It is our pleasure to announce that the Planat in Action: Accessibility Assessment of UBC Competition and Accommodation Venues for the Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games report is available in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository!

Serving as the host venue from July 8-12, 2014, UBC’s Vancouver campus proudly welcomed 1,300 athletes with intellectual disabilities for the Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games. Over 350 students, staff and faculty from the UBC community signed up for volunteer opportunities for the Games.

These opportunities ranged from “UBC varsity athletes [who] volunteered at training camps and formed a team with Special Olympics BC athletes at the annual Storm the Wall student recreation event” to “[m]ore than 100 students [being] involved in projects related to the Games such as creating maps, reducing waste, sourcing local food, and eliminating the need for bottled water” and much more.

This report provides a summary of each venue used during the Games along with recommendations. It is based on information and photo gathering on current accessibility and inclusive features at venues and public spaces used during the Games.

Read the full report in cIRcle at:

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Above text in italics is courtesy of 604 Now

Above image is courtesy of the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the Life Sciences Institute at UBC. This talk – “Drugs, Diet and Genes. Personal Approaches to Treat Diabetes and Obesity” is about the link between obesity and diabetes, current treatment options for type 2 diabetes and how genetics and personalized medicine will inform better treatments in the near future.

This talk is an informal and open forum that aims to bring the latest and greatest ideas in the area of the Life Sciences to the public. Each event is free to attend and will include a talk, networking opportunities and reception. This series focuses on Personalized Medicine and how the Life Sciences Institute faculty, staff and students are working to change clinical practice, improve health outcomes, and reduce health costs. In partnership with the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre’s Health Information Series, an ongoing public lecture series that take place in the Lower Mainland community.


Timothy Kieffer, PhD
Group Leader and Professor, UBC LSI Diabetes Research Group
Depts of Cellular & Physiological Sciences and Surgery
Canadian Diabetes Association Scholar
Insulin – The good, the bad and the complicated
Jim Johnson
Associate Professor, UBC LSI Diabetes Research Group
Dept of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Do these genes make me fat?
Susanne Clee
Assistant Professor, UBC LSI Diabetes Research Group
Dept of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
New drugs in diabetes
Tom Elliott, MD
Medical Director,
Associate Professor of Medicine, UBC
Diabetes management – How do I do what my doctor asked me to do?
Gerri Klein, RN, MSN
Certified Diabetes Educator,


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