Vancouver is a leading city when it comes to breaking down barriers for people with physical disabilities. All sidewalks are ramped for wheelchair accessibility, and all buildings have elevators or other devices to allow free movement. Disabled washrooms are readily available as well. There are many organizations and resources in Vancouver that can help new residents learn about opportunities in the community. The following links can provide information on everything from medical facilities to sports teams:
Public transportation in Vancouver is equipped to accommodate passengers with disabilities. Buses have wheelchair ramps, and seating areas to lock wheelchairs in place. All skytrain stations have elevators and wheelchair accessible trains. For those with more specific needs, the HandyDART is a shuttle bus system which works on a phone call-in basis. The link below will provide information on all of Vancouver’s public transportation (Translink) services, www.translink.bc.ca
The Canadian College of English Language is completely barrier free. The school is equipped with two elevators, a disabled washroom, and fully accessible floors. Staff members can assist students who have specific needs and can also arrange for the rental of equipment (ie. four wheeled scooters, wheelchairs, walkers, etc.). The accommodation coordinator can arrange barrier free homestays, hotels, and bed and breakfasts.