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Please note: If you encounter any listing that is out of date, we would love to know about it.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.
Individualized Education Program (IEP) Guide and Other Resources
After months of research, a team of lawyers at Goodwin Procter LLP has generously put together a helpful guide to help families understand the IEP process as their loved ones head back to school: Individualized Education Program (IEP): Summary, Process and Practical Tips. This 26 page guide contains an IEP timeline and clearly lays out the steps to take throughout the IEP process. The guide also includes lots of tips, resources, and answers to FAQs.
TALKING TO PARENTS ABOUT AUTISM KIT
Today, 1 in 68 American children is diagnosed with autism. As an early childhood educator, you may be the first to notice when a child is not meeting typical developmental milestones. When this happens, you need to talk to the parents and urge them to have their child screened.
Now there are materials available to help you prepare for this important conversation. The Talking to Parents About Autism Action Kit contains the tools you need to initiate this critical dialogue. Having this conversation with parents can make all the difference in a child’s life!
This glossary contains over a hundred video clips and is available to you free of charge. Whether you are a parent, family member, friend, physician, clinician, childcare provider, or educator, it can help you see the subtle differences between typical and delayed development in young children and spot the early red flags for ASD. All of the children featured in the ASD Video Glossary as having red flags for ASD are, in fact, diagnosed with ASD.
BC Family Net
Family Net is an independent provincial network that provides a provincial voice for children and youth with special needs, adults with developmental disabilities and their families.
We present the issues and concerns of these children, adults and their families to the Ministry of Children and Family Development and other relevant ministries, agencies and organizations. For a complete history visit the history page.
We influence how supports and services for children and youth with special needs, adults with developmental disabilities and their families are planned, provided and delivered. We network with each other and with the community at large regarding relevant and emerging issues affecting us.
Our mission is to provide a relationship based, highly personalized, meaningful support program that meets the unique needs of your youth. We know that by working collaboratively with your family, we can create and implement a comprehensive plan focused on maximizing your child’s potential.
We believe in the growth that can take place when youth feel connected and engaged. Trust paves the way for a positive and productive educational experience and creates a setting where everyone feels safe, respected and celebrated. Moments of adventure turn into lasting learning experiences that take place between friends.
Our team is made up of Ian and Jayla Furgala. Jayla is a Certified teacher who has worked with students diagnosed with developmental delays in a number of different capacities and settings. She currently is working on her Masters of Education through the University of Calgary. She leads the goal planning process and works with you to develop a learning plan relevant and valuable to your child. Jayla also follows up and evaluates the learning plan objectives to assure that the goals remain relevant and the child is experiencing success.
Ian is a Registered Care Aide who guides the one to one support sessions, getting to know your child, fostering a strong connection and implementing the objectives from the learning plan. He creates a fun and comfortable learning environment and chooses activities appropriate to the skills being developed and/or improved.
Together we offer a relationship based approach aimed at supporting your child and helping them reach their full potential.
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 work toward independence and a lifetime of activity and community involvement.
All participants are referred by Ministry of Children & Family Development
Please contact your local Social Worker for this program:
The British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society, or as more commonly known, BCANDS, is an award winning, provincial, not for profit, charitable Society serving the unique and diverse disability and health resource / support service needs of the Aboriginal population of British Columbia. BCANDS is a “stand alone” organization and the only organization of its type in Canada.
Aboriginal persons in British Columbia and across Canada continue to deal with the generational effects that European contact has had on all aspects of our lives. It is well documented that the health and disability status of Aboriginal people in British Columbia and Canada, is significantly lower than that of our non-Aboriginal population. Many Aboriginal communities are additionally affected by minimal economical and employment opportunities, community remoteness, limited community access to necessary disability, health and social services, their associated professionals, limited community amenities and so forth. Demands and expectations placed on Aboriginal communities and organizational leadership are high from their membership, with their membership identifying multiple priorities within the community or organization, all of which compete for any available financial resources. Understanding this, leadership within Aboriginal communities and organizations across British Columbia are often forced to make difficult decisions in regard to priority programs, services and specific funding allocations made available. Due to these important and ever increasing community and organizational needs, specialized disability and health support services may be minimal with only limited resources available to the membership, leaving the individual, their family and support system(s) at times isolated and frustrated.
1179 Kosapsum Crescent Victoria BC V9A 7K7
Royal LePage Place, Jim Lind Arena 2760 Cameron Road West Kelowna BC V1Z 2T6
Claro offers a holistic program of support that includes a complete academic program (grades 4-12) through partnerships with distributed learning schools, behaviour intervention, life skills training, therapeutic recreation, and opportunities to develop social and emotional awareness.
