Northern Sport Accessibility Initiative

The North Sport Accessibility Initiative (NSAI) is a three year pilot, launched in March 2015 with support from the Province of British Columbia and the Canadian Paralympic Committee. The end goal is to understand and begin to address the barriers to awareness, and availability of participation in sport and physical activity for those persons living with disability in Northern B.C. The lessons and effective practices from this pilot will be used to shape a more accessible sport system across B.C.

Fewer services, inaccessible facilities, lack of awareness and smaller populations can restrict opportunities to physical activity, recreation and sport to those with a disability. In pursuing a grassroots approach to building local champions, the following initiatives will be pursued in year three:

  • Develop accessibility self audit tool
  • Foster cross-sector collaboration
  • Launch grant programs that support and have the potential to create change 
     

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