TDCSS Community Living Services offers supports to adults with developmental disabilities and their families.
Community Inclusion Services
Services may be provided 7 days a week during the day and evening.
Community Inclusion Services provides support to individuals in the community and their homes. A variety of services are provided that promote independence, self awareness, and community involvement. After getting to know the person and exploring their hopes and dreams the planning process begins. Individuals are supported to reach personal goals. These may include assisting the person to strengthen their abilities in:
• Home Management (i.e. cleaning, laundry)
• Money Management (i.e. budgeting, shopping)
• Nutrition (i.e. cooking, meal planning)
• Social Skills (i.e. relationships, assertiveness, safety awareness, Self-Advocacy)
• Personal Care (i.e. hygiene, health, medical appointments)
While accessing the community individuals strengthen skills such as street safety, decision making; shopping, socializing, accessing various agencies, and developing friendships. We also support individuals to volunteer in the community.
Supporting people to be valued members of their community is a major focus of the Community Access Supports. These support services assist individuals to develop skills that will enhance their independence and participation in a variety of activities.
• Community Involvement: individuals are supported to actively participate in community services and opportunities.
• Relationship Building: Friendship is a valuable element of a full and satisfying lifestyle for everyone. Individuals are supported to build and strengthen relationships
• Skills Development: individuals are supported to enhance their skills in a variety of community settings.
Employment and Volunteer Support Services
Employment and Volunteer Support Services supports individuals to find meaningful employment or volunteer placements that match the individual’s interests, skills, abilities, and capabilities and the needs of local businesses. We support people by using the Discovery Process and Person Centered Plans to develop their employment plans and on-the job supports. Volunteering not only allows individuals to give back to their community but provides an opportunity to build important job readiness skills: punctuality, hygiene, dressing for success, communication skills and self esteem building. These skills are crucial for success on the job. Support can be ongoing or faded as individuals gain confidence and attain independence whether on the job or in a volunteer placement. The goal is to ensure that everyone has a feeling of accomplishment and can be proud of their achievements.
An individualized Person Centered Plan is developed with the individual and family to ensure that the appropriate support services are developed for each resident based on this plan. Supports are available up to 24 hours per day. Individuals may receive assistance with cooking, budgeting, hygiene, personal care, laundry, recreation and grocery shopping. These services have been designed to enable persons receiving support services to maximize their independence and participate as fully as possible in the community. The individual’s capabilities, needs and interests direct the selection of activities he or she will participate in.
• Cluster Apartment Program
The Cluster Apartment Program was developed to provide the maximum independence for residents in a safe supportive environment. Five individuals live in their own apartments with support from staff on site 24 hours per day
• Residential homes
Four different facilities provide supportive living situations that provide individualized services in Terrace and Thornhill. These facilities support up to 11 individuals in total with only one home having more than two people residing in it.
The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Community Living Files
Basic Information about Developmental Disabilities and Communication PDF (22 KB)
Brochure for Prospective Employees PDF (104 KB)
Community Services Guide PDF (1024 KB)
Complaint/Satisfaction Form PDF (25 KB)
Expectations of a Community and Residential Support staff member DOCX (16 KB)
Inclusion & Integration Newsletter DOCX (859 KB)
Information for Potential or New Employees DOC (53 KB)
Promoting Wellness of Persons Served - Unique Needs of Persons Served PDF (863 KB)
Resources and Assistance available to people receiving PWD PDF (215 KB)
TDCSS CLS Handbook for Individuals DOC (322 KB)
TDCSS CLS Hiring Powerpoint PPT (2 MB)
TDCSS Community Living Brochure DOCX (230 KB)
TDCSS Community Living Handbook 2011 (Plain Language) DOC (161 KB)
TDCSS Persons Served Bill of Rights DOCX (134 KB)
What is Community Living PPT (222 KB)
Community Living Links
Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities
Community Care Facilities
Community Living British Columbia
Crisis Prevention Institute
David Hingsburger Blog
David Hinsberger Blog
Provincial Networking Group
The BC Association for Community Living
The BC Coalition of People with Disabilities
The Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis