DCLS supports people with developmental disabilities and their families and friends through four core service areas:
Community Inclusion includes a range of daytime support services funded primarily through service contracts from CLBC. As of spring 2018, DCLS offers seven different community inclusion programs at sites in Tsawwassen, Ladner, North Delta and Surrey. Each program offers unique activities tailored to the unique needs and desires of the program participants. Some programs cater to people learning to become more independent in their community, while others offer a more structured environment. Community Inclusion also includes a year-round calendar of recreational, art and life-skills activities and a self-advocacy group, funded by donations from grants and donations from community.
DCLS works with job seekers to identify their skills, preferences and abilities and partner with local businesses to determine how to best meet their staffing and business needs. In addition to customized employment for adults, DCLS has been working to develop programming designed to support youth in transition. DCLS offers the “Leading Employment and Achieving Possibilities (LEAP)” project in the summer, with an aim to support youth transitioning from high school to learn skills in group and one-to-one settings geared toward each student’s employment goals.
Our respite program gives temporary relief to family members caring for a loved one in their home. DCLS also operates the Delta Family Alliance Network, which delivers information, networking opportunities, training, advocacy and peer-based support to families in transition.
DCLS maintains community-based living options adapted to individual needs which are supported by trained and dedicated care providers. Options include semi-independent living, home sharing and staffed residences.
Once a service has been selected, and annually thereafter, DCLS works with the person receiving service, their family and other members of their personal network to develop a Personal Life Plan (PLP). The PLP reflects the person’s goals and desired lifestyle and serves as the benchmark for ongoing monitoring of how well DCLS and its services are responding to individual needs and aspirations. Members of the personal network are encouraged to express their concerns and wishes for the well-being of their loved one in the care of DCLS.
It is the belief of DCLS that all persons with developmental disabilities should be afforded the same rights, opportunities and privileges as any citizen. Everyone has the same rights regardless of ethnicity, gender, origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability or family composition. Click here to view Rights Statement.
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