Active & Able Programs

Guests outdoors at BBNC's AGM, including two young women in wheelchairs

Who We Serve

Active and Able Programs provide inclusive services and programs that advance active living, independence and full inclusion for persons with disabilities.  A large percentage of the population we serve faces profound widespread barriers to community participation.  For many, lack of a living wage is a primary driver of many disadvantages they face.  These include poverty, barriers to active living, poor health outcomes, unaffordable housing, and social exclusion.

For over 15 years, the program has offered many accessible and affordable recreational classes serving adults and seniors with disabilities, while providing access to mainstream fitness classes.  It has also run social and leadership programs that reduce social barriers, along with information and referral, and advocacy services.  Using a community collaboration model, we have also worked with diverse community partners to offer civic engagement projects that advance the equity and voices of people with disabilities.


Services

  • Information & Referral services
  • Community Outreach
  • Program accommodations that reduce barriers to participation
  • Informal counseling
  • Attendant Care supports for some programs and events
  • Access to Open Doors Subsidy Program

Programs

Access To Barrier Free Swimming participant swimming on his back, smiling

Adapted Recreational & Fitness Programs

  • Barrier-Free Access To Swimming Project
  • Recreation & Leisure Swim
  • Hot Tub Stretch I & II
  • Movement & Meditation
  • Song 'n Dance Thursdays

Community Development & Capacity-Building

  • Civic Literacy Skills Training
  • Civic Engagement
  • Capacity-building Workshops
  • Consultations and forums on disability issues

Access To Mainstream Programs

BBNC is committed to integration and social inclusion.  As such, our mainstream programs are integrated, and open to participation by persons with different abilities, at a level suitable to their abilities and choice.  When there are barriers to participation, Active and Able program staff partners with participants to fine accommodations that may enhance their access.  Some of BBNC's more adaptable classes and services include:

  • Qi Gong
  • Tai Chi
  • Older Adult Fitness

Fees & Subsidies

To participate in most BBNC programs, an annual membership is required.  Individual membership is currently $15.  For seniors aged 60 years and over, Older Adult membership is $15.  Family membership is $40 (pro-rated from March onwards to $20).  For those who face financial barriers, including persons on fixed incomes, subsidies are available to offset fees through BBNC's Open Doors Subsidy Program.  Subsidy forms are available at the front desk.


Partnerships

Active & Able Programs gratefully acknowledges our many partners for their collaborative support.  Through these partnerships, we have managed to offer many dynamic programs that serve persons with disabilities.  Current partners include:

  • Anne Johnston Health Station
  • Barrier Free Access to Swimming Project
  • Centre for Independent Living, Toronto
  • Community Living Toronto, Scarborough Region
  • Ontario March of Dimes
  • Scadding Court Community Centre
  • Scarborough Women's Centre
  • Tobias House Attendant Care Services
  • Adapted and Integrated Services, Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation