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Updated July 2, 2020.

With all of the disruptions caused by COVID-19, it can be hard to keep track of what’s happening in your community. Will my wheelchair basketball practice be cancelled? Can I still access adaptive technology when I need it? What about my sailing club or gardening group? We reached out to the BC SCI Network for answers.

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As a member of the BC SCI Community Services Network, Spinal Cord Injury BC connected with our partners at BC Wheelchair Basketball, BC Wheelchair Sports Association, Neil Squire Society and the Disability Foundation for the latest news and compiled a list of services updates. Rest assured, we are all still here for you during this during challenging time and look forward to connecting with you in new ways! Please take a look at the updates below and stay safe!

BC Wheelchair Basketball (BCWBS)

What’s Different Now?

“BCWBS is not funding, sanctioning or endorsing any organized in-person wheelchair basketball, Let’s Play or BCWBS School & Community Outreach Program activities.” The return to basketball is currently in Phase 4 of BC’s Return to Sport Plan.

In the meantime, “BCWBS, in alignment with Wheelchair Basketball Canada and Canada Basketball, has established new information for clubs, regions, and athletes as part of our Back to Basketball Strategy.” BCWBS will be sharing their Back to Basketball plan in the coming weeks. You can read their full statement and view all of the resources available, here.

How Do I Learn More?

Neil Squire Society

What’s Different Now?

Neil Squire is working to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19 for the health and safety of clients, staff, and their communities, by following direction from the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafe BC. They will continue to deliver their services virtually however they are gradually moving towards offering limited in-person services by appointments. Clients will need an appointment for any in-person services.

Whether you’re looking for a job, require employment-related disability supports to continue working successfully, or want to learn how to connect with others through email or social media, Neil Squire is there to help.

How Do I Learn More?

  • Contact Neil Squire directly at 1-877-673-4636 or info@neilsquire.ca
  • Check out the full list of virtual programs available from Neil Squire Society online.
  • Follow Neil Squire Society on social media
  • Sign up for the Neil Squire Society newsletter to stay in touch!

BC Wheelchair Sports Association

What’s Different Now?

BC Wheelchair Sports has released its Return to Sport Guidelines for Wheelchair Tennis and Wheelchair Athletics. This is the first step “towards a phased return to wheelchair tennis and wheelchair athletics programming in the province and will allow [their] many clubs and programs throughout the province to begin the work to return to sport and allow for the resumption of small group training in wheelchair athletics and wheelchair tennis.”

BCWSA notes that “while the Province of BC may be entering Phase 3 of the BC Restart Plan. [BWSA] is only in Level 2 of their Wheelchair Tennis and Wheelchair Athletics Return to Sport Plans and remain in Level 1 for Wheelchair Rugby. As a result, all of [its] Wheelchair Rugby programs remain suspended while we continue to work on our Return to Sport plan.” The health and safety of their members and community remain a top priority and core of any decision making.

How Can I Learn More?

Disability Foundation

What’s Different Now?

The program coordinators of the Disability Foundation’s affiliated societies (BCMOS, ConnecTra, DIGA, TETRA, VAMS and DSA-BC) have been working hard to pivot their programs to virtual delivery and to reach out and check-in with participants and volunteers. Keep your eyes on their website and social media for more details.

How Can I Learn More?

Spinal Cord Injury BC

What’s Different Now?

SCI BC is continuing to suspend all services that take place in public spaces until further notice. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and are currently considering how best to return to in-person events safely and responsibly. Stay tuned for updates. 

During this time, our Peer Support Program has moved online. We have a virtual event happening every weekday to stay connected and are partnering with a number of our Peers and community partners to lead activities such as cooking classes, home workouts, adaptive yoga, online board game nights and more!

We encourage people to reach out to our toll-free InfoLine at 1-800-689-2477 or info@sci-bc.ca for more information about SCI and COVID-19 and how we can support you during this time.

How Can I Learn More?

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