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ABA Support Network
www.abasupportnetwork.com
To improve access to quality Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) treatment and support in the home and in the community for children, youth and adults with autism.

Access 2 Entertainment
www.access2.ca
Through the program, people with disabilities who require a support person carry a personal Access 2 Entertainment card with them. The card indicates to the ticket seller that the individual does indeed require the support of an attendant.
The card provides free admission (or a substantial discount) for the support person at all participating entertainment venues.

Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability
www.ala.ca
We provide nationally coordinated leadership, support, encouragement, promotion and information that facilitate healthy, active living opportunities for Canadians of all abilities across all settings and environments.

Advocate for Service Quality
www.eia.gov.bc.ca/advocate
The Advocate’s job is to help adults with developmental disabilities and transitioning youth with special needs and their families have access to supports and services that are available.

Adoptive Families Association of BC
www.bcadoption.com
Promotes and Supports Adoption in BC

Autism Community Training BC (ACT)
www.actcommunity.net
ACT-Autism Community Training is an information and referral service created to support families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in BC.’

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BC Association for Community Living
www.bcacl.org
The BC Association for Community Living (BCACL) is a federation working with partners to build community and enhance the lives of children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities.
They support by promoting action, advancing rights and responsibilities and promoting social justice.

Disability Alliance BC
http://www.disabilityalliancebc.org/
www.centreforability.bc.ca
Our mission is to support people to live with dignity, independence and equality.

BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils
www.bccpac.bc.ca
The BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC) is a charitable non-profit organization that advocates for the best possible public education for all children in BC through the active involvement of parents.

BC Epilepsy Society
www.bcepilepsy.com
The BC Epilepsy Society is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to serving British Columbian’s living with epilepsy, and their families. We also work with educators and other organizations to build awareness about epilepsy related issues, and to increase people’s knowledge about appropriate first aid and support services.

BC FamilyNet Society
www.bcfamilynet.org
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.

BC Ferries 
www.bcferries.com/travel_planning/disabilities.html
BC Ferries provides a variety of services for persons with disabilities to ensure a safe and comfortable journey for passengers.’

BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities
www.lionsbc.ca
The British Columbia Lions Society for Children With Disabilities has been a registered charitable organization since 1947. You may also know us as Easter Seals. Under both names, our mandate is to support children with disabilities throughout British Columbia.

BC Therapeutic Riding Association of BC
www.vcn.bc.ca/bctra
The B.C. Therapeutic Riding Association was formed in 1986, as the provincial organization for groups providing horseback riding as therapy for people with disabilities. We are a registered charitable organization, committed to improving the quality of life for young people and adults who have disabilities.

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Canadian Coalition for Immunization Awareness and Promotion
www.immunize.cpha.ca
The Canadian Coalition for Immunization Awareness & Promotion (CCIAP) is a partnership of national non-governmental, professional, health, consumer, government and private sector organizations with a specific interest in promoting the understanding and use of vaccines recommended by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization.

Cerebral Palsy Association of BC
www.bccerebralpalsy.com
It is our mission to raise awareness of Cerebral Palsy in the community. We strive to assist those living with Cerebral Palsy to reach their maximum potential. We work to see those living with Cerebral Palsy realize their place as equals within a diverse society.

Community Living BC
www.communitylivingbc.ca
CLBC helps adults with developmental disabilities and their families achieve goals and live the life they want. We help them get connected to their community and put paid supports in place when needed.

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Developmentally Challenged Youth Basketball Association
www.dcyba.org
The DCY Basketball Association promotes and supports the development of basketball programs for youth with developmental challenges in BC.

Disability is Natural
www.disabilityisnatural.com
To encourage new ways of thinking about developmental disabilities in the belief that our attitudes drive our actions. Changes in our attitudes and actions can help create a society where all children and adults with developmental disabilities have opportunities to live the lives of their dreams, included in all areas of life.

Down Syndrome Research Foundation
www.dsrf.org
At the Down syndrome Research Foundation, we firmly believe that if people with intellectual disabilities are provided with specific and relevant educational instruction they can reach their potential.

