Transition

Transition Fair

Transition Fair is Virtual This Year 

This year’s Transition Fair will be a virtual event due to COVID-19 restrictions. This annual event hosts numerous community agencies to help families prepare students from Grades 10 – 12, with special needs, for this significant transition.   

Parents, who are considering potential avenues to help them transition to adulthood, can access a diverse range of community agencies and resources available here. These agencies put youth at the forefront of every decision to assist them in becoming contributing and inclusive members of the community.  

On this page, you will find links to information about post-secondary education, vocational training, employment, community participation, leisure activities, personal growth, and transition services.  

Any questions, please email Kamloops Transitions Fair.

Community Agencies

Children and Youth with Support Needs

(250) 371-3684

Provides services to children and youth with support needs (0-19). Services include: supports in the home and in the community.

Community Living British Columbia (CLBC)

(250) 377-4444

A provincial crown agency, mandated under Community Living Authority Act, that funds supports and services to adults with developmental disabilities through service agencies throughout British Columbia. CLBC is working to create communities where people with developmental disabilities have more choices about how they live, work and contribute.

Services to Adults with Developmental Disabilities, MCFD

1 (855) 356-5609

STADD is a team-based, person and family-centred approach to services and supports for youth and young adults with developmental disabilities transitioning to adulthood. STADD’s focus is the transition-age period, between 16 and 24 years old. STADD provides Navigator services to the majority of the eligible population in B.C. in over 100 communities.

Thompson Rivers University – ESTR Program (Education and Skills Training Program)

 

Career options for everyone: The Education and Skills Training Program provide students who have experienced barriers to employment the knowledge and training to seek entry level jobs in a variety of areas.

The TRU Education and Skills Training (ESTR) Program offers three certificates for these students. Each certificate runs from September through May. These are your options for the 2021/2022 academic year:

  • Career Exploration
  • Kitchen Assistant
  • Retail Assistant

In each certificate program, students divide their time between the classroom, field experiences, and work experience. Students complete academic and employment skills classes and train in areas on campus and with local businesses. Students are integrated into work places for the practicum portion of the program.

For more information call Jane Horton at (778) 220- 4527 or send an email to (ESTR) Program or Jane Horton.

Ministry of Social Development and Poverty

1 (866) 866-0800

The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Youth Transition team processes applications for youth aged 18 and on applying for disability assistance. Disability assistance can help you if you need financial or health support. You must be designated as a Person with Disabilities (PWD) to receive this type of assistance. The government of BC has simplified the process for youth with developmental disabilities who are applying for disability assistance.

AXIS Family Resources

(250) 851-2947

Mission is to be the leader in the delivery of community social service while enhancing the lives of the diverse people we serve, our employees and partners. Specialize in providing community-based programs, resources and opportunities for families seeking support.

Community Companions

(250) 434-2729

Programs include peer support through one-to-one and group activities, life skills workshops, advocacy support, personal goal planning, connection to community resources, and social opportunities. There are two CCP locations in Kamloops; the North Shore location serves youth transitioning into adulthood.

Thompson Community Services (TCS)

(250) 828-1508

Cares for individuals with developmental disabilities who require assisted living support. We help individuals live as fully and as independently as possible and adapt plans to each individual’s changing needs. We offer a range of residential support options, including residential homes, home sharing, and independent living. We also have community-based programs, comprising of community inclusion and employment services, are individualized to meet each client’s interests and have been designed to support a sense of success and contribution.

Canucks Autism

The Canucks Autism Network (CAN) is dedicated to providing year-round sports and recreation programs for children, teens, young adults and families living with autism, while increasing autism awareness and providing training workshops in communities across British Columbia. 

To learn more about programs offered in the Kamloops region, please visit: 

canucksautism.ca or email Emily Stuible.

Camp Amasa

Camp Amasa has been providing camping opportunities for adults with special needs in the province of BC since 1983. We offer bible-based, summer camps, overnight camps, and off-season weekend retreats. This summer, we will welcome up to 96 campers to the Shuswap during two weeks of camp! We will also have one week of camping in Vanderhoof.

Email contact: Jacquie Bolen

Special Olympics


Special Olympics provide individuals with an intellectual disability the opportunity to enhance their life and celebrate personal achievement through positive sport experiences. Founded in 1968 the Special Olympics movement has grown to include over 3.7 million athletes in 170 countries. In 1980 Special Olympics BC (SOBC) became an accredited chapter of Special Olympics Canada. For more information on Special Olympics Canada or SOBC please visit their websites.

