Are you looking for specific resources for your child? We hope that our Resource Directory will help you find what you are looking for. You will want to use the “Select Category” drop down menu below to narrow down your search, or you can use the Search box. Our resources are categorized by region as well (North Okanagan, Central Okanagan, and South Okanagan) so that you can find resources close to where you live.
Please note: If you encounter any listing that is out of date, we would love to know about it. Please contact us. Also if you know about a resource not yet listed in our database, you can add a listing to our directory here.
ODIN BOOKS 1993 Inc. is an independently owned, specialty bookstore. We provide mental health , education, and psychology-based resources to communities, organizations, schools, and individuals. We also carry and sell course-specific textbooks for local schools and training organizations.
With books, games, CDs, DVDs, and audios from across North America and the UK, we’re a one-stop solution for busy professionals who need to spend budget money wisely within specific deadlines. We can also source out specialty items, suitable to your school, agency, or organization. We locate and provide resources for therapists, counsellors, individuals, educators, parents, and service providers interested in mental health and special education.
1110 West Broadway Vancouver BC V6H 1G5
The Achievers Program is a unique recreation and social program that provides community integration to school-aged children with disabilities. Children participate in social and recreational activities. Each child has an individual goal plan that is developed with our professional staff and parents, working towards independence and a lifetime of activity and community involvement.
3300 – 37th Avenue Vernon BC V1T2Y5
Learning, Working, Living.
Do you have a disability or a special learning need? Okanagan College offers courses and programs that will help you improve your academic, employment, and independent living skills in a respectful and supportive learning environment. Personal growth and social development underlie all aspects of our Adult Special Education programs.
Tuition: All ASE programs, except the SAME program, are tuition free. Some mandatory Okanagan College fees do apply such as: student activity, student association, technology, and development fees.
Financial assistance may be available. Contact the Okanagan College Financial Aid & Awards office for more information.
When: Two semesters of approximately five months are offered each year. Program offerings vary based on student demand.
Where: Courses and programs are offered in Penticton, Kelowna, Vernon, and Salmon Arm.
Students in Adult Special Education programs at Okanagan College are supported to reach for their best. It is the goal of the ASE Department to provide our students with the best possible opportunity to reach their full potential in society.
Adult Special Education at Okanagan College provides five Certificate Programs for students who wish to work on academic skills, independent living skills, and employment preparation skills.
Independent Living Skills Certificate Programs
Course work focuses on basic literacy and math, interpersonal and self-management skills, creativity and self-expression, and workplace awareness.
Basic Skills Certificate A (BSCA)
Basic Skills Certificate B (BSCB)
Advanced Skills Certificate (ASC)
PACE Program: Preparing for Access to Careers and Education
A one or two year career exploration/work experience program.
SAME Program: Supported Access to Modified Education
A supported inclusion program that helps qualified students access certain modified Okanagan College programs. Completion of PACE is a prerequisite.
1000 KLO Road Kelowna BC V1Y 4X8
This certificate program supports students to achieve their own educational, vocational, and personal development goals. The educational focus is on developing student success skills and, if appropriate, choosing a modified and supported specialty within the SAME Program (Supported Access to Modified Education). The vocational focus is on career awareness and the development of appropriate workplace attitudes, values, and behaviours. All students benefit in a personal development sense through participation in course work which develops communication, assertiveness, stress management, and conflict resolution skills. Students will also participate in career exploration and work experience in the community. The program is offered in one or two years.
Successful completion of this program will prepare students for:
The SAME program, and inclusive, modified form of a regular Okanagan College program, or
Competitive entry-level employment, or
1000 KLO Road Kelowna BC V1Y 4X8
This program enables students with cognitive disabilities, who cannot meet entry criteria for regular Okanagan College programs, to access modified versions of those programs. Students will be supported to develop specific vocational skills in a program that has been modified to meet their learning needs. They will also attend a weekly student support class. Successful students will receive an anecdotal grade and a modified certificate.
Students who have completed the PACE program
Students may continue into the SAME program based on successful completion of PACE at the SAME standard (80% average) and recommendation of the ASE instructor and the receiving instructor.
Applicants without PACE Completion
Students may enter directly into the SAME program on the recommendation of the ASE instructor and the receiving instructor provided that they meet the PACE Admission Requirements, have an established record of student success behaviours, have a clear and realistic vocational goal based on prior work experience in a field directly related to the chosen SAME Program, and that space is available. Students who are enrolled in or have completed the PACE Program will be given priority access.
Students wishing to enter the SAME program must have specific documentation of disability which indicates that the student cannot meet the entry criteria for a regular Okanagan College program and/or cannot be successful in an unmodified form of a regular program, even with support. Documentation must include one of the following:
Educationally specific documentation from a physician or medical specialist
Applicants without PACE Completion must also provide two letters of recommendation, one letter from:
A previous instructor in ABE or ASE, or from a senior secondary teacher. This recommendation must comment on the student’s behaviours and attitudes including:
Attendance and punctuality
Ability to complete work in an accurate and timely manner
Response to criticism
Interactions with instructors and peers
Strategies for coping with stress.
Willingness to participate in class activities and group work.
Another letter from:
An employment-related agency, advocacy group, employer or workplace supervisor. This recommendation must outline related work experience and comment on:
The suitability of the student for the chosen SAME Program based on strengths and abilities demonstrated in the workplace over a period of at least eight weeks.
Employability skills such as attendance and punctuality, willingness to work, ability to follow instructions, ability to cope with constructive criticism, and teamwork skills.
Students applying for direct admission into second year must apply eight months prior to the start date of their chosen program.
1000 KLO Road Kelowna BC V1Y 4X8
About Everybody Gets to Play Okanagan?
The strength of any community is measured by the health and well-being of all its members regardless of financial borders, and that is the vision behind Everybody Gets To Play Okanagan.
Everybody Gets To Play Okanagan is a rare joint venture, bringing together municipalities, recreation and social service organiziaions, to provide open access to recreation and activities for low income families and individuals. Providing recreation without borders is our guiding principle. The willing enthusiastic participation of everyone involved demonstrates our community-wide commitment to shared social responsibility.
Thanks to the support of the many organizations who have come together to make this initiative possible, Everybody Gets To Play Okanagan will open new doors for individuals and families and help us all take a significant step towards a healthier, more positive community.
A home base for families in the Osoyoos and surrounding areas living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.