Social Inclusion: Resources for People with Disabilities in Revelstoke, British Columbia
Social Inclusion: Resources for People with Disabilities in Revelstoke, British Columbia Social Inclusion: Resources Available for People withDisabilities in Revelstoke, British Columbia
Community Mapping Presentation HUMS 1581 - Pamela OlssonMy name is PamelaOlsson and I’ve spent thepast couple monthsresearching resourcesavailable for people withdisabilities in Revelstoke,British Columbia. I believein social integration andfull social participation forall people in society,including those withdisabilities. With that, Ibelieve in a communitythat allows every personequal access to communityresources.
“Congress acknowledged that societys accumulated myths and fears aboutdisability and disease are as handicapping as are thephysical limitations that flow from actual impairment”- William J.Brennan, Jr.
Building Blocks for People with Disabilities in Revelstoke Primary: -Community Connections -Revelstoke Child and Resource Center Potential: Secondary: -The Ministry of Family -Carolyn Duncan, speech therapist -School District #19 Development -Forsythe House -Columbian Basin Trust -Revelstoke Children’s Society -Queen Victoria -The Ministry of Community Hospital: Interior Services -Helios Rehabilitation Centre Health -CAP-C Federal funds -Jumping Jacks Preschool -Selkirk Medical -Attorney General -Stepping Stones Preschool Group -The City of Revelstoke
Community Capacity Map: Services for People with Disabilities in Revelstoke Community Seeds of Connections Skilled Empathy developmental with programs program teaching therapists for infants to empathy to the elderly children School District Sense of Fantastic #19 with lots of connection doctors, nurses supports that massage and aid in social within the physical integration community therapists Accessible Aboriginal entertainment, Preschools with Education for such as live programs that Elementary music socially include and the High downtown children with School disabilities
Wheelchair Accessible Entertainment for People with Disabilities in RevelstokeMount Revelstoke National The Greenbelt Pathway Park Roxy Theatre -6km of paved wheelchair -Giant Cedars Picnic Area -“new release” feature accessible pathway films and sometimes live -Meadows in the Sky featuring glacier views and productions Parkway the Columbia River Revelstoke Aquatic Center -wheelchair accessible Revelstoke Dam Visitors building Centre -wheelchair accessible -full wheelchair access wading pool
So, what needs to change in order to make Revelstoke more accessible for everyone? I asked Revelstokians on the “Revysell” Facebook page where thousands of locals sign in to sell and trade items. Here are some of the responses:“Covered parking “How about:downtown for one signs/information/c “There’s a lot of storesor two vehicles. rossings that meet and buildings that dontDuring the winter it “First street from the the needs of people have ramps, widecan be impossible legion towards Farwell who arent able to enough doors and/or theto unload a Park does not have read due to limited layout of the storeswheelchair using a ramped sidewalks!! literacy and vision; arent accommodatinglift because of snow lever handles that for wheel chairs going Very tricky tobanks.” are easy to turn for through their stores. For maneuver a example, aisles cleared anyone with wheelchair.” reduced strength or and wide enough…Ooo dexterity; hmmm... thats the other thing,“Curb cuts, heaving sidewalks repaired, removal I will have to give covered bus stops for allof the interlocking stone they put in Grizzly this more thought. weather conditions andPlaza and first street, more buildings with level Great question seasons.”access, more electronic door openers, more Pam, I like thegovernment funded wheelchair accessible opportunity to thinkapartments and overall better universal design a bit bigger thanof new builds. I could probable go on and on!!” myself.”
Some of our Buildings are Wheelchair AccessibleThe Police Station Revelstoke Forum & Arena The Post Office The Recreation and Aquatic Center
But some of our buildings are not wheelchair accessible, including the Fire Hall.(Incredibly heavy doors that aren’t automatic and narrow doorways) A lot of our buildings are still inaccessible for people with disabilities, including downtown shops and restaurants.
Community Needs Map for People with DisabilitiesLack of programs Lack of funding for for people with extra aid and Physical specialized disabilities programs -Social Isolation -Poor Health -Social exclusion -Unequal opportunities High living costs -housing Shortage of activities -groceries and with specialized household items accessibility for people -Bills and utilities with disabilities
Community Connections Mission StatementCommunity Connections (Revelstoke) Society provides integrated, accessible social services toindividuals and families in the community of Revelstoke. To respond to community needs we deliver quality services both directly and through community partnerships.
Community Services Provided by CommunityConnections for people with Developmental Disabilities• Individualized Community Inclusion Program • Participants, with assistance of a worker, engage in community activities such as going to a hokey game or purchasing items at the grocery store, encouraging both independence and confidence.• Residential Group Homes • There are 2 residential group homes in Revelstoke staffed 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, meeting the needs of a quality lifestyle for those with developmental disabilities.• Supported Work Program • Integrates individuals with developmental disabilities into a supervised work environment.• Community Connectors • Giving children and youth with disabilities an opportunity to participate in community activities such as watching a play or going to the bakery.• Infant Development Program • For children and families of children 0-3 years of age with a current disability or at risk for developing a disability.• Respite • Periodic childcare for the families of children with disabilities
Revelstoke Childcare Society and CCRR (Child Care Resources & Referral)“We work with the community to strive for quality inclusive child care servicesthat meet the needs of local families and promote the healthy development of children.”
Karin O’neill, Education Assistant for School District #19 & Revelstoke’s Strengths and Needs Interview Strengths“Children with autism get a lot ofsupport for a smaller community. The school district has a lot of support staff.” Needs“Revelstoke needs more mentalhealth support for both childrenand adults. There’s not a whole
Here is some great climbing andplaying equipment for some children….
…but there are additional options that include even more children Revelstoke could definitely use more playground equipment for children with disabilities
Community Map & Social Integration Plan for those with Disabilities in Revelstoke, BC Social Inclusion for all People Application Hiring Create Plan Implement for contractors of Action Plan of appropriate and program Action funding coordinators Working as a Brainstorming ways Brainstorming community to create ways to promote towards social accessibility to all social integration buildings and of people with integration inclusive programs disabilities Community Community Strengths Awareness Involvement Identifying & Problem Solving
Come On Revelstoke! Let’sjoin together to end ABELISM!
Slideshow Created by Pamela OlssonAssignment 6:Community Mapping Presentation HUMS 1581 July 26th 2012