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Employment Program for Persons with Disabilities
www.eia.gov.bc.ca/pwd/eppd.htm 
EPDD is intended to assist persons with disabilities to achieve their economic and social potential to the fullest extent possible.

Epilepsy Canada
http://www.epilepsy.ca/
Epilepsy Canada is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for persons affected by epilepsy through promotion and support of research and facilitation of education and awareness initiatives that build understanding and acceptance of epilepsy.

BC Epilepsy Society
www.bcepilepsy.com
The BC Epilepsy Society is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to serving British Columbians living with epilepsy, and their families.

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Fraser Valley Epilepsy Society
www.epilepsy.ca
Provides a parent support network, education, and community awareness for families affected by epilepsy and professionals in the field.

Families for Early Autism Treatment of BC (FEAT)
www.featbc.org
This is a volunteer society of parents for parents that provides information about setting up a behavior intervention treatment program for young children with autism.

Family Support Institute
www.familysupportbc.com
The Family Support Institute works to bring families together to share in their expertise, joys and frustrations of having a child with special needs.

Family Network for Deaf Children
www.fndc.ca
Offers newsletters, workshops, information bulletins supporting and providing information to parents of deaf or hard-of-hearing children and the communities that support them.’

FAS/E Support Network
www.fetalalcohol.com
The WARM line is available 24 hours a day to provide information and support on caring for children with FAS/E.

FamilyWORKs
familyworksbc.wordpress.com/
FamilyWORKs is governed by families who are trying to find innovative ways to create or find employment for loved ones that have intellectual disabilities.

Federal Excise Gasoline Tax Refund Program
www.rev.gov.bc.ca/ctb
Refund of motor fuel tax may be available to person with disabilities.

Federation of Invisible Disabilities (FIDS)
www.fids.bc.ca
To ensure children with invisible disabilities have access to education, recreation, and other services that will help them to reach their potential.

THE F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids’ Mental Health
http://www.forcesociety.com/
To promote and influence change in intervention and equality of care in children’s mental health.

 

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Gateway Society – Services for Persons with Autism
www.gatewaysociety.org
To enable children and adults with Autism and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders to reach their greatest potential. It is our role to provide quality individualized services in partnership with the people we serve, their families, advocates, communities and government.

G.F. Strong Rehab Centre
www.vanhosp.bc.ca
Provides services for people throughout BC. It is a recognized world leader in spinal cord rehabilitation and research and is a provincial resource for the Acquired Brain Injury Program.

 

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HandyDART Custom Transit
www.translink.bc.ca/transportation_services/accessibility/handydart.asp
HandyDART is a shared-ride public transit service that uses specially equipped vehicles designed to carry passengers with physical or cognitive disabilities who are unable to use public transit without assistance.

Hydranencephaly International Support Group
www.hydranencephly.com
Information and support for children with Hydranencephaly and their families.

 

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Infant Development Program of BC
www.idpofbc.ca
Infant Development Programs (IDP) in BC are family centered services and are designed to support families who are raising young children at risk for or with developmental delay or disabilities.

 

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Langley Association for Community Living
www.langleyacl.com
LACL is dedicated to the delivery of quality services for children with special needs, adults with developmental disabilities and supports to their families and friends.

Langley Community Service Society
www.lcss.ca
Langley Community Services Society’s Mission is to help people in the Langley Community enhance the quality of their lives.

Langley Children’s Society
www.langleycdc.com
Our vision is to provide the range of support services required to help children and youth who have special needs to achieve their physical, intellectual and emotional potential.. A not-for-profit organization, which was formed by parents and professionals in June 1975.

 

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Ministry of Education 
www.bced.gov.bc.ca/my_childs_special_needs.htm
My Child’s Special Need’s section of the Ministry’s Website site provides information on the special education services available for students with special needs.

 

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Pacific Riding for the Developing Abilities
www.prda.ca
Through equestrian activity and with the involvement of the community, we enhance the quality of life for individuals with a wide range of challenges.