The Kamloops chapter of SOBC offers a variety of seasonal sports. From Bocce and Softball in the summer to Bowling and Hockey in the winter we strive to provide positive sports experiences for all. The benefits from Special Olympics BC programs go well beyond the basics: our athletes experience joy and acceptance, cultivate friendships and self-confidence and feel empowered to overcome obstacles and achieve their goal.

People in Motion

(250) 376-7878 Ext 2

Summer camps that we provide for children and youth ages 6-18 yrs. Summer Programs will run in July and Aug, 3 days/week. Educational programs are very diverse and adaptations can be made to accommodate each individual and their needs.

Email contact: Kari Rubel

CAYA BC

(604) 326-3500

Communication Assistance for Youth and Adults (CAYA) is a Provincial Resource Program that supports adults aged 19 years and older who require an augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) system due to a severe communication disability, i.e. speech that is not functional for daily communication. The goal of CAYA is to ensure that eligible individuals have access to the communication tools and professional support to enable them to create an adult life to the best of their abilities.

Open Door Group - Work BC

(250) 377-3670

Integrated services and supports that are accessible to all British Columbians. Specialized services for the following populations: persons with disabilities, youth, immigrant, Francophone persons, Aboriginal persons, survivors of violence/abuse. Services also include job search resources, employment planning, workshops, and training.

It’s My Life Kamloops

(250) 377-7661

We are a non-profit society that support adults with developmental disabilities. Our goal is to

provides supports and services that foster inclusive opportunities for those we deliver service to.

Kamloops Society for Community Inclusion

(250) 374-3245

Kamloops Society for Community Inclusion is a not-for-profit charity organization dedicated to serving adults with diverse abilities to lead full and meaningful lives through community inclusion, employment and creative housing models that are tailored to individual need. Kamloops Society for

Community Inclusion is overseen and directed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of family and community members. We are proud to have served Kamloops for over 60 years, and are continually adapting and changing for the future. It is through our services and unique initiatives that we are able to support adults with diverse abilities to live inclusively and independently in their community. Provides opportunities for adults with a developmental disability to experience a full life in as many aspects as they so choose. Kamloops Society for Community Inclusion specializes in facilitating opportunities for true community inclusion and customized employment solutions on a person-by-person basis.

521 Seymour Street

Kamloops, BC V2C 2G8

Insight Support Services (ISS)

(250) 554 0085

Provide programs to children and youth with developmental disabilities such as autism and intellectual disability, and their families. Examples of services are behaviour support, family and one-to- one support, and social development groups. Funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development/ Children and Youth with Support Needs, and Community Living BC.

Thompson Okanagan Community Services Co-Operative (TOCSC)

(250) 434-9268

We are a small progressive community agency in Kamloops BC dedicated to enabling individuals with developmental disabilities to live with support in their own homes and to participate actively in community life. 

Here at TOCSC our mission is for every individual with a developmental disability to live a meaningful and valued life. We will fulfill this goal by providing personalized supports to meet the individuals needs as well as abiding by the following standards of distinction:

  • Respecting Personal Choices
  • Promoting Valued Roles
  • Empowering Every Individual
  • Utilizing their Personal Skills and Capabilities to their full potential

Interior Community Services

(250) 376-3660

Programs include child and family, youth, community living, housing, meals on wheels, support to family care network, literacy programs, counseling services, community gardens, community kitchens, and resources.

Kamloops Brain Injury Association

(250) 372-1799

The Kamloops Brain Injury Association serves individuals with acquired brain injuries, their families, caregivers and associates by offering specialized programs and life skills education. KBIA also facilitates education and awareness regarding acquired brain injury and offers prevention workshops and seminars to the community.

Dengarry Professional Services

(250) 554-7900

Programs include home sharing program (shared living and live-in support), day program, respite, life skills and employment support for adults with developmental disabilities.

Health Services for Community Living (HSCL)

(250) 851-7300

Health Services for Community Living (HSCL) works to maximize the health, independence and participation in the community of individuals they assist. HSCL is composed of a team of 5 different health care professionals including: Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Dietician, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy.

Prima Enterprises Ltd.

(250) 376-9554

A variety of residential services which include home sharing, specialized group living, independent living and support living models. We also support individuals with Community Inclusion supported work, Group Day services, 1-1 community inclusion supports and life skills development. We pride ourselves in providing person centered and self- directed services to all of the individuals we support.

Helpful Resources

Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks

(250) 572-0616

VISION: Making the Mountain Experience Accessible to All Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks is a volunteer based, non- profit, charitable organization.

MISSION: To provide opportunities for people with a wide range of disabilities to participate in adaptive snow sports and recreation programs at Sun Peaks Resort.

