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Life Skills Program

Program Description
The Secondary Life Skills Programs are small supportive classes for students with Moderate to Severe Intellectual Disabilities and/or Autism. Many of the students in these programs display challenging behaviours and unique learning needs. Upon graduation, students are awarded a school leaving certificate.
Curriculum emphasis:
  • improving communication skills
  • improving functional academic skills
  • teaching appropriate behavioural and social skills
  • teaching life skills and basic family life education
  • utilizing community recreation facilities to promote physical fitness
  • providing work experience (15 yrs.) where appropriate
  • providing transition to post secondary options

Student Profile

Students are provided referrals to the program when they:
  • meet the Ministry criteria for Moderate to Severe Intellectual Disabilities (C) or Autism (G) and/or Chronic Health Impairment (D)
  • have behaviour problems and/or special learning needs that cannot be met in the regular classroom


All referrals to VSB Life Skills Programs are submitted to the Screening Committee.  Please contact
Community Outings
Morning:                Mr. Rutledge - Newspaper Pick up & Delivery / Bus ride
Afternoon:             Nicole - Swimming Pool /  Jessie & Paul - Community park / shopping
Shape of the Day
9:00 Toileting and Hygiene routines
9:30 Morning Meeting 
10:00 Snack Time
10:30 Community 
11:30 Lunch Break
12:00 Choice Time
12:30 Social integrated activity
1:00 Community Walk / Street Safety
1:30 Work Experience type Activity
2:00 Washroom,  
2:10 Chores, Clean up
2:30 Bus Pick up
School Holidays
 School Fees
 Useful Links​
(Monday & Thursday)
Developmental Disabilities Association
Vancouver Coastal Health Social Worker (19yrs)
Vancouver Coastal Health O.T. (19yrs)
Vancouver Coastal Health P.T. (19yrs)
Vancouver Coastal Health Nurse (19yrs)
Sept  28                       Feb     15, 18
 Oct  8 & 19                March 18 to 29
 Nov   9 & 12              April    19, 22, 29
 Dec   24-29               May     17 , 20
 Jan   1 - 4, 25            June    21 Last day for Students
$30 Student Fee- Pay online school website(subsidies
Hot-Lunch Program 
* If your child enjoys treats while on on community outings - chips, fries, hot chocolate etc. please provide some petty cash to Teacher/SSW
Grade 12 Graduation Ceremony fees  (optional event)
 Street Safety Program
Kristy Stefanucci B.A. M.Sc. RSLP
 Training for IPad Touch Chat / Core Boards / Object Cues / PECS
Lucy Grant, M.Sc., RSLP Direct Line: 604-326-3502
Kirsti Inglis
Cherylynn Cairns
Kanchan Pandy


Shayne Reily
604-267-2605 / Direct 604-261-6366
VSB Work Experience
Derek McQuillen
VSB Transition
Extra Year Info
Please contact the BC Misistry Transition Navigator for students - 16-24 yrs
Jai Li - 203-993-7738 
Jai Li works with your social worker, classroom
teacher and  CLBC to coordinate support.
Funding and program placement after the
age of 19 is determined by provincial funding budgets
and available spaces.  Children with the highest needs
get services first.  Wait times for funding and program
placement can take 3 to 12 months after graduation.  
Here are the guidelines we follow at the VSB:
Students who are born prior to June 30th 2000-must graduate this year-they will be turning 19. 
Students who are born from July 1st 2000-June 30th 2001 are eligible for an additional year.  

Those born after July 1st 2000 are eligible for 2 more years. 
 Student First Bus Company – 604-418-0405
 VSB Bus Coordinator –  Nadia - 604-713-4456
School Admin Form
Safety Plan Form
Photo Release Form


AAC Referral 1.jpeg
10/12/2017 1:35 PMNo presence informationAaron Rutledge
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Bus Schedule.docx
9/3/2016 10:11 AMNo presence informationAaron Rutledge
Considerations for Intervention CAYA.docx
2/19/2018 11:57 AMNo presence informationAaron Rutledge
11/3/2017 12:36 PMNo presence informationAaron Rutledge
2/8/2017 2:18 PMNo presence informationAaron Rutledge
Student Support Inventory.docx
1/12/2018 9:57 AMNo presence informationAaron Rutledge
Transition Planning Guide - november 2015.pdf
7/1/2016 6:59 AMNo presence informationAaron Rutledge
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6/12/2017 12:54 PMNo presence informationAaron Rutledge