Family Support Institute

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.

Need Help with Advocacy, Support or Information? Get Connected!

  

There are quite a few advocacy organizations in BC that work to support people with disabilities and their families. Some focus on helping people to understand and access the services and programs that are available to them.Others focus on providing resources for families and support networks. Many also work to represent the concerns of disabled people with governments and policy-makers. It’s not uncommon for families to get involved with many different advocacy organizations at the same time.

Some advocacy organizations:

BCACL is a provincial body with a membership made up of not-for-profits, families, and people with disabilities. BCACL works hard to influence government at a policy level.

Family Support Institute is a network of family volunteers who provide support for other families of children with disabilities.

PLAN is a not-for-profit that aims to help those with disabilities and their families create a safe and secure future.

Family Net is an independent provincial network that advocates on behalf of people with disabilities and their families at a policy level.

All of these organizations have great websites. For a more comprehensive list of advocacy organizations, see the BCACL website:
www.bcacl.org/index.cfm?act=main&call=a187d828.