The Centre Horizon is a multipurpose centre for people with disabilities and their families in the West Montérégie region of Quebec that provides services such as day activities, independent living skills classes, adaptive sports, as well as day and overnight respite care and short-term emergency assistance. Being located on the edge of Saint-Louis Lake, the Centre will be introducing adaptive water sports in partnership with the Adaptive Sports Foundation of Quebec, allowing people with disabilities access to adaptive water sports weekend trips.
The Centre’s Barrier Buster grant will be put towards a basement renovation that will see the addition of accessible rooms with 8 beds for overnight use, and the installation of an elevator to ensure that all of participants with mobility impairments can move around safely and participate in all of adaptive sport activities.
In West Montérégie, accessible overnight accommodations are not available to people with disabilities and their families. Additionally, there aren’t any adaptive sports activities in the region, so our goal is to provide access to sports activities along with accessible accommodations to those with disabilities who are often and regularly excluded from these kind of activities.
Our joint project, in conjunction with the Adaptive Sports Foundation, which provides for a day of adaptive sports, will be a first in the region and is becoming a novel and rich activity, especially for individuals with severe disabilities. These activities help foster and develop social integration among our participants. With this project, we’ll be able to broaden our offerings and serve more individuals and their families.
The completion of this project makes all stakeholders very proud of our achievement to better support people with disabilities and their families!