We provide Environmental Control Systems (ECS) that assist people with high level physical disabilities to control devices in their homes and on the go. Some of these devices include:
Meeting client needs is our specialty; we ask our clients to let us know what they would like to control. Our technicians are happy to assist in creating a solution.
Through specially designed switches, that may be sensitive to touch or breath, our clients have access to this equipment and greatly reduce the need for certain types of independence.
We accept applications from any individual, with severe physical disabilities, who needs help accessing their home environment.
If you have difficulty, due to a physical disability, accessing any of the devices listed on this page, you may be a good candidate.
If you are unsure if you would be a candidate for our services, please take the time to apply. We have a team of technicians that can help assess your environment/situation and let you know if our services would be of benefit to you. After your initial assessment, if it is decided that our program wouldn’t be a good fit for you, the technician that helped you may know of other services that would be a fit to you.
To apply to our program, download the form to apply for Environmental Control Systems.
If you’d like to discuss your situation with one our technicians, before applying, please call us at (604) 326-0175.
Once your application has been approved, one of our technicians will work with you, and your care team, to set up the Environmental Control Systems in your home. Should your equipment ever need changing, updating, or servicing, one of our technicians will work with you to make your system work for you as soon as possible.
Services are delivered at no cost for most of our clients; this includes assessment, installation, and repairs. Our services are funded by the Ministry of Health and our equipment is funded by donations and community grants. We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia.
The Technology for Independent Living Program acts as one part of the rehabilitation team for a person living with a high level physical disability. Not only do we work closely with our clients, but we also work closely with GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, community health centres, and similar agencies throughout the province, to provide the best services available to our clients.
We are especially proud of the BCITS Peer Support Group. They are a diverse group of clients, using both programs provided by BCITS, the Technology for Independent Living Program, and the Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program. These are peers who know what it’s like to live with a ventilator, transition from an institution to the community, and live with a disability. To contact the Peer Support Group, please email us or call us toll-free at 1-866-326-1245.