Tamara Harder (right, with fellow organizer Kathleen Praxl) says Bridging the Gap is an important event for parents whose children living with special needs are making the transition into adulthood. (Submitted photo)

Event in Abbotsford bridges the gap between youth and adulthood

Transition fair features information for families of children with diverse abilities

Each year, the Abbotsford Special Needs Advisory Committee collaborates with the Abbotsford School District to put on Bridging the Gap, a transition fair for families of children with diverse abilities as they transition into adulthood.

This year, Bridging the Gap takes place Saturday, March 2 from noon to 4 p.m. at Abbotsford Middle School. Admission is free.

The fair gives families the opportunity to talk to representatives of agencies, such as Communitas Supportive Care Society, which offer services to youth before, during and after they enter adulthood.

“This is important for parents because it is the only event in Abbotsford that brings local government agencies and service providers together under one roof,” says Tamara Harder, who works in the contracted services department at Communitas and helped found the advisory committee.

Harder says the event is an excellent opportunity for parents to become part of a new community. It links services that parents are currently using to services that will become available as their child transitions into adulthood.

Almost 40 agencies are represented, giving parents a sense of the wide spectrum of services available.

Participants have an opportunity to hear the MayDay Club Choir – an all-abilities choir – and hear from a young person who has recently made the transition to adulthood.

Throughout the afternoon, select agencies have the opportunity to make a five-minute presentation but parents are able to talk to representatives from each agency during the event.

RELATED: Mayday Club Youth Choir: A place to belong for kids with autism and other challenges

Bridging the Gap includes snacks, an art show, and door prizes provided by each agency.

A resource booklet that includes a description and contact information for each participating agency is also distributed that day.

Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP at eventbrite.ca.

For more information, visit facebook.com/ABBYSNAC or contact Tamara at 604-850-6608 or tamara@communitascare.com.

RELATED: Artist’s work adorns wall at Communitas Supportive Care Society

RELATED: Vancity donates $10,000 to Communitas Supportive Care Society

Just Posted

Fraser Valley Thunderbirds advance to BCMML final

T-birds eliminate Okanagan Rockets, take on Cariboo Cougars in final this weekend

South Surrey wrestler wins pair of national titles

Ana Godinez Gonzalez tops field at junior, senior championships in Saskatoon

Abbotsford Hospice Society hosts annual Butterfly Ball

Event takes place Saturday, April 6 at Quality Hotel and Conference Centre

Electronic devices destroyed for free at Abbotsford event

Police partner with Electronic Recycling Association to dispose of unwanted items

Hikers alert after woman approached by suspicious man in Harrison Mills

The woman and her family were hiking in the wetlands between Rowena’s Inn and Sts’ailes First Nation

VIDEO: Creativ Festival comes to Abbotsford

Event highlighting crafts takes over Tradex on Friday and Saturday

B.C. river cleanup crew finds bag of discarded sex toys

Chilliwack volunteers stumble on unexpected find while removing 600 lbs of trash from riverway

Trudeau sells housing plan in visit to hot real estate market in B.C.

Trudeau said the budget contains measures to help first-time buyers

Norway opens probe into why cruise ship ventured into storm

The Viking Sky was headed for southern Norway when it had engine problems on Saturday afternoon

Crash threatens Vancouver shipyard’s schedule for new coast guard ships

The delivery of the vessel was already years overdue

Fired B.C. farmland commission chair backs NDP rule changes

Richard Bullock agrees with Lana Popham, ALC records don’t

Michael Dunahee’s disappearance remains the largest probe in Victoria police history

The four-year old Victoria boy went missing without a trace on March 24, 1991

Kamloops chamber of commerce director let go after controversial Facebook posts

Facebook account had derogatory comments about Muslims, Justin Trudeau

B.C. RCMP officer cleared after Taser incident seriously injures woman

Woman with knives refused to comply with orders therefore officer used appropriate level of force

Most Read