High School and Transition Services

Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN)

Address: 312 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604-439-9566
Email: hello@plan.ca
Website: www.plan.ca

Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) is a non-profit agency that specializes creating Personal Support Networks, Planning and Advocacy and Family Support & Leadership.

PLAN can also help with building Financial Security including help with “Will & Estate Planning” and “Trusts.” Link: Here…


Inclusion BC (formerly BC Association for Community Living)

Address: 227 6th Street 
New Westminster 
Phone: 604-777-9100
Fax: 604-777-9394
Toll free: 1 800-618-1119
Email: info@bcacl.org
Website: www.inclusionbc.org

The Inclusion BC provincial office provides support, education and advocacy where and when it’s needed, breaking down barriers and building communities that include people of all abilities.

What They Do
– Provide individual advocacy and community referral support
– Advocate at a systems level for policy change
– Publish resources and host regional workshops and provincial conferences
– Promote inclusion through public awareness initiatives and campaigns


Transition & Employment Program, North Shore Disability Resource Centre

Address: 3158 Mountain Hwy,
North Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604-985-5371
Transition & Employment Facilitator (Glenda): 604-904-4075
Email: g.kopperson@nsdrc.org
Website: www.nsdrc.org

The Transition & Employment program assists young people with disabilities, aged 15+ and their families to navigate the transition from child to adult services, and supports toward employment.
How we can help…
– Assist youth with disabilities to transition into the government services system
– Develop a transition plan for your future
– Provide information regarding transition and employment
– Facilitate workshops and information sessions
– Link you to services and resources in the community
– Attend school transition IEP meetings by request
– Job Club and employment workshops for job seekers
– Job development supports
– Individual appointments are available

We can also assist employers!


North Vancouver School District

Address: 2121 Lonsdale Avenue
North Vancouver, BC 
Phone: 604.903.3444
Fax: 604.903.3445
Website: https://www.sd44.ca/Pages/default.aspx

Programs & Services
​​​​The North Vancouver School District provides comprehensive educational programs to meet the diverse needs of students. In addition to the required program defined by the Ministry of Education, the School District has a rich array of specialty programs and services.

Inclusive Education – The North Vancouver School District is committed to the philosophy of inclusion which is founded on the belief that all students should be educated in neighbourhood schools, in regular classrooms and in age appropriate settings to the maximum extent possible. Providing programs and services within neighbourhood schools will require layers of support including curricular adaptations to instructional practice that will meet the needs of the individual.

For the full list of programs and services – Click Here…

School Directory – Click Here…


Community Living BC

North Shore/Howe Sound Office
Address: #210–1200 Lynn Valley Road
North Vancouver
Phone: 604-981-0321
General Enquiries: northvancouver@communitylivingbc.ca
Website: http://www.communitylivingbc.ca/

Community Living BC (CLBC) works in collaboration with youth and their families and other government organizations and ministries to support youth transitioning to adulthood. For some youth, transition planning includes applying for CLBC adult services. CLBC provides a range of community living supports and services to eligible adults to assist them to live as fully and independently as possible in the community.

CLBC has a youth transition support policy that describes CLBC’s role for assisting youth and their families before a youth turns 19. This information sheet answers some common questions about CLBC’s role for supporting youth transitions.
Download the Information Sheet on Youth in Transition


Ministry for Children and Family Development

Address: 304-221 West Esplanade,
North Vancouver, BC
Telephone Device for the Deaf (TDD): 604 775-0303
General Enquiries: 1-877-387-7027
Media Enquiries: 250-356-1639
Email: mcf.info@gov.bc.ca
Fax: 250-356-3007
Website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/organizational-structure/ministries-organizations/ministries/children-and-family-development/ministry-contact

Featured Services
Protecting Children
It is your duty to report child abuse. Learn more about child protection services in B.C.
Child & Youth Mental Health
Community-based, specialized mental health services to support children with mental health challenges and their families.
Youth & Family Services
Sometimes families can benefit from a little extra help. Learn more about how to engage with youth, find specialized support for important transitions, and access useful services to help keep your family together during challenging times.


