Access Services

Spring & Summer

Accessibility cultivates inclusivity by eliminating barriers and creating social, physical and economic environments that enable all residents to participate actively in the community. 

Inclusivity embraces and values diversity in age, culture, disAbility, gender, language, marital status, religion, sexual orientation and socio-economic status. 

For more information on accessibility and related programs, contact the Access Coordinator:

604-925-7279

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Accessibility

The Role of Access Services 

Access Services, within the Parks and Community Services Division, includes support for people with disAbility, low income and people who are new to Canada who face cultural barriers. 

Recreation for all 

Community Services believes in building community programs and services that meet the needs of the community. Our recreation programs and facilities reflect our on-going pursuit to provide meaningful and inclusive opportunities for people with disAbility. 

Program Support for people with disAbilities 

We encourage you to bring your own support to programs and services. Please let us know if you are registered for a program, and plan to bring your own support by calling the Access Coordinator. See also Summer Camp Inclusion Volunteer (previously Camp Buddy) and Access Support Workers for support for our summer camp programs.

604-925-7279

Leisure Access Card

The Leisure Access Card is available for individuals who require extra support (assistance of a physical, psychological, emotional, intellectual or sensory nature) in order to participate in recreation programs. The card provides free access for the individual who is providing support. It also provides the opportunity to meet with a staff member to discuss any adaptations or ideas you may have improve your experience in our facilities and programs. Applications are available at any recreation facility front desk or online.

Accessibility

If you/your child are participating in any program or lesson and are unable to fulfill the typical requirements and require an adapted plan, please contact the Access Coordinator to set up a planning meeting. We will work with you to create an individualized plan that will help you/your child improve your/his/her skills in a way that will increase your/his/her confidence, sense of accomplishment and quality of the recreation experience.

Summer Camps

Summer Camps run in July and August. Our camps run on a philosophy of inclusion, with the priority being to find ways to help all children have fun with their peers and to participate to the best of their ability in camp activities. TTo achieve this goal, our camps are supported by an Access Services Coordinator who trains and works with Support Workers and youth volunteers (SCIP), who offer support to children with challenges. Registration packages are available at any recreation facility front desk or online.

Accessibility

Once an application for support is completed there is an assessment interview with Access Services staff, parents and child to determine the appropriate level of support to provide a successful camping experience.

We offer two levels of support to children, ages 5 – 15:

Summer Camp Inclusion Program (SCIP)
High school and university students volunteer to provide additional support to camps that have children who may have trouble engaging with other campers. They may adapt activities to encourage children to participate, to the best of their ability. This program is sponsored by the West Vancouver Community Society.

Support Workers
University students are trained to provide one-to-one support to children, who receive one-to-one support in their schools. Support Workers are able to modify programs so that all children can participate. Children may receive 1 – 2 weeks of support during summer; although the applications are processed on a first come basis. This program is funded by the District of West Vancouver and has had previous funding from Canada Summer Jobs.

Family Provided Support
Families are always welcome to bring their own support person to any program. If you know or suspect that your child requires additional support to participate in the summer day camp programs, please let us know when you have registered by calling the Access Coordinator. This will help us plan for extra person (e.g. for admissions and bus transportation), assign SCIP volunteers or Support Workers to be in the same camp as your child, train camp staff and start a conversation with you about what we need to do to ensure that your child has a positive and memorable camp experience.

604-925-7279