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Parent Support Groups

The following groups provide support services or regular meetings for parents with children with a variety of challenges.

Advantage Society for Children with Learning Disabilities 
22151 Wilson Ave
Richmond B.C. V6V 2P6
phone: 604-520-1155
e-mail: info@eurekacamp.ca
website:www.eurekacamp.ca/ 

Run Eureka Outdoor Camp and offer outdoor recreational programs for children and adolescents with invisible disabilities

Asante Centre for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome 
22326(A) McIntosh Avenue
Maple Ridge, B.C. V2X 3C1
phone: 604-467-7101
fax: 604-467-7102
toll free: 1-866-327-7101
e-mail: info@asantecentre.org
website: www.asantecentre.org  

They offer diagnostic, assessment and family support services, based on a multidisciplinary team approach, for children, youth and adults affected by FAS.

Autism Society of B.C. (ASBC) 
301-3701 East Hastings Street
Burnaby, BC V5C 2H6
phone: 604-434-0880, 1-888-437-0880
e-mail: info@autismbc.ca
website: www.autismbc.ca  
BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society - BCANDS 
1179 Kosapsum Crescent,
Victoria, B.C. V9A 7K7
phone (Victoria): 381-7303
toll-free: 1-888-815-5511
fax: 250-381-7312
website: www.bcands.bc.ca  

Provides a variety of support services and resources to help B.C.'s aboriginal people with disabilities, and others associated with the disabled.

BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association 
#330 - 5055 Joyce Street
Vancouver , B.C. V5R 6B2
phone: 604 325-8638
toll free: 0-604-325-8638, after the tone, enter 7617
fax 604-325-1638
e- mail: info@bcblindsports.bc.ca
website: www.bcblindsports.bc.ca/  

A not for profit association of individuals who are blind, visually impaired, deaf-blind, or are blind and have additional disabilities; and their families and other supporters. Our services are provided throughout the province of British Columbia and are available to individuals of all ages. We work closely with the CNIB, other organizations in the field of blindness, other vision professionals, and the generic physical activity system in order to improve access and opportunities for participation in physical activity.

BC Brain Injury Association 
Box 143 - 11948 207 Street,
Maple Ridge, BC, V2X 1X7
Phone: (604)-465-1783, Fax: 1-(888)-429-0656
Outside Vancouver Toll Free: 1-(877)-858-1788
email: info@bcbraininjuryassociation.com
website: www.bcbraininjuryassociation.com/  
BC Epilepsy Society 
120-535 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1K9
phone: 604-875-6704
fax: 604-875-0617
e-mail: info@bcepilepsy.com
website: www.bcepilepsy.com  

Non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to serving the British Columbians living with epilepsy, and their families. They also work with educators and other organizations to build awareness about epilepsy-related issues, and to increase people's knowledge about the disorder and first aid.

BC Family Hearing Resource Centre 
15220 - 92nd Avenue
Surrey, BC, V3R 2T8
voice: 604-584-2827
toll free: 1-877-584-2827
TTY: 604-584-9108
fax: 604-584-2800
 
e-mail: Info@bcfamilyhearing.com
website: www.bcfamilyhearing.com/  

A provincial program that provides comprehensive services to families with young deaf and hard of hearing children throughout B.C. We also provide consultation and training to other professionals working with deaf and hard of hearing children.

BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities 
Vancouver
3981 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 4H5
phone: 604-873-1865, 1-800-818-4483
fax: 604-873-0166
Victoria
#230-174 Wilson Street
Victoria, BC V9A 7N6
phone: 250-386-0668
fax: 250-386-0663
e-mail: info@lionsbc.ca
website: www.lionsbc.ca/  

You may also know us as the Easter Seal People. Under both names, their Society mandate is to support children with disabilities throughout British Columbia.

BC Prader Willi Syndrome Association 
21542 85A Court
Langley, BC V1M 2G4
website: www.bcpwsa.com  

Is a non profit charity that provides an understanding and awareness of PWS by supporting those who have the syndrome, their families and all who come in contact with PWS

BC Schizophrenia Society 
#201 - 6011 Westminster Hwy.
Richmond, B.C. V7C 4V4 Canada
phone: 604-270-7841
toll free: 1-888-888-0029
fax: 604-270-9861
e-mail: bcss.prov@telus.net
website: www.bcss.org/  

Provincial Office - 34 branches; 13 Regional Coordinators around the province; and three Program Coordinators who provide educational and support services to families.