Claro Centres Kelowna is excited to announce the expansion of their full-time day program in support of children and youth in Grades 1-12 for the upcoming 2014-2015 program year.
Claro provides academic support, behaviour intervention, social skills and life skills in a sensory sensitive environment designed to meet the needs of children and youth with exceptionalities such as autism spectrum disorder, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder or other neurological disabilities.
For information about the Claro Centres program visit:
Families interested in applying for their child to attend Claro can contact Jennifer Vozenilek at 778-478-9777 or email [email protected]
Claro Centres Kelowna
201-1912 Enterprise Way Kelowna BC V1Y 9S9
Communities for Kids (CFK) is a non-profit coalition of parents, professionals and community members interested in early childhood development. We are one of many Children First initiatives in B.C. Our region spans from Summerland south to Osoyoos and west to Princeton, and includes four First Nations and 11 distinct communities. – See more at: http://www.communitiesforkids.ca/about-us/#sthash.gYEA66LB.dpuf
740 Carmi Ave. Penticton BC V2A 8P9
Community Living BC (CLBC), a provincial crown agency mandated under the Community Living Authority Act, delivers supports and services to adults with developmental disabilities and their families in British Columbia. CLBC is working to create communities where people with developmental disabilities have more choices about how they live, work and contribute.
CLBC funds supports and services to help adults with developmental disabilities and their families achieve their goals and live the life they want. CLBC funded supports are delivered through service agencies and help eligible adults meet their disability related needs and participate in meaningful ways in the community.
CLBC funded supports can include:
Helping to find housing options that encourage independence while meeting an individuals’ unique needs
Connections with community services to support individuals, families or caregivers
Community inclusion supports that focus on employment, social and life skills
What is the Personalized Supports Initiative (PSI)?
CLBC introduced the Personalized Supports Initiative (PSI) in February 2010 to provide supports which are separate from the CLBC services for people with developmental disabilities. The PSI provides services to adults who have both significant limitations in adaptive functioning and either a diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ASD is also known as Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD).
Types of Support
Support for Individuals and Families
Youth in Transition
For youth with special needs and their families transition refers to the move from childhood to adult life. To create a smooth transition from childhood to adult life families need to begin transition planning long before a youth turns 19.
Individualized Funding (IF) provides individuals and families with flexible, person-centred, self-directed payment options for arranging, managing, and paying for supports and services.
444 Ellis Street Penticton BC V2A 4M2
The Community Recreational Initiatives Society (CRIS) is a unique non-profit and charitable organization that uses adaptive equipment, enabling people of all abilities and disabilities to interact with the GREAT OUTDOORS. Most importantly CRIS creates memories and experiences that everyone can enjoy. We have fun, play outside, and challenge ourselves to accomplish things that we may never have thought possible. We are a team that works together to break down barriers and create an inclusive world that all people can enjoy! We invite everyone to come and enjoy the outdoors and enhance their quality of life. Check out our programs and join our family. If nothing else, come and make some new friends, while enjoying the best nature has to offer!
202-2040 Springfield Rd Kelowna BC V1Y 9N7
2011 Daimler Drive West Kelowna British Columbia V1Z3H6 Canada
Cool Arts is dedicated to providing Fine Arts opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities living in the Central Okanagan.’
We believe everyone should have the opportunity to express themselves through the arts.
We offer weekend workshops every month except December & summer. Workshop instructors are either professional artists or art educators.
We are educational specialists. We are familiar with Learning Outcomes, and can recommend products for your unique learning situation.
2041 Harvey Ave Kelowna BC V1Y 6G7
Support people, with all disabilities, to live with dignity, independence and as equal and full participants in the community. We champion issues impacting the lives of people with disabilities through our direct services, community partnerships, advocacy, research and publications.
#204 – 456 West Broadway, Vancouver BC V5Y 1R3 Vancouver V5Y 1R3
BC Easter Seals Camps provide overnight summer camping experiences for children and teens with physical and/or mental disabilities throughout British Columbia. We operate three accessible camp locations: CampShawnigan on Vancouver Island, Camp Squamish north of Vancouver, and Camp Winfield in the Okanagan Valley. Every summer over 900 kids with disabilities come to camp to have the best week of their year.
1790 Davidson Rd Lake Country BC
Still waiting for your child’s ICHAN evaluation? Need help with resources available?
The F.O.R.C.E. provides families and professionals with information, tools, and tips on how to support and assist children with mental health difficulties.
The FORCE mandate is to support and empower families and work collaboratively with professionals and systems in understanding and meeting the mental health needs of families.