Here is a list of those services, divided by the ages supported:

  1. Children and Youth Only
  2. Young Adults Only
  3. Adults Only
  4. Everyone

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Part One: Services for Children and Youth Only

Victoria Society for Children with Autism

Organization Description: Victoria Society for Children with Autism works to improve the quality of life of families with children who are on the autism spectrum.

Programs offered include:

  • monthly parent-focused support groups
  • monthly social gatherings and outdoor activities (ex/ BBQs, sports and games, movies, etc.)
  • access to resources and information about the autism spectrum, with an extensive lending library

Age: events and resources for kids, teens, and parents

Cost: $20 per family

https://victoriaautism.ca/

Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (POPARD)

Organization Description: POPARD works within the public school system to support children on the autism spectrum and children with similar disabilities.

Programs offered include:

  • psychoeducational assessments for students who are on the autism spectrum, in addition to one-on-one assistance
  • a variety of free educational resources for everyone on their website
  • educational programs for teachers about how to optimize their lessons for students learning
  • Friendship Space, a free app that gameifies friendship for children who have challenges forming social connections

Age: children

http://www.autismoutreach.ca/

Mosaic Learning Society Victoria

Organization Description: Mosaic Learning Society Victoria offers educational, social, and fine arts programs for children and youth on the autism spectrum.

Programs offered include:

  • social groups
  • fine arts programming
  • academics
  • recreational activities

Age: children and youth

Cost: varies from service to service

http://www.mosaiclearning.org/index.html

RISE Learning Centre

Organization Description: RISE stands for Reaching Independence through Support and Education. At RISE, they provide personalized behavioural services to individuals of all abilities (including people on the autism spectrum, people with OCD, people with ADD/ADHD, people with anxiety, and more).

Programs offered include:

  • behaviour consulting
  • speech language therapy
  • occupational therapy
  • clinical counselling
  • holistic nutrition
  • social groups
  • feeding, sleep & toilet training
  • music therapy
  • tutoring
  • parent consultations
  • behaviour therapist & parent training
  • social skills summer camps

Age: children and youth

Cost: varies from event to event

https://www.riselearningcentre.ca/

Canucks Autism Network

Organization Description: A BC-based organization working to keep people on the autism spectrum fit and healthy.

Programs offered include:

  • I CAN Be Active: teaches fundamental movement skills like running, jumping, and balancing for children ages three to six
  • I CAN Play Sports: teaches sports skills and group games for children ages seven to twelve
  • skating and swimming lessons for children and youth
  • monthly social programs for youth and young adults
  • family events (ex/ mini-golf, movies)
  • training workshops to inform the public about the autism spectrum

Age: all, though some activities are focused on children and youth

Cost: little to none

https://www.canucksautism.ca/

Part Two: Services for Young Adults

Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island

Organization Description: The Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island is a non-profit dedicated to giving children the health care they require.

Programs offered include:

  • Bear Essentials, which helps cover medical costs of youth with disabilities
  • scholarships and bursaries for young adults with physical or developmental disabilities attending/applying for post-secondary institutions
  • community funding for organizations assisting youth with developmental disabilities
  • community buildings and centres that assist people with disabilities across the island

Age: Children, youth, and young adults

Cost: free with referral from a healthcare provider

https://islandkidsfirst.com/

Inclusion Works!

Organization Description: “InclusionWorks! provides an individualized, age appropriate, community-based program for young adults with developmental disabilities.”

Programs offered include: consult the InclusionWorks! Website for more details.

Age: young adults

Cost: varies

http://www.inclusionworks.ca/

Positive Connections

Organization Description: Positive Connections is a Victoria-based clinic that provides a variety of behavioral assistance, specializing in giving sexual education to youth on the autism spectrum.

Programs offered include:

  • personalized therapy sessions and workshops focusing on the needs of the clients
  • behavior consultation, with different programs for children, young adults, and adults
  • behavior consultation focused on sexual education for children and young adults, with parents present

Age: all

Cost: varies

https://www.positiveconnections.ca/

Authors with Autism (AwA)

Organization Description: AwA is a University-of-Victoria-based learning community for writers on the autism spectrum.

Programs offered include:

  • monthly gatherings, featuring a presentation by an AwA member on a topic of interest, “Share & Write” social portions, and free pizza and juice
  • Autism’s Own: a peer-reviewed journal about the autism spectrum, by students on the autism spectrum themselves

Age: UVic students

https://sites.google.com/site/authorswithautism/

Positive Impact

Organization Description: Positive Impact works with existing organizations to deliver dynamic and interactive online and facilitated workshops.

Programs offered include:

  • The RITE Program (Realizing Independence through Employment), which equips people with developmental disabilities with the skillsets needed to find, secure, and maintain employment
    • plus job-coaching for people looking to explore more areas of work and resume assistance

Age: young adults and up

http://piemployment.ca/our%20services.htm

Part Three: Services for Adults only

Victoria Autism-Aspergers Meetup Group

Organization Description: Individuals on the autism spectrum get together twice a month to meet new friends and support one another. Friends and family are always welcome too!

