The LAVA website was created through collaboration with the University of Victoria’s School of Public Health and Social Policy, Mitacs, and the Telus Community Board and OneAbility partner Recreation Integration Victoria. LAVA was conceived in order to increase availability of information pertaining to the access of recreation facilities in the Victoria area and decrease anxiety about entering a new unknown environment. The emphasis has been and will continue to be on providing information on accessibility features by including pictures, videos and descriptions about the facilities. This highlights one of our main messages “Know Before you Go!”. We want everyone to feel comfortable entering a Recreation Centre knowing that they will have the right equipment and space for them. Our goal is to increase physical activity in Victoria by decreasing individuals’ negative first experiences at recreation facilities. The LAVA website is available to use by anyone who has an interest in attending a local Recreation or Community Centre in the Capital Regional District.
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