Money Math + Budgeting

The ability to count, read, and budget money is a major contributor to independence. This program begins with the skills required to count out the money to purchase and identify correct change. Skills targeted in this section of the course are:

  • Skip-counting money
  • Matching the closest bill to the cost of an item
  • Counting out the bills for a given amount
  • Estimating correct change
  • Calculator use

Money literacy emphasizes place value, punctuation, and stating dollar values in spoken form. The budgeting curriculum begins with planning to make purchases within a small personal budget and develops the skills required to manage a monthly budget scenario.

This course is taught by a BC-certified teacher and one teaching assistant.

This program is open to young adults 19-30. Students should be able to read for information and work towards independence in making purchases and some aspects of personal budgeting.

Students will be assessed upon entering the program, and progress reports will be completed at the end of January, with a final assessment conducted at the end of the June term.

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