GROW (Gaining Relationships and Occupational Wins)

Every person with Down syndrome has dreams of potential joys and accomplishments. GROW is a small group program for adults with Down syndrome focusing on two pillars of a rewarding, independent adulthood: meaningful relationships and gainful employment. It is about celebrating small joys in life, like sharing laughs with friends, conquering the nerves of a job interview, and flirting with your crush. GROW also helps prepare for monumental moments, such as discovering how your strengths can contribute to your community and exploring the ideas of finding intimacy and love. 

The final curriculum is customized to the needs of group participants. Relationship topics may include:

  • Types of relationships
  • Being a good friend
  • Crushes and dating
  • Consent
  • Setting healthy boundaries
  • Healthy sexual decision-making
  • SIECCAN Canadian Guidelines for Sexual Health Education standards

Employment topics may include finding jobs for your unique strengths and skills, resume building, interview prep and practice, workplace etiquette, job-specific time management, and improving current job performance through goal setting. 

This program is available to young adults ages 19+.

The completion of DSRF’s Reading and Communication Plus is preferred, otherwise an intake interview may be requested to assess fit.

Payment Policy

Families should inquire if a program offers financial assistance or if they qualify for funding (e.g. Variety, CKNW, At Home Program) at the time of registration. Financial assistance allocation is at the sole discretion of the DSRF. Families not part of a funding program (such as the Autism Funding Unit or the At Home Program) are required to pay the full fee of the session. Sessions are billed once monthly. Depending on the funding model, you will receive an invoice for any monies owing and/ or organizations will be billed directly. You must pay in order to ensure continuity of services.

Cancellation Policy

Non-emergency cancellations require 24 hours’ notice. Non-emergencies include vacations, preplanned medical appointments, family events, school events, parties, sports events, lack of childcare, or anything that is not designated as “emergency.” The session must be cancelled at least 24 hours before the appointment. Sessions that are not cancelled with 24 hours’ notice will be billed at the full rate.

Client Agreement: Group Programs

Tuition Fees

Families have the option to pay the full fee at time of registration or pay the first month fee and provide post-dated cheques or credit card information for a monthly payment schedule, as outlined on the payment information form. Program withdrawals for group yearly programs must be made by September 30th and are subject to one month’s fee and a $150 administration fee. After September 30th, program fees are non-refundable

Student Progress

Informal assessments are used to evaluate students’ progress.  This information, along with regular communication with parents, is used to set individual and group program goals.

For more information on policies of specific programs or for any questions please contact Eleanor Stewart at 604-444-3773 x111 or