What is the Above and Beyond Campaign?
As our Recovery and Rebound campaign draws to a close, and we begin to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are pivoting our fundraising efforts to a new campaign to highlight feelings of hopefulness, aspirations for the future, and the new heights we can reach together. With the launch of our new Above and Beyond campaign, we are shifting away from the last two years of unprecedented changes and uncertainty and instead, we are creating a future-looking campaign that centers the life-changing impact we can continue to make with the help of our supportive community members and the generosity of our donors.
With you, we can innovate and expand our services, and ensure our waitlists continue to decrease and our clients continue to receive high-quality support and services.
Who does this campaign help?
BC Centre for Ability’s Above and Beyond campaign directs funds to our programs of most need – our THRIVE and Stepping Stones programs and our Gross Motor Clinic. Through these programs, we are able to support children, youth and adult clients through different milestones in life – providing early intervention physiotherapy, developing social emotional skills, and building vocational skills and security fulfilling employment.
”We've been fortunate to have seen you for the first 10 months of our child’s life and you have guided our family through the whole process. I’m sure it helped build a solid foundation to our child’s future success!Family testimonial, Gross Motor Clinic
”Stepping Stones is a low-barrier program that allows BCCFA clients to stay connected to the Centre, network with other families, and get the support they need when they often have nowhere else to go. We have a wonderful community of families that I feel very privileged to work with everyday.Margot Merinsky, BCCFA Social Worker
”Programs like THRIVE are important because they promote equity by helping people who may have otherwise had a harder time getting back into the workforce. Honestly, life is hard enough, and having a disability just makes it that much more challenging. Thankfully, programs like THRIVE are a great addition to promoting a more inclusive society for all.Erin Turton, THRIVE Participant
The BCCFA Gross Motor Clinic provides physiotherapy services for children with motor delays. As part of our Early Intervention Program, the Gross Motor clinic serves children with disabilities from birth to 5 years of age. Early physiotherapy management of motor development and mobility challenges produces long-term positive impacts on health and enables children to increase their independence.
The Gross Motor Clinic was created in response to the high demand for physiotherapy services. Since the beginning of 2021, it has been successful in significantly decreasing the wait time from an average of 269 to 81 days while increasing services by 20%. The Gross Motor Clinic has helped us to provide important therapy support to children who would have otherwise been waiting for services.
With you, we can continue to reduce wait times, offer more services, and help more children and their families make progress towards their goals.
The Stepping Stones Program provides support to children with neurodevelopmental conditions up to 19 years of age and their families. The social workers collaborate with the families to develop and strengthen children’s social and emotional knowledge and skills such as emotional regulation, stress management and maintaining self-confidence.
Consultation and training workshops are offered to parents, caregivers and community service providers to build skills around facilitating social emotional development of children with extra needs. Brief individualized intervention is also available for children and their families.
With you, we can continue to support youth in developing “stepping stones”, such as self-regulation and social awareness, to build an important foundation for success at home, in school, and in the community.
The Above and Beyond Campaign supports our THRIVE Program – a new, innovative service for youth aged 19- 29 with disabilities who have completed, or are enrolled in, post-secondary education. THRIVE was developed in response to an identified community need to support students and graduates with disabilities in developing vocational skills.
The program incorporates one-to-one coaching, mentorship, advocacy and direct connections to employers. Emphasis is also given to assisting employers to harness the talent of these individuals. The services are customized to meet the unique needs of each participant and employer.
With you, we can continue to ensure our clients have access to services and resources to enhance their vocational skills.