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posAbilities

Organization Details

Email: 
info@posAbilities.org
Phone: 
(604) 299 - 4001
Fax: 
(604) 299 - 0329
AGM: 
September
Membership: 
Full
Union(s): 
BCGEU
Budget: 
28 million
Year founded: 
0
Total Membership: 
60
Organization Region: 
Lower Mainland & Upper Fraser Valley

Our community inclusion, housing and behaviour support services are provided throughout the Lower Mainland. Behaviour Consultation is also offered in the Fraser Valley, Victoria, Salmon Arm and surrounding communities. Contact us for more information about services offered in your community.

Supports and Services

At posAbilities, we empower children, youth and adults with disabilities to lead meaningful and healthy lives. We work with families and community partners to deliver a full range of individualized services in a variety of settings. Our agency supports individuals throughout their life span.

Individual Services – Learning Life Skills

Participants are supported to develop skills that will assist them to gain more independence at home and in the community. The life skills support service is time-limited, and based on specific

goals that are created to meet the individual’s abilities and needs. Life skills teaching can involve direct teaching/mentoring and/or group classes and workshops. Support hours can be scheduled for weekdays, weekends or evenings. Skills instruction and support includes the following: developing healthy relationship; health and safety; nutrition; money management; education and career exploration; community awareness; transportation; social skills; communication and telephone skills; emergency preparedness; sexual health education.

Group Services – Structured Day Support Programs

We offer a wide range of social, recreational and learning opportunities. Participants are encouraged to pursue their interests and try out different program options. In addition to the variety that this approach offers, the person served has the opportunity to meet new people and to expand his or her social circle. Our programs are based on the following educational modules: rights and responsibilities; developing healthy relationships; personal safety; community kitchen/cooking; music/Karaoke Café; crafts; improvisation/theatre; multicultural celebrations; volunteering; exercise classes and outdoor sports; social events and dances; day-trips and camping.

Spotlight: Stage Door Theatre Troupe

The Stage Door Theatre Troupe provides an opportunity for creative individuals with developmental and other challenges to express their artistic gifts. The program offers camaraderie, skill building and training in theatre arts, stagecraft, and video production. Participants also gain insight into their own talent and capacity. The troupe is a cohesive force that conceptualizes, writes, produces and performs its own productions. Stage Door regularly participates in the Vancouver Fringe Festival and is a Jessie Award winner.

Spotlight: Ladybug Art Gardens – experience work in a social enterprise

Ladybug Art Gardens is a fledgling micro-enterprise that works for businesses and private citizens to produce artistic floral gardens. It was created as a way to promote the economic inclusion of persons with developmental disabilities and to expose the community to the skills and abilities of the workers, which in turn, helps reduce stigma and fosters natural connections. Participants earn minimum wage for the work they do in gardening and landscaping contracts. A 12-week training program in yard and garden work is also offered.

The specialized programs that support Lady Bug Art Gardens include:

• North Shore Options, which focuses on seniors and gardening. It has its own greenhouse and as part of its contribution to the Ladybug Art Garden, it provides participants with gardening workshops and training.
• Alternatives, a specialized day program that creates artwork such as mosaics, painting and photography. It provides much of the art that is incorporated into the art gardens.
• Eco-Rangers, a work experience program that functions as a small business with an environmental sustainability focus. It handles recycling contracts in the Lower Mainland.
• Aegis Work Crew, which provides landscaping on a fee-for service basis and assists participants to find volunteer and work opportunities within the local community.

Home Living

We offer a variety of residential options to meet the unique needs of each child, youth or adult supported by our agency. Arrangements may be short-term, or long-term. They may also accommodate those individuals with developmental disabilities who have medical or behaviour support needs. All of our residential services focus on inclusion. Persons served receive assistance and coaching in the areas of health and safety, community access, money management, nutrition, problem solving, relationship building and other aspects of daily living.

Staffed Residential Homes

Care is provided 24 hours a day in our fully staffed residential homes. This level of service is designed to meet the unique support needs of the individuals who live in the home. Services may include personal care, health planning and psychiatric and/or behaviour support.

Semi-Independent Living Support

Lightly staffed homes are available for persons who desire more independence and/or are working toward independent living. Support focuses on developing independent living skills and building upon existing strengths.

Supported Living Network

Regular visits are made available to persons living in their own apartments or suites in the community so that they can receive assistance in maintaining and enhancing their independence. Support includes assistance with meals, shopping, budgeting, medications, appointments and relationship-building.

Home Sharing through “Host Family Services”

In this living arrangement, a person with a disability lives with a family, couple or roommate in the community. Home sharing can offer richer opportunities for developing natural relationships and social circles. It also increases the likelihood of having a more genuine and meaningful experience of community life.

Respite Service

Our respite program provides temporary relief for the primary caregivers, including contracted care providers, so that they can take a break from time to time, or as needed should an illness or emergency arise. Respite may be as short as a 24 hour period, but can also be for longer periods of time. We place individuals with screened respite care providers who share interests and activities with persons served, and who are willing to provide short-term support.

Laurel Behaviour Support Services

For more than 40 years, Laurel Behaviour Consultants have been empowering individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. We offer behaviour consultation, training and family support.

Our services are guided by the science of Applied Behaviour Analysis, including Verbal Behaviour and Positive Behaviour Supports. Each individual’s program is supervised by a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst/Clinical Director.

Consultation services include:

• Early Intensive Behaviour Intervention (EIBI)
• Programs for school aged children and adults
• Workshops for families and professionals
• Social skills, parent and sibling support groups.

Family Support

Our Family Support Service is available at no charge, to assist families with life planning for the family unit. This includes providing information and education on a variety of disability related topics, advocacy support and the development of self-sustaining support networks.

Addresses

Organization Address: 
posAbilities 4664 Lougheed Highway Suite 240 Burnaby British Columbia Canada V5C 5T5
Board Members: 

President, Celso Boscariol
Vice President, Tanice Miller

Staff Members: 

Chief Executive Officer, Fernando Coelho (fcoelho@posabilities.ca)
Senior Program Director, Jan Wood (jwood@posabilities.ca)
Program Director, Gord Tulloch (gtulloch@posabilities.ca)