Our Disability Benefits Navigator allows you to quickly find what you might be missing: http://www.abilitytax.ca/navigator/home.html
Your local parks and recreation department will have many opportunities for children with special needs to experience inclusive recreational activities as well as some specialized programs. You might be surprised! Make sure to check out YOUR local parks and rec web-site.
Burnaby: Please visit the BURNABY LEISURE GUIDE, Fall Winter 2011/12 pages 8 & 9 for a listing of all the adapted programs.
Vancouver: Please see THE VANCOUVER PARKS WEBSITE adapted programs for all ages.
New Westminster: New West does not have segregated programs. Please contact the program or site directly if you have a special access request. Please see the GENERAL SITE.
Starfall is a free public service site designed to motivate children to read with phonics. The site is kept up-to-date and there are a huge variety of free activities for children to use on their home computer.
SillyBooks.net features animated free reading and writing and learning for kids. Children can even have their own stories published. The quality is high and the stories are engaging.
The Reading Rockets project is comprised of PBS television programs and online services offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read and why so many struggle. There are lots of ideas and resources for parents here aimed at early and emerging readers.
Learning Disabilities Online is a good place to start learning about Learning Disabilities and ADHD. It is an American site so some strategies are not applicable in Canada but the site has a huge resource list of links to organizations, free on-line resources and supports.
do2Learn has a wide variety of free resources supporting students with special needs including instruction on bus safety and facial expressions, picture cards, schedulers and print activities. The site is well-maintained and easy to use.
Learning Tools 4 All contains many free digital text-to-speech tools in one place and supports to help you choose the best one for you and your child. The site is on a Wiki model and may be a bit hard to use for some people.
During a Convulsion
A person falls, their body becomes rigid, muscles jerk, and breathing may become shallow.
What should you do?
• Stay calm. Most seizures last less than five minutes.
• Do not restrain the person during the seizure.
• Protect the person from injury. If possible, ease the person to the floor. Move hazardous objects out
of their way.
• As soon as possible, gently roll the person onto their side.
• Loosen anything around their neck and remove their eyeglasses.
• Check for medical identification: a medical bracelet or necklace.
• Do not put anything in their mouth. A person cannot swallow their tongue.
• Afterwards, talk gently to comfort and reassure the person. Stay with them until they are re-oriented.
Not all seizures are convulsive. A person may stare blankly, and appear dazed and unresponsive. They may walk in a purposeless and clumsy manner. These seizures usually last less than five minutes.
What should you do?
• Stay with the person. The person may be unaware of their actions.
• Move hazardous objects out of their way.
• Do not restrain the person during their seizure.
• Gently guide the person away from any danger.
• Afterwards, talk gently to reassure the person. Stay with them until they are re-oriented.
When should you call 911?
• When a seizure lasts longer than five minutes.
• When you find someone in a convulsion and you are unsure how long the seizure has lasted.
• When seizures repeat without full recovery between them.
• If the person appears confused for more than 20 minutes after a seizure.
• When a seizure has occurred in water.
• If the person is injured, pregnant, or has diabetes.
There are many possibilities for children of all abilities to enjoy summer camp. The best-known one is the Easter Seals Summer Camp, but there are many more options for both day and overnight camp opportunities.
Also find complete listings of BCCA accredited camps at the BC Camping Association website. They have a good list of hints and tips, including this one, "…the people who direct the camp are far more important than the equipment, buildings, and facilities advertised."
Many Disability-centred non-profits also sponsor summer camps for children with specific disabilities. Check out the organization that supports your child’s disability and see what they may be offering this year. For example the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC offers funding for children with CP to attend camp and the Canadian Cancer Society has Camp Goodtimes for children and teens living with cancer.
Attachment Parenting Canada
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.
BC Family Resource Programs
106-2590 Granville St, Vancouver, BC, V6H 3H1
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 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 community planning.
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 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.
The Natural Child Project
This is a great website for any parent. It offers a lot of advice and information about raising healthy children
This is a good place to start when you are thinking about purchasing a toy for a child with exceptional learning needs. You might find just the right thing or it might give you some inspiration or ideas for your search.
If you are looking for advocacy information for a loved one with autism in British Columbia all the same advocacy tips apply. However, the rules with respect to eligibility for services are important to know before you get started.
One place to start is the Autism Society of British Columbia where they provide advocacy information about services for people who have autism.
Another place for support is ACT (Autism Community Training) and they have a Parents Manual that is very well done especially around the importance of advocacy from families to create change within the school system.
Who else out there has advocacy advice for people who need help? Please join UNTAPE and share your knowledge today.