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December 8th  09 REACH Parent Network

Weekly Newsletter

•1.            Help a parent! Need to know something? Want to contact other parents? This is YOUR space....

•·         Pictures with Santa!! White Spot in Tsawwassen Saturday December 12th...11:00 - 3:00. Picture with Santa by donation. All proceeds will go to Delta Life Skills.

•·         Surrey  family with a 15 year old son who has been diagnosed with autism, and has significant cognitive impairment is looking for some community groups or activities for him to join. Contact who will forward.

•·          Nidus promotes alternatives to adult guardianship by helping people to learn how to make a legal plan. To learn more about about Representation Agreements, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Living Wills/Advance Directives, please visit or e-mail us at

•·         Chinese Autism Parent Support Group meeting is on this Saturday Dec 12th at BACI (Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion) Office 7716 Royal Oak Ave, Burnaby near Metrotown from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. This month we have Don Hardy and his associates from MTC Studio speak about the benefits of Music Therapy for children with Autism. Please feel free to distribute this information to your parents and networks. All parents, families and professionals are welcome to attend to share experience and social with each other.


2.  Reach Child and Youth Development Society 

2.a Reach News :

 2.b Reach Workshops  (Childcare is available upon request)

  • Kids Friendship Club dates and times for Winter 2010. A group for children and youth with autism facilitated by behavioural consultants in a group of  8-10  children to strengthen socials skills and develop peer connections. Children must be able to manage safely and independently in a ratio of 4:1. Cost is $650.00 Located at 11425-84th Avenue North Delta BC. Call Elysa Philip, coordinator at 604-946-6622 ext.312 to discuss registration. The younger kids are ages 9-11. Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30pm, January 6th-March 10th; The older kids are ages 12-15 years old Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30pm January 5- March 9th
  •  Changes to the Reach EIBI program and link to the new ABA page


3. Autism

•·   ICDL 13TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE COMES TO YOU ONLINE AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS: WHAT WORKS AND WHY? Did you miss the 2009 Annual Conference in Bethesda, Maryland? Attend the Online Edition of the 2009 Conference from the comfort of your own home or office, at your own pace!  REGISTER NOW

•·   The Association for Behavior Analysis International is pleased to announce that The Analysis of Verbal Behavior (TAVB) is now available at PubMed Central. This is a fantastic development for TAVB as it enhances the accessibility of behavior analysis research and information to a larger community. You can utilize PubMed at -- Select "journals" from the drop-list in the gray "Search" area. -- Type "The Analysis of Verbal Behavior" in the field next to the drop-list. Perform the search. -- Click on the NML ID link near the bottom of the next screen. -- Again, click on the NML ID link near the bottom of the next screen. -- Click on the link in the "Electronic Links" section of the next screen. You can also go directly to PubMed Central at -- Click on the "Journal List" link at the top of the page.-- Click the "A-B" button to bring up the list of links that contains TAVB. -- The Analysis of Verbal Behavior is listed alphabetically and can be found by scrolling through this page. -- Click on the line for The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. For your convenience, we are providing a direct link to the TAVB archive at PubMed Central in this e-mail and on the home page of our Web site: If you are not a current member and want to subscribe to The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, please click here.


  • ADHD News is a support community for ADHD with message boards, blogs, free newsletters and articles to help your child.

5.      Community Living BC  ,  Ministry of Children and Family Development & Ministry of Housing and Social Development


6. Education

  • Here is the link to an updated version (September 2009) of the Special Education Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines Manual
  • Let's Celebrate Inclusive Education! Once again, the BC Association for Community Living in conjunction with the Canadian Association for Community Living is seeking nominations for our National Inclusive Education Awards.  We know that there are many positive examples of inclusive classrooms throughout BC and we wish to recognize three individuals or organizations for their stellar work in early learning, K-12, and post-secondary settings.  Winners will be announced during Inclusive Education Week in February 2010.  The deadline for nominations is January 15, 20010.  The nomination form is attached or you may visit our website We encourage you to spread the word!


