Fraser Valley Down syndrome Society (FVDSS) Provides information and support to new families. We offer family events such as the annual family picnic, Christmas party, family bowling night, annual Walk for Awareness.
Contact: Sylvie (Abbotsford) 604-853-5563
Jodie (Abbotsford) 604-755-0769
Alzheimer’s Dementia – People with Down syndrome (DS) are at an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). For more information please visit the Down syndrome Research Foundation’s page.
Assistive Dogs – A service dog is a type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities. Those disabilities may include visual difficulties, hearing impairments, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), seizures, ambulatory issues, mental illness, diabetes, autism, and more. Here are a few schools which train dogs:
Canadian Association of Guide and Assistance Dog Schools: http://www.cagads.com/index.html
Assistance Dogs International: http://www.assistancedogsinternational.org/
4Paws for Ability: http://4pawsforability.org/
Canadian Service Dog Foundation: http://servicedog.ca/programs/service-dogs
COPE Service Dogs: http://copedogs.org/
Dogs with Wings Assistance Dog Society: http://dogswithwings.ca/
National Service Dogs: http://www.nsd.on.ca/
Pacific Assistance Dogs Society: http://www.pads.ca/our-mission/who-we-are/#sthash.UTmZAEYG.dpbs
BC Special Olympics – Provides individuals with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to enrich their lives and celebrate personal achievements through positive sport experiences.
Ages: over 8
Months: October to June
Contact: Leslie Bowling (Volunteer Coordinator) firstname.lastname@example.org
Chilliwack Opportunity Society – is a small day program that offers many leaisure and recreational opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities based on their individual abilities and choices. The society promotes inclusion for all of our participants in Chilliwack and surrounding areas.
Chilliwack Society for Community Living – supports adults with developmental disabilities in a variety of ways including community inclusion services, residential options, homesharing options, respite services and more.
Community Living of B.C . – delivers support and services to people with developmental disabilities, children with special needs and their families in British Columbia.
Services include: Homemaker/Home Support Worker Program, Parent Support for Families of Children with Special Needs, Professional Support for Children with Special Needs, Child and Youth Care Worker Services for Children with Special Needs, Respite Services for Children with Special Needs, Behavioural Management consultation.
Contact: 604-870-5986 in Abbotsford
604-702-5795 in Chilliwack
Special Adventures – Venture programs for youth with a special challenge.
Ages: All Ages
Hours: Wednesday 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Special Needs (Support & Employment Readiness)
Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00am – 4:30pm
STEPS Forward – STEPS Forward is a family-driven organization founded to ensure that people with developmental disabilities are included as students in the academic and social life of colleges and universities of British Columbia.
Ages: highschool – university
Work B.C. – WorkBC is the provincial government’s access point to the world of work in British Columbia. It was created with one key goal – to help all British Columbians to successfully navigate B.C.’s labour market. WorkBC helps people find jobs, explore career options and improve their skills. We also help employers fill jobs, find the right talent and grow their businesses.
Workplace Training in Attitudes, Skills, & Knowledge (TASK) certificate– This eight-month program offers students with disabilities the opportunity to gain self-management and employment skills and develop realistic career objectives in their chosen field while in the classroom. Students will participate in a series of employability workshops such as WHMIS, Food Safe, and SuperHost, etc. They will learn basic computer skills, including word processing and using e-mail and internet. In addition, students gain on-the-job experience while on community-based work placements. Overall, the program will provide the employability, skills, and experience necessary for students to find employment or gain access to further training at UFV or elsewhere.
Zajac Ranch for Children has weekly camps for different special needs. They now offer 2 separate weeks for adults 18-40 years old.