I know that one of the best places to get consumer tips is to go to CTV’s "Olsen On Your Side" webpage. Or you can try Dale Goldhawk’s webpage for consumer tips. They both have some excellent consumer tips that will save you money.
When you are looking to contact your MLA, you can use the MLA finder on the BC Government website. A hand-written letter carries more weight (mail it free) than an e-mail. But if an e-mail is the best you can do because of time it is better than no contact at all. Go ahead… tell them what you think and what they need to change to make things easier for you and yours.
Having trouble finding your MP? You want to drop them e-mails from time-to-time to express you thoughts on issues? Go to Elections Canadato find out who your Member of Parliament is and how you can contact them. A hand-written letter to you MP carries more weight (mail it free) than an e-mail. But if an e-mail is the best you can do because of time it is better than no contact at all.
Did you know that when an election is on the horizon it is easier to get action out of a politician? How likely is it that you will get something new after a budget has been passed? The timing of events can affect your advocacy negatively or positively.
Therefore, it is a good idea to think about where "they" are in the political cycle? Where are "they" in the budget cycle? Knowing these things can help you to be more efficient as you advocate. When you know the way they operate then you can plan longer term so that your efforts line up with their processes.
This website provides parents with evidence-based information regarding how to best deal with their children
Unfortunately, the BC chapter does not currently have any contact persons on its website.
This is a really cool site for children who are growing up with medical problems and their families. There are all sorts of connections to other websites. The adult section has a lot of stories of parents of children with special needs
describing their journeys with their special children. The child
section has stories of children talking about being teased and telling
or not telling their friends that they have a special need. There is
also a teen section. This is a truly amazing website.
Phone: (604) 738-0068, Fax: (604) 738-0058
This website introduces you to community based family resource programs. It mainly seeks to strengthen and empower families within their communities. It
aims to help families offer children the best for optimal development.
This is the BC Ministry of Education’s main website for main disorders. It has a lot of useful tips and strategies for classroom teachers, for many types of
This site is part of the ministry’s special education division. It tells you
everything you ever wanted to know about IEPs. It tells you what they
are, why they are used and gives you samples of IEPs as well.
This is a website that aims at helping BC families with small children
through a number of initiatives. Although it does not provide direct
services, it can help families get services that are identified by
This is the official website of the council of exceptional children. It has a lot of resources for special and regular education teachers. Unfortunately, some of the resources are only available to members.
This is a website from the University of Oregon Center on Teaching and Learning. It describes
what children at different ages need to know in order to be proficient
readers. It also provides a lot on information on reading efficiency.
This is a Canadian-based website that provides information and advice on how to best
parent your child. It also offers a FREE online parenting course and
has links to other useful websites.
This website provides information, support and encouragement forfamilies of children with special needs, and the professionals who work withthem. You have to sign in once and then you can access all sorts of information
The institute has a province-wide network of families who offer parent-to-parent support to parents of children with disabilities. Don’t forget to check out the borrowing library.
This website is a global community of disability-related resources:
each condition, there are resources that include websites and phone
numbers. Although many of these resources are US based, quite a few are
Canadian based. It also tells you where to go to chat with people who
may have or who may know someone who has the disability you are
This website is quite useful to any parent of a small child. It contains information about
fussy babies and offers useful tips to parents as to how they can
handle their fussy baby. This website has a discussion forum for
parents and others who deal with fussy babies. It also connects you to
other websites that might be of use to you.
This is a great website for any parent. It offers a lot of advice and information about raising healthy children
This website presents
basic information about different kinds of disorders, their definitions
and characteristics, as well as some rating scales.
This website is all
about technology and how it can assist students with different types of
special needs. Parts of this website are still under construction, but
when they become available, students will different types of special
needs and educators will be able to access digital or alternate formats
of the BC school curriculum.
This is a great
website that has a lot of useful and user-friendly information about
child development. It also has a lot of material, activities and
checklists that you can download for free.
For parenting tips in different languages go to the Parents Matter website.
