Information About Conditions

HealthLINK BC ( 8-1-1)

Telephone: 811 (no area code, have your MSP number handy; CAN access without an MSP card)

8-1-1 is a free-of-charge provincial health information and advice phone line available in British Columbia. The 8-1-1 phone line is operated by HealthLink BC, which is part of the Ministry of Health.

Call 8-1-1 from anywhere in British Columbia to speak to:

– Health service navigators – anytime day or night
– Registered nurses – anytime day or night
– Registered dietitians – Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm PT.
– Exercise professionals – Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm PT
– Pharmacists – anytime day or night

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Canada

Address: 4720 Kingsway, Suite 1103, Metrotower II
Burnaby, BC V5H 4N2
Phone: 604-689-3144
Fax: 604-689-0377

The MS Society provides support and services to people who are:
– Living with a diagnosis of MS or an MS allied disease
– Waiting for a diagnosis with respect to MS or an MS allied disease
– Close to a person with MS or an MS allied disease, such as family and friends
– Caregivers to a person with MS or an allied MS disease
– Healthcare professionals, employers, institutions and students

Services Provided:

– Information and referral
– Support and self-help groups
– Recreation, social and wellness programs
– Conferences, workshops and education programs
– Equipment and special assistance
– Government relations and advocacy

Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society

Address: #201-13281 72nd Ave, Surrey, BC
Phone: (604) 591-2722
Fax: (604) 591-2730

what Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society does:

– Support parents and families
– Educate our community (replace stigmas with understanding!)
– Network with other organizations and individuals
– Lobby for appropriate educational, vocational, and social opportunities

Down Syndrome Research Foundation (DSRF)

Adress: 1409 Sperling Avenue 
Burnaby  V5B 4J8
Phone: 604-444-3773 
Fax: 604-431-9248

DSRF offers a wide variety of educational opportunities to children and young adults with Down syndrome, including ground-breaking one to one reading and math instruction, speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, and a variety of adult education programs which prepare our students to live full and fulfilling lives in the community and workplace. Our programs are continually evolving based on the latest intervention research and best practice, and tailored to the individual learner’s strengths, interests and needs.

DSRF’s programs focus on three key areas: speech and language, reading and communication, and enhancing the life skills that will foster maximum independence.

For details on their programs click here…

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD)

Phone: 604-222-4043

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD) is a charitable, volunteer-run organization that aims to help support, educate, and ultimately better the lives of individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and those who care for them. Chapters located in communities across Canada where support meetings are held regularly; also sponsors various workshops, presentations and conferences, distributing the latest breakthroughs and techniques in dealing with or managing ADHD.

Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)

Address: 5055 Joyce Street Suite 200
Vancouver, BC V5R 6B2
phone: Local (604) 431-2121
Phone: Main 1-800-563-2642

Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) work with people of all ages in their own homes, communities or local CNIB offices – providing a wide range of programs and services Canadians need to see beyond vision loss, build their independence and lead the lives they want.

Services include:
Vision Loss Rehabilitation BC: rehabilitation therapy for people with vision loss.

– Registration and Referral
– Emotional and wellness support
– Assistive technology
– CNIB Sight Solutions BC
– Shop CNIB
– Child and family services

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.

Autism Community Training British Columbia (ACT BC)

Address: 204 – 2735 E Hastings St
Vancouver, BC
Phone: Toll-free: 1-866-939-5188
Local: 604-205-5467
Fax: 604-205-5345

Autism Community Training British Columbia (ACT BC) provides a wide-range of autism-related training to parents and professionals, mostly at Simon Fraser University’s Downtown Campus in Vancouver, Canada. We also web stream events and these are open to registrants internationally. We offer bursaries to parents and professionals, targeting low-income participants.

See Upcoming Events – Here…

Spinal Cord Injury BC (formerly BC Paraplegic Association)

Address: 780 South West Marine Drive 
Vancouver  V6E 4A4
Phone: 604-324-3611

Formerly known as the BC Paraplegic Association, Spinal Cord Injury BC (SCI BC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping people with spinal cord injuries, and related disabilities, adjust, adapt and thrive.

Whether someone needs help finding accessible housing, meaningful employment, special equipment and any other resources about living with a physical disability in BC, we’re here to help.

BC Epilepsy Society

Address: 2500 – 900 West 8th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1E5
Phone: (604) 875-6704
Fax: (604) 875-0617

The BC Epilepsy Society’s mission is to empower, educate and support British Columbians living with epilepsy and their families, and support research to make their lives easier.

Programs Provided:
Clinic Support Services
Partners in Teaching
Women in Mind
Peer Support
Parent Network Meetings
Epilepsy Surgery Friends Network

Autism Society of British Columbia

Address: 3688 Cessna Drive
Richmond, BC
Phone:(604) 434-0880 – Toll-free:1-888-437-0880

AutismBC is a parent based and directed society that has worked to provide support to British Columbians affected by autism since 1975. We are a founding member of the Provincial and Territorial Council of Autism Canada (formerly Autism Society Canada and Autism Canada Foundation).

