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Subject: Feb 16-2010 Reach Parent Network weekly Newsletter
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February 16th 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...

•·        The Family Support Institute is pleased to announce the launch of its new initiative, Support Worker Central, an online database designed to match individuals, families and agencies with support workers in their communities. The website is Over the past few years many people have expressed a desire for a central website where individuals and families and from all over British Columbia could connect with qualified support workers in their communities for personal support needs and community participation.  Support Worker Central is a one-year pilot project aimed at testing the effectiveness of a centralized BC-wide website. On Support Worker Central, families and individuals post jobs, entering specific criteria that will be matched against support workers who have set up profiles on the site. Agencies offering support worker services can advertise their services on Support Worker Central, as well as post jobs to recruit potential support workers.

•·        Parent looking for information/comments/advice etc. from parents who have had a high functioning student who has suffered from extreme anxiety during their grade 12 year/transition from highschool. Reply to 

•·        Parent trying to find a divorce lawyer who specializes in Special Needs cases and can hopefully be Pro Bono. Reply to . From a parent: you can try Brigitta Von Krosigk, 604-728-4119.

•·        Victoria: Moms' Night out 7:00 pm on February 17th 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. Contact Sherri or Janis if you need more information.

•·        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 :

•·        Pre-School: IN-HOUSE REGISTRATION - Saturday, February 27, 2010      This registration is for any children who are currently attending the preschool and will be returning for another year as well as their age eligible siblings and also for any children who have been on our waitlist during the past school year but were unable to be accommodated with a space at the preschool. Times: South Delta - 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. North Delta - 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. COMMUNITY REGISTRATION - Saturday, March 20, 2010 This registration is for any children who are new to either of our programs this year and are not currently on our waitlist.  Times: South Delta - 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.  North Delta - 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. 

•·        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.

•·        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 Download Reach Workshops 2009/10 flyer here.   


•·        Nasal spray gives hope to autism

•·        Report of the DSM-5 Neurodevelopmental Disorders Work Group recommendations to revise autism definitions. Click here to register to have your say

•·        Disorder Out of Chaos  Article on the New York Times welcomes the change combining Asperger into ASD.

•·        Autism is on the rise, and it can affect any family. Lots of links in this article.


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.

•·        Survey About Personal Support Networks
Community Living BC, in collaboration with Spectrum Society, is compiling a list of resources that will be summarized and posted on CLBC's website for people to use as a resource or to generate ideas for new initiatives in terms of personal support networks. Take the survey

•·        Community Living BC (CLBC) Consultation Sessions"You, Me and CLBC" is a series of regional meetings hosted by Community Living BC, meant to look at new ways to help CLBC be a family-friendly and self-advocate friendly agency, and have a chance to ask questions. Read the flyer for dates, times and locations.              

•·        WOW!clbc 2010 NominationsNominations are now being accepted for the 2010 WOW!clbc Recognition Awards. Anyone may nominate individuals or groups to receive an annual WOW!clbc Award by completing a nomination form and submitting it before the April 4, 2010.

To nominate an individual or group you feel deserves recognition: 

Download the WOW!clbc Nomination FormFor more information, go to What We Do > WOW!clbc.             

6. Education  Inclusive Education Week 15th - 22nd February

•·        Inclusive Education - National Inclusive Education Week 

•·        BC school district secretary-treasurers anticipate a $300 million funding shortfall for BC school districts this year to maintain status quo.

•·         STOP BC EDUCATION CUTS  Youtube vid

•·        Take action and write to your MLA about cuts to public education. : Sample Letter  with links to MLAs

•·        St John's Minister highlights commitment to inclusive education

•·        BCACL 2010 Inclusive Education Award Winners: Brian Silzer - for his instrumental role in making post secondary education inclusive of people with developmental disabilities as Registrar at the University of British Columbia. Read the press release here.  Dr. Beth Sparks - for pioneering the use of technology to support inclusive learning environments at Cougar Canyon Elementary School in Delta, B.C. Read the press release here.