RESOURCES AND MATERIALS Abilitations
This website contains
great resources for children with special needs. You can request a free
catalog and there is also an online catalog. It has just about any type
of accommodation for a child with special needs you can think of
This is a Vanderbilt
university website. The site contains tons of information about social
and emotional development and their relationship to successful early
learning. It offers a lot of material that can be downloaded and some
of this material is available EN ESPANOL. It also has a lot of videos
that we can actually view FREE OF CHARGE. The site also has several
chat rooms that one can join.
Website under construction
This website has a lot
of encouraging words for parents of children with special needs. It
also offers practical tips and advice on how to keep one’s sanity, find
good child care, a good babysitter… it offers stories of people with
children with special needs.
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This is another website that has a lot of material and equipment for children with special needs
Nice website about
inclusion and what it really means. It has a lot of online resources
and a lot of information about books, DVDs, videos and articles all
The incredible years
This website has lots
of really cool resources for parents and especially for teachers. There
are a lot of materials and resources and information that we can all
ODIN books1110 West Broadway,
local bookstore has an amazing collection of education, special
education, psychology, child development and early childhood education
resources. Their only problem is that their books and other materials
are quite pricey.
This is a great
website. It has a great catalog that you can order and have delivered
to your door. It has lots of material and equipment and toys for just
about any developmental area you can think of.
National early childhood transition center
I believe this is an
important website. Transition issues have often been reported by
parents of children with special needs as a major hassle. This website
provides a lot of tips and ideas and recommendations on how to make
transitions easier on both parents and children. It also has a list of
videos on school transitions. The only downside is that it might be
more geared toward professionals than it is toward parents.
Pocket full of therapy
This website also has
great resources for toys and equipment. This site has a great bonus:
you can actually send an email to a therapist, if you have a question,
via their website, and a therapist will return your email as soon as
School specialty supplies
This website offers a
lot of useful materials and equipment for all developmental areas..
They have several catalogs that show all their materials. Catalogs can
be shipped to you for free
This website has a lot of really cute and nice toys and materials for all areas of development. They ship free to
Toys for special children
This website offers some interesting toys that can foster children’s development
This website has a wide variety of toys and materials that would be useful to all children
LIBRARIES Autism Society Library
Autism Society Library
The library has lots of resources, books and DVDs that can be shipped for free to any location in the province, to members only
This is the library of BC children’s hospital. It is accessible to all
The institute has books, videos and other material available to borrow. The library is located in
Library of the BC Epilepsy Society.
The library has books and videos that are available for free to members. Non members have to pay a small fee
The library lends books to members. This is an extensive library that has books about every aspect of CP
The library has books about various topics that involve Down syndrome
The library has books, videos and kits are available for free. Material can be mailed, free of charge, to any location in BC
The center has material that is available to anyone residing or working in the city of
PROFESSIONALS BC Society of Occupational Therapists
BC Society of Occupational Therapists
402-1755 West Broadway,
Phone: (604)736-5645 OR TOLL FREE (888) 736-5645
Fax: (604) 736-5606
This is a basic
occupational therapy website that is based in BC. It introduces you to
occupational therapy and helps you find an occupational therapist in
402-1755 West Broadway,
Phone: (604) 420-2222 OR TOLL FREE (877) 222-7572
Fax: (604) 736-5606
This is a basic website that contains information about speech therapy and audiology services in BC. It also includes information on how to find a professional in your area
http://www.bcaslpa.bc.ca/ Canadian Occupational Therapy Association
Canadian Occupational Therapy Association
This is a basic occupational therapy website. It has general information about occupational therapy in
It also has an “ask an OT” section where you can send an email with an
OT questions you might have and a qualified OT will attempt to answer
This website has general information about physiotherapy. It also contains information about local PT associations
402-1755 West Broadway,
Phone: (604) 736-5130
Fax: (604) 736-5606
This is a basic physio-therapy website. It contains information about PT and how to find a physiotherapist
School Psychology Resources Online
This site has a lot of
information about professional resources for many types of
disabilities. The main site will connect you to major websites for
every disability featured and will give you the basics about that
BC Parks has new park rates effective April 2010. If you meet any ONE of the disabilty criteria, your camping party can
camp for free. There is also no charge for a second non-recreational
The rules are fairly stringent and limited in scope but you could save some money if you want to go through the process. Go to: