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Transition – Who does what and when?

  

Family, High School, CLBC & MCFD –  Who does what & when?

 

Timeline for Parents & Caregivers:

Community Living BC’s Basic Transition Guide:

Roles and Tasks of Team Members:

Transition Planning Framework – Cross Ministry Policy:

 

Burnaby SD#41 and Inclusive Education

Contact Information 2013/14:

 

MCFD:

Into Adulthood, Guidelines and Best Practices:

 

CLBC – Eligibility & Basic Information:

Transition Planning Process:  http://www.communitylivingbc.ca/individuals-families/youth-in-transition/

Information for families, also available in different languages:  http://www.communitylivingbc.ca/policies-publications/publications/fact-sheets/

Eligibility Policy and Assessor Report:  http://www.communitylivingbc.ca/policies-publications/policies/eligibility-for-clbc-february-2009/

 

Post Secondary Links:

Douglas College, Adult Special Education:  http://www.douglas.bc.ca/programs/basic-occupational-education.html

Vancouver Community College, Adult Special Education:  http://www.vcc.ca/programs-courses/detail.cfm?div_id=4&prog_id=148

  • Contact:  Maureen Mills:  604.443.8451 or Kathy O’Donnell:  604.443.8434 or  kodonnell@vcc.c

Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Access Programs for People with Disabilities:  http://www.kwantlen.ca/aca/appd.html

Capilano University, Accces to work program:   http://www2.capilanou.ca/programs/access.html

Steps Forward - BC Initiative for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education:  http://www.steps-forward.org/

 

Housing for all

  

Links of interest for people with a disability seeking housing.  You will find many more links and resources at each of these sites:

HAFI Grants – Home Adaptatons for Independence

  

Government of BC program that recognizes even small home adaptations can make a big difference in the

lives of people who wish to remain in their homes longer.

If you or a member of your family is having difficulty performing day-to-day activities independently and safely – the HAFI program may be able to help. 
Note that to be eligible for grants to make an improvement your house must be worth less than lot value – who sets these ridiculous limits anyways?

http://www.bchousing.org/Options/Home_Renovations

Great new housing resource

  

SCI BC (formerly BC Paraplegic Association) has a new website dedicated to finding accessible housing.

Beyond the obvious listings there are resources on how to apply for housing while on PWD – see the guide – as well as a good primer on co-ops. Check it out: http://sci-bc-housing.ca/

Need some support at school this year?

  

Seek advice from people with experience.

Other parents can provide ideas that could help guide you through the school system, even if their child’s issues are different than yours. Community and government organizations can provide contacts to parents and information about support services and educational policies. Some organizations you may wish to contact include:

  • BC Federation of Parent Advisory Councils 604-687-4433 www.bccpac.bc.ca   A non-profit organization that advocates for the best possible education for all children in BC, through the active involvement of parents.
  • Learning Disabilities Association 604-873-8139  www.ldabc.ca/
    Provides programs and services including tutoring, advocacy, and education about learning disabilities.
  • Family Support Institute 604-540-8374 www.familysupportbc.com
    Provides parent-to-parent support and advocacy for families of people with disabilities, as well as resources, information, and workshops.
  • BC Association for Community Living 604-777-9100 www.bcacl.org  For all individuals with developmental disabilities. Some nice resources and links to Transitions and Inclusive Education.
  • Community Living BC 604-664-0101 www.communitylivingbc.ca
    Delivers support and services to ELIGIBLE individuals with developmental disabilties and their families. This includes transition planning to adult service in partnership with the Ministry of Children and Family Development. Good FAQs on eligibility and programs and services for adults with developmental disabilities.
  • Ministry of Children and Family Development 250-952-6044 www.gov.bc.ca/mcf/
    Services include a range of child, youth, and family focused support programs and interventions to help promote.  All are eligibility tested.
  • Federation of Independent School Associations 604-684-6023 www.fisabc.ca
    An umbrella organization for independent schools in BC. Acts as a liaison between the schools, government, and other educational institutions.

