British Columbia - MODC wants to retrofit your vehicle!

To help British Columbia residents with physical disabilities regain their ability to travel independently, March of Dimes Canada, through the Istvan and Barbara Haas Vehicle Retrofit Fund, will provide up to $15,000 to retrofit a vehicle. This is the second time this competition has run in British Columbia. The application deadline is February 16, 2014.

The funding is intended to provide vehicle modifications for an eligible individual or family to enable a person with disabilities that restrict mobility to participate in his/her community. 

For information on eligibility and to access the application forms, please visit March of Dimes’ website here or contact:

Istvan and Barbara Haas Vehicle Retrofit Initiative 
301 – 1212 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6H 3V1
Tel: 604-738-6219
Fax: 519-432-4923

Survey: Better Access for Rail Passengers using Mobility Aids

The Consortium Led by Real-Time Engineering & Simulation, Inc. is working on a project for Transport Canada to better understand the long distance travel needs of people with mobility impairments in order to improve their accessibility to rail vehicles and the quality of the service provision in Canada.

The removal and prevention of barriers and making access easier to, and move around on board trains and stations is essential to provide accessible rail services and remove discrimination. With this survey, we are asking you to share your needs, views, comments and suggestions on current access to VIA Rail services and on various boarding devices. Your participation in this study is greatly appreciated through responding a survey.

This survey will take approximately 12 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary and you may exit the survey at any time. Completing the survey indicates consent to participate in this study. All survey responses will remain confidential, stored on a password-protected computer, and participants will not be identified in any publications or reports. Due to the anonymous nature of the survey, once the data has been collected, participants can no longer withdraw from the study. The data may be kept for future related research purposes.

Please feel free to distribute widely among your network.

If you have any question or concerns regarding this survey or if you have any concerns regarding your rights or welfare as a participant in this research study please send an email to

Thank you for your participation!

Accessible Voting - 2014 Municipal Election

DABC has been informed that this year, the City of Vancouver is offering accessibility aids and assistance to enable people with disabilities to vote.

Assistance includes:

  • Sip and puff voting device
  • Audio systems with headphones to read the ballot
  • Magnification device to enlarge the ballot
  • Wheelchair accessibility at all voting stations
  • Curbside voting for persons unable to leave their vehicle to vote
  • Assistance from election staff

Saturday, November 15th is the date of the municipal election. Advance voting begins November 4th.