Post Secondary Programs and Services

Capilano University

Disability Services
Birch building, Room 284
Phone: 604.983.7526

Disability Services faculty and staff welcome your inquiries. We are the point of entry for students with disabilities who are enrolling in regular University courses and programs. Once you are a registered student at the University, our department can arrange accommodations and services for you to maximize your post-secondary educational experience.

Contact the Disability Services Office as early as possible, at least four months in advance of the term.

Disability Services requires that you provide current medical evidence and documentation about your disability or medical condition in advance of the start date of the term that you plan to attend Capilano University. This process will enable us to ensure that specific arrangements are in place in a timely manner to support you in your studies.  If your records are available from either your school or your physician, please contact them for copies before making an appointment with Disability Services.  The University will be unable to provide support services or accommodations until appropriate documents are on file.  For more information on student access please go to The Accessibility Guide website developed by the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) .

Services Offered: Students with disabilities are encouraged to self-identify and begin their educational planning in a confidential, supportive environment several months before classes begin. We will discuss the following with you:

•Accommodation planning
•University orientation
•Registration assistance
•Instructor notifications
•Exam accommodations
•Classroom accommodations
•Alternative format text
•Interpreting services
•Assistance in accessing the Canada Student Grant (CSGP-PD)
•Assistance in accessing equipment and services through the Canada Student Grant Program (CSGP-SEPD)

Students with documented disabilities in at least their second term at the University with a GPA of 2.5 or better and registered with Disability Services, may apply for bursaries and awards (see website). Apply on-line through the Financial Aid Office.



Capilano University: Access Work Experience Programs

Address: 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver, BC V7J 3H5
Birch Building, Room 344
Phone: 604-984-1711
Email: or

This certificate program helps students learn skills to succeed in their future education and/or vocational goals. Students will finish with a personal portfolio, educational and employment-related certifications, strategies for success in first year courses, and current work experience in a sector related to their vocational interests.


Kwantlen University College

13479–77th Avenue 
Surrey  V3W 6Y1
Tel: 604-599-2100 
Fax: 604-599-2086
Services for students with disabilities:
Transitions for students with disabilities chcklist:

Provides instruction and support to people with disabilities.  Funding may be available to students with disabilities.


The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)

4th Level Unicentre
Carleton University
Ottawa ON  K1S 5B6
Tel & TTY: 613-380-8065
Fax: 613-520-3704

NEADS advocates for increased accessibility at all levels so that disabled students may gain equal access to college or university education.  The Association provides information on services and programs for students with disabilities nationwide, publishes a regular newsletter, and conducts research on issues of importance to its members.  Members include disabled students, educators, organizations and professional service providers.


Vancouver Community College

250 W Pender St,
Vancouver, BC V6B 1S9
Telephone: (604) 443-8300

Courses and programs: Deaf and Hard of Hearing – Full-time and Part-time Courses, Deaf and Hard of Hearing – Job Readiness, Adult Special Education – Part-time Courses, Career Awareness (Adult Special Education), Food Service Careers (Adult Special Education), Retail and Hospitality Careers (Adult Special Education),Applied Technology for Visually Impaired, Office Administration for the Visually Impaired, Visually Impaired Adult Program

VCC Disability Services
Telephone: 604.443.8512

We take access seriously and are committed to making VCC accessible to students with disabilities. Some VCC students with disabilities study in specialized programs, while others are enrolled in regular programs. In addition to course and program planning assistance, orientation to the college, and ongoing learning assistance, VCC provides specialized services on an individual basis. Advisors can provide exam accommodation, job search assistance, and community resource referrals. Access to equipment and Braille or taped class material is available, as well as interpreting services for classes, events, and study situations. To qualify for services, students must have up-to-date documentation of their disability. Applicants are encouraged to make an appointment with an advisor four months before classes begin.  Some VCC services require advance planning.


BC Institute of Technology – Disability Resource Centre

Address: Burnaby Campus – British Columbia Institute of Technology
3700 Willingdon Ave
SW1 Room 2360
Burnaby, BC, V5G 3H2
Phone: 604 451 6963
Fax: 604 432 8839

Discover your potential and achieve your post-secondary goals at BCIT!

Our focus at the Disability Resource Centre is to empower you to overcome the limits and barriers that you encounter during your studies, visible and invisible, permanent or temporary. We look forward to helping you “level the playing field” and succeed in your courses. Whether you’re a full-time or a part-time student, or even if you just need help in figuring out which option is the best fit for you, we’d like to meet with you.

