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Subject: Feb 9 - 2010 Reach Parent Network Weekly Newsletter
: 2010-02-09 16:55:09
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February 9th 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....

•·        Transition Planning Fair in 7-8.30pm Burnaby Mountain Secondary on March 2nd Over 30 organizations that provide post secondary opportunities

•·        SPORT WHEELCHAIRS FOR KIDS 6 AND UNDER APPLY NOW!!! . The BC Wheelchair Basketball Society, with funding from the Rick Hansen Foundation's Let's Play program and the Ministry of Education, has just launched an initiative to promote physical activity in kids 6 years of age and under with a physical disability by providing free sport wheelchairs in communities throughout British Columbia. If you have a child with a physical disability, 6 years of age or younger as of July 22, who can use a manual wheelchair independently, please send for an application. Please contact us now at:

•·        Chinese-language RDSP seminar offered in Vancouver on February 18! Click here for more information.

2.  Reach Child and Youth Development Society 

•·  There is currently space in the Reach Group Respite Program for the 12 to 19 year old age group. To be eligible, a child must meet the Ministry for Children and Family Development criteria for special needs. Program fee is included. For more information call 604-946-6622 ext. 306

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. cost:  $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

•·        DownWorkshops 2009/10 flyer here  

3.Autismload Reach

•·        Autism society angry over security measures  

•·        Autism Risk Higher When Mother Is Older, Study   

•·        Distance Education For Parents Of Children With Autism Found Effective


•·        Shire announces the Canadian availability of VYVANSE prodrug ...

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

•·        CLBC: Personalized Supports Initiative Beginning February 1, 2010, more adults with complex needs can apply for and receive Community Living BC services through a three-year provincial investment of $23.2 million. The Personalized Supports Initiative focuses on adults who have both significant limitations in adaptive functioning and a confirmed diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) or Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). To learn more, please read the Information Bulletin, or go to What We Do > Personalized Supports Initiative.

6. Education

•·        Education more than a ranking

•·        Stop BC Education Cuts! | Facebook. Please join us and invite others if you haven't already done so. Families of students with special needs to lead and support local efforts to avert the unprecedented K-12 budget cuts now projected, since many districts are already warning that special education will be one of the major areas targeted.  There is also a new website at:

•·        Teaching the children well - The Globe and Mail What makes a good teacher? Researchers have come to a few points of consensus.

•·        Teach the Children Well  I came across this site while searching for the above news article. It has a ton of info - check out  ‘Special Needs' under  Parent and Teacher Links

•·        Delta School District

•o   Full Day Kindergarten Registration for September 2010

•o   Delta School District Launches Film Acting Academy

7. Medical

•·        Fraser Health to close tertiary perinatal program at RCH and open new one at SMH   

•·        Government Cracks Down On Drug Marketing (USA)

•·        Melatonin Precursor Stimulates Growth Factor Circuits In Brain

8. Policy

•·        Complaints of Unfairness Shoot up from Welfare, Disability Recipients. Independent government tribunal had budget cut as appeals rose 46 per cent.


•·        Senior parents share concernsParents of children with developmental disabilities do everything they can to make a good life for their children...

•·        Please support the MOMS petition!!!!. MOMS started an online petition last fall urging the Premier to honour his promise to BC's children with special needs.

•·        YWCA to close Vancouver child care centre 
, YWCA Press Release

9. Workshops & Training

•·        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

•·        ACT's 6th Annual Focus on B.C. Research 
In Celebration of April - Autism Awareness Month! Special Rate when Registering for All Three Days! Registration Form (.pdf)

•·        See All ACT Upcoming Events

Register now for Early Bird Rates! Friday & Saturday March 26th & 27th, 2010 Contemporary Solutions to Promoting Meaningful Inclusion - Across the Lifespan. Featuring Dr. Bridget Taylor and Dr. Peter Gerhardt. Early Bird Deadline Feb 10, 2010, To register for an ACT Live Event online login here or create an account or call the ACT office to register 604-205-5467 or toll-free 1-866-939-5188.

•·         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

•·        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

10. Seasonal

•·        Vancouver 2010 Olympic Free Events: "Where 2 Be for Free"

•·        Comlex Child Magasine: February Edition: Heart Issues

•·        Welcome to the February edition of the Personal Supports Network Newsletter

•·        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.  

•·        British Columbia Easter Seals Camps     Camp Dates Now ONLINE! Applications will be available on April 6th, 2010.

11. Other

•·        Child Poverty in BC - The Best Place on Earth

•·        Fact Sheet on Nidus Click here to read what Nidus does and quick facts on Personal Planning in BC.

•·        DCLS are hiring for the following positions:    Community Services Liaison
     Resource Development Manager

•·        BCACL  are hiring for the following positions: Family Support Coordinator   ,   Inclusive Education Coordinator ,   Development Co-ordinator,   Mall Co-ordinator 

•·        Important: Personal Support Networks in BC Survey. If you or your organization offers any kind of support to personal support networks, please take a moment to complete this survey.   101 ways to make friends is  trying to get the fullest possible picture of what's going on in the province right now.   If you're not sure that what you do qualifies, complete it anyway!   The more information the better.   If you know of someone or some project that might be interested, please forward the link below or this article.   Thanks!  Take the survey

•·        Symbiosis Pediatric Therapy Inc. Fraser Valley. Our facilities are child friendly and include a fully equipped Sensory Integration (SI) gym. In addition we have ample space for fine motor skill training, assessments and group sessions. We are conveniently located a block south of Fraser Highway at 104A-8927, 152nd Street, Surrey, BC. Tel: 778-395-8752

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Si Stainton for

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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