Working in partnership with local government and others, SPARC BC designs education and outreach campaigns to raise awareness around the needs of people with disabilities in communities across B.C.  Please visit the sections below to learn more about our campaigns.

Access Awareness Day – June 4, 2022 – Accessibility is inclusion

June 4th, 2022 marks the 25th annual Access Awareness Day celebrated by British Columbians!


Access Awareness Day provides an opportunity for communities to come together to celebrate their successes and show what it means to be truly accessible and inclusive for everyone.


 The theme for this year’s Access Awareness Day is “Accessibility Is Inclusion”. We have adopted this theme to draw attention to the fact that when we focus on addressing issues of accessibility in our communities, we are also creating opportunities to build true inclusion.



ACCESS Festival and ACCESS-Ability Parade


The ACCESS Festival runs May 23 – June 5, 2022, with art shows, cabarets, workshops, and special events throughout Downtown South Vancouver, featuring disabled and equity-seeking artists, musicians, and community leaders. You could help create a large wheelchair parade assembly, make banners, and decorate wheelchairs, walkers, and other mobility devices for the parade to celebrate and raise awareness of ACCESS- Ability.

The first annual ACCESS- Ability Parade will be happening on Saturday, June 4th in Downtown Vancouver.  You can join us at Emery Barnes Park at 12pm for performances by Jim Byrnes, Dave Symington and Jim Meyer, Larissa Healey’s Indigenous dance and more. Gather for the parade at 2:30 PM leaving the park and process along Granville Street with the Carnival Band and Calpulli Cemanahuac (Aztec Dancers) to Georgia Street for more performances.

Graphic. Bright indigo text on green background: Downtown south community association presents ACCESS festival. Runs May 23 – June 5. Downtown Vancouver – Art shows, cabarets, workshops, special events. ACCESS-Ability Parade – June 4. Emery Barnes Park 12:00pm – Performances by Jim Byrnes and more. 2:30pm – Parade assembly, process along Granville Street.