Fitness & Recreation

Whistler Adapted Skiing Program


Friend of the Whistler Adaptive Ski & Ride Program,  The weather is great, the snow conditions are excellent and the sun is shinning. All we are missing is YOU.  We would love for you to join us back on the slopes of Whistler Blackcomb. Please call 1-800-766-0449 to book your next lesson with us.  In the meantime, we are trying to promote the program, so we can identify how to best reach other potential guests. If you have any contacts or leads for us, please feel free to email . We really want to get the “word out” so that as many people as possible can enjoy the freedom and therapeutic value of skiing and snowboarding on our beautiful mountains.” We invite you to visit www.whistlerblackcomb and click on Adaptive/Special Needs (under lessons) to find out more about our program, including this exciting announcement: The Whistler Adaptive Ski and Scotiabank Learn to Ride Program is now officially recognized as a therapeutic intervention program which meets all criteria of eligibility for Autism funding by the Ministry of Children and Family Development for children 6-18 years of age who reside in British Columbia. The Autism Funding: Ages 6-18 Program, provides families up to $6,000 per year per child.  We appreciate your past business and looking forward to seeing you again in the near future. Whistler Adaptive Ski and Scotiabank Learn to Ride ProgramT. 604.905.2071F. 

Write off some of your child’s fitness activities expenses


Did you know that you can write off some of your child’s activitiy expenses, even if they are participating in Special Needs activities?

Following is quoted from :

"You can claim to a maximum of $500 per child, the fees paid in 2008 that relate to the cost of registering your or your spouse or common-law partner’s child in a prescribed program of physical activity. The child must have been under 16 years of age at the beginning of the year.

You can claim this amount provided that another person has not already claimed the same fees and that the total claimed is not more than the maximum amount that would be allowed if only one of you were claiming the amount.

Children with disabilities – If the child qualifies for the disability amount and is under 18 years of age at the beginning of the year, an additional amount of $500 can be claimed provided that a minimum of $100 is paid on registration or membership fees for a prescribed program of physical activity.

Prescribed program

To qualify for this amount, a program must:

  • be ongoing (either a minimum of eight weeks duration with a minimum of one session per week or, in the case of children’s camps, five consecutive days);
  • be supervised;
  • be suitable for children; and
  • require significant physical activity (generally, most of the activities must include a significant amount of physical activity that contributes to cardiorespiratory endurance plus muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and/or balance)."

Check out this website for more information or talk to your tax preparer.

Disneyland: Go to the front of the line!


You may be able to "bypass" lines at Disneyland when you are accompanying a person with a disability.  Every disability has different rules and they may be very different from when you last visited the Magic Kingdom ten years ago. 

Check out: Disneyland Guest Services California

DisneyWorld Guest Services Florida

so that you know what to expect when you travel to Disneyland.   

Join a Committee and be Pro Active!


Having a daughter in a wheelchair meant going over or around so many curbs without the curb cuts in them, not being satisfied with the change facilities or the pool chairs at the various pools in Bby., disgruntled at the taxi services and other accessibility issues made me volunteer for the Access Advisory Committee for the City of Burnaby.  This committee addresses not just people with physical disabilities issues, but also the hard of hearing and the sight impaired population as well.  I have learned a great deal by being on this committee and feel that anyone can volunteer to be on so many committees to make an improvement in the lives of people with disabilities.

1.  Join a committee as you never know what impact you may have by sharing your own personal experiences.

2.  Don’t just complain, do something about it by joining a committee.  It’s surprising how much you are able to contribute!

Who Do I Call if I Need Something Custom Made to Help With My Ability?

The Tetra Society can custom make things for you if you are physically disabled to assist you with your ability. Volunteer retired engineers design assistive devices to help with activities of daily living.  They charge for the materials if they cannot find a specific item, but do not charge for labour. 

Burnaby Parks and Recreation Credit Program

Did you know that there is a Burnaby Recreation Credit Program run by Burnaby Parks & Recreation Department. If you are in financial need you may qualify. I know that a person needs a Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance Form filled out by their Financial Aid Worker. To contact MEIA call (604) 320-2227 or visit the office @101-4946 Canada Way, Burnaby.

Want to See a Movie? People with Disabilities Save $$$


People with disabilities can apply for an Access 2 Entertainment Card. The card allows for the support person who accompanies the person with a disability in for free or for very cheap. To learn more go to the Access 2 Entertainment Website.

Camping in BC? If you have a disability you may save some $$$


BC Parks has new park rates effective April 2010.   If you meet any ONE of the disabilty criteria, your camping party can
camp for free. There is also no charge for a second non-recreational

The rules are fairly stringent and limited in scope but you could save some money if you want to go through the process. Go to:

the BC Parks Website for general information and Disabilities for the exact criteria.

Where to find a playground that is accessible for children with special needs


Variety Club Playground is an accessible playground at Central Park in Burnaby. This play area provides fun and challenges for children of all ages and abilities.