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.
INFANT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
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) www.communitylivingbc.ca www.communitylivingbc.cawww.communitylivingbc.ca. 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.
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.
Applications are open February 1 and close April 1 each year, and are available to North Shore residents. Our FAQ reviews the most common questions we receive about the program. Be sure to review it before you complete the application.
Once you've reviewed the FAQ, you'll find the application here .
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North Shore Disability Resource Centre
3158 Mountain Highway
North Vancouver, BC
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.