community-based services

Our Community Based Services (CBS) department provides one-to-one and/or group support to children and adults with disabilities and their families through a variety of programs. With support from a community support worker, individuals focus on life skill development in areas identified by the participants and/or their support network.


Unless otherwise noted, for further information about our programs, contact our Director of Community Services – Kathleen Jessop, 604-904-4090.


This program is for families of infants and children birth to 3 years old who are experiencing delays in their development or who are at risk for developmental delay are eligible for the Infant Development Program. Participation in the program is voluntary and all services are provided free of charge


Home visits are made on a regular basis by professional staff to assist the family in planning learning activities and to utilize appropriate community resources. Opportunities for parents to meet and support each other are provided through regular drop-in groups and classes organized on topics of interest to families. Resource library materials of books and toys are also available for loan to families.


Referrals can be made directly to the IDP. The North Shore Infant Development Program strives to provide services in a timely fashion, but occasionally the demand for our services exceeds the capacity for us to do this. If this happens, your child may be placed on a waitlist for service.

For more information, contact: Manager of the Infant Development Program – Gaye Jackson, 604-986-1358.

special services to children

This program is for individuals between the ages of 5 and 18. Each person, along with their family or support network, develops a plan in order to be successful in reaching specific goals in community settings.


Participants enjoy fun, skill-building activities with their one to one support worker who is suitably matched with the individual for the best possible outcome. Average hours of service are 5 hours per week.


Referrals are required from the Ministry of Children and Families (MCFD). MCFD is responsible for the order of acceptance, and can be reached at 604-904-4300.

teen and pre-teen social program

This weekend program is for individuals between the ages of 9 and 18. Participants enjoy recreational activities and community outings with their peers while building social and life skills. They are actively involved in planning activities and meet as a group at the beginning of every month to create a recreation plan. This program runs on Saturday afternoons and is only closed on statutory holiday weekends.


Referrals are required from the Ministry of Children and Families (MCFD). MCFD is responsible for the order of acceptance and can be reached at 604-904-4300.

adult life skills

This service is for adults aged 19 and over who have disabilities and are interested in continuing to learn life skills. Participants choose a variety of life skills to learn at home or in community settings, assisted by a worker selected by the participant and their family or support network.


Referrals are required from Community Living BC (CLBC) CLBC is responsible for the order of acceptance and can be reached at 604-981-0321. On average, CLBC allocates program participants with 4 hours of service per week and reviews their progress bi-annually.

stage (supporting transition adult group education)

This program is a transition service for young adults (ages 19 to 26) with disabilities who have completed high school.


This program is designed for individuals who want to improve their academic, vocational and life skills and transition out within 1-4 years to access further services or employment opportunities. This service is best suited to those who wish to further their independence through community-based activities and do not require one-to-one assistance.

To apply to the STAGE Program call Community Living BC at 604-981-0321 and speak to a Facilitator.

employment programs

With a referral from Community Living BC, an NSDRC employment specialist will work with individuals to explore their skills, abilities, and goals. The employment specialist will also talk to local businesses and employers to understand their needs. Using this information, the employment specialist will work with the individual to find and apply for jobs, or even work with an employer to create a job that will benefit both the individual and the employer.


Once a job is secured, the employment specialist will create supports to help the individual succeed in the job. For example, working with the employer to make a list of key tasks for each day that is worked.


Sometimes, we will help an individual get started on the job and learn the job tasks; other times, we will work with the employer who will provide that training themselves. Eventually, any help needed on the job will come from co-workers.

To apply to the Employment Program, call Community Living BC at 604-981-0321 and speak to a Facilitator.

summer bursary program

Bursaries are available to provide financial support for children and youth with disabilities (ages 3 to 18) so they can attend a recreation program and / or summer camp of their choice during July and August. Our FAQ reviews the most common questions we receive about the program.


Applications for the 2020 Summer Bursary Program are now closed. Please note that we are proceeding with allocating bursaries for this year with the hope that by July the Covid 19 pandemic will be over and camps/activities will be available for children to attend. If needed, we will extend the option to use the bursary into winter 2020.


Download the Receipt for Hours Worked form.


Confirmation of grant allocations will be made via email. If you have any questions please contact Kathleen Jessop, 604-904-4090.

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North Shore Disability Resource Centre

3158 Mountain Highway

North Vancouver, BC

V7K 2H5

phone: 604-985-5371

fax: 604-985-7594


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The NSDRC was started by a group of families in 1976. In the years since, we have worked for a "Community for All" by developing and providing residential services, infant development programs, youth groups, community based services, and information and advocacy.