Recreation Integration Victoria facilitates active lifestyles for people with disabilities while also promoting socialization and access to community-based leisure and recreation opportunities. All R.I.V. services are consumer focused. Service is provided through five principle means:
Leisure Planning and Referral
1:1 assistance to the individual in identifying their leisure and recreation interests and where they can pursue them in their local community.
1:1 volunteer assistance that facilitates the inclusion of all persons with a disability people who otherwise would not be able to participate in community-based opportunities. This service involves matching a person with a disability one-on-one with a volunteer (Leisure Assistant) who has similar recreation and leisure interests. Together they go out into the community and participate in activities that they both enjoy. See more →
Training and Education
Opportunities for consumers, recreation and parks staff and the general public to learn about Recreation Integration, how people with disabilities participate, and how to facilitate this participation in community recreation and leisure services. Additionally, we provide ongoing post-secondary co-operative education and practicum placements for university and college students. These placements provide students with an opportunity to learn about, work with, and develop a commitment to the provision of inclusive leisure and recreation opportunities for people with disabilities.
We work with other community organizations and services to maximize the recreation and leisure opportunities available to people with disabilities. We also advise and consult with people planning community events on access and inclusion.
Issued by R.I.V., this pass allows an individual providing leisure assistance to a person with a disability free admission to all municipal recreation facilities and some private sector venues. The pass is issued to the person with the disability. We feel people with disabilities should contribute full admission whenever possible. However, they should not be required to pay double admission because they require an assistant in order to participate. Click here for more info about the L.A. Pass
Operates under the supervision and guidance of R.I.V. This program provides sailing instruction and independent sailing opportunities to people with disabilities. Lessons and opportunities for independent sails are available to sailors five days per week (weather permitting) from May – August . D.S.A.B.C., Victoria also has a basic cruising program utilizing a Sonar which is available year round.
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We have a variety of specially designed and adapted equipment available for loan. Our equipment is available for anyone in the community with a need for an adapted piece of equipment; from individuals, parents and caregivers to educational assistants and recreational and physical therapists.
A seasonal newsletter which highlights upcoming recreation and leisure opportunities available in our local communities that may be of interest to people who use our service. We also hope that each issue provides some thought provoking editorial that relates to people with disabilities and community inclusion. Latest Edition →
Summer Inclusion Service:
With Canada Summer Jobs funding from Service Canada we facilitate the inclusion of children and teens with disabilities into summer community Parks and Recreation opportunities through the use of trained 1:1 staff.
Summer Residential Camp Assistance:
With funding from the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Children and Youth with Special Needs, and Service Canada, in partnership with Community Options for Children and Families Society, provides 1:1 assistance to children with disabilities attending both generic and specialized summer residential camps.
With funding from the Vancouver Island Health Authority’s Supported Child Development Program provides 1:1 assistance to children with disabilities registered in municipal Out of School and Parks and Recreation Programs.
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Parks and Recreation Staff Training:
Interactive workshops on Recreation Inclusion and the role of Inclusion Facilitators in a community-based program. These are conducted through-out the Greater Victoria Region, the Peninsula, and the West Shore.