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Access 2 Entertainment companion card – update

As mentioned in an earlier post, Easter Seals Canada manages the Access 2 Entertainment (TM) Card.  This is a fabulous program for those of us who love movies, attractions and recreational opportunities.

If, as the result of a permanent disability, you are unable to participate without a companion, the Access 2 Entertainment Card provides admission for that companion which is either free or nearly free (maximum $3.)  The person with the disability pays regular admission.

This post  is a summary of information believed to be accurate as of today.  However, qualifications, rules and participating venues can change at any time, so always check the www.access2card.ca website for official information.

Participating Theatres and Attractions:

The card is valid at a large number of movie theatres and attractions.  The list of participating organizations is maintained at www.access2card.ca/venues/  Current listings:

Movie theatres in Alberta

  • Cineplex
  •             Odeon, Galaxy, Famous Players, SilverCity, Colossus, Coliseum
  • Empire Theatres
  • Landmark Cinemas
  • Rainbow Cinemas
  • Magic Lantern Cinemas
  • AMC Theatres

Attractions in Alberta:

  • Aero Space Museum of Calgary
  • Art Gallery of Alberta
  • Calgary Zoo
  • Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame
  • Canadian Grain Elevator Discover Centre
  • Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre
  • Danish Canadian National Museum
  • Edmonton Valley Zoo
  • Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre
  • Fort Edmonton Park
  • Fort McMurray Historical Society
  • Fort Whoop-Up National Historic Site
  • Frank Slide Interpretive Centre
  • Galt Museum & Archives
  • Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives
  • John Janzen Nature Centre
  • La Crete Mennonite Heritage Village
  • Lougheed House
  • Morinville Musuem
  • Muttart Conservatory
  • Nose Creek Valley Museum
  • Peace River Museum, Archives & Mackenzie Centre
  • Royal Tyrrell Museum
  • Sundre Museum & World of Wildlife
  • TELUS world of Science-Edmonton
  • The Fort Museum of the North West Mounted Police and First Nations Interpretive Centre
  • Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
  • Westlock Pioneer Museum
  • Wild Rapids
  • YouthLink Calgary

Application:

Download the application form at www.access2card.ca and follow the instructions.  There is a $20 fee to acquire, replace or renew the Access 2 Entertainment Card which is valid for 5 years.

Medical qualification:

The application form requires that the applicant must be a client of an authorizing health care professional/service provider (see application for list) who attests that:

  1. The client has a permanent disability.
  2. As a result of the disability, the client requires the assistance of an attendant at movie theatres or entertainment venues.

For clients of the Huntington Society’s Southern Alberta Resource Centre, Karl Lottes is qualified to complete the Registered Health Care Provider Information required on the application.  He can be reached at 403.532.0609.

Good to know:

If you intend to also apply for the Easter Seals’ Disability Travel Card (TM) mentioned in an earlier post, have your health care professional complete both forms at the same time.  If you already have a CNIB ID card or an Easter Seals Disability Travel Card, a photocopy of either one can be submitted as authorization in lieu of completing the  Registered Health Care Provider Information section.

The Disability Travel Card is a similar program operated by Easter Seals through which participating Canadian coach (bus) operators and Via Rail offer reduced fares for companions accompanying persons with disabilities who cannot travel independently.

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Cross Disability Support & Services Initiative

Cross Disability Support & Services Initiative

The Cross Disability Support Services (CDSS) initiative assists Albertans with disabilities who require specialized services that they are unable to access, or do not qualify for, through other means.  The CDSS initiative provides support for targeted groups of adults with disabilities .

Supports and Services

CDSS provides a diverse range of services across Alberta including:

  • Supporting connections with community services.
  • Promoting independent living skills training and/or mentoring.
  • Exploring volunteer opportunities and recreational supports.
  • Supporting persons managing vision loss.
  • Providing connections to interpreter and intervener services.
  • Supplying adaptive equipment.

Further Information:

http://humanservices.alberta.ca/disability-services/cross-disability-support-services-initiative.html

http://www.c-a-s-s.org/programs/ccla

Community Access for People in Continuing Care Initiative

Did you know this program is available from Alberta Human Services – Disability Services?:

Community Access for People in Continuing Care Initiative

Program Purpose

The goal of the Community Access for People in Continuing Care (CAPCC) initiative is to provide supports to Albertans under the age of 65, living in continuing care centres who are socially and culturally isolated.  Community Access Coordinators focus on individual goals to develop supports to help individuals participate in community activities in an effort to reduce social isolation and develop, maintain and enhance the involvement of family and friends.

Community Access Coordination Services

Community Access Coordinators are available to assist residents in continuing care to become more active in their community.  Individual service plans are developed based on a person’s interests and the activities available in their community. Activities could include: outings with family and friends, volunteer activities, church or spiritual activities, movies or continuing education.

Further information:  Community Access for People in Continuing Care Initiative

Alberta Seniors Programs and Services Information Guide 2012-2013

The Alberta Seniors Programs and Services Information Guide 2012-2013 has been released by the Alberta Government.  It is worth a look even if you aren’t a senior to ensure you and your loved ones are receiving all the help the government is willing to provide.

Caregiver Support Group upcoming meetings

Caregiver Support Group meeting dates for the remainder of 2012:

  • Wednesday October 17th 1030 am to noon
  • Thursday  November 15th 1030 to noon
  • Wednesday December 19th 1030 am to noon

Further details.

2012 11 09 & 10 – HSC National Conference

Register now for the Huntington Society’s National Conference.

2011/08/18 – Community Consultation on Affordable Housing

You are invited by the Accessible and Affordable Housing Working Group of the Accessible Housing Society  to a community consultation promoting secondary suites as a housing option for persons with disabilities.

August 18, 2011

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

CNIB

15 Colonel Baker Place NE, Calgary

RSVP 403-242-6672 ext 123

The Accessible and Affordable Housing Working Group was created to function as a catalyst for change, to educate, and to strategize on how our Calgary communities can best address the needs for adequate, appropriate, accessible and affordable housing. The working group is a diverse mix of people that includes individuals with lived experience; professionals involved in civic, social service and housing issues; representatives from the private sector; and people from the community at large – all dedicated to the expansion of affordable and accessible housing in our Calgary communities.