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. Participation in the program is voluntary and all services are free.


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. We strive 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).


For more information, please contact:
MCFD is responsible for the order of acceptance, and can be reached at 604-904-4300.

teen and pre-teen social program

This Saturday afternoon program is for individuals between the ages of 9 and 18. Participants enjoy recreational and community activities with their peers while building social and life skills. They are actively involved in planning activities, meeting as a group to create monthly recreation plans. This program is only closed on statutory holiday weekends.


Referrals are required from the Ministry of Children and Families (MCFD).


For more information, please contact:
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). On average, CLBC allocates program participants with 4 hours of service per week and reviews their progress bi-annually.


For more information, please contact:
CLBC is responsible for the order of acceptance and can be reached at 604-981-0321.

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.


For more information, please contact:
To apply to the STAGE Program call Community Living BC at 604-981-0321 and speak to a Facilitator.


ZAP is a virtual service, on Zoom, for adults with disabilities who are isolated and want to socialize.


This program is designed for individuals who want to improve their academic, vocational, life skills and social life during the COVID 19 pandemic. It is free of charge and self-referrals are accepted.


For more information, please contact:
To apply to the ZAP Program contact the program manager Kathy at

employment programs

An NSDRC employment specialist will work with individuals to explore their skills, abilities, and goals and talk to local businesses and employers to understand their needs. They will then 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 foster success; 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.


For more information, please contact:

The program requires a referral from Community Living BC. To apply to the Employment Program, call CLBC 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.


Find out more about the summer bursary program here. Our FAQ reviews the most common questions we receive about the program.


Applications for the 2021 program are now closed.

won't you join us?

Each of us has a role to play in creating the community we want to live, work and play in. Join our email list to keep up to date on NSDRC news. Let's build a better community together!

North Shore Disability Resource Centre

3158 Mountain Highway

North Vancouver, BC

V7K 2H5

phone: 604-985-5371

fax: 604-985-7594


connect with us

United Way member agency

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.

We are grateful for the opportunity to work, live and play on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.