SMART IEP links

  

The best type of IEP goals are SMART or:

S  Specific

M Measurable

A  Action words are used

R  Realistic and Relevant

T  Time limited

Some links to how to write effective Individual Education Plan goals:

Comprehensive overview of SMART IEPs: http://www.wrightslaw.com/bks/feta/ch12.ieps.pdf

Ideas for SMART goals:

http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/specialed/docs/iepssn.pdf

You should also connect with the local, national and international organizations that represent your child’s special need.  These organizations will have disability-specific hints and tips for you, your child and your family.

Summer Camps, Summer Activities

  

BACI Summer Teen Program

The Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion runs a Summer Teen Program. Email info@gobaci.com for more details.

The Summer Teen Program offers cool, full-day adventures for youth with disabilities. The program is a Ministry of Children and Family Development funded service for Teens aged 13 to 18 who live in Burnaby and New Westminster.  Please see THE FLYER from 2012 for more information.

Day Camps:

The first place to look is your local Parks and Recreation department.  Every City and Municipality in the lower mainland has both segregated and inclusive programs for children with special needs.  Don’t forget that you can choose to have your child
included in typical summer programs with either paid or volunteer support people.  Including your child in a typical program will give you much more flexibility than restricting yourself to only segregated or specialized programs.  If your child is already happy in an arts, sports or recreation program in your community check out the summer camp options for that program as soon as possible.  Summer camps fill up fast!

Think about using a camp near where you work rather than where you live.  It might be easier to drop off and pick up en-route to your workplace.  Cities and Municipalities have their recreation programs on-line so it is much easier to research your options.

Burnaby:   Visit the CHILDREN’S CAMPS page for information on policies for  support and accessibility as well as the Activity Guide.  Also see the  Leisure Guide for all spring/summer programs.

Vancouver:    Visit the ACCESS PROGRAMS page for policies and programs.  This page also links to children/youth and adult programs – see links on left side of page

Tri-Cities & New Westminster:  Summer recreation program information and support options will be available in late May.

Overnight Camps: 

The big daddy of overnight camps is EASTER SEALS CAMPSThey have been around a long time and are well resourced with well-trained staff.  There are only a few weeks available since each “week” is specialized in age and disability.  You can request that your child shares a room with the friends they made the year before and many children make life-long friends at summer camp.  The big draw for Easter Seals is that it is FREE.

ZAJAC RANCH
is a high quality overnight camp.  Weeks are sponsored by organizations
or there are weeks targeting specific disabilities.  This camp can be
expensive but don’t forget that many disability organizations have
campership programs to help finance your child’s camp experience.

HINT:  Make
sure you join the organization that represents your child’s disability
in British Columbia.  You may find that they sponsor disability-specific
camps or offer camperships to families to help finance a camp
experience.

Links to some Resource sites:

 The BC Camping Association (BCCCA):  This is a site for accredited summer day and overnight camps with a good search engine.  BC CAMPING ASSOCIATION

 Autism Community Training (ACT):  Some good camp listings for both typical children and children with special needs, see   SUMMER CAMP RESOURCES  

 Vancouver Parks and Recreation:  Access Services RESOURCES AND LINKS

Post Secondary bursaries and scholarships

  

I have found many good leads for funding at this site: disabilityawards.ca

Don’t forget to follow up with the disability organization that supports your child in your province as well. For example, here in BC the Cerebral Palsy Association has bursaries for post-secondary students who have Cerebral Palsy.

Check out STEPS Forward as well, they have some great ideas: steps-forward.org

Finally, dont’ forget to take all the tax breaks you can to help fund your student’s education.

 

Tax Preparation Clinics in Your Community

  

For people with a disability the BC Coalition for People with a Disability is hosting free tax preparation clinics. Please see THE BCCPWD BLOG for more information.

The Canada Revenue Agency also lists all the  Community Volunteer Income Tax Program locations in Canada at:

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/vlntr/menu-eng.html

CRA – Tax Tips for Everyone

  

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has a tax tips webpage
with new 2011 tax year hints, tips and contact information.  There is a
list of all the credits, deductions and benefits administered by the
CRA.

The CRA also has a link for all the topics of interest for people with a disability or people who support someone with a disability.

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/sgmnts/dsblts/menu-eng.html