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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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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities.  This year, the United Nations has declared the theme to be: Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all.

“Over one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability.

Persons with disabilities, “the world’s largest minority”, often face barriers to participation in all aspects of society. Barriers can take a variety of forms, including those relating to the physical environment or to information and communications technology, or those resulting from legislation or policy, or from societal attitudes or discrimination. The result is that persons with disabilities do not have equal access to society or services, including education, employment, health care, transportation, political participation or justice.”

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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

15% of world population disabled

The United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO)  and the World Bank have collaborated on the first ever World Report on Disability.

From the factsheet:

Disability prevalence is high and growing. There are over one billion people with disabilities in the world, of whom between 110-190 million experience very significant difficulties. This corresponds to about 15% of the world’s population and is higher than previous World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, which date from the 1970s and suggested a figure of around 10%. The prevalence of disability is growing due to population ageing and the global increase in chronic health conditions. Patterns of disability in a particular country are influenced by trends in health conditions and trends in environmental and other factors –such as road traffic crashes, natural disasters, conflict, diet and substance abuse.

From the full report:

Disability and human rights
Disability is a human rights issue because:

  • People with disabilities experience inequalities – for example, when they are denied equal access to health care, employment, education, or political participation because of their disability.
  • People with disabilities are subject to violations of dignity – for example, when they are subjected to violence, abuse, prejudice, or disrespect because of their disability.
  • Some people with disability are denied autonomy – for example, when they are subjected to involuntary sterilization, or when they are confined in institutions against their will, or when they are regarded as legally incompetent because of their disability.

The report describes:

  • the global picture of disability;
  • health care;
  • rehabilitation;
  • assistance and support;
  • enabling environments (removing barriers);
  • education; and
  • work and employment.

In addition to more specific recommendations in each section, it provides the following nine broad recommendations:

1:  Enable access to all mainstream policies, systems and services
2:  Invest in specific programmes and services for people with disabilities
3:  Adopt a national disability strategy and plan of action
4:  Involve people with disabilities
5:  Improve human resource capacity
6:  Provide adequate funding and improve affordability
7:  Increase public awareness and understanding of disability
8:  Improve disability data collection
9:  Strengthen and support research on disability.

Full details are available on the WHO website:  http://www.who.int/disabilities/world_report/2011/en/index.html

Do you qualify for the Federal Excise Gasoline Tax Refund Program?

The Federal Excise Gasoline Tax Refund Program refunds a portion of the federal excise tax on gasoline bought for use by eligible persons or organizations.  Individuals must be certified by a medical practitioner that they cannot safely use public transportation.

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