7. Medical

  • Complex Child Magazine December edition
  • Opportunity to get some help from UBC student volunteers in Physio and Occupational therapies, though you may need to train them. Contact for more details

8. Policy

  • BCACL: Petition to Premier to repeal changes to Community Living Authority Act PETITION TO PREMIER CAMPBELL. BCACL has launched a petition to Premier Campbell urging his government to reverse recent changes made to the Community Living Authority Act that remove the legislated requirement that people with developmental disabilities and family members are guaranteed a place on the CLBC Board of Directors. We ask that you please sign the petition and forward it to your family, friends and coworkers. Read the petition here.  Read the BCACL press release
  • Inclusive Solutions Ezine . Sign up at Inclusive Solutions to receive the ezine, or visit to check out back editions.
  • Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  Dec 3, the International Day for Persons with Disabilities, was a truly momentous day for all persons with developmental disabilities. Peter MacKay tabled the UN Convention for Persons with Disabilities in the House of Commons and indicated to CACL representatives that with 'all parties' support, the Convention may be ratified prior to Christmas recess.
  • Canadian Association for Community Living released their stark 2009 report card on the Inclusion of Canadians with Intellectual Disabilities. According to the report, the overwhelming majority of Canadians with developmental disabilities experience poverty, unemployment and exclusion. Read the BCACL press release here.
  • Childhood Disability and in the Context of Poverty. Download the report here.


9. Workshops & Training

  • A presentation on Anxiety & Depression In Autism by Dr. Terre J. Glahn, BCBA Clinical Director of Services for Autism & Related Disorders The Children's Foundation ,  7:00- 9:00pm, Tues Dec 15 Cedar Room, in the North Building of the Delbrook Recreation Centre, 600 West Queens Road, North Vancouver. Please RSVP to Carol at
  •   > See All ACT Upcoming Events

Register now for Early Bird Rates!
  •  ACT Online Videos provide viewers with presentations by specialists on important aspects of autism treatment without the expense and inconvenience of leaving their home communities.  > See ACT's Online Videos

Victoria: Child and Family Counselling Association (CAFCA)  Katherine Paxton Seminar Series 2010 Seminar 1: It's Not the Way YOU Think: Autism Spectrum Disorder Thinking 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Part 1 Wednesday, January 20 & Part 2 Wednesday, February 3, 2010.  Part 1 (Jan. 20): Learning about the ASD "operating system" provides the understanding of the brain differences found in ASD and the implications of these differences. Part 2 (Feb. 3): Working with the ASD "operating system" (aka What do we do NOW with what we know?) takes the understanding to the next level by providing the strategies and tools that are effective in supporting and teaching people who have an autism spectrum disorder. Seminar 2: Stinkin' Thinkin' & Poisonous Perceptions: Working with Troublesome Thought Distortions and Social Misperceptions found in ASD 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Part 1 Wednesday, February 17 & Part 2 Wednesday ̧ March 3, 2010 This two-part seminar explores the common "thinking mistakes" that people who have an autism spectrum disorder can make, and how to work to change these unhelpful thoughts. Although the strategies will focus on children and adults who have an autism spectrum disorder, these tools, with minor alterations, can be used with all people effectively. Seminars are to be held at: University of Victoria, Human and Social Development Building, Room A240. Contact for more deatails.

Just a reminder that our last music night of 2009 will be next Monday Dec. 7 at Family Matters 7724 Royal Oak Ave in Burnaby. Join us for snacks at 6pm, music starts at 6:30 till 7:15pm.

  • Dance Moves (Adapted Dance) at the West Vancouver Community Centre. This program is designed for children between the ages of 8 and 12 with physical and developmental challenges. It provides an opportunity to move, dance, and groove to music in a fun and safe environment. Wednesdays from January 6 to March 314:15 to 5:15 pm Dance/Fitness Studio West Vancouver Community Centre 2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver $110.00 Program code: 663817 To register, please call 604.925.7270 Telereg: 604.925.7475  For more information contact Daniel Tones,  Program Coordinator - Music and Dance The District of West Vancouver 604.921.3440

10. Seasonal

        The latest edition of INFO@ is now available at

 Welcome to the December 101 Friends Newsletter

  • The Family Support Institute (FSI) has joined the Canada Helps Giving Challenge, where each week, Canada Helps will give away an iPod Shuffle to one lucky Giving Challenge participant and cash prizes will be awarded to the chosen charity that raises the most funds and attracts the highest number of donors through their Giving Page. The contest is now open closes at noon on December 20th, 2009.  Winners will be announced on December 21st, 2009 on the Canada Helps website To donate using a credit card through FSI's Canada Helps Giving Page and be entered to win an iPod shuffle, please click on the following weblink: Additional information on the Giving Challenge is available at:
  • FVAS will be holding its annual Family Christmas Party from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at Peace Lutheran Church, 2029 Ware Street (corner Ware and Marshall).  Please go to our website for directions. They event is potluck so please bring a dish to share. Also bring a small wrapped gift for your child as Santa will be visiting.This is a great opportunity to just relax and have fun and meet other families. RSVP

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Reach Child and Youth Development Society , Tel: 604-946-6622, ext 359, . Formerly known as the Delta Association for Child Development

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