Families & Community

ASCD is a free, voluntary and family-centred program that works in partnership with families so that children with extra needs can be included in a variety of settings. Families know their child best and ASCD programs work to include families in decision making in regards to services for their child.

How can you access support?

Parents may self-refer or, with parent permission, referrals may come from community professionals such as Infant Development Consultants, Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Family Doctors, Public Health Nurses and Social Workers.

Who is eligible?

Aboriginal Children who are residents of BC are eligible for ASCD and who have an ASCD or SCD program in their area. Children should meet the following three criteria:

1. Child is between newborn to 12 years (Services for children 13 to 19 may be provided on an individual basis).

2. Child has a developmental delay or disability in one of four areas:

  • Physical
  • Cognitive
  • Communicative
  • Social/Emotional/Behavioural

3. Child requires additional support in a childcare setting. No diagnosis is required to receive services

How to find a program

Currently there are 50 ASCD programs developing capacity within British Columbia and providing a range of ASCD support services. There is a comprehensive list of ASCD programs under our programs tab. You can also talk with your childcare provider or contact your nearest Child Development Centre.