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

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

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Part One: Services for Children and Youth

Victoria Society for Children with Autism (VSCA)

Organization Description: VSCA works to improve the quality of life of families with children who are on the autism spectrum.

Programs offered:

  • Monthly parent support groups
  • Monthly social gatherings and outdoor activities for families (ex. BBQs, movies, sports, and games)
  • Access to resources and information about the autism spectrum, with an extensive lending library

Age: Kids, teens, and parents

Cost: Minimal to none

602-620 Vies Street
Victoria

Email VSCA
VSCA
(778) 557-7749
Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (POPARD)

Organization Description: POPARD is a Ministry of Education program providing services to schools in BC for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We provide consultation, training and support services to all public and independent schools across the province of British Columbia with a primary focus on increasing the capacity of school district staff to support students with ASD.

Programs offered:

  • Psychoeducational assessments for students who have been diagnosed with ASD
  • Functional behaviour assessments for students who have been diagnosed with ASD
  • A variety of free educational resources for everyone on their website
  • Educational training, courses, workshops, and professional development for school employees
  • Recommended apps that support students with communication, learning, and scheduling

Age: Children

Cost: Varies by resource

4746 57th Street
Delta

Email POPARD
POPARD
(604) 946-3610
RISE Behaviour Services

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:

  • Behaviour consulting
  • Early Start Denver Model
  • Social Skills Groups
  • Feeding, sleep, and toilet training
  • Parent consultations
  • Behaviour Interventionist and Parent training
  • Clinical Counselling

Age: Children and youth

Cost: Varies from event to event

1007 Gosper Crescent
Victoria

Email RISE Behaviour Services
RISE Behaviour Services
(250) 415-9077
Canucks Autism Network (CAN)

Organization Description: Canucks Autism Network is a BC-based organization dedicated to providing programs to individuals on the autism spectrum and their families, while promoting acceptance and inclusion through community engagement and training initiatives across BC and beyond.

Programs offered (varies by season):

  • Baseball, Skating, Swimming, Virtual Early Years Programs (3-6 years)
  • Baseball, Dance, Gymnastics, Music, Skating, Swimming, Virtual Children’s Programs (7-12 years)
  • Mental Health & Wellness Programs
  • Monthly Youth & Adult Programs
  • Recreation Programs – Youth & Adult
  • Skills Training Employment Program (CAN-STEP)
  • Ready, Willing, and Able (RWA)
  • Youth & Adult Swim
  • Family Experiences

Age: All ages and Families

Cost: Varies by program with the option to apply for the CAN Fee Assistance Program

1788 West 8th Avenue
Vancouver

Email Canucks Autism Network
Canucks Autism Network
(604) 685-4049

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 ensuring all Island families have access to the health care they need.

Programs offered:

  • Bear Essentials, assists with the costs of health-related travel and equipment
  • Homes away from home, provides safe and comfortable places for families to stay while accessing health care for their kids
  • 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 Centres that assist children and youth with disabilities across the Island

Age: Children, youth, and young adults

Cost: Free with referral from a healthcare provider

345 Wale Road
Victoria

Email Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island
Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island
(250) 940-4950
Positive Connections

Organization Description: Positive Connections, Landa Fox, is a Behaviour Analyst and Consultant who provides comprehensive, accurate, and inclusive sexual health, safety, and relationship education for people of any age. Landa specializes in supporting autistic individuals, those with developmental or intellectual disabilities, and other unique learning needs.

Programs offered:

  • Individual sexual health education sessions
  • Assessing and addressing sexual behaviour
  • Family and Caregiver training

Age: All ages

Cost: Varies by offering

1006 Russell Street
Victoria

Email Positive Connections
Positive Connections
(250) 588-5984
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

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

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/

AutismBC

Organization Description: AutismBC is a small, non-profit and registered charity that encourages the inclusion and acceptance of the entire autism community. Founded in 1975, their programs empower, support, and connect autistic people and their families. More information can be found at www.autismbc.ca

Programs offered include:

  • A Resource Team that provides current, credible information and advice on autism and supports.
  • Workshops such as the Waiting for Assessments Workshop and What is Autism? Workshop that empower the community through knowledge and learning.
  • AutismBC Goes — a series of free, safe, supportive, and inclusive community events for autistic people and their loved ones.
  • AutismBC Socials — inclusive groups and clubs that connect autistic people through hobbies and interests.
  • AutismBC Meets — Support Groups for community members to connect and share lived experiences, ideas and insights with others on the autism journey.
  • AutismBC Talks — opportunities to hear from an expert, learn something new, or try to get a better understanding on topics related to autism.

Reach out to Sarah – Vancouver Island Regional Coordinator at staylor@autismbc.ca

Age: all

Cost: varies from event to event

https://www.autismbc.ca/