Pos-Abilities explored at Douglas Park Saturday

The Langley Pos-Abilities Society is shining a light on this community and accessibility issues at a special event July 12.

A Day of Pos-Abilities happens on Douglas Park and brings together community groups, business, entertainers and the public.

“This is our second year hosting this community awareness event,” said Mark Ardley, events co-ordinator with the society. “Last year we had 40 tents with over 500 people attending. This year we will have over 50 tents and are expecting an even bigger crowd.”

The day runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is open to everyone.

“This event is open to, accessible by, and geared towards the entire community. Everyone will be entertained and educated,” he said. “People with disabilities will get exposed to resources in their community that can assist them with equipment, daily activities, or life fulfilment.  People without disabilities will get insight into a variety of challenges, discover more about their community resources, be inspired by artists, and treated to a full day of entertainment on the Spirit Stage.”

A highlight is the wheelchair obstacle course in which people will have a chance to maneouvre a course featuring ramps, doorways, hallways and other structures encountered in everyday life.

The South Langley Church is hosting the children’s tent where there will be face painting, games, treats and crafts. Activities run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will also be an artists tent where people can check out the works of local artisans. Community groups will also have displays, including a cat adoption group, service organizations, medical equipment providers, and organizations geared to providing accessible activities and experiences, he said.

Langley City has refurbished the Douglas Park playground to make it wheelchair accessible and is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony during A Day of Pos-Abilities.

The ceremony is at 11 a.m.

“This initiative embodies what our Day of Pos-Abilities is all about, awareness, inclusion, assistance, accessibility and pos-abilities,” Ardley noted.

The six hours of entertainment includes the a piper from the Central Valley Community Band, the Langley Concert Band, Opus One Women’s Choir, the Wheeling Eight Square

Dancers, the Jason Buie Band, musician Helen Wells, musician Richie Vokes, Juggy Jag, Damaged Goods, and the Patio Band. Performances run 11:25 a.m., to 5 p.m.

The day wraps up with the raffle draw for the $250 in gift cards at 4:30 p.m. There are prize draws throughout the day.

Pos-Abilities advocates for disabled

Langley Pos-Abilities Society was formed four years ago.

Its goal is to provide adaptive equipment, at no charge, to individuals who are unable to afford it and are not eligible for any additional funding from other community groups or government agencies

As well the society is to assist individuals with disabilities to find appropriate activities for them to participate in, to improve their enjoyment and quality of life through activity, interaction, exercise, and adaptation.

It’s mandate also include educating the community and community resource providers on the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities to encourage innovation in adaptive problem solving.  

Learn more about the group by clicking here.

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