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Central Okanagan Public Schools
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Together We Learn
Special Projects & Activities

American Sign Language (ASL) Clubs

School District 23 support staff offer hearing, hard of hearing, and deaf students an opportunity to learn ASL in an informal club setting at the middle school level.   
Club activities are organized on a rotation basis for eight weeks at four different middle schools in the district. The activities are led by a fully qualified and certified ASL instructor who is deaf. 
The ASL Club is designed to promote sign communication amongst hearing and hard of hearing/deaf peers. The Club provides these students with exposure to ASL and deaf culture before they select this course at the secondary level.
Contact: Susan Sanger, 250-870-5145 ext 2309



American Sign Language (ASL)
Curriculum Implementation

School District 23 provides opportunity for hearing, hard of hearing, and deaf students to take ASL as a second language at the secondary school level in order to fulfill graduation requirements and meet the admission requirements at all BC, as well as some Alberta colleges and universities. 
This course is taught by a fully qualified and certified ASL instructor who is deaf and a member of the deaf community. The course is presently offered to grade 10 – 12 students at Mount Boucherie Secondary School and Kelowna Secondary School.
Contact: Susan Sanger, 250-870-5145 ext 2309



Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) Clinic

The ADHD clinic is for parents and teachers.  The 7 to 8 sessions help parents deal with problems they may encounter when helping their children complete homework.  Based on a behavioural management model, participants are screened, coached, and evaluated as they proceed through specific phases.  Teachers are provided with information to assist them in helping their students become more successful at homework completion.
Contact: Mondy Challmie, 767-2686



Children's Low Vision Project of British Columbia

CLVP-BC provides low vision clinics for visually impaired students. The clinics are held throughout the province of British Columbia. Any child with visual impairment who is enrolled in preschool through twelfth grade may be referred by a teacher of the visually impaired, school staff, preschool vision consultant, an ophthalmologist or optometrist.
Contact: Lynn Langille, 250-718-5575



Downhill Ski Program

Student Support Services staff, including a multi-disciplinary team of physical therapists, occupational therapists, resource teachers, and CEAs facilitate a ten week downhill ski program in conjunction with Powder Hound Adaptive Ski Club at Big White. The program serves 15 – 20 students with severe and multiple disabilities, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, and autism.
Contact: Susan Thomson, 250-979-0029



Kindergarten Transition Liaison Committee

The Kindergarten Transition Committee facilitates a transition process for children moving from the Central Okanagan Child Development Association (COCDA) to School District 23. The process provides families with the opportunity to exchange information with School District 23 Student Support Services staff prior to their child’s entry to kindergarten.
Contact: Michelle Kaupp, 250-979-0029



Medical Benefits - At Home Program

Physical therapists and occupational therapists are responsible for the selection of and funding requests for specialized medical equipment for students with physical disabilities.  Therapists work together with families, medical equipment dealers, and the Sunny Hill Health Centre Positioning and Assessment Outreach team to identify equipment to meet the student’s current and future needs.  This equipment may include wheelchairs and other positioning devices. 
The Medical Benefits – At Home Program is a provincial program through the Ministry of Children and Family Development.  Its mandate is to assist parents with some of the extraordinary costs of caring for a child with severe disabilities at home.  This program provides a range of health services for children who are assessed as dependent in most areas of self-care.
Karol Elliott, 250-979-0029 - Ext. 105


WHEELS Transition to Employment Program

It is the aim of the Transition to Employment and Bicycle Maintenance Project to provide designated youth and young adults in School District 23 with opportunities to learn skills and gain experiences that will help them make successful transitions to adulthood and to directly aid them in making those transitions.  Students who are on Evergreen School Completion programs and who are receiving Resource Teacher support are eligible for this program.  Based on the Edmonton Public Schools model, the WHEELS Transition to Employment Program is offered in a professional, community-based setting in order to facilitate transitioning students' physical and attitudinal shift from school to adult environments.  The project facilitates student learning and achievement in the following areas:
• Support for obtaining paid employment as adults
• Skill development in key transition areas, such as vocational development, recreation, home living, health and personal hygiene, and personal financial management.
• Opportunities to participate in a Bicycle Maintenance and Repair program and in Shoe Repair and Shoemaking School in order to further develop hand-eye coordination, problem solving, customer-service, and pride of workmanship.  One author observed that, "The …significance of work that grapples with material things may lie in the simple fact that such things lie outside the self. A *shoe (the word "shoe" substituted for the author's original word, "washing machine"), for example, surely exists to serve our needs, but in order to contend with one that is broken, you have to ask what it needs.  At such a moment, technology is no longer a means by which our world is extended, but an affront to our self-absorption"  (Crawford, Shop Class as Soul-Craft, 2009)

Learning to repair things is good for students.  It increases their connections to others, to the physical world, and within their own mental processes.

For more information about the WHEELS Transition to Employment Program please contact:

Nicole Dunne, (587) 990-9908 or      
Rob Gibbon, (204) 557-9080



People in Motion

Physical therapists and occupational therapists work with People in Motion, a local non-profit group working on behalf of individuals with disabilities. 
People in Motion provides adapted recreational equipment and wheelchairs through their equipment loan cupboard.  This specialty equipment is available for students with challenges to participate in fieldtrips.  
Karol Elliott, 250-979-0029 - Ext. 105



Space Camp

SCI-VIS Space Camp is for visually impaired students. The camp is held the last week of September in Huntsville, Alabama at the US Space & Rocket Centre.  Students from grades 4 – 12 may attend.  Students can choose from two programs:
Space Camp – Astronaut Training
Shuttle Missions or Aviation Challenge – Fighter Pilot Training
Fundraising takes place throughout the year to enable students to attend the camp.
Space Camp: Huntsville, Alabama
Contact: Lynn Langille - 250-870-5145 ext 2308



Special Olympics British Columbia
SO Inclusive Program

The goal of the SO Inclusive Program is to assist schools in creating inclusive learning environments for students with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities, help raise awareness about intellectual disability and Special Olympics, and involve student and teachers in the Special Olympics movement through volunteering and fundraising.
The SO Inclusive manual is full of ideas for administrators, teachers and students to get involved in activities that support and involve all students while fulfilling curricular requirements. The program is sponsored by Special Olympics BC and has been developed with and for teachers. It is meant to help them raise awareness about intellectual disabilities and continue to be active in supporting individuals with different abilities. For information and to link to the SO Inclusive Resource Package go to:
SO Inclusive - SOBC Provincial Office



Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children
Positioning and Assessment Unit Outreach Clinic

Two therapists and two technicians from Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children provide 3 one week long clinics per year. This team works with local therapists to assess, recommend, and fabricate customized seating components and other positioning equipment for children with physical disabilities.
Sunny Hill Health Centre
Karol Elliott, 250-979-0029 - Ext. 105


Sunshine Dreams for Kids

Physical therapists and occupational therapists circulate information from the office of Sunshine Dreams for Kids. This group makes dreams come true for children who face severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses.  Individual dreams are fulfilled year round for children who have not received a dream or wish from a similar organization.  The therapists help identify students who would be candidates for an Individual Dream or participation in a one day Dreamlift to Disneyland.
Contact: Karol Elliott, 250-979-0029



The Cutters Edge

The Cutters Edge is a service learning project at Rutland Senior Secondary School. Students with and without disabilities manufacture and market Christmas and all season greeting cards.  Students learn important life and vocational skills, interact with the public, and use a portion of the funds generated through the project to give to worthy causes in the community.
Corey Grant, 250-765-1407