The North Shore Disability Resource Centre (NSDRC) was established in 1975 by a group of parents, professionals and advocates. This group wanted to create services to ensure that people with disabilities could live comfortably in their communities. Since that time, the NSDRC has continued to expand both its mandate and services. We continue to work to ensure that people with disabilities have the opportunity to participate actively as contributing members of society. We are committed to working toward a community that is free of physical, financial, and attitudinal barriers.
The North Shore Disability Resource Centre directly serves over 450 individuals through our residential and community based programs. Our Information and Advocacy Program provides services to over 1,400 people with disabilities, their families, friends and networks on the North Shore. We make every effort to ensure that their voices are heard, and that they are supported to participate in their community as fully and independently as possible.
Our Mission Working for a community for all.
Our Vision Communities that value inclusion are committed to creating opportunities for all.
- We recognize the value of each person
- We believe we all have the same rights
- We believe family and friends are important
- We believe in the value of people working together
- We believe diversity enriches the community
Our Programs and Services
The NSDRC offers the following programs and services to people with disabilities. Our programs welcome the participation and support of family, friends and volunteers.
Advocacy, Information and Referral services are provided through in-person appointments, telephone contact and resources online. A computer station with high-speed internet access is also available for use.
Infant Development Program provides home-based support to families with children under the age of three to encourage the development of physical, social and cognitive skills. Lower Mainland Infant Development & Child Development Programs Website
Special Services to Children is for children and youth (ages 5 to 18) with disabilities. They are matched with a support worker who assists with skill development in the community and sometimes in the home.
Summer Program enables children ages 3-18 to participate in community camps and activities during the summer months.
Teen & Pre-Teen Program is for youth (ages 9 to 18) with disabilities. The program operates on Saturday afternoons. Support workers assist participants with skill development in small peer groups in the community.
Supportive Transition Adult Group Education (STAGE) is a weekday service for transitioning adults with disabilities who have completed high school. Participants can access educational, vocational and social recreational activities in the community or at the program site. Participants must be able to take public transit with a minimal amount of assistance, as much of the program is designed to take place in the community.
Adult Life Skills Program is for adults (ages 19 and over) with disabilities. They are matched with support workers who help them to learn or practice skills in the community or at home.
Residential Services are provided in a variety of settings with support based on individual requirements.
CARF Accreditation was awarded to NSDRC for the following services: Supported Living Program, Infant Development Program, Community Based Services.
Go to the Accreditation page for more information.
Rights and Responsibilities of People We Support