Enjoy browsing through the useful information we’ve put together on our website. Then call or come meet with us in a friendly, casual environment! Besides the assistance we can offer you, we can help you find other BCIT or community services when you need them.

Services Include:
Adaptive Technology Lab

The new Disability Resource Centre (DRC) Adaptive Technology Lab(ATL) aims to assist students registered with DRC. It contains specialized software, computers, assistive devices, and study space.


University of British Columbia

2329 W Mall  Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
(604) 822-2211
Web site:
Disability Services:

Support for students with a disability or medical condition
Access & Diversity is active in providing support, research, teaching, and program initiatives designed to remove barriers for students with disabilities or chronic medical conditions.

Services are also available to support faculty & staff.

How we help
A variety of support is available for eligible students. This includes academic accommodations such as exam adaptations or the production of alternate-format material. We also provide non-academic services including mobility training and priority placement for on-campus housing.

Who is eligible?
Eligibility for academic accommodations is determined by a Diversity Advisor in line with Policy 73, Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities.

The types of conditions supported by Access & Diversity include, but are not limited to:

  • physical disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing loss, or mobility impairments;
  • mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety disorders, bi-polar disorder or schizophrenia;
  • chronic health conditions, including ongoing medical conditions such as arthritis, chronic pain, crohn’s disease or migraines;  and
  • neurological disabilities, such as head injuries, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, and learning disabilities.

Access & Diversity supports students with medical conditions that are expected to persist for an extended period of time (typically a month or more). Students with short-term medical conditions, such as a sprained wrist or flu, should contact their instructor or faculty advising office.

Accessing our services
Register with Access & Diversity to determine your eligibility for support or assistance.


Douglas College-Adult Special Education and Disabled Student Services

700 Royal Avenue
New Westminster  V7J 3H5
Tel: 604-527-5120
Fax: 604-527-5095
TTY: 604-527-5450

Provides instruction and support to people with disabilities.  Funding may be available to students with disabilities.  Complete calendar of services available from the college and on their website.

Consumer and Job Preparation (CJP) Designed for students with intellectual disabilities who want to learn the personal, social, and work skills needed to get and keep a job and to use community services.

Basic Occupational Education (BOE) Provides vocational training to students who have special learning needs and/or other barriers to employment.  The program objective is to prepare students for employment in three industry sectors:  Food services, Electronic and General Assembly, and Retail and Business Services.

Career and Employment Preparation (CAEP) This 14-week full-time program is designed to assist people with barriers to employment. Components include researching the job market and identifying the skills required for a new occupation. Students also learn practical stress and time-management techniques as well as effective communication and study and note-taking skills.

Transitions Program Designed for students Grade 12 and over with special needs and learning difficulties wanting to make successful exits from secondary school into training or workplace situations. Students are introduced to post-secondary opportunities, examine future training possibilities, and address the steps/skills required to obtain more education and/or entry into the work force.

Customer Service and Cashier Training (CSCT) The Customer Service and Cashier Training Program offers vocational training for adults with employment barriers. Training focuses on classroom, lab, and practicum components which prepare students to work in customer service, hospitality, merchandising, and cashiering, positions. It also provides students with the opportunity to expand on industry-specific knowledge and skills.

Light Warehouse Training Light Warehouse and Distribution Centres are constantly seeking employees who are trained and ready to work in the industry. In this course students will learn how warehouses operate and have the opportunity to obtain the following certificates: Forklift Operators Certificate; WHMIS; First Aid and Occupational Health and Safety.

604-527-JOBS 604-527-JOBS facilitates the transition to employment for graduates from Douglas College ASE programs. The interests of both employers and graduates are taken into consideration in the matching of the most suitable candidate to the appropriate position.


Neil Squire Society

Address: 400 – 3999 Henning Drive
Burnaby, BC V5C 6P9
T 604-473-9363
F 604-473-9364
Toll Free 1-877-673-4636

Western Regional Manager
Greg Pyc:

The Neil Squire Society helps their clients remove barriers so that they can live independent lives and become active members of the workplace and our society. Specializing in education and workplace empowerment, the Society has served over 30,000 people since 1984.
Employment Programs
Working Together: helps people with disabilities prepare for, obtain and maintain employment. This unique, comprehensive and participant centered program is designed to develop the skills required to help individuals achieve their employment goals.
Solutions for Employment: provides specialized case managed services for people with disabilities and injuries. Our range of services support job seekers find and maintain employment and improve employment readiness. *Offered at our Western Regional Office only.


