This Saturday, December 7th 2013, the Vancouver Aquarium will be celebrating accessibility from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
As part of their commitment to inclusion, they regularly provide a number of services for guests with vision loss, but on December 7, they will celebrate accessibility with the following additions:
- The Wet Lab will be open every hour so guests can experience our aquatic world through touch
- Extra volunteers will be onsite to interact with guests and showcase a variety of tactile props in the galleries
- American Sign Language interpreters will be at all of their marine mammal and dive shows
- Visitors who are blind or have low vision can also pre-book descriptive tours.
As part of the Vancouver Aquarium’s commitment to accessibility, guests with vision loss and other disabilities can take advantage of the following services everyday:
- Accessible window and accessibility rate at admissions. The general admission rate including tax is $25 for adults, $18 for youth and seniors 65+ and $14 for children 4-12 years old. Their accessibility rate is 50% off the general admission rate or a free attendant when paying full admission price.
- Gender neutral washrooms are available in the Canaccord Exploration Gallery
- Service dogs are allowed in the galleries.
* Please note: For the health and safety of the dogs as well as the animals, guide dogs are not allowed in the Amazon Free Flight Gallery.
- The 4D Theatre offers a full sensory experience with smell, winds and more! Currently showing is the hilarious Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas.
Getting to the Vancouver Aquarium
Taxi drop off – The Vancouver Aquarium taxi drop off is located right at the main admissions plaza. Volunteers will be posted at the admission plaza to assist visitors as needed.
Car/Handydart drop off – There are two designated 10-minute drop off parking spots as well as handicap paid parking spots next to admissions. Volunteers will be posted at admission plaza to assist visitors as needed.
Public Transportation – For your convenience, the #19 Bus to Stanley Park will bring you within a five minute walk to the Vancouver Aquarium. The most common routes are:
- Take the #19 Bus to Stanley Park, which runs along West Pender Street
- Take the Skytrain to Burrard Station and connect to the #19 bus on West Pender at Burrard Street
- Take the Canada Line or the Seabus to Waterfront and connect to the #19 bus on West Pender
The Vancouver Aquarium bus stop is located close to the terminus stop of the #19-Stanley Park route. Volunteers will be posted at the bus loop ready to assist visitors as needed.
If you would like more information about Access Day at the Vancouver Aquarium, please contact them by phone at 604-659-3400 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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If you and your family is looking for an exciting way to kick off the Holidays there’s no better place to look than the 10th annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade! It’ll be this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and will be blocks away from the Burrard, City Centre, Granville and Waterfront Skytrain stations. Check the details section below for more info!
The Parade hopes on raising as much for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society so that the less fortunate in our fair city can also have the opportunity to enjoy the holidays of plenty. Since 2004, the organizers have collected $110,000 and roughly 65 thousand pounds of food for families in need in the Lower Mainland.
— RogersSCParade (@RogersSCParade) November 29, 2013
Organizers are expecting to attract around 300,000 spectators, so get there early! With lots to see, the Parade will host more than 60 marching bands, choirs, festive floats, and community groups from all over the lower mainland. An estimate of 3,500 participants will be featured.
The festivities will be starting as early as 10:30 a.m. in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery (which they are calling the Coast Capital Savings Christmas Square). It is there where you will find the Food Bank drop-off zone (to leave your non-perishable food or cash donation), a gingerbread decoration station, face painting for the
grown-upskids, a Letters to Santa station, balloon twisting, and an entertainment stage featuring live music and dance performances. This part will last until the start of the Parade (1:00 pm).
All-in-all, we expect it to be a great event for an even greater cause.
Just don’t forget to bring a monetary or non-perishable food donation for the Food Bank!
Will you be attending? Leave a comment in the comment section below!
Festivities begin in front of Vancouver Art Gallery Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 10:30 am
Parade begins Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm
The Parade is in downtown Vancouver, located just blocks from the Burrard, City Centre, Granville and Waterfront SkyTrain stations.
The Parade starts at Georgia and Broughton, travels east on Georgia to Howe, turns south on Howe, and finishes at Howe and Davie. (1.8 kms)
Will you be attending? Leave a comment in the comment section below!
