Links

Welcome to our links page. These links provide a variety of information to parents and caregivers. If you have any suggestions or would like to offer any comments on the links listed below please email us at enquiries@cdcpg.org

This page is divided up into the following categories:

Local Programming:

Locally Available Resources:

  • Alpine Skiing –Contact: Elizabeth MacRitchie, Program Director – (250)561-1524 – emacritchie@shaw.ca. Cost: $45 annual membership; Resort offers free lift passes and equipment to BC Adaptive Snowsport members. Description: Located at the Hart Highlands Winter Club. BC Adaptive Snowsports promotes and supports the sport of adapted skiing and snowboarding as a form of recreation and rehabilitation for all participants.
  • BC Children's Hospital Library: The library ships resources for free anywhere in BC.
  • CanAssist, from the University of Victoria, provides an interesting service to help individuals with special needs. They develop one-off projects to assist with specific day-to-day needs.
  • Child Development Centre Libraries. The CDC has an orthotics, equipment, and resource library available to the public. The CDC also houses the Northern BC Children and Family Hearing Society's resource library.
  • CNIB Library: resources for individuals that are blind or with vision loss.
  • Challenger Little League. Contact: Cathy McLean - (250)964-0960     Cost: $30/year. Description: For mentally and physically challenged kids aged 4 to 18 years. No previous baseball skills are required. Willing to accommodate for anything, wheelchairs are welcome, and buddy system is available. Runs indoor from March to April and outdoor from May to June.
  • KidSport. The Prince George Chapter can be reached at (250)561-7640 or 1100 Patricia Blvd, Prince George, BC, V2L 3V9 Fax: (250)561-7718
    Description: A community based sport-funding program which provides grants for children 18 and under to participate in a sport season of their choice. Grants of a maximum of $100 are to be used for payment towards sport participation/registration fee.
  • Leisure Access Program. Contact: Community Services Department (250)561-7640 – pick up an application at the Four Seasons Pool, The Aquatic Centre or City Hall. Drop off at Community Services Dept – 1100 Patricia Blvd, PG, BC, V2L 3V9. Eligibility: Applicant must reside in Prince George or surrounding areas. Receive Income Assistance from the Ministry of Housing and Social Development or assistance from MCFD, Community Living, Carrier Sekani Family Services or Nezul Be Hunuyeh Child and Family Services. Have an income the previous year that is below Stats Canada Low Income Guidelines. And/or Receive a BC Seniors Supplement that is below the Low Income Guidelines. Description: A subsidy program that provides an opportunity for individuals with limited income to participate in a variety of recreational activities. LAP clients receive 40 complimentary swim or skate admissions as well as receive a discount of up to 75% off programs such as swimming lessons or community association programs.

Locally Available Services:

  • The Tiny Light Foundation offers a wonderful service, providing free professional photography to families with children who are faced with life altering diagnosis, disease, or special needs. Their Facebook page is at www.facebook.com/TinyLight.
  • University Hospital of Northern BC – Paediatric Social Worker. Phone: (250)565-2079. Provides children and their families with counselling support, hospital transfers, and resource information.
  • Therapeutic Riding Association. Contact: Barb Warkentine (250)962-5082 or pgtra2@gmail.com Cost: $10 annually, and $10 per session.
    Eligibility: Must be 3 ½ and up and have a physical or mental disability. Description: Horseback riding from April to mid-October.
  • Red Cross Swim. Contact: Four Seasons Pool (250)561-7636. Cost: Free (immediate family included). Description: Special needs session with lifeguards available  to assist on Sundays from 10-11:30 AM at the Four Seasons Pool.

