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R.I.V. provides socialization, life skills, and respite opportunities for people with disabilities through access to community-based leisure and recreation opportunities. All RIV services are consumer focused. Service is provided through four principle means:

1. 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.

2. Leisure Assistance: 1:1 volunteer assistance that facilitates the inclusion of people who otherwise would not be able to participate in community-based opportunities. Click here for more info about volunteering

3. 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.

4.Community Partnerships: Assistance to organizations that provide recreation and leisure services to people with disabilities.

Disabled Sailing Association of B.C.,
Victoria Branch (DSABC, Victoria):
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. Click here for more info about DSABC, Victoria

Equipment Loan Service: RIV has a variety of specially designed or adapted equipment available for loan. People using this service pay a nominal fee which goes towards maintenance of the equipment, a damage deposit, and fill out waivers that inform them of the risks of using such equipment and the rights they are waiving.

Leisure Assistant's Pass: 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

Recreation Integration Victoria News: this seasonal newsletter 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. Click here for the February 2014 issue of the RIV News

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.

SSummer 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.

Supported Child Development: 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.

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.


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