Program Information:

  • groups of 2-12 individuals get together the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 400 Craigflower Rd.

Age: adults

Cost: none

https://www.meetup.com/aspergers-209/

Community Living BC

Organization Description: Provides funding for adults living with developmental disabilities and their families. These CLBC supports are delivered through services agencies to help eligible adults with their needs, and give them the opportunity to be involved members of their communities

Program Information:

  • employment, social and life skills inclusion supports
  • assistance in finding modified jobs designed for an individual’s skillset
  • connections to community resources that support individuals, their families, or their caregivers
  • help finding housing options that assist in living independently while meeting each individual’s unique needs.
  • Two-Track System of Support
    • Personal Support Initiatives for people who are high-functioning
      • pays for certain number of hours per week with support workers – what they do together is up to the client (ex/ grocery shopping, movies, etc.
    • Developmental Disability: For people who are not high-functioning

Age: 19+

Cost: none. very extensive application process is required

http://www.communitylivingbc.ca/

Pivot Point Family Growth Center

Organization Description: Pivot Point Family Growth Center offers a range of services designed to help adults with diverse abilities to achieve their life goals.

  • one-on-one support for learning new skills
  • small group programs to help adults engage in community inclusion
  • job skills and placement support
  • developing social networks

Age: 18+

Cost: consult organization for further info

http://pivotpoint.ca/our-services/adult-services

Part Four: Services for Everyone

Power to Be

Organization Description: Power to Be is an organization focused on empowering youth and adults to get outdoors by offering inclusive adventures rooted in nature.

Program Information:

  • Programs are tailored to each person, working to remove any cognitive, physical, or social barriers that may be limiting one’s access to nature

Age: youth and adults

Costs: costs are scaled and subsidized

https://powertobe.ca/adaptive-recreation/

Recreation Integration Victoria

Organization Description: Recreation Integration Victoria is a combined service that represents a shared vision for all people with disabilities to have equal opportunities to participate in community.

Programs offered include:

  • providing assistance and company for leisure activities
  • training and education of the public that aims to de-mystify and de-stigmatize disability
  • Leisure Assistant’s Pass, which provides free access to attractions around town for a care attendant or leisure companion of a person with a disability – click here for more information
  • summer inclusion services, which provide support structures to allow children with disabilities to participate in summer activities
  • equipment rental

Age: all

Cost: varies from program to program

http://rivonline.org/

Esquimalt Housing Society

Organization Description: Esquimalt Neighborhood House Society is a group committed to improving the quality of life of Esquimalt residents.

Programs offered include:

  • counselling services for adults (single or coupled), children, and youth
  • support for parents, including group discussions, drop-in playtimes, and personal advice/assistance
  • companionship and non-medical assistance for older adults above the age of 65 through the Better at Home program

Age: all

Cost: varies from event to event

http://www.enh.bc.ca/

Community Living Victoria

Organization Description: Community Living Victoria supports people with developmental disabilities together with their families, support networks and community by promoting their full citizenship.

Services Offered:

  • family support through advising and group discussions
  • employment services, including finding modified jobs to fit an individual’s particular needs
  • community inclusion social programs
  • supported living through homecare services

Location: 3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road

Age: all

Cost: varies depending on services required

http://www.communitylivingvictoria.ca/

Drama Club Victoria

Organization Description: Drama Club Victoria is dedicated to providing opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to participate in theatrical productions.

Services Offered:

  • Drama classes for people with developmental disabilities, including:
    • Improv classes
    • Acting classes
    • Play productions
    • Multi-media productions

Cost: varies depending on services required

http://dramaclubvictoria.ca/

Garth Homer Society

Organization Description: The Garth Homer Society provides day services and programming within Greater Victoria for adults with developmental disabilities.

Services Offered:

  • community inclusion programs, including physical, social, and personal (ex/ feeding and drinking) support
  • employment and educational support
      • notably access to the ArtWorks Artists Studio and Gallery for aspiring artists
  • Computer Resource Centre with instructions on using iPads, computers and educational programs
  • limited-space residency for older adults

Location: 813 Darwin Avenue

Cost: varies depending on service provided

http://www.garthhomersociety.org/

The Autism Society of British Columbia (AutismBC)

Organization Description: A parent-based and directed society that has been working to provide information and support to individuals on the autism spectrum and their families since 1975.

Programs offered include:

  • Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) summer camps, which support children on the autism spectrum with personal therapy and community outings during the summer
  • behavior interventionist workshops: supports and advises parents (and students) who want guidance on how to care for children on the autism spectrum
  • coffee meet-ups for: parents/family of children on the autism spectrum or people on the autism spectrum themselves
  • launch program: assists younger people on the spectrum with life transitions
  • community workshops to educate the public about the autism spectrum
  • access to a lending library of resources, in-person (Nanaimo) and online

Age: all

Cost: varies from event to event

https://www.autismbc.ca/