If you are eligible for, or are exploring CLBC supports, there are a number of other organizations in British Columbia that may also be able to provide you with support or information.
You can learn more below, and click the links to visit the websites for these other provincial organizations:
BC People First
The BC People First Society (BCPF) is a non-profit provincial organization that is part of a national movement. BCPF works to make sure that people with a developmental disability are respected and included in communities as full citizens. Their vision is a diverse community where all people are: included and involved; honoured and respected; seen for their abilities, and supported to participate.
Disability Alliance BC
Disability Alliance BC is a provincial, cross-disability voice in British Columbia. Their mission is to support people with all disabilities, to live with dignity, independence and as equal and full participants in the community. They champion issues impacting the lives of people with disabilities through their direct services, community partnerships, advocacy, research and publications.
Family Support Institute
The purpose of the Family Support Institute of BC is to strengthen, connect and build communities and resources with families of people with disabilities in BC. The organization believes that families are the best resource available to support one another. Directed by families, the Family Support Institute provides information, training, and province-wide networking to assist families and their communities to build upon and share their strengths.
The Family Support Institute also administers findSupport BC, a comprehensive and searchable online disability resource database. The database houses more than 1,000 governmental and non-governmental resources in almost every region of British Columbia.
- Click here to visit the findSupport BC database, which includes a helpful Transitions Timeline tool.
Inclusion BC is a provincial federation whose members include people with intellectual disabilities, families and community agencies. The Inclusion BC provincial office provides support, education and advocacy where and when it’s needed, breaking down barriers and building communities that include people of all abilities.
Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN)
Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) is non-profit organization founded to help families secure the future for loved ones with disabilities. Working in collaboration, they build personal support networks, make plans to secure the future, and bring families together for mutual support, learning and community leadership.
PLAN also provides information and resources related to the Registered Disability Savings Plan at www.RDSP.com.
The BC Initiative for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (BC-IPSE), under STEPS Forward, provides inclusion support for students with developmental disabilities to enrol, pursue studies and engage in extracurricular activities at their local college or university. These students access and engage in the same courses and opportunities to study, work, and play as any other student enrolled at college or university.
Vela Canada is a non-profit society that provides information and mentoring to individuals with disabilities and their trusted others to take greater control of their lives by exploring ideas and options that can lead to customized, inclusive and creative supports and services. This can be done by forming a Microboard™ and / or accessing Individualized Funding.