Please see program brochures (below) for registration dates. Click here to register when the registration window opens.
Our approach comes from the understanding that every learner is an individual with unique strengths and interests, and that learning is optimized when these preferences are incorporated into individual program development. Our high quality programs are taught by a skilled, experienced, multi-disciplinary team and are backed by the results and insights observed through continuous program evaluation.
The outcomes for individuals with Down syndrome can be maximized by providing opportunities for rich social connections with family and friends, participation in the community, optimal health care, as well as the opportunity to learn through instruction that is tailored to the profile of the learner. Our aim is to assist in the development of children into adults who are confident, self-reliant, resourceful, socially connected, and able to make positive contributions to their community. At the Down Syndrome Research Foundation, our educational programs are designed to enhance the skills that will support full social inclusion. We do this through a focus on four key areas: speech and language, reading and communication, social and emotional development, and enhancing the life skills that will foster maximum independence.
The following programs are currently being offered. Click on link for registration form, or call our office at 604-444-3773.
Need help with program funding?
DSRF offers income-based program bursaries. Click here for information on various funding options.
Did you know that DSRF provides children and youth bursaries to assist families with the cost of DSRF programs?
The Bursary Program was originally established by DSRF Board Director, George Klukas, who believes financial difficulties should not be a barrier for families to access DSRF’s programs. The program is made possible by the continued support of Mr. Klukas, other major donors, and the Triple-21 Bursary Program which directs 21% of funds donated by individuals and corporations who participate in the monthly giving campaign directly to bursaries.
Click here to download the DSRF bursary application form. Submit your application a minimum of two weeks prior to program registration to the attention of “DSRF Bursaries.” You may submit your application in person at 1409 Sperling Avenue, Burnaby, by email to email@example.com, or by fax to (604) 431-9248.
In addition to DSRF's program bursaries, the following organizations provide funding for children's programs on an individualized basis:
Families approved for the At Home Program can access an annual maximum of $3,840 for each of three types of therapies: speech therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy. Click here for further information.
For adult students, the following post-secondary programs have been approved as programs of study that lead to a gain or improvement in skills needed to work in the National Occupation List of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and are qualified programs for tuition tax credits: Reading and Communication Plus, Budgeting and Money Math, and Social Communication and Navigation. DSRF will issue a T2202A E certificate for tuition paid in each calendar year. These programs are also eligible for the use of Registered Education Savings Plans (RESP).
-skills training related to securing employment opportunities;
-training courses being offered by accredited B.C. Institutions;
-indirect costs associated with attending post-secondary education and training; or
-community recreation activities that promote quality of life and new skills