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Subject: Jan 19-2010 Parent Network Weekly Newsletter
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January 19th 10 REACH Parent Network Weekly Newsletter

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

  • Supportworkercentral.comis BC-wide website where individuals or their families can create job profiles and connect with freelance support workers in their communities, will be launched pending confirmation from our criminal record search partner that their online criminal record search process is back in service. Changes were announced in December 2009 to the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) process for 3rd party criminal record searches. These changes have meant must complete new agreements with CPIC to demonstrate compliance with the new requirements.We regret this delay and look forward to announcing the launch of our site as soon as is back in service. Should approval not be granted to then we will be removing the online criminal record search component from our website and providing tools for individuals hiring support workers to complete criminal records searches. See  for information about this review. Stay tuned for the launch of .
  • Looking for a speech and language pathologist for a 4 year old with autism that will do sessions in the home near #5 and Cambie.  Does anyone know of anyone?  If not, is there one nearby that only works out of his/her office that you would recommend?  I'm also looking for a dentist that is experienced with young autistic children. Contact who will forward.
  • Dinner of the new B.C. Fragile X Parents' Group. Saturday, January 30th at 7 pm, Arriva Ristorante Italiano - 1537 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC. The cost, per person, for a three-course dinner will be approximately $40 to $50. for sample menu and prices. Parking: There is some free parking behind the restaurant, and street parking.  Pay parking is also available in the underground parkade, under El Mercato Mall (one block north of the restaurant.) Tell a friend:  Plan to attend this event, to meet other FX parents in your community.  Feel free to forward this to any other FX parents. RSVP:     Kindly RSVP,  no later than Wednesday, January 27, 2010.
  • Vancouver Island; Moms' Night out is next week at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, January 20th at the Four Mile House Restaurant & Pub, 199 Island Hwy.  This evening provides an opportunity for mothers who have a child with a disability to get together to chat, share ideas, network and relax. Please feel free to connect with Sherri or Janis if you need more information or if you would like to coordinate a ride, e-mail Sherri at or Janis at .
  • Parents of Youth with Disabilities: Do you have a child with Special Needs leaving high school soon (grade 10, 11 & 12)? If you do, moving into the adult world (transitioning) is just round the corner. We are a group of parents who have "been there and done that"! We would like to share our experience and help make this transition easier for you than it was for us. Come for a  Coffee/Information meeting, 309 - 877 East Hastings On    Monday January 25th  6:30 - 8:30pm . Limited childcare subsidy available on request. Contact Rachelle Czerwinski at 604-722 8774, email

2.  Reach Child and Youth Development Society 

2.a Reach News :

 2.b Reach Workshops  (Childcare is available upon request) Advocating for Your Child's Education - January 21st, 2010 ; Ongoing (every second Friday): Ladner parent Support Group flyer 2009;  Advocacy and School Transitions Where: EIBI Boardroom #3 - 3800 72nd Street Delta Time:  6:30pm - 8:30pm Date:  Thursday January 21, 2010 Cost:    $20 per person For more information and to register please call: Pam Collins 604.946.6622, Ext. 341 Fax: 604.946.6223 Email:

New Reach ABA program...Due to changes to services for children and youth diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families, the Reach Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) Program has been adapted. See Reach ABA Program page

3. Autism

  • HBO movie premier coming in February  on the life of Dr. Temple Grandin.  "Autism gave her a vision. She gave it a voice." Claire Danes is the actress who portrays Temple Grandin.   Register for the Friend to friend Facilitator's Workshop by February 28, 2010 and receive a FREE copy of "Demystifying Autism: The F2F Simulation Game" packaged program. Register on-line  here.


•·         ADDitude Attention deficit information about ADHD symptoms, medication, treatment, diagnosis, and parenting ADD children from the experts at ADDitude magazine.

•·         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

  • Individual and Family Support Policy (November 2009)
This policy provides information about the role of CLBC facilitators in providing individual and family support.
Individual and Family Support Policy 
  • Individual Support Planning Policy (November 2009)
This policy outlines the content required in Individual Support Plans and explains when plans are required for CLBC-funded supports. 

