Parent guide to Inclusive Education - Community resources for parents
ACT – Autism Community Training
ACT provides excellent information and training, in accordance with international best practices. Their goal is to enable parents, professionals and para-professionals to support children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder to live productive, satisfying lives within their families and communities.
AnxietyBC™ provides a rich resource of self-help information and programs, as well as resources for parents and caregivers. Our mission is to increase awareness, promote education and improve access to programs that work.
AUTISM SOCIETY OF BC
Autism Society of BC strives to promote understanding, acceptance, and full community inclusion for people with autism in British Columbia while providing support for the realization of the rights and informed choices of individuals with autism and their families.
BC CONFEDERATION OF PARENT ADVISORY COUNCILS
BC CPAC strives to advance the public school education and well-being of children in the province of British Columbia and carry on activities to promote and enhance meaningful parent participation in an advisory role at the school, school district, and provincial levels.
BC ELKS ASSOCIATION
The objectives are (a) to promote mental, spiritual and physical development for children throughout British Columbia; (b) to continue providing camp facilities not available elsewhere for children; and (c) to maintain those facilities while building new camps.
BC EPILEPSY SOCIETY
A non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to serving the well-being of people living with epilepsy.
BURNABY- NEW WESTMINSTER YMCA CHILD CARE RESOURCE & REFERRAL
Childcare support program for licensed and license-not-required childcare providers. Provides childcare referral service for parents, ongoing training for caregivers, and information for parents to help choose a childcare setting.
CANADIAN NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR THE BLIND (CNIB)
Provides adjustment to blindness services for all ages including counselling; orientation and mobility; free Braille and talking book library; and eye safety programs. Works with people who are experiencing any degree of low vision.
CANUCK PLACE CHILDREN’S HOSPICE
When a child in British Columbia is diagnosed with a progressive, life-limiting illness, Canuck Place can provide pediatric palliative care services for both the child and the entire family.
CEREBRAL PALSY ASSOCIATION OF BC
Services include education, advocacy, information and resources, lending library and a bi-monthly newsletter.
CITY OF NEW WESTMINSTER PARKS, CULTURE AND RECREATION PROGRAMS AND SUBSIDIES
New Westminster: 604.527.4567
CH.A.D.D. Vancouver Chapter
CH.A.D.D. helps to support, educate, and ultimately better the lives of individuals with ADHD, and those who care for them. Through family support, public and professional education, and encouragement of scientific research, CH.A.D.D. Canada works to ensure that those with ADHD reach their inherent potential.
CHILD DISABILITY BENEFIT (CDB)
The child disability benefit is a tax-free monthly payment made to families who care for a child under age 18 with a severe and prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions.
COMMUNITY LIVING BC (CLBC)
Community Living BC (CLBC) delivers supports and services to adults with developmental disabilities and their families in BC. CLBC works to create communities where people with developmental disabilities have more choices about how they live, work and contribute.
DEAF CHILDREN’S SOCIETY OF BC
Offers a family-centered approach to support deaf and hard of hearing children and their families by improving the ability of the family to develop and advocate for opportunities to maximize their child’s development.
DOWN SYNDROME RESEARCH FOUNDATION
Mandate is to empower people with Down syndrome to achieve their potential; lead independent and fulfilled lives; and participate fully in the communities in which they live.
FAMILY NETWORK FOR DEAF CHILDREN
Goal is to gather and share information with deaf and hard of hearing youth, their families as well as the professional communities that support them. FNDC’s primary goal is to gather and share information with deaf and hard of hearing
FAMILY SUPPORT INSTITUTE
The purpose of the Family Support Institute is to strengthen and support families faced with the extraordinary circumstances that come with having a family member who has a disability.
Families are the best resource available to support one another. Directed by families, the Family Support Institute provides information, training, and province-wide networking to assist families and their communities to build upon and share their strengths
FORCE Society for Kids’ Mental Health
The FORCE Society for Kids’ Mental Health coordinates and delivers parent training, in partnership with the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
GIFTED CHILDREN’S ASSOCIATION OF BC
Dedicated to providing support and advocacy for gifted children and their families.
