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VANSPEC is the Vancouver Special Catechetical Program (VANSPEC) offering Catholic Religious Education instruction to Special Needs children, teens and  young adults with Specific Learning and Intellectual Challenges including Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Downs’ Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and other Developmental Disabilities.  All potential students require a VANSPEC Assessment before enrollment into the program.

  • VANSPEC is directed by the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence, who began the program in September 1982 at the invitation of Archbishop J.F. Carney.  Since that time we have taught over 500 students.

  • VANSPEC is staffed by Catholic volunteers who are catechists and assistants that generously share their Faith, time and talents with a Special Needs student.

  • VANSPEC is one to one Religious Educational Instruction, the catechist and student, in a dynamic relationship of learning - about Jesus and His Church, for Christian daily living, for spiritual growth, and for fuller integration in the Catholic Church community.

  • VANSPEC is created for special students who want to know, love and serve the Lord.  Every Christian should have the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with Jesus and to participate in the work of evangelization and holiness.

  • VANSPEC is a grace to parents, who want to impart the Catholic faith to their special child through a unique program of individualized instruction.

  • VANSPEC is a gift of You, joining with us, and together THAT THEY TOO MAY KNOW!

  • VANSPEC is located at NINE locations:
MAIN CENTRE - Vancouver   
All Saints, Coquitlam   
Immaculate Conception, Delta   
St. Luke’s, Maple Ridge   
St. Matthew’s, Surrey  


VANSPEC offers Consultative Services, Student Assessment in Religious Education as well as Direct training of Special Education Assistants in the Catholic Schools.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 16:06


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