Community Access Services

Our philosophy is to encourage the child/youth to interact and socialize with their peers, to interact and integrate within our community, and to utilize the resources already established in the community.

Community Access Services (CAS) provides support for children/youth twelve to eighteen years of age with identifiable special needs...

  • Who are eligible for Autism Programs based on the criteria outlined in the MCFD's eligibility for Autism Programs
  • Or, Who are eligible for the At Home Program based on the criteria outlined in the MCFD's at Home Program
  • And under the age of nineteen

The services to be provided may include the following:

  • Facilitating and promoting age-appropriate peer relationships, socialization, and interaction.
  • Developing age-appropriate community based leisure and recreational activities.
  • Community integration by providing assistance to the youth to access generic community resources.
  • Supporting transition to adult services.

Community Access Services objectives:

  • We will provide direct assistance in skill development for children with special needs.
  • We will offer leisure and recreational activities whereby the children will be challenged, creative, and fulfilled so they may reach their fullest potential.
  • We will guide and empower the child through effective modeling, and facilitate their activity to ensure the goals of the family and child are met.
  • We will support and nurture the child's self-esteem by encouraging positive self-image.
  • We will recognize families as the experts on their children and will need their help in meeting the child's needs.
  • We will provide a safe and emotionally secure environment in which the child is treated with dignity and respect.
  • We will plan activities that are designed with the individual needs, challenges and wants in mind.

The program provides opportunities for our children and youth to participate in various leisure and recreational activities such as crafts, cooking, health and physical fitness, outdoor activities, tours, and special events in the community. Activities are selected to help teach life skills and social competency in a relaxed and enjoyable setting after school for three hours per week.

Address / Contact Info

Campbell River and District Association for Community Living Dogwood Place - Child and Youth Development Centre
301 Dogwood Street Campbell River , BC V9W 2Y1
Coordinator : Agnes King

Phone Numbers

Phone : (250) 286-0955 ext. 217
Fax : (250) 287-2676

Hours of Operation

Regular hours: Mon - Fri, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Web Links

Location Map

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Residential Services This program is responsible for the operation of several staffed residential group homes for adults with developmental disabilities. Each home has unique characteristics but share a caring, supportive environment to help people achieve their optimal level of independence.
Semi-Independent Living This program supports adults with developmental disabilities to live as independently as possible in their own home or apartment. The staff provide assistance in daily living skills to include banking, budgeting/bill paying, grocery shopping, household maintenance, social and leisure, and personal hygiene.
Supported Child Development Program This program supports children from birth to twelve years of age, who have a developmental disability to fully participate in inclusive neighbourhood child care programs.

This program was last updated on 16 Nov 2015.