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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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LAST UPDATED: June 1, 2020

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?

All BCWBS programs have been suspended or postponed. BCWBS is monitoring the information provided by public health officials and is in regular contact with viaSport BC and Wheelchair Basketball Canada.

Looking ahead, BCWBS will follow the multi-phase Return to Sport Plan announced by the BC Provincial Health Officer/Ministry of Health and the Return to Sport Guidelines provided by viaSport. Based on these guidelines, BCWBS will then work to finalize our (BCWBS) wheelchair basketball competitive and club/community sport guidelines that will be communicated to all of their members, clubs and regions. These guidelines will be specific to BCWBS organized programs and the competitive programs run by BCWBS.  BCWBS hopes that their clubs and regions will make decisions based on what is happening in their own communities and what feels most comfortable.

BCWBS will share their Return to Sport plan with members, clubs and partners once it has been developed and approved by the BCWBS Board of Directors, and will publish it on their website, in their newsletter and across all social media channels.

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. We will continue to deliver our services virtually however we 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?

All BCWSA programming will be suspended until June 30, 2020, at which point they will re-evaluate the situation. BCWSA is monitoring information from public health officials, as well as other National Sport Organisations (NSOs) and Provincial Sport Organisations (PSOs), viaSport and Sport BC. BCWSA will follow the multi-phase Return to Sport Plan announced by the BC Provincial Health Officer/Ministry of Health and the Return to Sport Guidelines provided by viaSport when they are available.

They are actively engaging members and program participants in the Return to Sport process and have created a survey to share your current comfort level with a Return to Sport and the needs you may have for a successful return.  The survey is available here

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. They will be hosting ConnecTogether, a Virtual Abilities Expo starting May 4th and running until the end of June. Keep your eyes on their website and social media for more details.

The Disability Foundation would love to hear more about how you’re during this time and what they can do to help! Fill out their quick online survey to share your thoughts.

How Can I Learn More?

Spinal Cord Injury BC

What’s Different Now?

SCI BC is suspending all services that take place in public spaces until the end of June 2020. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and will adjust this decision as needed. 

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, home workouts, adaptive yoga, tax how-tos, 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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