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Vancouver-based group offers programs to help empower kids with special needs

Last Updated Mar 31, 2021 at 1:21 pm PDT

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Social Diversity for Children Foundation says spring programs launch April 6

Vancouver-based group says virtual programs can help children with special needs develop much-needed friendships

SDC is hoping to sign up 300 kids over the next couple of months

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The Vancouver-based Social Diversity for Children Foundation (SDC) aims to use the power of music to empower kids with special needs.

The foundation says its spring programs, which launch virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic on April 6, are one way children can develop friendships during these unprecedented times.

“They’re going to use music as a medium to build friendships, to build socialization, to make friends, and just learn a lot more and develop their skills,” SDC President David Wang explained.

The programs run for three months. Wang says the organization typically receives positive feedback from parents — even years later.

“Because they (the children) were able to come out of their comfort zones, they were able to develop, learn, and just grow as a person, so it’s extremely important to the development of each kid,” he explained, adding the foundation has increased the number of spaces for children this year.

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“Because of COVID-19, we realized that many, many families really need the help and support right now, especially because most children are trapped at home or are unable to come outside and socialize,” Wang told NEWS 1130. “So we are offering as many programs as we can so more kids can benefit, can have a better social group, and just make more friends.”

SDC is hoping to sign up 300 kids over the next couple of months.

Wang says music and art are important for children as they develop. He hopes more people will take part in the music, art, and math programs.

All of the sessions will take place over Zoom.

The foundation charges a nominal fee and scholarships are also available for those who are eligible. The programs are all donation-run, so if you’d like to make a contribution, you can do so on the SDC website.