Resource fair assists special needs youth

It will be one-stop shopping for special needs youth and families looking for information.

It will be one-stop shopping for special needs youth and families looking for information.

There will be a resource fair for  youth with disabilities, their families, caregivers and service providers Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Vernon Boys and Girls Club.

The fair is based on a similar event held recently in Salmon Arm.

Eric Darbyshire, Community Living B.C. facilitator, says that while some services overlap,  each community has services specific to that community.

“For families a huge part of planning is knowing what is out in the community and being able to individualize that planning with the agencies,” he said.

“I was surprised at the number of families who drove to Salmon Arm from Enderby, Lumby and Armstrong.”

The  message received from people like Armstrong’s Jo-Ann Creighton was,  “There’s a lot of supports and services we would access in Vernon.”