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Theme Resources: Funding & Accessibility Services You Need to Know About!

Aug 19th, 2021

Funding & Accessibility Services You Need to Know About! 

5 min read  

Intended Audience: Parents of Autistic Kids, Autistic Adults, Employers

Health  

BC Family Residence Program   

“The BC Family Residence Program provides accommodation assistance to enable families to stay together when their child requires medical care at BC Children’s Hospital or Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children.” (Government of BC, n.d.) 

Cops for Kids  

Cops for Kids is a charitable foundation that is committed to assisting children that have suffered a medical, physical or traumatic crisis in their young lives. We tirelessly work to raise funds to continue our ongoing support to the children in the communities that we serve. (Cops for Kids, 2022)  

CKNW Kids’ Fund  

“Aims to enhance the lives of children living with physical, mental, social, and behavioural challenges in BC communities. (CKNW Kids’ Fund, 2021)  

Fair PharmaCare   

Fair PharmaCare helps B.C. families pay for eligible prescription drugs, dispensing fees and some medical supplies. Fair PharmaCare is based on income: the less a family earns, the more help they get. (Government of BC, n.d.) 

First Nations Health Authority Benefits   

“First Nations Health Benefits Program provides status First Nations people living in BC with a comprehensive and community-driven health benefits plan.” (First Nations Health Authority, 2022) 

Healthy Kids BC   

“The Healthy Kids Program provides coverage for basic dental treatment, optical care, and hearing assistance to children in low-income families that are not receiving income, disability, or hardship assistance.” (Government of BC, n.d.)   

Hope Air  

“Providing free travel and accommodations for Canadians in financial need who must access medical care far from home.” (Hope Air, 2022)  

Travel Assistance Program (TAP)  

The Travel Assistance Program (TAP) helps alleviate some of the transportation costs for eligible B.C. residents who must travel within the province for non-emergency medical specialist services not available in their own community. (Government of BC, n.d.)  

Variety The Children’s Charity   

“Provides direct care for children with funding for medical care and services, mobility and communication equipment, therapies (including equine and music), autism assessments, psychoeducational assessments and education.” (Variety The Children’s Charity, 2022).  Autism Assessment Grant  

 

 

Indigenous 

Jordan’s Principle   

Jordan’s Principle makes sure all First Nations children living in Canada can access the products, services and supports they need, when they need them. Funding can help with a wide range of health, social and educational needs, including the unique needs that First Nations Two-Spirit and LGBTQQIA children and youth and those with disabilities may have.” (Government of Canada, 2022) 

Inuit Child First Initiative 

The Inuit Child First Initiative ensures Inuit children have access to the essential government-funded health, social and educational products, services and supports they need, when they need them.” (Government of Canada, 2022) 

Indigneous Disability Canada’s Support for Indigenous Student Learning Program (SISLP)  

Indigenous Disability Canada’s Support for Indigenous Student Learning Program (SISLP) is a time-limited project for Indigenous students across Canada who have limited financial resources, including those students living with disabilities. The SISLP is accepting applications from students of any age enrolled in a Formal educational institution (either online, remote, or through on-site learning) to be considered to receive a laptop and other technology / equipment supports necessary to assist with their continued education and success. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until March 15th, 2023. Applications must be received by BCANDS no later than March 15th, 2023 to be consideration.” (BCANDS, 2022) 

 

 

First Nations Health Authority Benefits   

“First Nations Health Benefits Program provides status First Nations people living in BC with a comprehensive and community-driven health benefits plan.” (First Nations Health Authority, 2022) 

Unique Get Together Society (Vancouver & Chilliwack)  

Indigenous focussed, special needs programs and therapies, respite care program, social programs and camps.   

Metis Nation BC 

MNBC’s mandate is to develop and enhance opportunities for Métis communities by implementing culturally relevant social and economic programs and services.” (Metis Nation BC, 2022) 

 

Community Accessibility   

Access2Card   

“Easter Seals Canada offers the Access 2 Card for people of all ages and types of permanent disabilities who require the assistance of a support person at hundreds of participating entertainment, cultural and recreational venues across Canada.” (Easter Seals Canada, 2022)  

Athletics 4 Kids  

“Ensuring all BC children, regardless of socioeconomic status, can participate in organized sport by providing families with financial assistance.” (Athletics For Kids, 2019)  

BC Bus Pass Program   

“Low-income seniors and Persons with Disabilities (PWD) have access to the BC Bus Pass Program. The pass is valid in communities served by BC Transit or Translink.” (Government of BC, n.d.)  

BC Ferries Accessible Fare Identification (AFI) Card  

“Discounted fares are available for residents of British Columbia who have a permanent disability. To receive the discounted fares, you must apply for a BC Ferries’ Accessible Fare Identification Card and present your card to the Ticket Agent when you arrive at the terminal.” (BC Ferries, 2020)  

Easter Seals Disability Travel Card   

“For people of all types of permanent disabilities who require the assistance of a support person when travelling with VIA Rail Canada, Coach Canada, and Ontario Northland. When a cardholder presents the Disability Travel Card when purchasing a ticket for travel with one of our participating partners, one support person can accompany them at a reduced fare. The Disability Travel Card holder pays regular ticket price.” (Easter Seals Canada, n.d.) 

HandyDART & HandyCard  

“HandyDART is TransLink’s door-to-door, shared-ride service for people who are unable to navigate conventional public transit without assistance.” (TransLink, n.d.)    