For more details, visit the official website here.
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We’re really happy to announce that we were featured on Fairchild TV!
Our executive director, Alanna Hendren, along with some staff were interviewed on the issues non-profit organizations face with for-profit donation bin providers.
Have you ever wondered where exactly your clothing, housewares, books, and other donation items go after you drop it in a bin? Want to know how our donations are processed? What exactly are the operating and business-practice differences between non-profit and for-profit donation bins?
You can watch the first part below (it’s in Cantonese).
If you’d like to watch the second part of the documentary can be found here.
You can rest assured that when you donate to a DDA donation bin, you know it’s 100% non-profit owned and operated. Thanks to our loyal donors, the money we raise is put back into local programs in our community that help support people with developmental disabilities in need.
Keep a look out for these seals next time you’re donating!
We are always placing new bin locations in your community to make it easier for you and your family to donate and recycle those unwanted clothes and household goods. Our two most recent locations are:
WestCan Auto Parts
33406 S Fraser Way
White Spot Cambie
2850 Cambie St.
You can find the closest DDA donation bin in your area by entering your postal code here.
If you’re interested in hosting a donation bin on your business or property, click here for more details.
You’ve heard the hubbub on Twitter and your various social networks. You’ve seen the retweets and updates but just what exactly is National Child Day? We’ve put together a little information on the convention.
This Ars Technica article about a recent study published in Nature (by Warren Jones and Ami Klin) is an illuminating read. According to its findings, eye contact in infants that were later diagnosed with autism was ‘atypical’. The kids who were diagnosed on the autism spectrum, on average, had progressively waning eye contact in the study than the kids who weren’t.
Jones and Klin studied 110 infants; 59 were at high risk for autism spectrum disorders (since at least one of their siblings had already been diagnosed), and 51 were at low risk (with no known autistic family members). To examine and quantify the kids’ eye contact, each child was strapped into their car seat or a baby carrier and placed in front of a monitor. Here, they watched videos of a woman looking right into the camera and acting as a mom or babysitter would, talking aloud, playing patty cake, or doing some other typical activity. The researchers used an eye-tracking camera and software to monitor where on the screen the infants were looking during the videos and how long their gaze lasted. Each child was first tested at two months of age, then tested at regular intervals until they were two years old.
By the time the kids were three, 12 of the high-risk children and one from the low-risk group had been formally diagnosed with autism or a related disorder. Because of the low incidence of autism in girls (both in this cohort and in general) the researchers only included the 11 autistic and the 25 “typically developing” boys in this study.
What the researchers found was far from subtle: the kids that ended up being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders followed a very different developmental pattern in terms of eye contact than the other children did.
The children that didn’t end up being diagnosed (those that developed “typically”) spent most of their time looking at the eyes of the woman on the screen, spending much less gazing at her mouth, body, or other objects in the video. Between two and six months of age, these kids’ eye contact with the actress increased sharply.
However, the kids who would later be diagnosed with autism-related disorders (let’s refer to these kids as “pre-autistic,” for ease of reading) demonstrated very different patterns of eye contact as they grew up. On average, their eye contact with the woman actually declined from the first test at two months until the very last time they were tested. By the time they were two years old, these children made about half as much eye contact as the typically developing kids did at the same age. They were also much more fixated on objects; by the time they were two, the pre-autistic kids were spending twice as much time looking at non-human objects as the other children were.
While this is a relatively small study (and sample size), the results could have an important role to play: they can possibly lead to even earlier interventions and diagnoses.
To read the entire article, head on over to Ars Technica.
(ht Kate Shaw Yoshida)
- Nature, 2013. DOI: 10.1038/nature12715
- Ars Technica: Babies’ eyes may hold early clues about autism
- Ars Technica
- The Guardian: New study detects signs of autism in infants by their declining eye contact
- Celebrate Accessibility at the Vancouver Aquarium
- Kick Off The Holidays!
- DDA on Fairchild TV (Cantonese)
- What Is National Child Day And What Should You Do About It
- Infants’ Eyes May Hold Clues To Autism
Links & Resources
- - DDA Apps Reviews - Tablet & mobile application reviews for people with developmental disabilities
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