Ministry of Social Development & Poverty Reduction – Transition Planning for Youth & Young Adults

Phone: 1 855 356-5609
Telephone Device for the Deaf (TDD): 604-775-0303
Website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/services-for-people-with-disabilities/transition-planning-for-youth-young-adults

If you’re a young person with a developmental disability, moving to adulthood can be a challenge. If you’re the parent, guardian, or caregiver of a young person with a developmental disability, helping them move towards adulthood can be just as challenging. A Navigator can help you and your family with this transition. Services to Adults with Developmental Disabilities (STADD) will help.


The Advocate for Service Quality

Phone: 604 775-1238
Telephone Device for the Deaf (TDD): 604-775-0303
Email: ASQ@gov.bc.ca
Website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/services-for-people-with-disabilities/supports-services/advocate-for-service-quality

The Advocate for Service Quality (OASQ) helps government to better support people with an intellectual disability.

The Advocate for Service Quality helps government better support:
– Adults with a developmental disability (this includes Autism Spectrum Disorder and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder)
– Teens with a developmental disability who are almost an adult
– Teens with special needs
– Family members and others who support a person with a developmental disability

The OASQ may act as a neutral third party with you, your family and service providers. We’ll help solve problems and find solutions to concerns and complaints.


Pivot Point Family Growth Centre

Head Office – Pivot Point Family Growth Centre Inc.
Address: #24 15515 24th Avenue
Surrey, BC
Phone: 604.531.4544 (9:00 – 5:00 Mon. to Fri.)
Toll Free: 1.866.531.4544
Vancouver/Lower Mainland local number: 1.778.724.0239
Website: http://pivotpoint.ca/our-services/teen-transition-planning/

Pivot Point provides an effective and coordinated transition experience for youth with special needs and their families, as they transition into adulthood and establish the foundations of a successful and meaningful life as a maturing individual. This includes a multi-layered system that involves family members, friends, school staff, and other supporters to help create a winning team! We start with a PATH as a Person Centred Planning approach, then provide the leadership, regular meetings, and support to take all the steps necessary to reach success.


Down Syndrome Research Foundation

Address: 1409 Sperling Avenue,
Burnaby BC
Phone: 1 604 444 3773
Toll-Free: 1-888-464-DSRF
Fax: +1 604 431 9248
Email: info@dsrf.org
Website: https://www.dsrf.org/

The Down Syndrome Research Foundation believes that education and optimum health care will provide an improved quality of life for people with Down syndrome. Our innovative programs and services provide a firm foundation for life long learning.

Programs information on our educational programs for individuals with Down syndrome across the lifespan. – Click Here…


Teens with Special Needs: Entering Adulthood

Phone: 604 660-2421
Telephone Device for the Deaf (TDD): 604 775-0303
Website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/youth-and-family-services/special-needs-supports-for-families/supporting-transitions/special-needs-entering-adulthood

Transition planning should include the teen, their family, service providers, school professionals and ministry support staff. It should start no later than age 14 and go until the age of 25. Usually, the plan is started by the teen’s teacher or social worker and is made up of a team of people who either support the teen now or will play a role when the teen becomes an adult.


First Nations Education Steering Committee

Special Education –
Phone: 1-855-250-5083
Email: specialed@fnesc.ca
Website: http://www.fnesc.ca/

The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) was founded in 1992 by participants at a provincial First Nations education conference at the Vancouver Friendship Centre. That visionary group of people determined the need for a First Nations-controlled collective organization focused on advancing quality education for all First Nations learners, and they set out FNESC’s commitment to supporting First Nations in their efforts to improve the success of all First Nations students in BC.

Special Education Page: Click Here…
The Special Education Program works to support First Nations schools to provide students high-quality, inclusive education services. FNESC and the FNSA are also active in research and in policy discussions with the federal government to continue special education support to First Nations schools.


Learning Disabilities Association

Address: 3292 East Broadway,
Vancouver, BC
Phone: 60-873-8139
Fax: 604-873-8140
Email: info@ldsociety.ca
Website: http://ldsociety.ca/

The Learning Disabilities Society (formerly, the Learning Disabilities Association Vancouver) is a non-profit with a mission to empower every child and adolescent in Vancouver with a Learning Disability to achieve life-long success and happiness. In partnership with the University of British Columbia, LDS provides research-based instruction to children who struggle in school. Our specialized interventionists offer individualized and professional support that teaches children to leverage their learning strengths in order to overcome their learning challenges. Within 2 to 3 years, our programs teach children to be independent in the school system.


Decrease font size      Increase font size      Get ADOBE Reader® button