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Independent Living Skills

BDB’s Independent Living Skills program is a multi-faceted life-line for people with diverse disabilities, encompassing the Independent Living Philosophy core program of Skill Development.  We not only equip people with skills needed to take control over their decision-making process, we also assist with access to housing, transportation, health and wellness services, employment, education and training.

Field trip group

Online cooking class

Chair yoga

Peer Support

The basis of the BDB Peer Support program is the sharing of knowledge from life experiences, development of leadership skills and elimination of social isolation through activities like music, crafts, sports and special field trips.  Peer Support is one of the four core programs included in the Independent Living Philosophy.

Self Defense

Direct Funding Self-Managed Attendant Services in Ontario

BDB supports the Direct Funding Program for Simcoe, Grey and Bruce Counties. We work with individuals through the qualifying process and help them manage their care and elevate their independence under the program.

Diabetes Information Group


Diversity in Diabetes: a cultural approach for care

BDB’s Diabetes Information Group (DIG) has been supporting people living with diabetes for over 18 years, incorporating the promotion of daily healthy habits as participants self-manage their diabetes. Thanks to a Town of Collingwood Recreation and Culture grant, we are pleased to introduce a new DIG series, Diversity in Diabetes: “a cultural approach for care”, reflective of the community and empowering participants through education, connections, resources and the sharing of life experiences. This program takes place on the 4th Tuesday of every month.


Connecting With Seniors 

Connecting with Seniors is a monthly program on Zoom that started in June of 2021 thanks to a New Horizons for Seniors grant and is geared to people aged 55 to 105. From arts and crafts, games, activities and recipe demos to health and wellness presentations and entertainment, our program is fun, interactive and a great way to socially connect, meet new people and be part of a welcoming virtual senior community.  


 Resources & Supports

Information and Networking as well as Research and Community are two of the Independent Living Philosophy’s four core programs. Both programs are an integral part of our work. BDB both directs and receives referrals for our services and programs. We are a community-centred resource of education and guidance for individuals, families, businesses and municipalities on accessibility, inclusion and advocacy for individuals with disabilities.

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