Canadian Down Syndrome Society 
811 - 14th Street N.W.
Calgary, AB T2N 2A4
phone: 403-270-8500
toll free: 800-883-5608
fax: 403-270-8291
e-mail: dsinfo@cdss.ca
website: www.cdss.ca  

See website for support groups in BC.

Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Parents Branch 
c/o Janet Les, Editor 10150
Gillanders Rd. Chilliwack BC,
V2P 6H4
phone: 604-794-3772
fax: 604-794-3960
website: www.chhaparents.bc.ca/  

Is a province wide network of parents, families and friends of hard of hearing children. Parents share information regarding upcoming events, technology, coping strategies, advocacy, resources. Their newsletter is free to all families of hard of hearing children in British Columbia. E-mail janetles@canada.com to receive this resource.

Center for Epilepsy & Seisure Education 
32868 Ventura Avenue, Abbotsford
British Columbia V2S 6J3
Phone 604-853-7399
Fax 604-853-7336
e-mail epilepsy.support@telus.net
website: www.epilepsy.cc  

Provides one-on-one meetings for parents of children with epilepsy and offers a wealth of free education materials.

Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia 
801 – 409 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1T2
phone: 604-408-9484, 1-800-663-0004
fax: 604-408-9489
e-mail: e-mail: info@cerebralpalsy.com
website: www.bccerebralpalsy.com  

The Cerebral Palsy Association has become the leading source for information and support for people living with cerebral palsy throughout BC. Our family support worker specializes in accessibility and inclusion issues and is available to guest speak at various venues. We have a library that offers information on a wide variety of issues to do with disability.

CHADD (Children & Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder) Vancouver 

PO Box 74670
Vancouver, BC  V6K 4P4
phone: 604-222-4043

website: www.vcn.bc.ca/chaddvan/home.htm
 
Children’s Centre for Ability 
phone: 604-451-5511
fax: 604-451-5651
 
e-mail: home@centreforability.bc.ca
website: www.centreforability.bc.ca/
 

A non-profit organization with over 34 years of experience in the field of disabilities, providing individualized therapy and support services to children and youth in their homes and communities, specialized community living services and comprehensive vocational and support services for adults, and promoting successful community participation for individuals with disabilities.

Deaf Children Society 
7355 Canada Way
Burnaby, BC V3N 4Z6
phone: 604-525-6056
TTY: 604-525-9390
fax: 604-525-7307
e-mail: deafbc@deafchildren.bc.ca
website: www.deafchildren.bc.ca/  

They operate a pre-school with qualified American Sign Language trained instructors. They offer parents and guardians: counselling, library, newsletters, and social events. For educators and relevant professionals they offer books, videos, and other teaching materials specifically catered for deaf and hard of hearing children.

Delta Family Alliance (part of Delta Community)
phone: 604-418-5056 e-mail: mmcnabb@dccnet.com 
website: www.dcls.ca/family_support.htm  

Delta Family Alliance has a group for parents of adults with special needs.

Down Syndrome Research Foundation & Resource Centre 
1409 Sperling Avenue
Burnaby, BC V5B 4J8
phone: 604-444-3773, 1-888-464-3773
e-mail: dawn@dsrf.org
website: www.dsrf.org 

Their mandate is to provide information, support and disseminate research, provide and develop educational opportunities and clinical support to children and adults with Down Syndrome around B.C., their families and professionals working with them. Down Syndrome Associations in BC Chapters: Abbotsford, Cowichan, Dawson Creek, Greater Victoria, Kamloops, Northern Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland, Penticton, BC North, Nanaimo, Trail, North Vancouver, West Kootenay.

EIBI (Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention) 
phone: 604-946-6622, ext. 331 website: clbc.cioc.ca/record/CLB2186  

Program for families of children under 6 years of age with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has a group for parents of children of all ages with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the Delta area.

Families Organized for Recognition and Care Equality 
phone: 604-878-3400
toll free: 1-800-661-2121
website: www.bckidsmentalhealth.org  

Their purpose is to ensure mental health care and services are provided to children and youth. Their website also includes a list of organizations, internet sites, books and magazines that offer good information concerning mental health.