•·        Below is a link to a survey on ABA in Schools.  Please complete this survey if you have a child in the school system who is involved in a home-based ABA program.  If you have two or more children involved in ABA, you may fill out the survey for each child who is in school.  Please do the survey only once per child, so that our results are accurate.  .The survey will allow us to see which districts have responded to the Hewko decision in 2004 (see the SCHOOL section in for more information).  For this reason, We would like to use the survey results to determine what work still needs to be done to ensure that our children have access to quality ABA in school.  This is your opportunity to send a message to your school district.  It is possible that some districts are doing really well and others are not.  If you have any questions, please e-mail them to

•·        Delta School District Full Day Kindergarten Registration for September 2010 ,  Delta South Asian Student Support Initiative

7. Medical

•·        DSM-V considers ditching the term mental retardation: DSM-IV uses the term, "Mental retardation" (MR) to describe cognitive deficits.  This term is outdated and considered pejorative by many, so the work group is considering a change to the term "Intellectual Disabilities".   The usefulness of the four current categories (Mild MR, Moderate MR, Severe MR and Profound MR) is being examined, in comparison with a single category of Intellectual Disabilities, with diagnostic specifiers for 1) IQ and 2) Adaptive functioning.   The work group will seek feedback (through RFIs and meetings with stakeholder groups) on these changes in definition, as well as on the specific criteria to be proposed for the intellectual disabilities in DSM-5. Click here to register to have your say

•·        Children exposed to acetaminophen prenatally more likely to have asthma symptoms at age five

•·        Study suggests sensitive children are more likely to do well when raised in supportive environments

•·        Brain Development And Toxic Chemicals

8. Policy

•·        Province to cut $10 million from community services for children ...

•·        B.C. Throne Speech puts focus on environment, fiscal discipline ...

•·         46 modular housing units for seniors and people with disabilities in rural B.C.

•·        Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship is pleased to release the following reports of findings from the Community Living Research Project: (1The Survey of Family Members of People with  Disability Who Are Receiving Services from Community Living British Columbia (68 pages) and  (2) The Summary report (12 pages)

•·  WALK for Community Social Services Saturday, March 27, 2010 Centennial Square, Victoria. Start Time: 10:30 am Wrap up Bar-b-que: 12 noon. Contact Bob Wilson, (250) 480 0533 if you have any further questions.

9. Workshops & Training

•·  Transitioning Workshop: Individualized Funding for Self Advocates and Families; presented by Linda Perry of the Vela Microboard Association, and Leaving High School-What's Next? Transitioning to Adulthood; Presented by Si Stainton of the Family Support Institute . March 20, 2010, 9:30am-3:30pm, $10.00 per person (includes lunch). Delta Community Living Society, #1-3800 72nd Street, Delta, BC   V4K 3N2 . To register contact Patti Ellis at 604.946.9508 ext. 233 or

•·        Family Focus, CACL and BCAL Conference 2010  This will be a great conference for families.

•·        Family Leadership 2010 | PLAN Institute for Caring Citizenship . "Family Leadership Training" April 25 - 30th,

•·        Old Parents - Busy Daughters and Sons - With Clarissa Green
The North Shore Community Resource Centre invites you to attend two Saturday workshops focusing on aspects of concern to mid-life children. Download the flyer here.

    Aging Parents' Illness: Changes in Relationships with their Children
    When: Saturday, March 6, 2010; 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (follow up session on March 11, 2010)
    Where: Room 203, 2nd Floor, Capilano Mall, 935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver

    Mid-life Siblings and Money Dynamics
    When: Saturday, March 27, 2010; 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (follow up session on April 15, 2010)
    Where: Room 203, 2nd Floor, Capilano Mall, 935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver

•·        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

•·         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

10. Seasonal

•·        Gold medal winner Alex Bilodeau,  hugs his brother Frédéric after winning the gold medal in the men's moguls on Sunday. 'My brother is my inspiration. He taught me so many things in my life,' Alex said of older brother Frédéric, 28, who has cerebral palsy.

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

•·        Kickstart Disability 2010. Arts and Culture Festival during Paralympics
 - an inspiring array of exhibits, performances and workshops that will be presented to Vancouver audiences, as well as to our 2010 Winter Paralympics guests, from March 8 to 27. Visit  Kickstart  for more information.

•·        Zajac Ranch Camp schedule

•·        Complex 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

•·        National Joint Family Conference in WhistlerThe call for presenters for the BCACL, Family Focus Society and the Canadian Association for Community Living 2010 Joint National Family Conference will be launched soon. Check the BCACL website or the Family Focus website soon for details.

•·        Invisible No More: A Photographic Chronicle  Pre-Order your copy today!

•·        New #s for BC Council for Families: Phone  604 678 8884 Fax  604 678 8886

Reach posts a variety of material in this newsletter for the information of our readers only. Reach neither endorses nor condemns this material. We urge readers to consider this information with a critical eye and to form their own opinions about its validity or applicability to their situation.

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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