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Autism Q and A: Finding Support Services

Nov 14th, 2020

Finding Support Services

Assistive Technology British Columbia (ATBC)

“Assistive Technology BC (ATBC) provides assistive technology resources to make learning environments usable for people with disabilities throughout British Columbia” (ATBC, nd.).

BC Center for Ability

“The BC Center for Ability provides community-based services to enhance the quality of life for children and youth with special needs, adults with disabilities, and their families, in ways that foster inclusion in all aspects of life” (BC Centre For Ability, 2020).

BC Council for Families

“Developing and delivering family support resources and training programs to professionals across the province that focus on prevention, inclusiveness, and building skills and confidence” (BC Council for Families, 2015).

Communication Disabilities Access Center (CDAC)

CDAC promotes social justice, accessibility, and inclusion for people who have speech, language, and communication disabilities. The CDAC also has a Communication Assistance Database to help support users (Communication Disabilities Access Canada, 2020).

Community Living Society (CLS)

CLS supports individuals with developmental disabilities or acquired brain injuries to live meaningful lives as full citizens (Community Living Society, 2020).

Family Smart

Family Smart’s programs are focused on enhancing the experience and quality of services and supports for children, youth, and their families (Family Smart, n.d.).

Spectrum Society for Community Living

Travelling British Columbia to deliver community living workshops through Spectrum Learning and publish community living books and DVDs through Spectrum Press (Spectrum Society for Community Living, n.d.).

Region Specific Support Services
Vancouver Coastal & Fraser Regions

Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion

Providing innovative services to children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities and their families in Metro Vancouver (Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion, n.d.).

Developmental Disabilities Association

Creating extended networks of support, investing in individual needs, and striving for an inclusive and safe community (Developmental Disabilities Association, 2020).

Family Services of Greater Vancouver

Programs, services, workshops, and groups helping people build resiliency, develop skills and knowledge, and gain the confidence to make positive changes in their lives (Family Services Greater Vancouver, 2020).


Working alongside families of children, youth and adults with developmental delays or disabilities to support growth, development and personal well-being (Kinsight, 2020).

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Vancouver Island

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Interior Region

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Northern Region

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Recreational & Travel Support in BC

Canucks Autism Network

BC Adaptive Snowsports

Special Olympics


Region Specific Recreational & Travel Support
Vancouver Coastal & Fraser Regions

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Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snowsports

Interior Region

ARC Programs

ARC Programs mission is to provide excellent support, prevention, intervention, treatment, and rehabilitative services, for children, youth, individuals and families in the communities of the Interior Region of BC (ARC Programs, 2020).

Autism Okanagan

Supporting the autism community in the Okanagan (Autism Okanagan, 2020).

Adaptive Sailing Association of Kelowna

Introducing people with disabilities and age-related issues to the joys of sailing on our beautiful Okanagan Lake (Adaptive Sailing Association of Kelowna, n.d.).

Arion Therapeutic Farm

Arion is a peaceful farm sanctuary for people and animals situated on 12 acres in a beautiful valley in South-East Kelowna (Arion Therapeutic Farm, n.d.).

Boys & Girls Club of the Okanagan

Building healthy, supportive relationships with caring adult role models and encouraging healthy, respectful relationships with peers and family members (Boys & Girls Clubs of the Okanagan, 2020).

Central Okanagan Wildcats Hockey

A hockey team for older teens/adults with diverse-abilities, contact Phil for more information (The City of West Kelowna, 2018). 

North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association (NORTA)

Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with special needs (North Okanagan Theraputic Riding Association, n.d.).

Riding 4 Life

Specializing in Beginner Riding Lessons, Equine Assisted Learning, Adapted Horsemanship, Hippotherapy, and Autism Services (Riding4Life, 2020).

Swimming with a Mission (S.W.A.M) Okanagan

Providing affordable and accessible one-on-one swimming instruction to children with special needs (Swimming with a Mission, n.d.).

Northern Region

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Autism Organizations in BC

Provincial Autism Center (PAC)

Autism Community Training (ACT)

Pacific Autism Family Network (PAFN)

Autism Support Network (ASN)

Canucks Autism Network (CAN)

Families for Early Autism Treatment in BC (FEAT)

PALS Autism Society

Autism Organizations in Canada

Autism Canada

AIDE Canada

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