Family Net 
fax: 604-535-0903
 
e-mail: info@bcfamilynet.org
website: www.bcfamilynet.org  

An independent provincial network that provides a provincial voice for children and youth with special needs, adults with developmental disabilities and their families. Their website has an exhaustive list of support organizations.

Family Network for Deaf Children 
phone: 604-684-1860
TTY: 604-421-5271
fax: 604-421-5273
website: www.fndc.ca/  

Offers workshops, videos, and a newsletter and information bulletins supporting and providing information to parents of Deaf and hard-of-hearing children and the communities that support them.

Family Support Institute 
227 6th Street
New Westminster, BC  V3L 3A5
phone: 604-540-8374
toll free: 1-800-441-5403
e-mail: fsi@fsibc.com
website: www.familysupportbc.com  

A province-wide organization whose purpose is to support and strengthen families faced with the extraordinary circumstances that come with having a family member who has a disability.

Federation of Invisible Disabilities 
1562 Fort St
Victoria, BC V8S 5J2
phone: 250-370-9974
toll free: 1-800-549-1999
fax: 250-370-7598
e-mail: coordinator@fidsbc.com
website:  www.fidsbc.ca/   

Their purpose is to ensure children with invisible disabilities have access to education, recreation and other services that help them to reach their potential as members of society. They seek to educate and increase awareness of invisible disabilities at service, funding and policy levels. They provide information and support to parents and caregivers.

Friends for Life 
PO Box 9731 Stn. Prov. Gov’t,
Victoria, B.C.  V8W 9S2
e-mail: MCF.CYMHFRIENDS@gov.bc.ca  (BC address)
website: www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/mental_health/friends.htm    
The BC FRIENDS for Life Program (FRIENDS), sponsored by the Ministry of Children and Family Development, is an evidence-based, anxiety prevention and resiliency program focused on improving mental health outcomes for BC students. FRIENDS has established key partnerships with Ministry of Education, First Nation Schools Association, independent and public schools to provide certification training for teachers and student materials, for universal delivery in classrooms in 3 program levels; Fun FRIENDS, FRIENDS for Children, and FRIENDS for Youth.
Gifted Children's Association 
Suite 300-210 W Broadway,
Vancouver, BC V5Y 3W2
phone: 1-877-707-6111
e-mail: david_shepherd@telus.net
website: www.gcabc.ca 

Dedicated to providing support and advocacy for gifted children and their families.Chapter Contacts in Armstrong, Central Vancouver Island, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, North Shore, Shuswap, South Island, Surrey and Vancouver.

Inclusion BC
227-6th Street
New Westminster, BC V3L 3A5
phone: 604-777-9100, 1-800-618-1119
e-mail: info@inclusionbc.org
website: www.bcacl.org

A federation that advocates for children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities and their families to ensure justice, rights and opportunities in all areas of their lives.

Kinsmen Rehabilitation Foundation of BC 
300 999 W. Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4RI
phone: 604-736-8841
 

The KRF assists people with disabilities who need help the most –those who have fixed or limited incomes and find it difficult to deal with the costs associated with living with a disability. This group will provide technology which allows people with disabilities to live at home wherever possible.

The Laurel Behaviour Support Services 
240 4664 Lougheed Highway
Burnaby, BC V5C 5T5
e-mail: joliver@posAbilities.ca  
website: www.laurel.mapcl.org/About-Us.html   

Committed to working with you and your team to support your child using ABA-based best practices. We strive to actualize our mission statement in all that we do, “ To promote, establish and participate in an inclusive community.”

Learning Disabilities Association of B.C. 

BC Chapter:
#513- 7360 137th St.
Surrey BC V3W 1A3
phone: 250-542-5033
e-mail: info@ldabc.ca
 

Vancouver Chapter:
3292 East Broadway,
Vancouver, BC V5M 1Z8
phone: 604-873-8139
fax: 604-873-8140
e-mail: info@ldav.ca
website: www.ldav.ca  
LDA Chapters in BC:
Fraser Lake 250-699-6495
Fraser North 604-464-1187 www.ldafn.ca
Fraser South 604-591-5156 www.ldafs.org
South Vancouver Island 250-370-9513 www.ldasvi.bc.ca
Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond 604-873-8139 www.ldav.ca
Vernon 250-542-5033
Williams Lake 250-392-7801

Non-profit organization committed to fostering the full potential of persons with learning disabilities.

Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society 
#201 13281 72nd Ave
Surrey, BC V3W 2N5
phone: 604-581-2722
e-mail: lmdss@telus.net
website: www.lmdss.com 

Strives to promote opportunities for individuals with Down Syndrome. We do this through supporting families, promoting public awareness, networking with other organizations and individuals and lobbying for appropriate educational, vocational and social opportunities.

Mainstream Association for Proactive Community Living 
4664 Lougheed Hwy
Burnaby, BC V5L 5T5
phone: 604-299-4001
TTY: 604-299-2399
fax: 604-299-0329
e-mail: info@mapcl.org
website: www.mapcl.org  

Mainstream Association for Proactive Community Living is the product of small societies merging in 1998.

Mood Disorders Association of BC 
2730 Commercial Drive, #201
Vancouver, B.C.
V5N 5P4, Canada
phone: 604-873-0103
fax: 604-873-3095
e-mail: mdabc@telus.net
website: www.mdabc.net  

Provide support and friendship for those with the illness, their family and friends, educate the community, encourage the development of effective self-help models, encourage the development of resources and services necessary for recovery.

The North Shore Disability Resource Centre (NSDRC) 
3158 Mountain Highway,
North Vancouver, B.C. V7K 2H5
phone/TTY: 604-985-5371
 
e-mail: nsdrc@nsdrc.org
website: www.nsdrc.org/  

Provides programs and services based on the belief that all people are important to their community. We work to ensure that people with disabilities, along with their families and friends, can participate actively as members of the community. We are committed to working toward a community which is free of physical, financial and attitudinal barriers.

Parent Network for Parents of Children with Special Needs (0-18 years) Serving Delta and Surrey 
Pam Collins, Parent Network Facilitator
phone: 604-946-6622 ext 359
e-mail: parentnetwork@reachdevelopment.org 

Weekly newsletter sent to families, caregivers, and professionals. You can signup at  reachdevelopment.org.

Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders 
4746 - 57 Street
Delta, BC V4K 3C9
phone: 604-946-3610
fax: 604-946-2956
e-mail: dmoscrop@deltasd.bc.ca
website: www.autismoutreach.ca  

POPARD is a Provincial Outreach Program providing information, personnel training and student consultation to school districts across the province. They do not provide direct support to parents, but parents can access our website (see URL above).

Sexual Health Resource Centre for Children and Young People with Disabilities 
Sunny Hill Education Resource Centre
Room S225
3644 Slocan Street
Vancouver, BC
toll free : 1-800-331-1533 ext.1
phone: 604-453-8335 ext. 1
 
e-mail: sherc@cw.bc.ca
website:  www.bcchildrens.ca/Services/SunnyHillHealthCtr/
Learningeducation/EducationResourceCentre/SexualHealth/
 

Using the educational materials available at SHRC, families, teachers and service providers have been able to support the healthy sexual and social skills development and strive towards the decrease in the incidence of sexual abuse for children and young people with disabilities.

Simon Fraser Society for Community Living 
204 Blue Mountain Street
Coquitlam, B.C. V3K 4H1
phone: 604-525-9494
fax: 604-525-3013
e-mail: cstinson@sfscl.org
website: www.sfscl.org  

The Simon Fraser Society for Community Living hosts two parent support groups in the Tri Cities area for parents of children with extra support needs.

Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of BC 
4480 Oak St
Vancouver, BC V6H 3V4
phone: 604-878-7000
e-mail: info@sbhabc.org
website: www.sbhabc.org  

To improve the quality of life of all individuals with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus and their families through awareness, education and research.

Tourette Syndrome Foundation Vancouver Chapter 
PO Box 53556, 984 W. Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4M6
phone: 604-732-3594
Canadian website: www.tourette.ca
e-mail: tristan@express.ca  

Chapters around in Campbell River, Lac La Hache, Prince George and Victoria. For more information, call toll free 1-800-361-3120

Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 
2125 W. 7th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6K 1X9
P: 604-736-7391
e-mail: info@widhh.org
website: www.widhh.com  

Strives to offer high quality services to Deaf, Deafened and Hard of Hearing individuals through innovative products, services, and programs that help to promote accessibility equal to that of the hearing public.

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