Raise Me Up (Summer Program)

Raise Me Up is a small group program for teenagers and young adults with Down syndrome focusing on self-esteem and healthy relationships. Each day we will spend time empowering and celebrating ourselves and discuss how loving and respecting ourselves can lead to meaningful and fun relationships with our family, friends, and potential dates. As we work on ourselves, we can talk about attraction, crushes, and dating. In a world where everyone is bombarded by expectations on how we should look, act, and be like, we want to support each other in remembering we are more alike than different, and we are each worthy of love – from ourselves and from others.

This program is taught by Susan Fawcett, PhD, RSLP and Andrea Lee, M.Ed. Susan has worked at DSRF since 2003 and is the Director of Therapy, Behaviour and Family Support; she was previously the Head Speech Language Pathologist. Susan completed a PhD in Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education at UBC. Andrea is a BC certified teacher and has been at DSRF since 2015 teaching adult group programs and one-to-one math and reading for all ages. She graduated from Option’s Sexual Health Educator Certification and teaches comprehensive sexual health education to small groups, families, and one-on-one.

Topics may include celebrating our unique selves, celebrating and understanding Down syndrome, self-care, how to help others, self-advocacy, types of relationships, being a good friend, crushes, and dating – who to date and when are we ready? The final curriculum will be customized to fit the needs of our group participants.

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 eleanor@dsrf.org.