Locally Available, Private Service Providers:

Behavior Interventionists
HM Behavior Support. Heidi Fremmerlid. (250)960-8819. www.hmbehaviorsupport.ca

Sources Community Resource Society (250)561-1194, 1596 Third Avenue, Prince George

Northern Interior Behavior Intervention Services (NIBIS). Courtney Wickstrom (250) 649-6943. courtneywickstrom@nibis.ca

Leigh Thibault – 778-349-0686

T&K Behavoural Interventinoists Ltd. Kalma Arnett. Behaviour consultant and behavioral intervention services. (250)613-2947, email: tkkalma@gmail.com

Private Speech Language Pathologists
Soliloquy Solutions. Barbara Kayter. 2387 McTavish Rd. Prince George. bkayter@telus.net (250)563-4080

Beata Polanska. 1696 Larch St., Prince George, BC. beatapolanska@hotmail.com. phone: (250)562-9096 cell: (250)981-4697

Accommodations & Transportation:

  • BC Family Residence Program Provides accommodation subsidies for families with a sick child who require medical care at BC Children’s Hospital or Sunny Hill Health Centre, up to 30 days. Phone (866)496-6946
  • Care Free Bus Society. Contact: (250)562-1394. Eligibility: You must have special needs. Description: Provides services from Monday through Friday from 7 am-6 pm , Saturdays from 9 am – 6 pm. Must be booked one day in advance.
  • David Foster Foundation Society. Phone (250)475-1223. Provides financial support for non-medical expenses to Canadian families with children in need of life-saving organ transplants. Support may include: transportation costs, accommodation, long distance phone calls, meals and groceries, etc. For children up to and including their 18th birthday once they are listed for paediatric transplant to post-operative check-up.
  • Easter Seal House. Phone: 604-736-3475 Reservations: 1-800-818-3666 email: eshousevcr@lionsbc.ca. 3981 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC. Provides a low cost, caring place to stay for parents and children visiting Vancouver to obtain medical treatment. $18.00 per night – adult. sick child free. $7.00 additional child. Kitchen facilities. Free parking
  • Heather House. Phone: (604)875-2298. 4500 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC. Located in BC Children’s Hospital, Heather House offers rooms for families with patient attending the hospital as an in or outpatient. $45.00 per night. $10.00 refundable key deposit. $5.00/night roll away cot. Cribs – no charge. No meals, cafeteria/coffee shop on site.
    Paid parking on site.
  • First Hand Foundation. Contact: (816)201-1569. Eligibility: Child must be 18 years old or younger and under the care of a paediatrician. The case must involve a child with a specific healthcare need and the request must be clinically relevant to the health of the child. There cannot be any existing insurance coverage for the requested expense. The First Hand Foundation allows one request per year, per child, for a maximum of three times in a child’s life. Description: The First Hand Foundation is based out of the United States, but will accept applications from anywhere in the world. They provide funding for individual children with health related needs when insurance and other financial resources have been exhausted. The Clinical Decision Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month to review applications, so all documentation should be submitted prior to this meeting. Will help with funding for treatment, equipment, displacement, and vehicle modifications.
  • Hope Air. Phone: (877)346-4673 email: mail@hopeair.org. Arranges free flights to get financially-disadvantaged Canadians to the healthcare they need.
  • Northern B.C. Friends of Children Society. Phone: (250)564-2217. Eligibility: Provides resource information and emotional support as well as offering financial assistance for emergency prescriptions, counseling, advocacy and resource referral. Child must be under 18 years, live north of Williams Lake, and must have specific medical needs.
  • Northern Health Connections. Phone: (866)647-4997 or email: NHConnections@northernhealth.ca. Provides inexpensive and comfortable bus transportation for northern patients needing to travel for medical appointments. Fees are $10-$20 each way depending on route. Rates and schedules can be found on the NH website.
  • Ronald McDonald House provides safe, secure home-away-from-home where out-of-town families with seriously ill children can stay while their children receive medical treatment in Vancouver at BC Children’s Hospital.
  • Shriners Care Cruiser. Phone: (800)661-5437. For information on transportation, contact Marina 604-291-7707 ext. 129 or email: marriott@bcshriners.cm. Website: www.bcshriners.com. Provides bus service twice weekly for children with medical appointments from Prince George to Vancouver. Leaving Prince George Sunday and Thursday; returning from Vancouver Saturday and Wednesday. There is typically no fee for service.
    Provides bus service twice weekly for children with medical appointments from Prince George to Vancouver. Leaving Prince George Sunday and Thursday; returning from Vancouver Saturday and Wednesday. There is typically no fee for service.
  • Travel Assistance Program, BC Ministry of Health. Phone: 1-800-661-2668. Provincial program offering assistance with travel costs.
  • Victory Hill Residential Program provides a safe, comfortable and nurturing residential environment for students, aged 5 to 19, who must live away from home in order to attend the British Columbia Provincial School for the Deaf in Burnaby.
  • Variety the Children’s Charity. Phone ( 604)268-3891 or toll free: (800)381-2040 or email: heart.fund@variety.bc.ca
    Offers financial assistance with travel and accommodation for medically related travel, special equipment and emergency prescriptions.

