Supportive Programs Birth – Adulthood

Fraser Valley Down Syndrome Society (FVDSS) – Provides information and support to families with a child who has Down syndrome. We offer limited therapies and family events such as the annual family picnic, Christmas party, family bowling night, annual Walk for Awareness.

Website: www.fvdss.org

Contact: Sylvie (Abbotsford) 604-853-5563

Jodie (Abbotsford) 604-755-0769

Email: info@fvdss.org

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At Home Program– The At Home Program (AHP) is intended to assist parents with some of the extraordinary costs of caring for a child with severe disabilities at home.

Children may be eligible for full program benefits or for a choice of respite or medical benefits. Eligibility is regularly reassessed.

The At Home Program provides assistance to families in two main areas:

Respite Benefits allow parents to choose appropriate care options for their child and family.

Medical Benefits provide a range of medical supplies and services that can be accessed by At Home Program participants.

Website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/managing-your-health/child-behaviour-development/special-needs/complex-health-needs/at-home-program

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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: https://pads.ca/about-pads/

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Child Development Centre (CDC)– this centre offers early intervention and services and programs that are very beneficial to families and children with special needs.Some of the services they offer are: Infant Development Program, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy (O.T.), Physical Therapy (P.T.), Supported Child Care, Family Support Services.A referral from your doctor is needed.

Website: http://fvcdc.org/

Contact: 604-852-2686 (Abbotsford)

604-824-8760 (Chilliwack)

604-820-9536 (Mission)

604-534-1155 (Langley) #203-5171 221A StreetLangley, BC V2Y 0A2

Website: http://www.langleycdc.com/lcdc/index.php

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Infant Development Program (I.D.P.) – this program offers support and advice on the development of children with special needs.They generally will visit you in your home once a month, and will sometimes time their visits to coincide with a therapists visit.If you have concerns on the development of your child, this is a person who can put you in touch with the proper therapist.As they help with infants, the child is discharged from their program when he/she turns 3 years old.

Contact: through the CDC

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Supported Child Care – a program where a trained person attends daycare or preschool with your child if the support is necessary for your child to be able to attend these programs.

Contact: through the CDC

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Child Care Resource & Referral-We link families and child care providers in the communities of Abbotsford by offering free consultation, support, access to professional help, and referral services to parents seeking child care.

Website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/caring-for-young-children/how-to-access-child-care/child-care-resource-referral-centre

Contact:604-850-7934 in Abbotsford – #104, 32885 Ventura Ave.

604 792-4267 in Chilliwack – 7112 Vedder Road

604-826-6194 or 604-302-2395 in Mission – 7369 James St.

604-534-7921 in Langley – 5339 207 Street

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Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD)–Abbotsford – Provides child protection, guardianship and adoption, mental health, Aboriginal, and youth corrections services. Also provides services for foster parents, group homes, and contract resources. Province-wide programs are described in the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) listing.

Website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/organizational-structure/ministries-organizations/ministries/children-and-family-development

Contact: 604-870-5880Fax: 604-851-7035

2828 Cruickshank St. Abbotsford, B.C. V2T 5M4

604-514-2711Fax:604-514-2710

120-20434 64th Ave. Langley, B.C. V2Y 1N4

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Down syndrome Resource Foundation (DSRF) – The mission of the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation is to empower individuals with Down syndrome to reach their full potential throughout life by pioneering and providing educational programs and services, disseminating information, and changing attitudes.

Website: https://www.dsrf.org/

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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.

            Website: http://www.chilliwackopportunitysociety.com/

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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.

Website: http://cscl.org/programs-services/adult-day-services/

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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.

Website: http://www.communitylivingbc.ca/

Contact: 604-870-5986 in Abbotsford – Room 304 – 32463 Simon Avenue

604-702-5795 in Chilliwack – 46360 Airport Road

604-532-4900 in Langley – B201 – 20641 Logan Avenue

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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

Website: http://www.steps-forward.org/

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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.

Website: https://www.workbc.ca/

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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.

Ages: University

Website: http://www.ufv.ca/calendar/2009_10/ProgramsR-Z/UUP_TASK.htm

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