Talking about transition
On June 10, CLBC, the Ministry of Children and Family Development and School District 23 put on a transition fair in Salmon Arm and invited families with a son or daughter in grade 9 to 12. Over 100 people attended to learn how they could make a smooth transition for their son or daughter into the world of adult services.
After an introduction by the presenters, everyone was invited to visit and ask questions about adult special education and disability services, employment, day programs, counselling, assessment services, and advocacy.
Bruce and Monique Krahn were an excellent parent resource because they’ve personally lived the transition. They live in Sicamous and have a 20-year-old son who receives CLBC supports.
They feel many people are looking for more clarity as to what their rights are and what should be available for them. “Sometimes, it’s not very obvious,” says Bruce.
The Krahns shared their personal experiences of finding support in the community with many of the parents in attendance. “They sort of know what’s out there but they often don’t know where to start to get the help that they need,” says Monique.
CLBC Facilitator Lori Skinner commented that both her and MCFD social worker Lori Lucier received many questions in respect to how to navigate the system, and that the fair was an important part of making the transition process more family-friendly.
To more information about transition, please visit CLBC’s website under Individuals & Families > Youth in Transition.