Individual Support Planning Policy

6. Education

  • EDUCATING SCHOOLS ABOUT EPILEPSY. The BC Epilepsy Society has produced a new DVD called,  Epilepsy and Seizure Information for Schools. This DVD explains the facts about seizures and epilepsy, including recognizing seizures and first aid. It also describes associated learning impacts and teaching strategies to assist children with epilepsy. It includes interviews with medical professionals, school personnel, parents, and children. You can watch this DVD on our website or on YouTube. Copies can also be ordered from the BC Epilepsy Society at or at 604-875-6704.
  • Important Vancouver meeting on Special Ed & budget concerns: Tuesday, January 26th, at the VSB office from 7:00-8:30 in room 120.  It's always a good idea to check the TV above the desk in case the room changes but we are scheduled for 120.  Patti Bacchus (Chairperson of the Vancouver Board of Education Trustees will discuss address what parents can do to advocate for services for special education. Please come out to hear Patti this evening and spread the word to anyone you know who has a child with special needs. RSVP Pam Neuman  M.Ed 
Inclusion Consultant-VSB 
1580 W. Broadway 
Vancouver, B.C. 
V6J 5K8 
  • SD43 "It's Time to Talk About Middle School" will take place on Thursday, January 21st for  parents of students with special needs who are currently in grade 5 and will be starting Middle School in September 2010."Stepping Up to Secondary" takes place on Thursday, January 28th, for parents of students with special needs who are currently in grade 8 and will be starting Secondary School in September 2010. Both meetings will take place in the gallery room at Winslow Center, 6:30 p.m - 8:30 p.m. These sessions are always well attended and the feedback from parents  is very positive. Please see the attached flyers for details. To RSVP or for more information, email me at or call me at 604-525-9494.
  • Inclusive Education Awards - Nomination Deadline . To highlight National Inclusive Education Week and to bring attention to the many positive examples of inclusive classrooms across the country, the Canadian Association for Community Living has created a national certificate of recognition to be given to those who have made positive contributions to inclusive education in their province or territory. The deadline for nominations is January 15, 2010. Click here for more information about the awards, including nomination criteria and indicators of successful inclusion. For past winners, click here.
  • UBC M.Ed. in Special Education - Concentration in Autism/Developmental Disabilities Location:  Vancouver Island

7. Medical

8. Policy

9. Workshops & Training

  • Mental illnesses, developmental disabilities and behavioural management.  This course is suitable for families, teachers, social workers, group home staff, nurses, caregivers, etc. The course meets Fridays from March 26  to June 18, 2010.  Homework is part of the program, and when students are finished they will have written an entire behavioural assessment and intervention package on a real client.  We do issue certificates for those who have completed their homework to our satisfaction, however it does not have university credits associated.   Costs are minimal for the program ($200) and only to meet our expenditures.  This program is a part of the Fraser Health Region and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. If you would like to know more about this program or our other education opportunities, please email me at
  • View Stanley Greenspan, M.D. discussing
"What makes an Intervention Work" 
on our new YouTube Channel: To see the complete lecture as well as many others, register for the  Online Edition of the 2009 ICDL Conference. REGISTER NOW
  • Anxiety and Kids:  Current Research and Treatment Workshop for Parents Monday, March 29th, 2010 - 6:30pm to 8:30 pm Delta Manor Education Centre 4750 - 57 Street, Delta. Action and Brainstorm Boardrooms Please RSVP to Liz Shields by Wednesday, March 24th, 2010, at  604-952-5056;  email or fax 604-946-0823. We are asking for a donation of $10.00 per person at the door, to go towards the purchase of  additional books and parent resources that will support anxiety prevention programs currently taught in schools. 939-5188 . Please view the Registration Form - Registration Form (.pdf

•·         Act: Estate Planning for Families Who Have Children With Special Needs in B.C. Click here for Registration Form >

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•·          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

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11. Other

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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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