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Subject: March 2 - 2010 Reach Parent Network Weekly Newsletter
: 2010-03-02 16:36:45
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March 2nd 10 REACH Parent Network Weekly Newsletter - Budget news

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

•·        Get Connected! The BC Epilepsy Society offers opportunities for individuals living with epilepsy, their families and friends to get better connected and strengthen their support networks. A listing of epilepsy support groups is available on the Support Group page of our website, or contact the BC Epilepsy Society at 604-875-6704 or 

•·        Mom and daughter wanting to relocate: looking for a small town, but big enough to have a high school. A place that is not too hot in the summer. Anyone have a good suggestion? Can you tell me how the support is in your areas? Please contact who will forward.

•·        URGENT: Family stories needed for CBC story on MCFD service gaps. CBC News is looking for other families experiencing hardship or crisis to highlight in an upcoming news expose. If your family is experiencing major challenges or hardship due to denial or cutbacks in services - early intervention, family supports such as respite, supported child care, mental health services, lack of supports for youths transitioning into adulthood, denial of services in the public schools - and you are willing to be interviewed and share your story on TV, please contact   ASAP.

•·        Out from Under: Disability, History and Things to Remember. This exhibition The exhibit will open in the heart of downtown Vancouver at UBC's premier Robson Square on March 9 - 21st , 2010, in partnership with Kickstart, Canada's national Disability Arts organization. Also check out the  virtual museum  of activist disability history pays tribute to a proud legacy of resistance and survival.

•·        March 17th, 2010:  Planning for Summer PARENTS NIGHT OUT. SUPPORT GROUP FOR ALL PARENTS OF CHILDREN WHO REQUIRE EXTRA SUPPORT COME OUT AND MEET OTHER PARENTS. SHARE STORIES, INFORMATION, AND CONCERNS! WHERE:  North Shore Infant Development Program  706 East 7th St.  TIME:  6:30 PM to 8:30 PM LIGHT REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED. Please RSVP by March10th   Donna at or (604)986-1358

•·        MedicAlert Kid Smart Take advantage of this program to protect and safeguard your children at a discounted price. For children 17 and under.

•·         Transition Parent group next meeting: "Sports and Recreation for People with Disabilities". It will be held on Wednesday, March 3rd at 6:30pm. Also will have guests and athletes from Special Olympics and o from Sirota's Alchemy for Martial Arts, and putting together an information sheet for various summer camps that are available for youths and adults with disabilities. Pacific Spirit Community Health Centre, 2110 West 43rd (@West Blvd), 6:30 - 8:30pm, Wednesday March 3rd, 2010. See you there. New comers welcome!

•·        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.

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.

•·        Spring Just Jammin' for Youth  The Just Jammin' Program is a place where youth with special needs can meet weekly to share music, sing songs, play instruments and learn new skills while having fun. Just Jammin' is a 10-week program that runs once a week for 2 hours. Just Jammin' will be staffed with a behavioural consultant, a musician and an assistant.  The child /staff ratio will be 4:1 and within a group of 8 children. Our goal is to provide opportunities for youth to express themselves through music, experience a variety of instruments and share their musical abilities in a fun, relaxed setting. Who: 12 to 17 year old boys and girls When: Thursdays 6:30 to 8:30 PM. April 8thth 2010 to June 10th, 2010. Reach Child & Youth Development Society 10921 82nd Avenue North Delta, BC V4C 2B2 Cost: $250.00 per child. Contact Program Manager, Elysa Philip 604-946-6622 ext.312 or e mail


•·        ABA in Schools Survey (brought to you by the ABA Support Network). If you haven't already filled out this very quick survey, please do so.

•·        Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds TED Talks Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works.

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

•·        Please take a minute and compare what our federal government says about autism through Health Canada's website (click here) and what the U.S. government says about autism through the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention's website (click here).

•·        Jennifer Saracino , (905) 592-1523, of  McGill University is conducting a national study on the experiences and perceptions of parents of children with special needs in Early Intervention across Canada. We have constructed a survey that is being distributed to parents from across the country to determine how parents perceive services and supports in each respective province or territory. The survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete and is available online at:


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

•·        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

•·        Budget: Per-student funding up, but school districts to find 'efficiencies'

•·        Parent questions SD43 policies' effects on kids

•·        Scholarships for People with Epilepsy 2010 Application Form Available. These provide $1000 grants to individuals who currently attend or plan to attend a post-secondary institution or employment training program. Individuals who are BC residents, ages 16 and older who are Canadian citizens or who have landed immigrant status, under a physicians' care for epilepsy, and have a current BC Epilepsy Society membership, are eligible.  The scholarships are awarded on the basis of educational commitment, volunteer work, and other achievements or interests. The grants can be applied to tuition, books, and/or related educational expenses.   The deadline for applications is May 31th, 2010. Download the scholarship application here or from

7. Medical

•·        Launching Of New Genetic Test For Cause Of Intellectual Disability

8. Policy

BC Budget:

•·        BC Government: The Finance Minister's address to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia : PDF ;         Reader-friendly, plain-language overview of Budget 2010. PDF ;  Flash Slides presentation  ; media presentation ; Fiscal Plan 2010/11 - 2012/13 PDF

•·        Other: A go-slow budget to get BC 'back out of the red ink' ;     BC budget offers few surprises
;  Highlights of the 2010 BC provincial budget

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

•·        PECS Training Dates: April 12 & 13 (Victoria, BC) This intensive two-day training is designed to teach participants the theory behind the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and the protocols for how to appropriately implement the six phases of PECS.
Participants will learn how to implement the six phases of PECS, plus attributes, through presenter demonstrations, video examples and role-play opportunities. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of how to implement PECS with individuals with autism, related developmental disabilities, and/or limited communication skills. contact us directly to chat about Group Rates and extended early registration fees (Amy Umpleby,, 416-546-7327

•·        Family Focus, CACL and BCAL Conference 2010  October 20 -22nd This will be a great conference for families.

•·        Pivot Point Family Growth Centre Inc. ( is hosting a 3 hour workshop in Nanaimo on March 27 2010: Supporting Children with ASD.  
The presenter is Elizabeth Sparling BCBA.  Elizabeth is a fabulous speaker and puts on an informative workshop that will give the listener skills to take home. Contact

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

•·        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

•·        The March 2010 edition of Network News newsletter is now available online. March  2010 edition click here.

•·        March Edition of Complex Child! This month features articles on recreation and play. Go to to view the entire issue.

•·        March edition of 101 Ways to Make Friends

•·         Zajac Ranch Camp schedule

•·        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

•·        We are at the beginning of a process in which we (PLAN) act as a catalyst to stimulate a provincial conversation that we hope will re-fresh the family movement.  The first thing that we have done is a wiki entry on family movement (http://en.wikipediaorg/wiki/Family_Movement ).  Now all of you know that the great thing about a wiki entry is that everyone can shape it and add to it (nobody owns it).  So...all of you closet editors and writers...go for it! 

•·        BC Down Syndrome Centre   is updating its site. If there are any support groups/societies within the province who would like to be listed on our website, please let myself at  or Corina Brearley at .

•·        National Joint Family Conference in Whistler, October 20 - 22.The 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 for details. Deadline March 31st.

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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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