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Subject: Jan 26-2010 Parent Network Weekly Newsletter
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January 26th 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....

  • Clinical Depression in young adults with significant challenges. Can anyone recommend a psychologist/ psychiatrist/ therapist to work with a very unhappy young woman in Prince George ( Family willing to travel)? Reply to  who will forward
  • Mom seeking information on feeding tube specialists/ surgeons in the lower mainland. Reply to who will forward.
  • Delta Mom of three boys looking for a donation of a single bed and dresser.  Can pick up. If you or someone you know could help out please email:
  • A request for parents to share experiences of Kindergarten in different schools with their kids with autism. Mom being pressured into putting son into Kindergarten this Sept and she doesn'the will be ready, but it looks like Supported Child Development will be completely withdrawn, so it may be Kindergarten or nothing.  Are there any schools in Richmond that are particularly recommended by parents (or to be avoided)?  Other parents may be interested in Kindergartens in other areas as well. Reply to who will forward.
  • Feedback wanted on families' experiences with Kim Kirsch of EAP and Alexia Stack. Reply to 
  •  The National Action Committee on Family Leadership and Grassroots Engagement, Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL). Here is the latest edition of "Coming Together" Newsletter  
  • Good US site families or anyone who may need more information/transition planning tools.
  • PACER's electronic newsletter. E-News is published monthly, highlights include special events and what's new. JANUARY 2010
  • Transition Planning Fair in 7-8.30pm Burnaby Mountain Secondary on March 2nd Over 30 organizations that provide post secondary opportunities
  • Friendship Project website   The Friendship Project is a family governed opportunity that is focussed on assisting young adults between the ages of 19-35 to develop lasting relationships within their community
  • 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.

2.  Reach Child and Youth Development Society 

2.a Reach News :

  • 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.

•·         SENSORY INTEGRATION workshop, Feb 18th.

•·         Positive Parenting: The basics and beyond  An interactive approach to creating a positive, supportive atmosphere for your family interactions. You will learn : Positive strategies for dealing with difficult  behaviour, how to diffuse power struggles, offer appropriate choices, be consistent, provide consequences, model appropriate behaviour and much more! Where: EIBI Boardroom, Room # #- 3800 72nd Street Delta,  9:30am - 4:30pm,  Saturday February 27, 2010. ost:  $20.00 per person. Refreshments: Coffee, Tea, water  and snacks will be provided. *Please bring your own  nut free lunch. For more information and to register please call: Pam Collins 604.946.6622 Ext. 341. Fax: 604.946.6223

•·         Download Reach Workshops 2009/10 flyer here  

•2.              Autism

•·         New National Children's Study Seeks Environmental Causes of Autism ... Preliminary studies are already beginning to link both asthma and autism to acetaminophen.

  • 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

6. Education

  • Global Report 2009  Better Education for All,  an Inclusion International report. Worth a look, (long).

•·         Special-needs students bear the brunt of budget cuts

•·         Teachers entitled to paid days off in four districts "Process shows Bill 33 is dysfunctional: BCTF official"

•·          Students' place in the conflict over class size 

•·         Legislation helps limit class sizes

•·         What do the students get? 

•·          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 604-713-5213

  • Delta School District:

•o   Full Day Kindergarten Registration for September 2010

•o   Delta School District Launches Film Acting Academy

•·         UBC M.Ed. in Special Education - Concentration in Autism/Developmental Disabilities Location:  Vancouver Island

7. Medical

8. Policy

9. Workshops & Training

  • Hey!  My Brain Doesn't Work That Way! Understanding Sensory Processing Promoting Self-Regulation , Supporting Stress Management. Presented by; Marc Landry OT.  February 15, 2010  9am to 2:30 pm April 30, 2010  9am to 2:30 pm  ( not sure of venue, but in Vancouver.)Parents and others can register with Marc Landry at
  • AimHi & CLBC: Advancing Employment First Increasing Organizational Capacity in the North. Annette Borrows, Vocational Rehab Consultant. This Training Session will: Explore core elements required to support people with employment barriers; Review steps and processes involved in delivering employment support; Develop skills required to begin the job search process; Review components of developing effective task analyses and systematic Instruction; Provide a format to assist people through the discovery process of identifying  strengths and vocational aptitudes. Tuesday, February 16, 2010 and Wednesday, February 17, 2010; AiMHi - Prince George Association for Community Living;    950 Kerry Street in Gathering Place B & C, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm both days, Registration No Charge ,  Lunch can be purchased at the AiMHi Kitchen for $8.50 (payable with registration-cheque to be made out to AiMHi). CONTACT: Tamara Shaw at  250-564-6408 ext 230 or  Vera Donald at  250-564-6408 ext 265
  • FAMILIES PROMOTING EMPLOYMENT FIRST Are you a parent/caregiver with a son or daughter who has a developmental disability? Do you wonder about their future? Did you know that you are a key resource in supporting your son or daughter to pursue their dreams for employment? These workshops are for you! Join us to learn more about the steps you can take Meet and share with other families who have similar dreams, concerns and questions! Session 1 - 9:00am - 12:00 pm Session 2 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm.  EMPLOYMENT FIRST THINKING What can work look like? Growing skills; parents are key. Tips of the trade. GAINING IDEAS & TOOLS: Creative resume building; The art of discovering jobs within jobs; Promoting your child . Saturday, February 6th, 2010 9:00am - 3:00pm       Lunch will be provided  . Location: Simon Fraser Society -1551 Salisbury Avenue, Port Coquitlam, BC. (1 block North of Prairie Avenue & ½ block West of Coast Meridian Road). **Pre-registration is required in order to plan for handouts and lunch** Registration Deadline:  Friday, January 29, 2010. To Register: Phone or email Helen Stovell at 604-525-9494 or
  • DCLS :Taxation Workshop : Tips and Information on completing  2009 Income Tax Return for persons with a disability . Presented by Meyers Norris Penny . Recognize who qualifies for tax credits. Identify Tax Credits Available. Complete Application Forms & Tax Forms . Information on RDSP's . February 6, 2010 , 10:00am-3:00pm . $10.00 per person (includes lunch) . Location: Delta Manor Education Centre , Collaboration Room , 4750 57 Street , Delta, BC   V4K 5B8 . Contact: Patti Ellis, 604.946.9508 ext. 233 604.940-9683 . For further details and registration see:
  • ProBonoLawClinics; Agency Deltassist Family & Community Services (Jan 27th)
  • BudgetingWorkshop Agency: Deltassist Family & Community Services (no income restrictions Feb 20th)
  •   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
  • 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

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10. Seasonal

  • Delta Summer Fun This is an announcement of the annual AGM meeting for Summer Fun. Our AGM will take place on Wednesday, March 3 at the Town and Country Registration/coffee will start at 6:30pm Meeting will start at 7:15pm. Attendance at this meeting is mandatory.  A reminder that parents must have a representative there for your child.  We are in the process of reviewing fees for the 2010 Summer Fun Program.  This will be determined once we receive notification about our gaming grant status.  

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