Camps and Camping

  • B.C. Lions Society for Children with Disabilities Easter Seal Camps. Contact: (604)873-1865 or (800)818-4483. Description: Sleep-over camp session for children 6-18 years old who have a mental and/or physical disability.
  • The Zajac Ranch for Children. Contact: (604)739-0444 or info@zajac.com. Description: Located in Mission, BC, this camp hosts hundreds of children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses and disabilities. The camp has a 24 hour medical centre staffed by volunteer doctors and nurses. The Zajac Ranch allows children with special needs the opportunity to experience the excitement and wonder of summer camp.
  • B.C. Parks. Contact: Local human resources office. Description: The purpose of this program is to provide support for persons with disabilities who are also receiving income assistance.
  • Camps. Contact: For a referral to many different camps, call (604)731-4847. Description: There are a variety of camping experiences available for children with special care needs. Some of these include Easter Seal Camps (for children with physical and/or mental disabilities), Camp Good Times (for children with Cancer), BC Lung Association Asthma Camp, FAS Camp, Etc., These camps are often free or have financial assistance available for those families who cannot afford to pay.

Funding/Financial Assistance:

  • The At Home Program provides respite and medical benefits to eligible recipients and their families - generally for individuals with profound delays.
  • BC Digital Divide Contact email: AskDanny@BCDigitalDivide.org PO Box 60520, Vancouver, BC, V6H 4B9
    Eligibility: Provides computers to families who would otherwise not be able to afford them. If you live outside of Metro Vancouver, you will need to make plans to pick up your computer. Basic Guidelines: If you drive a vehicle, if your phone bill is over $30/month, if you have anything more than basic cable, or have had a computer that recently broke down, you do not qualify for a computer.
  • BCHousing - Subsidized Housing. Contact: (604)433-2218 or (800)257-7766. Eligibility: To qualify you must be able to live independently and meet all 6 requirements. Description: Long term housing with rent geared to income for people who permanently reside in BC when applying, with gross household income below a certain limit.
  • BC Housing - Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI). Contact: (604)433-2218 OR Toll Free: (800)257-7756. Eligibility: You may be eligible if you are a Canadian Citizen or landed immigrant and reside in British Columbia; You or any member of your household have a permanent disability or loss of ability that causes difficulty with daily living activities; Your total household income and assets are below the limits established. Description: HAFI provides financial assistance to help low income seniors and people with disabilities in BC continue to live in the comfort of their own home. Financial assistance up to $20,000 per home is available; the exact amount is based on the cost of material and labour necessary for required adaptations.
  • CKNW Orphans’ Fund. Contact:  Cathy Hunt cathy.hunt@cknw.com. Eligibility: Children from birth to 19 years old, whose needs/circumstances have been assessed and recognized by a medical/health/social or educational professional and for whom an application is supported by a brief statement indicating the problem/condition and recommendations by such assessors; Who don’t qualify for existing services provided by government-sponsored funding, or is on an extensive wait list, have exhausted other sources of financial assistance, or who don’t meet all of the government criteria; Who are financially at risk. This definition does not exclude those children who have medical/social/educational impacts brought about by poverty; Gross family income will be used to consider all grants for those children deemed financially at risk. Description: The CKNW Orphans’ Fund helps children who may require extra medical, social, educational or environmental supports to enhance or improve their health, development, quality of life and community integration. They have a broad mandate, but focus on three funding fields for special needs children that include therapies, specialized equipment and bursaries
    Therapies: Therapies can be funded for up to a maximum of three years and applicants must reapply each year.
    Speech and Language up to $2000.00 at $100.00 per hour.
    Physiotherapy, occupational therapy, horseback riding, music therapy and others up to $2000.00 per year.
    Bursaries: Bursaries for special needs students attending independent provincially approved special education facilities may be provided. A current limit of $1200.00 per individual child per school year for up to 3 consecutive years will be considered.
    Equipment: The maximum funds that are made available annually for an individual child is $5000.00, subject to consideration of special circumstances or hardship. Cost sharing or partnerships with other organizations will be encouraged. Equipment funded by the CKNW Orphans’ Fund becomes property of the family for whom it was purchased.
  • Disabilty Alliance BC: Money and Income Supports. This is primarily focused on individuals with special needs that are in the workforce, or that are accessing income supports.
  • Disability Tax Credits are non-refundable tax credit used to reduce income tax payable on the income tax and benefit return for people with severe and prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions
  • Endowment 150 provides a one-time contribution of $150 for individuals that have a Registered Disability Savings Plan.
  • First Hand Foundation. Contact: (816) 201-1569 or email: Firsthandfoundation@cerner.com. Eligibility: Child must be 18 years old or younger and under the care of a paediatrician. The case must involve a child with a specific healthcare need and the request must be clinically relevant to the health of the child. There can not be any existing insurance coverage for the requested expense. The First Hand Foundation allows one request per year, per child, for a maximum of three times in a child’s life. Description: The First Hand Foundation is based out of the United States, but will accept applications from anywhere in the world. They provide funding for individual children with health related needs when insurance and other financial resources have been exhausted. The Clinical Decision Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month to review applications, so all documentation should be submitted prior to this meeting. Will help with funding for treatment, equipment, displacement, and vehicle modifications.