Ask Wellness

(250) 376-7558

The AIDS Society of Kamloops (ASK) is a local agency that is dedicated to helping those in need in our community. The mandate of ASK has broadened to include providing awareness, education, advocacy, housing, and support related to HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, marginalization and persons at risk, in order to develop healthier communities.

Autism Kamloops

(250) 376-5495

Information, support and referral service with a focus on children and youth with an Autism Spectrum Disorder living in Kamloops or surrounding area

ACT - Autism Community Training

Toll-free 1 (866) 939-5188

actcommunity.ca/bcresources

Provides free online information and training resources to the autism and special needs community.

BC Cerebral Palsy Association

 

The Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia was started in 1954, and we provide support, education, and information throughout BC. Our mission is: to raise awareness of cerebral palsy in the community; to assist those living with cerebral palsy to reach their maximum potential; and to work to see those living with cerebral palsy realize their place as equals in a diverse society.

BladeRunners

(250) 434-1700

Blade Runners is a National and International Award Winning Program that assists Youth aged 15-30 to gain: Life skills, Certification and Training in order to succeed in the Job Market. Youth aged 15-30; Facing barriers to employment; Aboriginal & Non-Aboriginal; Unemployed non- EI client; Ready and willing to participate successfully in the program; Must be out of school for at least 6 months.

Child and Youth Mental Health

 

Research shows that the average overall community prevalence rate for mental health disorders in children and youth is 15%.

Children’s Therapy and Family Resource Centre

(250) 371-4100

The Children’s Therapy & Family Resource Centre is an accredited, non-profit agency owned and operated by the Thompson Nicola Family Resource Society.

We provide therapy for children with an identified need(s) (up to age 19) and support these children, their families and the communities in which they live.

Chris Rose Therapy Centre

(250) 376-6494

Provide educational, therapeutic, life skills and family support services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Community Inclusion services for adults with ASD includes employment, skill development, social and recreational programming.

City of Kamloops Accessible Recreation

(250) 828-3582

A subsidy program that gives people with low income access to recreational activities and City of Kamloops facilities. The City of Kamloops provides both specialized recreation programs and is open to making any of its programs adaptable for participants.

CLBC Community Council

(250) 377-4444

Community Councils operate in each of CLBC’s Community Living Centre areas across the province and help to ensure that self- advocates, families, community members, and service providers play a major role in achieving CLBC’s vision of fostering good lives in welcoming communities. They work collaboratively with community partners to support community inclusion, citizenship and full participation of people with developmental disabilities.

Community Action Employment Plan

(250) 377-4444

Community Living BC (CLBC) is working on the benefits of inclusive hiring and workplaces.

Developmental Disability Mental Health Services (DDMHS)

(250) 377-6500

An Interior Health Authority Mental health program that provides specialized mental health consultation and treatment services for individuals with developmental disabilities age 14 years and older.

Health Services for Community Living (HSCL)

(250) 851-7300

Health Services for Community Living (HSCL) works to maximize the health, independence and participation in the community of individuals they assist. HSCL is composed of a team of 5 different health care professionals including; Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Dietician, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy.

Lii Michif Otipemisiwak

(250) 554-9486

Our vision is that all Métis children, youth and families live with love, honour, dignity and respect knowing they belong to a strong, proud People with a unique heritage and cultural identity. LMO has recently started a new Youth Drop-In Centre for Aboriginal youth from ages 16-24. This is a culturally safe space that offers a hot meal, in-house elders, crafts, and support to secure and affordable housing.

The Youth Drop-In Centre is located at 703 Tranquille Road, Kamloops BC, V2B 3J1, next door to LMO.

New Horizons Professional Support Services Inc.

(250) 434-2729

Provides behavioural support services for CLBC- funded individuals in Kamloops and surrounding areas. Support individuals and their caregivers to prevent and manage challenging behaviours through Positive Behaviour Support Planning, Safety Planning, and training.

Pivot Point Family Growth Centre

(250) 434-2236

Pivot Point specializes in intensive therapeutic interventions for children, teens, and adults with mild behavioural and emotional challenges to severe clinical conditions such as Learning Disabilities, Developmental Disabilities, and other challenges that limit success at home, school, or community. Pivot Point’s mission is to help create the turning point in people’s lives that will give inspiration and focus to personal growth and success.

Secwepemc Child and Family Services

(250) 314-9669

A fully delegated Aboriginal Agency that provides a range of services to Aboriginal families and children living in seven Secwepmc communities and within the Kamloops area. Services include: child and family services wellness team, Aboriginal child and youth mental health, infant development/supported child development, and Aboriginal family group conferencing (family circles).

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