Northern Sport Accessibility Initiative

The North Sport Accessibility Initiative (NSAI) is a three year pilot project which aims to expand access to sport and recreation for people with disabilities living in Northern B.C. Announced at the end of the 2015 Canada Games in Prince George, this initiative is a partnership between the Province of British Columbia, Canadian Paralympic Committee and viaSport. Now in its final year, NSAI will support local change-makers to increase access to quality sport, recreation and physical activity for persons with disabilities living in Northern B.C. to ensure long-term positive impact.

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, viaSport recognizes that all communities, including those in Northern B.C., are diverse and unique. In an attempt to bring about impactful change for persons with disabilities in these communities, it hopes to draw from the local expertise, energy and ideas of those delivering sport, recreation and physical activity at the community level. To do so, viaSport is piloting an innovative approach to granting that will support community-driven change with a new user-friendly NSAI Audit Tool and Grant.

The Audit Tool which is completed as part of the grant application process, builds awareness for the multiple dimensions of accessibility, known as the Six Pillars of Accessibility. This Audit Tool helps applicants reflect on their current organization and programing, and encourages them to consider the multiple ways that grant funding could be used to reduce barriers to participation and enhance the quality of participant experiences.  Organizations will then be able to request NSAI grant funding based on the summarized gaps identified in the Audit Tool, empowering them to increase accessibility based on the specific needs and realities of their community, organization and programming.

Accessibility Sport Hub

ASH is viaSport’s chatbot that connects people to disability resources, making it easier to access information by sport and disability or impairment.