  • Giving in Action provides two funding programs to assist families that have individuals with special needs living at home, including support for items such as wheelchair accessible vehicles and home renovations
  • Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI) provides up to $20,000 for home renovations to improve accessibility for individuals with special needs. This is specifically for households with low income and limited assets. Landlords with low income tenants may also apply.
  • JGL Foundation for Cerebral Palsy Contact: jglcerebralpalsy@gmail.com Eligibility: To qualify you must be a resident of British Columbia and have a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy. Description: The Jennifer and Gregory Louie Foundation for Cerebral Palsy was started to help both children and adults with Cerebral Palsy enhance their mobility. It is their god to financially assist individuals with CP receive services such as physical and occupational therapy. They also aim to help with funding for assistive technology such as orthotics, manual/power wheelchairs, standers, gait trainers/walkers, lifts, adaptive bicycles and other devices that lead to greater mobility, independence and quality of life. They may consider grants for home modifications/renovations, but it is their philosophy to give smaller grants to more individuals rather than large grants to only a few individuals. So for expensive items, they tend to give partial grants.
  • Kidsport provides grands from $100-$500 to cover the costs of registration fees for one season of sport for children of 18 years of age and under, potentially including necessary equipment.
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada: Equipment and home renovations for children with muscular dystrophy (MD)
  • Non Insured Health Benefits Program: First Nations, Inuit & Aboriginal Health (Health Canada). This program assists Status First Nations people with equipment, prescription drugs, and patient travel.
  • Northern Interior Health Unit. Contact: 250-565-7371. Provides testing and prescription of hearing aids and will also order on behalf or families. Cost: Sold at reduced cost via the BC Hearing Aid Program. If parents are unable to afford the aids, the Northern Interior Health Unit will help them access charitable funding.
  • Northern B.C. Friends of Children Society. Contact: (250)-564-2217. Eligibility: Child must be under 18 years, live north of Williams Lake, and must have specific medical needs. Description: Provides resource information and emotional support as well as offering financial assistance for emergency prescriptions, counseling, advocacy and resource referral.
  • Presidents Choice Children’s Charity. Contact: (866)-996-9918 or email: pccharity@loblaw.ca. Eligibility: To be considered a candidate for assistance, applicants must be 18 and under; diagnosed with a physical or developmental disability; have a household income $70,000 or less and must be a Canadian citizen/or heave permanent resident status. Description: Help support children with special needs by providing financial grants for essential specialized equipment and essential therapies. 
  • Pharmacare. Phone: 1-800-663-7100. Website: www.health.gov.bc.ca/pharmacare/
    Subsidizes eligible prescription drugs and designated medical supplies for BC residents.
  • Registered Disability Savings Plans are a must-have for anyone that has profound special needs and that is eligible for a Disability Tax Credit. As of March 2014, the federal government was allowing individuals that start one of these plans to gain the benefits of government bonds ($1000 each year) back to 2008. It is unclear when this will end. Here is a slide presentation from a RDSP information session that was held at the CDC.
  • Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of BC. Contact: (604)878-7000 Fax: 604-677-6608 Email: info@sbhabc.org
    Financial assistance is available to active members with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus to assist with the cost of specialized equipment that will enhance or improve mobility, orthotics, or learning. Specialized equipment that will enhance or improve mobility – maximum $1000 per calendar OR orthotics – maximum $1500 per calendar year. A onetime $500 is available for computers or computer equipment, including printers/
  • SET-BC. Contact: (250)562-9650 Fax: (250)-565-4235. Eligibility: Students must demonstrate a significant physical or visual disability which is a primary impediment to educational progress. Students must be registered in a BC public school or a group 1 and 2 Independent School. Description: Provides a long term loan of assistive technology to meet the educational needs of students (switches, adapted keyboards, computers and communication devices.) The Technical Support Team modifies and repairs loan equipment. Must go through the school district to access.
  • TELUS – Adaptive Models of Communication for the Hearing Impaired. Contact: (800)663-1264. Eligibility: For any age but individual must have the ability to spell. Description: Supplies adaptive communication devices, including big button phones, amplifiers, ringers, voice carry over phones for the hearing impaired; various models of communication devices at a reduced price.
  • Vancouver Foundation's Giving in Action Society provides one-time capital grants to support projects such as home renovations or vehicle modifications to support individuals with special needs that are living at home.
  • Variety: the Children's Charity Provides assistance, such ads topping up funding for expensive equipment and home renovations.
  • Western Institute of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Eligibility: You may be eligible for funding or financial assistance to help purchase hearing aids and/or assisted learning devices if you are on income assistance; attending school and are looking for part time employment or summer employment; you are looking for employment or retraining, you are at imminent risk for losing your job due to your hearing loss; your hearing loss may have resulted from hazardous occupational noise exposure; you are a veteran of RCMP officer; or you have First Nations Status. Description: The Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WIDHH) provides quality programs and services in Audiology, Employment Counselling, Sign Language Interpreting and Communication Devices for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.