PEIRS: Provincial Early Intervention Program for Students with Learning Disabilities 
www.bc-case.org/downloads/PEIR.pdf
The purpose of this provincial demonstration classroom is to provide a specialized short-term program for primary students who have been diagnosed with a learning disability. It provides teachers, schools with the information and skills necessary to make informed choices about research based practice, guide choices for professional development and to improve early intervention services for at risk students.

PISP: Provincial Integration Support Program
www.pisp.ca 
The Provincial Integration Support Program is an outreach service mandated to assist schools throughout British Columbia, in meeting the educational needs of students with multiple severe/profound physical and cognitive disabilities.

Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) 
plan.ca
PLAN’s mission is to help families secure the future for their relative with a disability and to provide peace of mind.

POPARD: Provincial Outreach Program for Autism Spectrum Disorders
www.autismoutreach.ca
POPARD provides consultation, training and support services to support students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

POPFASD: Provincial Outreach Program for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
www.fasdoutreach.ca
POPFASD’s Website provides information about the effects of FASD on student learning and behavior. POPFASD shares current research, ideas, strategies, training and resources to build capacity in school districts to support students with FASD and their teachers and team members.

PRCVI: Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired 
www.prcvi.org
The PRCVI is a Ministry of Education Provincial Resource Program. The mission of the PRCVI is to provide leadership, information, training and consultation to support school districts’ goals of equitable access and enhanced learning opportunities for students with visual impairments.

Public Health Agency of Canada
www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/index-eng.php
PHAC’s primary goal is to strengthen Canada’s capacity to protect and improve the health of Canadians and to help reduce pressures on the health-care system.

 

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Scoliosis Support
www.infantilescoliosis.org
The Infantile Scoliosis Outreach Program (ISOP) is pivotal in connecting families of children with progressive infantile Scoliosis to resources and information needed to make the best choices possible in the care of their child.

SEA: Special Education Association
www.bctf.ca/SEA
The SEA is a provincial organization that works through the BCTF to provide quality education opportunities for all students with special learning needs. SEA provides educators with professional learning opportunities and information on current issues in special education.

Self-Advocate Net
selfadvocatenet.com
Our Mission is to change the people attitudes towards people with disabilities and to prove that we can live normal lives in the community.

Shriner’s Hospitals for Children
www.shrinershq.org/Hospitals/Main
Children up to age 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay.

Special Education Technology (SET-BC)
www.setbc.org
To enhance student opportunities for success by providing access to curriculum through the use of appropriate educational and communication technologies.

Support Worked Central (SWC)
www.supportworkercentral.com/
Support Worker Central is an online database designed to match individuals, families and agencies with support workers in their communities.

 

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Travel Assistance Program
www.health.gov.bc.ca/tapbc/tap_patient.html
Provides financial assistance for travel if non-emergent care is not available in the home community.

The Accessible Channel (TACTV)
www.theaccessiblechannel.com
The Accessible Channel, also known as TACTV, is a national English language, descriptive video and closed-captioned, basic HD digital TV specialty service.

 

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UnTape: Sharing tips for cutting red tape
www.untape.com
UNTAPE is a site where people with disabilities and their families come to share practical tips for cutting through red tape and get the help they need.

 

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Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association
www.vtea.ca
Provides a therapeutic horseback riding program for children, youth and adults with a wide range of disabilities.

Vancouver Adapted Music Society (VAMS)
www.reachdisability.org/vams
The society assists and encourages people with disabilities to compose music and to play musical instruments.

Children’s Hearing & Speech Centre of BC
childrenshearing.ca
Our itinerant teachers provide services to children and youth in independent schools across Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Provincially we provide consultation, direct service, and family support. Auditory-Verbal Therapy and itinerant teaching services are available via distance technology to many parts of the province.

Variety Club of BC
www.variety.bc.ca
Variety – The Children’s Charity is a federally registered, provincially incorporated charitable society raising money to support BC’s children with special needs.

 

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Western Society for Children with Birth Disorders
www.wsfc.ca
Western Society for Children is a Charity that assists parents in advocating for disability resources needed by their children. We also provide information about disabilities and offer direct services to children in the areas of: adaptive/specialized equipment, medical resources, recreation, communication and learning, and emotional well-being.

 

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