HEALTH SERVICES: NEW WESTMINSTER HEALTH UNIT
Immunization clinics, communicable disease control information, environmental health, childcare information, etc. In-school health support service for children with chronic medical conditions.
Founded in 1955, Inclusion BC is a provincial non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the participation of people with developmental disabilities in all aspects of community life. They provide support, education and advocacy where and when it’s needed, breaking down barriers and building communities that include people of all abilities.
KELTY MENTAL HEALTH
The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre is a provincial resource centre that provides mental health and substance use information, resources, and peer support to children, youth and their families from across BC.
LEARNING DISABILITY ASSOCIATION
Provides effective programs and services throughout the years starting at pre-school. Services include recommended interventions, social skills development, tutoring and advocacy.
MINISTRY OF CHILDREN & FAMILY DEVELOPMENT
Provides information and support services for people with developmental disabilities and their families. The Child and Youth with Special Need Social Worker can be reached at the New Westminster Children’s Centre at 604.521.8078 (extension 329).
MINISTRY OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY DEVELOPMENT: MENTAL HEALTH
Provides community mental health services for children under 19 years of age. They offer a multi-disciplinary approach to community service with the objective being to help families with children who are experiencing mental health difficulties. Services may be direct and indirect through contracts, consultation to individuals, families, agencies and the general public.
MINISTRY OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL INNOVATION: EMPLOYMENT & INCOME ASSISTANCE
(For childcare subsidy see Burnaby-New Westminster Child Care Resource & Referral)
M.O.S.A.I.C. (Multilingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant Communities)
Provides translation, interpretation, counselling services, employment programs and English training for beginners.
MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY CANADA
Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s mission is to enhance the lives of those affected with neuromuscular disorders by continually working to provide ongoing support and resources while relentlessly searching for a cure through well-funded research.
NEW WESTMINSTER CHILDREN’S CENTRE
Provides services to families of children with varying needs, which include Key Worker Services (CDBC); Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy; Speech and Language Pathology; the Supported Child Development Program; and the Infant Development Program. This is an initiative of the Simon Fraser Society for Community Living and SHARE Family and Community Services.
PLANNED LIFETIME ADVOCACY NETWORK
PLAN was established in 1989 by families who wanted an answer to the question: ”What will happen to our sons and daughters with disabilities when we are gone?” In order to answer that question, we work with our members to give their loved one with a disability a network of caring relationships, a sound financial plan, opportunities for contributions, supported decisions making options and a place to call home.
SHARE FAMILY & COMMUNITY SERVICES
Non-profit, community-based organization which provides leadership in a wide range of programs in response to the social needs of the residents of the Tri-Cities and neighbouring communities.
SIMON FRASER SOCIETY FOR COMMUNITY LIVING
Offers family education and support; advocacy; recreation for children and adults; life skills; residences; the Family & Individual Support Program; the Supported Child Development Program; and the Infant Development Program.
S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (United Chinese Community Enrichment Services Society)
Non-profit social service agency that serves the Chinese community. Offers English Language programs; family and youth counselling; employment training; orientation for new Immigrants; and volunteer development.
SUNNY HILL HEALTH CENTRE FOR CHILDREN
Sunny Hill provides services for children with physical and/or developmental disabilities and their families. During your visit, you and your child may work with one health professional or have a team of professionals. The team will focus on your child’s needs, assess your child, create a plan for your child’s services, and help you and the professionals in your community make the plan work.
WESTERN CANADA FAMILY CHILD CARE ASSOCIATION OF BC
A professional organization of family childcare providers that provides accessible, quality, inclusive childcare services that support the needs of children and families. Promote, support and advocate for quality, inclusive family child care.
WESTERN SOCIETY FOR CHILDREN
Provides programming in many areas of child development and family resilience. Services are available to members of WSFC and to partners or individuals in the community. Families may self-refer or be referred by community services. For more information arrange to speak with a Family Resource Assistant.
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