Informational Videos:

  • Paul Kershaw is well known regarding his academic work regarding developmental programming and opportunity cost of doing too little early in a child's life. Here is a link to one of his presentations.. For reference, the vulnerability rate in BC is over 30% and increasing. You can download his paper in the following link, 15 by 15: a Comprehensive Framework for Early Human Capital investment in BC. A brief of the document is available here.
  • The Science of Early Childhood Development from Harvard University. A discussion of the tremendous impact of early experiences on a child.
  • Introduction to Social and Emotional Learning. this video is done by HELP (the Human Early Learning Project) out of UBC. I addresses the tremendous potential impact that social and emotional development and on a child's future success.
  • Tax Measures for Persons with Disabilities by The Canada Revenue Agency is a video series that offers related information, including the divisibility tax credit, the registered disability saving plan, and related tax deductions
  • available for individuals with special needs and their caregivers.

Activities:

General Information:

Information Regarding Specific Diagnoses:

Autism:

  • The Province has a document entitled, A Parent’s Handbook: Your Guide to Autism Programs.
  • The 100 day kit is also said to have some important information, especially for parents of children that have recently been diagnosed.
  • Unfortunately, most of the research done on autism spectrum disorder has not found to be of good quality. We understand that information on the Research Autism site is generally of a higher quality.

Cerebral Palsy:

Down’s Syndrome:

Epilepsy:

Erb’s Palsy

FAS/FAE

General Development

Growth Disorders

Hydrocephalus

Microcephaly

Muscular Dystrophy

Visual Impairment

General Sites with Links to Other Resources

For Families:

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Accessing our Services:

Anyone can refer a child to the Centre with the child's parent/legal guardian's consent. To start the process, download our Request for Service and Concent for Service forms from one of the following links, then bring the completed forms to the CDC:

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Introduction to the CDC:

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Visiting the CDC:

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