Our Programs and Services
The NSDRC offers the following programs and services to people with disabilities. Our programs welcome the participation and support of family, friends and volunteers.
Information and Advocacy Program services are provided through in-person appointments, telephone contact and resources online. Provides free assistance with applying for services, filling out forms, reconsiderations, appeals and more.
Infant Development Program provides home-based support to families with children under the age of three to encourage the development of physical, social and cognitive skills. Lower Mainland Infant Development & Child Development Programs Website
Community Based Services Children’s Programs is for children and youth (ages 5 to 18) with disabilities. They are matched with a support worker who assists with skill development in the community and sometimes in the home. Weekday Clubs offer a 3:1 ratio and are offered throughout the year.
Summer Bursary enables children ages 3-18 to participate in community camps and activities during the summer months.
DAY CAMPS the NSDRC offers Day Camps for children and youth during school break times (summer, winter & spring).
Teen/Pre-Teen Program is for youth (ages 9 to 18) with disabilities. The program operates on Saturday afternoons. Support workers assist participants with skill development in small peer groups in the community. Youth Zone is for youth who have Asperger’s Syndrome. This group meets once a week at John Braithwaite Community Centre. They are supported by a facilitator who helps guide the group through decision making skills, program planning and social interactions. IGNITE-LEADERS IN TRAINING 2:6 ratio (Friday evenings) is for youth ages 13+ with invisible disabilities or do not identify as having a disability. Ignite offers activities, skills training and educational workshop that foster social, financial, educational and employment independence for participants.
Transition and Employment Services helps young people and their families move through the transition process and provides supports toward employment. Provides workshops and Job Clubs, and resources for job seekers of any age from the community.
Supportive Transition Adult Group Education (STAGE) is a weekday service for transitioning adults with disabilities who have completed high school. Participants can access educational, vocational and social recreational activities in the community or at the program site. Participants must be able to take public transit with a minimal amount of assistance, as much of the program is designed to take place in the community.
Adult Life Skills Program is for adults (ages 19 and over) with disabilities. They are matched with support workers who help them to learn or practice skills in the community or at home.
Residential Services are provided in a variety of settings with support based on individual requirements.