experience. The society also promotes more accomplished musicians through its website, by arranging performance opportunities, staging concerts and through recordings. VAMS also has a Facebook page.
Programs: karaoke – music workshops – concerts – studio & practice facility.