CODC Newsletter, Summer 2017
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Welcome to our first newsletter!

Welcome! CODC is your new resource for people with disabilities and the organizations that work with them. Take the time to explore our website at and watch it grow as time goes by. Our newsletter is quarterly but our website and Facebook page are constantly evolving. The Central Okanagan Disability Coalition brings together initiatives on accessibility, transportation and information. We believe that the more we share news, resources and good practices, the better life will be for people with disabilities in the Central Okanagan.

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Contents - Summer 2017

Read on for information on:

  • AXLE
  • Accessible Transit
  • Spotlight on Neil Squire Solutions
  • ParticipACTION 150
  • Access the Central Okanagan - Lake Country
  • Blogspot - Listening to Minister Qualtrough
  • News, ideas and links from near and far


Access Experts in Lived Experience (AXLE) provides an opportunity for local government, services and businesses to explore their accessibility needs by interacting with our team of disabled volunteers. While there may be standards in place for accessibility, nothing beats asking the experts – the disabled people who live the experience.

Our soft launch was held on May 25th. Derek had this to say about it:

AXLE founders met with community stakeholders at the Kelowna branch of the ORL on May 25, 2017. Our goal was to explain the AXLE service and solicit input on how best to develop and promote it. Dialogue was lively and produced many diverse insights. These insights will help us to frame and focus AXLE offerings which are relevant to the needs of our local business community. AXLE is here to support local organisations in ensuring that their touchpoints such as storefronts, websites and advertising are not inadvertently excluding customers with disabilities. Anyone interested in a free consultation can email or call Derek at 778-215-8695.

Accessible Transit

The Accessible Transit Working Group meets quarterly with representatives of BC Transit and the City of Kelowna. 

Each newsletter we will bring you the latest news and updates from the meeting.

News from our last meeting includes:

  • Travel training is now available for those people wishing to learn to use the fixed route conventional system. This is done by Meridian Rehab and you can reach them by calling (250) 868-3086 to book an appointment.
  • The registration process for the custom transit system (handyDART) has changed and involves in-person assessments from an Occupational Therapist. Here are a list of FAQs.
  • Did you know that the Central Okanagan handyDART hours have been expanded on Saturdays? The service is available from 9am to 6pm.
  • Recently there has been an increase in late cancellations and 'no-shows' for handyDART. Late cancellations are those done within 2 hours of your trip, while 'no-shows' are when the bus arrives in the 30 minute before your booking, but you're not there. With limited resources, this can have a knock-on effect for other riders. Your cooperation is appreciated.
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Spotlight on Neil Squire Solutions

Each newsletter we will shine a spotlight on an organization that provides goods or services to people with disabilities.

In this edition, we shine the spotlight on Neil Squire Solutions. Visit our blog to read the full Neil Squire Solutions article.

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ParticipACTION 150 - access activities

ParticipACTION surveyed Canadians to find their top 150 favourite activities for the Canada 150 celebrations. Not only are there 150 activities, but they come with suggestions for adaptations.

If you are looking for a new way to stay active, why not check out the ParticipACTION 150 website.

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Access the Central Okanagan - Lake Country

Each edition we hope to bring you updates on initiatives taken in the Central Okanagan. This edition we look at the work of the Access and Age Friendly Committee in Lake Country. Read about two of the recent initiatives of the AAFC by following the link.

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Blogspot - Qualtrough: The Culture Must Change

Each edition we will bring you a taste of the entries on our blog. Michelle's reflections on the talk by Carla Qualtrough, Minister for Sport and People with Disabilities at the AGM of Disability Alliance BC can be found by following the link.

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News, Idea and Links from Near and Far

In this section we will bring you a selection of the things we have seen and been reading on the web.

Accessible Okanagan is an amazing organization aimed at getting people with mobility disabilities out to enjoy every aspect of the Okanagan - camping, hiking, kayaking - whatever you want to try!

Perhaps Kamloops is the place for you? This blog post will guide you to a host of accessible opportunities in and around Kamloops.

Do you think we need more ramps into businesses in the Central Okanagan? Perhaps we should work with - look at the difference it made to Sackville, New Brunswick.

Uber might be making its way to the Central Okanagan soon, bringing with it opportunities and concerns. Here's one experience from the UK of using Uber with a guide dog.

Employment opportunities are a huge concern for disabled people This news story from Kitchener gives some reflection on how this is going in Ontario.

And finally - did you see this young man in the news or on Ellen? 12 years old and he is developing Ability App, to help people with disabilities! What a go getter and a positive light for the future!

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Have a wonderful summer and look for us in the fall.

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