Since 2004, the Access 2 Entertainment Card has been used at many of Canada’s movie theatres, venues and sight-seeing attractions to support people with a permanent disability. The program was founded by Easter Seals, and it allows support workers of people who have a disability, receive free admission or a significant discount. This promotes less financial stress on the user and helps businesses provide quality customer service to people who have disabilities.
Working at a Neurological Rehabilitation Facility it amazes me how many of our clients have never heard of this card. Although over 60,000 Canadians have the card, it is important to continue to share the word with anyone who could be using this program. Over 95% of movie theatres in Canada are involved as well as a long list of other major attractions. Here are a few just in Ontario:
- Putt Mini Golf in Barrie
- Bowmanville Zoo
- Bingeman’s in Kitchener
- London’s Delaware Speedway
- The Guinness World Records Museum in Niagara Falls
- Ottawa’s Bluesfest
- Toronto’s CN Tower and Rippleys Aquarium
See this link for a full detailed list of all the places participating in Canada.
The card costs $20 (with a 3 year expiry date) or $30 (5 years expiry date). You can apply online by completing this application form.
Once you have received your card, you simply show your card at participating venues when purchasing your entry fee. Your ticket will be purchased at full price and your support worker will get in for free or at a significant discount.
Thank you to everyone at Easter Seals involved in making Canada more adaptable and accessible. If you know of any other programs that could benefit others, please comment below.