Assistive Technology BC

Address: #108 – 1750 W. 75th Avenue
Vancouver, BC Canada V6P 6G2
Phone: (604) 264-8295
Fax/TTY: (604) 263-2267

Assistive Technology BC (ATBC) provides assistive technology resources to make learning and working environment usable for people with disabilities throughout British Columbia.
In collaboration with persons with disabilities, post-secondary institutions, employers, community organizations, and our funding partners, ATBC offers a wide range of individualized, centrally coordinated technology services including assessments, assistive equipment, training, and consultation to enable persons with disabilities to achieve their educational and employment goals.
Assistive Technologies include Speech Recognition, Audio Recording, Concept Mapping, Text to Speech, Screen Readers / Magnifiers, and Operating Systems.


Vancouver Art Therapy Institute

Address: 1575 Johnston Street (Granville Island)
Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604-681-8284
Fax: 604-331-8262

The Vancouver Art Therapy Institute (VATI) offers a variety of ongoing support clinics and art therapy workshops:

VATI offers monthly supervision groups for professional art therapists! We welcome you to join us for clinical support and the opportunity to connect with other professionals in the field. Groups are limited to 6 participants and engage both art making and discussion to work with issues related to professional practice. More Information: Click Here…

Free Individual Art Therapy ($10 materials fee). VATI offers an onsite art therapy clinic staffed by students from both of our programs. Students receive weekly supervision by our registered clinical supervisors. More Information: Click Here…



Address: Suite 318 – 425 Carrall Street
Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604-688-6464 ext. 115

ConnecTra helps people with disabilities connect to their communities.
ConnecTra offers The Employment Mentorship Support Project (EMSP).
The project will test and evaluate whether the pairing of people with physical disabilities who are seeking employment with community-based, trained volunteer mentors can help reduce obstacles and increase the potential for employment.
The EMSP takes place in six Metro Vancouver communities: North Shore, Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Tri-Cities and Surrey. We have Community Connectors, people with physical disabilities themselves, recruiting participants and volunteer mentors in each of these communities.
The EMSP offers eight months of one-on-one volunteer support for people with disabilities who want to explore work, social and leisure options. Participants will NOT be pressured into work, and will be at NO RISK of losing benefits.
For more information please contact your local Community Connector at ConnecTra.
The Community Connector for North and West Vancouver:
— Louisa Bridgman

Phone: 604-417-1765


Community Living BC (CLBC)

Adult Services for Community Living
North Shore/Howe Sound Office
Address: #210–1200 Lynn Valley Road
North Vancouver
Phone: 604-981-0321
General Enquiries:

CLBC funds support and services to help adults with developmental disabilities and their families achieve their goals and live the life they want. CLBC funded supports are delivered through service agencies and help eligible adults meet their disability related needs and participate in meaningful ways in the community.CLBC funded supports can include community inclusion supports that focus on employment, social and life skills.


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

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!


Douglas College – Vocational Education and Skills Training

Address: 700 Royal Ave, New Westminster, BC V3M 5Z5
Phone: 604 527 5126

Douglas College offers Vocational Education and Skills Training (VEST) programs to people with disabilities or barriers to education and employment. Programs help students identify career paths, develop work skills, or move on to additional education or employment.

Graduates of our programs have obtained employment in a wide range of fields including: retail and wholesale, distribution and warehousing, assembly, food services, customer service, hospitality and tourism.

Career Preparation

These two programs help students explore what type of work they may do in the future:
Career and Employment Preparation (CAEP)
Transitions Program

Skills Training

These four programs train students in skills specific to one of the following areas:
Basic Occupational Education (BOE)
Customer Service and Cashier Training (CSCT)
Warehouse Training (WHTP)
604-527-JOBS (5627)

For more information, contact us by phone at 604 527 5126 or by e-mail at

Useful Resources
Douglas College Application (PDF)


STEPS Forward

Executive Director Tamara Hurtado

This BC Initiative for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education is a family-driven organization founded to ensure that people with developmental disabilities are included as students in the academic and social life of colleges and universities of British Columbia.


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