Pathways Serious Mental Illness Society

Adress: 205-1865 Marine Drive,
West Vancouver, B.C. V7V 1J7
Phone: 604-926-0856

Pathways is a pioneering family-support organization, providing help for those who have relatives with mental illness. We offer personal support and information, education, awareness, and advocacy. Pathways’s work is based on a family peer-support model, where core activities such as the family support group, education course, and one-on-one support, are provided by trained family members – people who have “been through the mill” and can share their experience.

Pathways cover all serious mental illnesses – schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders (including obsessive-compulsive disorder, and borderline personality disorder. they serve the North Shore (North and West Vancouver), Bowen Island, and the Sea to Sky Corridor (Lions Bay, Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton).

Jessie’s Legacy Eating Disorders Prevention Program

Address: Suite 203 – 1111 Lonsdale Avenue
North Vancouver, B.C.
Phone: 604 -988-5281, extension 241

Jessie’s Legacy, is a program of Family Services of the North Shore, provides eating disorders prevention education, resources and support for BC youth, families, educators and professionals. Family Services of the North Shore is one of the seven BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information.

Provincial Eating Disorders Program

Address: BC Children’s Hospital – Mental Health Building 2
P3-4500 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604-875-2200
Fax: 604-875-2271

The Provincial Specialized Eating Disorder Program at BC Children’s Hospital is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, specialized program to assess and treat children and adolescents with eating disorders. The program emphasizes the involvement of parents / caregivers in the delivery of care. The Program has outpatient, day treatment and inpatient services.

North Shore Youth Eating Disorders Program at Foundry

Address: 211 West 1st Street
North Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604-984-5060

The North Shore Youth Eating Disorders Program (NSY EDP) partners with paediatricians to offer medical monitoring in a clinic setting along with counselling and nutritional support to youth who are struggling with disordered eating/clinical eating disorders. Our services include assessment, early intervention, and treatment, and are free of charge. – Eating Disorder Services (18 and under)

The Provincial Adult Tertiary Eating Disorders Program

Address: St. Paul’s Hospital
4 North, Burrard Building
1081 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604-806-8347
Fax: 604-806-8631

The provincial adult tertiary eating disorders program provides specialized care for adults 17 years of age and older, who have a DSM V diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa or Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED).

Kelty – Eating Disorders

Address: Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre
Entrance #85 BC Children’s Hospital
Room P3-302 – 4500 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC
Phone: Local: 604-875-2084 CRISIS LINE: 310-6789

Kelty Eating Disorders connects you with resources and information for every stage of the eating disorder journey. Find programs near you! Click Here…

Overeaters Anonymous

Locations of Meetings:
Phone: (604) 878-4575

Overeaters Anonymous offers a program of recovery from compulsive eating using the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of OA. Meetings and other tools provide a fellowship of experience, strength and hope where members respect one another’s anonymity. OA charges no dues or fees; it is self-supporting through member contributions.

OA is not just about weight loss, weight gain or maintenance, or obesity or diets. It addresses physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. It is not a religious organization and does not promote any particular diet. OA is not affiliated with any public or private organization, political movement, ideology or religious doctrine. We take no position on outside issues. Our primary purpose is to abstain from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors and to carry the message of recovery through the Twelve Steps of OA to those who still suffer.

Looking Glass BC

Address: 4116 Angus Drive,
Vancouver, BC,
Phone: 604-314-0548

The Looking Glass Foundation is a caring community of prevention and support for those suffering from anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders — and those who love them. We are about getting to the other side of eating disorders, to eventually achieving a world without this devastating disease.

Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society

Address: 336 Columbia St,
New Westminster, BC
Phone: 604 528 0560

Friend 2 Friend’s mission is to enhance reciprocal social interaction, communication, imaginative play and friendships between individuals on the autism spectrum and their typically developing peers.

Programs Include:
– The Puppet Program
– The Simulation Game Program


Phone: (604) 985-7138

PovNet provides online tools that facilitate communication, community and access to information around poverty-related issues in British Columbia and Canada. We work to collect relevant news and resources of use to advocates, community workers, marginalized communities and the general public.

Family Network for Deaf Children

Address: Burnaby BC
Phone: 604-684-1860

Family Network for Deaf Children (FNDC) is a parent-run, non-profit, charitable organization supporting families with deaf and hard of hearing children & youth that use sign language or are interested in learning sign language. Even though technology and methodology have changed over the years, we seek the wisdom of parents, professionals and Deaf/Hard of Hearing adults so that common themes of access, equity and a sense of belonging continue to be highlighted in areas such as: social/recreation, leadership, education, employment, general services, and community involvement.

My Booklet BC

Address: Family Support Institute
227 6th Street
New Westminster, BC
Phone: Toll Free in B.C: 1-800-441-5403, Lower Mainland: (604) 540-8374

MyBooklet BC is A FREE online tool that families and people with disabilities can use to create a beautiful and personalized information booklet for a loved one or for themselves.

Find Supports BC

Address: Family Support Institute
227 6th Street
New Westminster, BC
Phone: (604) 540-8374 ext. 523
Toll Free: 1-800-441-5403
Fax: (604) 540-9374

Find Supports BC connect families of persons with disabilities with resources available to them. It’s simple; just select your criteria below to get started.

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