This page contains a list of all the services, funding organizations, government programs, Facebook groups and other helpful information for special needs families living in British Columbia.
This is not an exhaustive list, but just what I’ve come across in my years of navigating this very confusing and disjointed system. I hope it helps you!
Janna Epp Bursary (CP only)
Shriners BC-Yukon (equipment funding + also hospital/treatment services)
Variety (has income limit but worthwhile applying)
My PT/OT Scholarships 🙂 — More info on my shop page. For children with cerebral palsy only, at this time.
At Home Program (I recommend trying to get someone from Children’s Hospital – clinic you see there, a nurse/doctor, social worker etc – to help you apply as it’s a giant pain in the ass.)
BC Parents of Complex Kids (excellent resource for navigating gov programs and does a TON of advocacy work that you can be involved in and support! AMAZING group. You can also find their public Facebook page here.)
Canadian Tubie Parents (national)
G-Tube Babies (mostly US but lots of helpful info, all kinds of tubes)
Blenderized RN (blended diet recipes/help)
Blind Beginnings FB Group (for parents of visually impaired/partially sighted children)
Blended Diet/Feeding Therapy
Natural Tube Feeding (Vancouver area dietician + great recipe book for sale)
Growing Independent Eaters (virtual)
Crunchy Tubie Mama (info + coaching/meal plans)
Blenderized RN YouTube (also super helpful Facebook group listed above)
The Squirrel Store (their 60ml cath tip syringes are the best!)
Public Therapy/Information Resources
Private Therapy Options
Please note I am not expressly recommending anyone in this list, some are places I go to and others I have just heard about so I’m including them on the list and plan to add more as I hear of more places. Do your own research to determine who is the best fit for your child. 🙂
Kids Physio (PT – several locations around the Lower Mainland)
Ideal Mind Motion ABM (Anat Baniel Method)
SMILE Therapy for Kids (PT, OT, SLP, vision therapy and more. One of VERY FEW Cuevas Medek (CME) practicing clinics in Canada. Located in Toronto, but does intensives people travel from all over the world to attend. Also opening a Calgary location in 2021.)