Jumpstart Charities (Canadian Tire)  

Founded in 2005, Jumpstart helps kids overcome financial and accessibility barriers to sport and recreation in an effort to provide inclusive play for kids of all abilities.” (Jumpstart Charities, 2022)  

SPARC BC   

Since 1984, SPARC BC has managed B.C.’s Parking Permit Program for People with Disabilities. Apply for or renew your permit to use designated parking spots anywhere in B.C.” (SPARC BC, 2022)   

Telus Internet for Good  

“Internet for Good helps by offering low-cost internet connectivity to Canadians who receive the British Columbia Persons with Disability (PWD) benefit or the Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefit (CPPD).” (Telus, 2022 

Telus Tech for Good  

“The Tech for Good program supports people with disabilities who require professional assistance to independently use or control their mobile device. The program is primarily educational in nature and provides customized training and support to help improve your quality of life, independence and personal empowerment. (Telus, 2022)  

VIA Rail Canada   

We offer an environment where everyone can travel autonomously and confidently. To ensure the greatest ease and comfort of travel, we also provide special assistance services.” Includes Travelling with a Support Person Information and Eligibility.  (VIA Rail Canada, 2022).  

 

 

Region Specific  

Vancouver Coastal & Fraser Regions  

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Unique Get Together Society (Vancouver & Chilliwack)  

Indigenous focussed, special needs programs and therapies, respite care program, social programs and camps.   

Mamas for Mamas (Vancouver & Kelowna) 

Mamas for Mamas is a national charitable organization that supports mothers and caregivers in crisis by providing ongoing support to individuals and families facing various poverty-related struggles.” (Mamas for Mamas, 2021) 

 

Vancouver Island  

Bear Essentials   

Bear Essentials is a family support program that assists with the costs of health-related travel and equipment for Island kids. The program is designed for families that struggle to afford the associated costs or that have barriers limiting their ability to access health care or equipment for their child.” (Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island, 2022) 

Camryn’s Cause for Kids Society   

“Camryn’s Cause provides financial assistance to Campbell River families when they have a child facing a health crisis.” (Camryn’s Cause for Kids Society, n.d)   

You Are Not Alone (Y.A.N.A)   

“YANA is a community organization that offers help to Comox Valley families who need to travel for medical treatment for a child or for a pregnant mother. They improve access to healthcare by providing travel funding and accommodation.” (You Are Not Alone (YANA), n.d.)

Victoria Disability Resource Centre 

“We offer the free use of three public computers and a printer, as well as a number of Assistive Technology (AT) software programs and devices, to people with disabilities.” (Victoria Disability Resource Centre, 2022) 

McAdams Foundation 

The Foundation provides funds to help create a happier life for children and teenagers with disabilities or impairments.  

The Cridge Center for the Family 

The Cridge Respite and Respitality Services are two interconnected programs, designed to meet the needs of families in Greater Victoria who are raising a child with a diagnosed disability or mental health challenge. Our goal is to offer an opportunity for parents or guardians to have a vital break from the physical and mental stressors of day-to-day life to rest, reset, recharge, and rejuvenate. We also provide information and support to assist families in finding community resources, and in accessing respite. 

  

Interior Regions  

Nelson and Area Friends of the Family  

“Nelson and Area Friends of the Family Foundation provides assistance to children stricken with serious illness or injury by way of financial aid for travel related expenses for medical treatment, and guidance for accessing other support.” (Nelson and Area Friends of the Family, 2022).   

Unique Get Together Society (Kamloops)  

Indigenous focussed, special needs programs and therapies, respite care program, social programs and camps.   

Mamas for Mamas (Kelowna & Vancouver) 

Mamas for Mamas is a national charitable organization that supports mothers and caregivers in crisis by providing ongoing support to individuals and families facing various poverty-related struggles.” (Mamas for Mamas, 2021) 

Friends of Children 

“Friends of Children is a registered charity providing free and confidential service to Northern BC and East Kootenay families travelling to access medical treatments for their children.” (Friends of Children, 2019). 

South Okanagan Children’s Charity

“The South Okanagan Children’s Charity has assisted families of children with health problems for over 40 years.  The Children’s Charity provides assistance to families with children who have medical needs and extra medical expenses.  One hundred percent of the money collected is used to help local children and their families,” (South Okanagan Children’s Charity, 2022).  

 

 

Northern Regions  

Friends of Children  

“Friends of Children is a registered charity providing free and confidential service to Northern BC and East Kootenay families travelling to access medical treatments for their children.” (Friends of Children, 2019). 

Northern Health Connections  

“To be eligible for the NH Connections program, patients must have a valid BC Care Card, not require care from a health professional (physician or nurse) during their trip and need to access a health service that’s not available in their home community” (Northern Health, 2022). 

  

For Groups or Organizations  

President’s Choice Children’s Charity   

“Good food and growing and cooking skills are essential building blocks for a child to create the best future they can. President’s Choice Children’s Charity is building a nation of Power Full Kids that are well-fed and ready to learn and empowered with the skills to discover food.” (President’s Choice Charity, 2022)  

Jumpstart Charities (Canadian Tire)  

Programs include Youth Mental Health, Keeping Girls in Sport and Coaching Kids of All Abilities (Jumpstart Charities, 2022).  

  

Additional Resouces   

Autism Q and A: Autism Funding — Blog — AutismBC 

Finding Support Services 

Cops for Kids Funding for Families (List of other charities/foundations available to families in addition to Cops for Kids).  

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