Provincial Outreach Programs are specialized education programs and services that support equitable and accessible education for all students in BC. These programs are operated through the administrative oversight of various school Districts.

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Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders
We provide consultation, training, and support services to more than 1500 public schools and approximately 350 independent schools across the province of British Columbia with a primary focus on increasing the capacity of school district staff to support students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). POPARD’s mandate is determined by the Ministry of Education for the province of British Columbia.

The POPARD team collaborates with educators who request support for students with ASD. Our collaborative approach promotes meaningful consultation with parents and community teams. We promote a wide range of evidence-based approaches to facilitate inclusive educational programs in the least restrictive environment.

Provincial Outreach Program for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

We share current research, ideas, strategies, training, and resources in order to build capacity in school districts for students with FASD and their teachers.

Provincial Outreach Program for Students with Deafblindness

The mandate for the Provincial Outreach Program for Students with Deafblindness is to provide support to BC school teams working with K-12 students with deafblindness.

POPDB consultants work with school districts and school-based teams to ensure that the unique needs of the student with deafblindness are being met, and that each student is receiving an appropriate educational program.

POPEY provides services to educators in BC public schools. Our support is delivered through in-services, networking, resources and eLearning opportunities.

Provincial Outreach Program: Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Our focus is to collaborate with school districts in meeting the needs of all Deaf and Hard of Hearing learners. Through collaborative consultation POPDHH supports educational teams in addressing the unique communication and learning styles of individual Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.

To reach every student’s potential, POPDHH promotes goals of language development, literacy, numeracy, cognitive development, self-advocacy, and self-confidence in becoming responsible, global citizens.

POPDHH encourages students to become contributing members of both the Deaf and Hearing communities.

Provincial Outreach Program for Special Education Technology – BC

SET-BC is a BC Ministry of Education Provincial Resource Program established to assist school districts in utilizing technology with students whose access to the curriculum is restricted. SET-BC provides school districts with three tiers of services.

The Accessible Resource Centre – BC

The goal of ARC-BC is to provide BC students with perceptual (or print) disabilities and their educational teams with high quality digital alternate format materials that align with British Columbia’s K-12 curriculum.
Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired PRCVI is charged with producing primary learning materials in alternate formats for qualifying students with visual impairments who are registered with PRCVI and enrolled in a public school district or Group I or II independent schools in British Columbia.

Inclusion Outreach assists school teams and families to develop meaningful and functional programs for BC students with complex intellectual and physical disabilities. The program builds capacity in schools by providing training and ongoing distance mentoring support to district partners, teachers, therapists, itinerants and educational assistants. We support students meeting criteria for Ministry of Education categories A, C, and D.

Auditory Outreach, in collaboration with provincial centres, local audiologists and other service providers, assists public and group 1 and 2 independent schools throughout the province address the needs of school-aged students through loans of assistive listening devices for individual students with hearing loss identified as needing this technology for school use. In addition to equipment loans and services, we offer audiology, speech language pathology, and hearing resource teacher expertise and outreach in support of the development of local capacity, through consultation with school staff and parents, assistance with assessments, and assistance with the establishment of goals for individual education plans for cochlear implant students.

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