Disclaimer – While we try to ensure that material is accurate and appropriate, we do not take responsibility for or endorse content produced by other individuals or organizations. We are not responsible for links to unauthorized sites.

The resources with orange titles below, currently have adapted resources or services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Information changes frequently, so please check back regularly.

COVID-19 Family Updates

Laurel Service Update for Families (Children and Youth) – April 23, 2020

posAbilities COVID Care Kits

posAbilities Family Updates


Advocacy

Disability Alliance BC – An advocacy and information sharing organization for people with disabilities.

Inclusion BC – Non-profit federation working with partners to build community and to enhance the lives of children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.


Cultural Services

If you would like to receive service in your first language, please contact us. Many of our Behaviour Consultants speak additional languages including: Cantonese, Mandarin, Hindi, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, and French.

British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS) – An Indigenous not-for-profit charitable society serving the unique and diverse disability, health resource and support service needs of B.C.’s Indigenous population. If you are an Indigenous person living with a disability within the province of British Columbia, or are an on-reserve organization requiring health information, resources and support services, BCANDS may be able to assist. You can visit their website here for information and links to Indigenous organizations and their responses in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also find details here about the BCANDS Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Program and its partnership with Indigenous Services Canada (ISC).

COVID-19 Provincial and Information Translated Content – The provincial government’s website shares important information and links for British Columbians and is updated regularly. Information on this page is also available in eight other languages which can be accessed by clicking the links in the “Translated Content” section at the top of the page.

COVID-19 Health and Wellness Resources for South Asian families – The South Asian Health Institute (SAHI), a program of Fraser Health, has compiled a list of resources, services and contacts to support the South Asian community during the COVID-19 pandemic, including information in multiple languages.

COVID-19 Shareable resources – Information and downloadable material to help answer questions about COVID-19. Posters and images to share in various languages

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. – A multi-service, multicultural agency that provides services in newcomer settlement, employment, community development, language training, family and youth counselling, affordable housing and seniors care. Programs are delivered in culturally appropriate ways to best meet the needs of their clients.


Educational Resources

CAYA BC (Communication Assistance for Youth and Adults) – A province-wide service program that supports adults aged 19 years and older who require an augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) system due to a severe communication disability.

STEPS Forward’s BC Initiative for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (BC-IPSE) – Provides inclusion support for students with developmental disabilities to access post-secondary education.


Employment Service

Ministry of Social Development & Poverty Reduction

posAbilities Employment Service – “Fee for service” – Assists job seekers with diverse abilities to prepare for, secure and maintain competitive employment.


Family Support Organizations

Chinese Parents of Children with Autism Support Group

Family Support Institute – A provincial not for profit society committed to supporting families who have a family member with a disability. The Family Support Institute has been compiling relevant and accurate COVID-19 information, resources, and updates to better support families across the province. FSI has also been deeply listening to the family voice as it pertains to their biggest challenges, fears and struggles during these uncertain times. FSI has put together a great online set of programs, tools and supports specifically in response to families’ needs during the COVID-19 Crisis, which you can find on their website here. They also host regional Zoom hangouts every day, which are safe spaces for families and caregivers to come together for support, camaraderie, inspiration, sharing challenges and trouble-shooting. Whatever you might be feeling right now — overwhelmed, sadness, fear, anxiety — you are not alone.

PLAN (Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network) – Working in collaboration, they build personal support networks, make plans to secure the future, and bring families together for mutual support, learning and community leadership.


Family Support Resources

Autism Information Services BC – After Your Child’s Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder – A Quick Start Guide for Ages 0-5

Autism Information Services BC – After Your Child’s Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder – A Quick Start Guide for Ages 6-12

Autism Information Services BC – After Your Child’s Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder – A Quick Start Guide for Ages 13-18

BC211 – Specializes in providing information and referral regarding community, government and social services in BC.

Doing What Matters in Times of Stress – A World Health Organization management guide for coping with adversity. This illustrated guide supports implementation of WHO’s recommendation for stress management.

Life at Home During COVID – An e-book to help navigate this new ‘at home’ world in which we live.

Ministry of Children and Family Development – A Parent’s Handbook – Your Guide to Autism Programs

Managing Behaviour when Cooped Up with Corona (Podcast) – A short podcast from Behaviorbabe that discusses some strategies for families who may be faced with managing severe behaviour while cooped up with corona.

MyBooklet BC – 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.

POPARD (Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders) – A BC Ministry of Education provincial resource program that provides free online courses for parents and teachers.

UNICEF Parenting COVID-19 Guide for Parents – UNICEF Parenting is here to be your partner in navigating this health crisis by providing you with accurate, reliable information on the best ways to keep your family safe.


Financial Planning

Canada Revenue Agency – Tax and Disabilities Issues

Plan Institute – Learn about the RDSP, tax and estate planning and more.


Government and Funding Supports

Ministry of Children and Family Development

Community Living British Columbia


Government Programs and Services – COVID-19

Government of British Columbia – list of all supports.

Quick links:

Government of Canada – list of all supports.

Quick links:


Health and Wellness

The Federation of Community Social Services of BC COVID Wellness Resources – Working from home, parenting and wellness resources.


Self-Advocate Resources

Coronavirus Story

COVID-19 Information By and for People with Disabilities

My Plan for Being Safe

Plain Language Guide from People First

Resources to Access Help and Challenge Social Isolation

Self Advocate Net – This website was made by self-advocates with DiversAbilities for self-advocates and their supporters worldwide.


Service Providers

ACT (Autism Community Training) – An information and referral service that supports individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families across British Columbia.

Autism Society of BC – A non-profit that is a parent based and directed society, providing support to individuals with autism and their families in BC.

BC Centre for Ability – Provides community-based services that enhance the quality of life for children, youth and adults with diverse abilities and their families.

Down Syndrome Resource Foundation – Empowers individuals with Down syndrome to reach their full potential throughout life by pioneering and providing educational programs and services, grounded in foundational research. Working with researchers, professionals and families, they are a bridge between research and practice.

Pacific Autism Family Network – Brings together state of the art resources for research, information, learning, assessment, treatment and support; and building capacity to address the lifespan needs of individuals with ASD and related disorders.

Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children – Provides specialized development and rehabilitation services for children, youth and their families.

Vela Microboard Association – A non-profit society that provides information and mentoring to individuals with disabilities and their families by exploring ideas and options that can lead to customized, inclusive and creative supports and services. This can be done by forming a Microboard and/or accessing Individualized Funding. Find a great summary of these supports, as well as links to more information, in the “How we can help you” section of their website.


Sports/Recreation

BC Easter Seals Camping Program

Blazin’ Soccer Dogs

Canucks Autism Network (CAN) – Dedicated to providing programs to individuals with autism and their families, while promoting acceptance and inclusion through community engagement and training initiatives across BC and beyond.

Special Olympics


Technology

Canadian Centre for Child Protection – Offering resources and information to keep families, schools, child-serving organizations, and, most importantly, children safe during this unprecedented time.

Five Tips to Make the Most of Video Chats – Video chatting is a great way for young children to stay in touch with long-distance family and friends. Here are 5 ways to help your child get the max from screen-time conversations.

I Can Be Safe Online – ICanBeSafeOnline.com was created as Community Living BC’s online safety website. The website serves as an important tool to help people learn how to be safe online while still having fun with their friends and family, and connecting with their community.

Resources for Families and Educators Staying Home During COVID – With all of us staying at home at this time, it can be tricky to maintain a balance with technology use. Media Smarts has put together a list of resources to help you and your family manage. It also has a list of resources for educators to help with distance learning.