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Subject: March 9-2010 Reach Parent Network Weekly Newsletter
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March 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...

•·        Parents of 10yr old boy with autism who seems to be regressing, talking about worries and seems to be in his fantasy world more often would like advice/ideas.  Reply to

•·        A new Mandarin Speaking Parents Group, March 18, 2010 (Thursday) 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm 1551 Salisbury Avenue, Port Coquitlam, BC (1 block North of Prairie Avenue, ½ block West of Coast Meridian Road) Contact person: Helen Stovell         604-525-9494 (English) email:  Janet Ting   604-630-7758  (Mandarin/English)

•·        2004 Dodge Ram - only 40,000km; a/c power locks; immobilizer; in great shape. Currently modified to fit two wheelchairs but this can be changed - has a large platform van lift (floor or roof have not been modified) I had listed it for $24,000 but I will go down to $20,000   Contact Freida at 604-939-9617 for more details.

•·         What to Do if You Suspect Learning Disability

•·        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.

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


•·        Physician's Handbook

•·        The North Shore ASBC Support Group proudly presents:

a presentation on
Maltreatment Prevention
Sara White, PhD, BCBA-DRegistered PsychologistBehaviour Consultant

7:00pm, Tues Mar 16

in the
Delbrook Recreation Centre(South Building, not North Building). Coffee/Tea and snacks provided. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Please RSVP to Carol at

•·        UK: Government Announces Landmark Strategy To Transform Adult Autism Support,


•·        Living with ADD - Adult ADD  

•·        Mental Health, Naturally-first-of-its-kind, Comprehensive Guide To Nonprescription Therapies For Mental And Physical Well-being

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

•·        The Citizen - Connecting People with Their Community: Current Edition

•·        [PDF] Your Future Now - A Transition Planning & Resource Guide from MCFD. - Quick View         

6. Education

7. Medical

8. Policy


•·        March 4, 2010, Prov Gov't (MHSD) Information Bulletin "PROVINCE PROTECTS SERVICES FOR LOW-INCOME CLIENTS"

•·         Who's saying what about the B.C. budget?

•·        No new taxes, but no goodies either - The Globe and Mail


9. Workshops & Training

•·        PAY LESS TAX. The "TAX DETECTIVE" Eileen Reppenhagen Certified General Accountant Saturday, March 20, 2010 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 pm Simon Fraser Society for Community Living 1551 Salisbury Avenue, Port Coquitlam (corner of Salisbury and Coast Meridian) Cost: $10.00 per person (financial assistance available) To Register Call:  Helen Stovell 604-525-9494  or email:

•·        How do I get my child to listen to me? Presented by Tina Linton-Family Centred Practice Group. Mar 20, 2010, 12:00-4:00, Cost: Free, Where: 3455 Kaslo.

•·        CACL and BCACL are pleased to announce an International Forum on Legal Capacity and Supported Decision Making - April 15-16 in Vancouver, BC.  For more information and to register for the Forum, visit

•·  Transition to Adulthood:

•o   Leaving High School:  What's Next?  A Transition Fair for Parents of Students with  Developmental Disabilities . Saturday, April 17, 2010 from10:00AM -2:00PM, South Arm Community Hall, 9020 Williams Road (beige building by tennis courts at Garden City & Williams). For further information contact: Kathy Champion, Director of Instruction, Learning Services, phone 604-295-6412 Email

•o    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

•o   11th Annual Transition 11th Annual Transition Planning Fair for young adults with special needs for young people with special needs ages 15 to 24, their families, caregivers and support workers. Monday, April 19th, 2010 . William E. Lucas Continuing Education Centre, 2132 Hamilton Ave., North Van.  Time 7:00 - 8:30pm

•o   Sunny Hill Leisure Fair is happening is May 6th in the Sunny Hill Gym from 6:30-8:30 p.m. More details to follow.

•o   Resource Fair - Victoria. Would you like to know about the supports and services for adults who live with a developmental disability? Location: Garth Homer Auditorium  813 Darwin St Date: Monday, March 22, 2010 Time: 4:00pm-8:00pm. The Resource Fair will give you the opportunity to visit Current Service Providers at their individual booths to learn about who they are and how they provide support

•·        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)

•·        Evidence-based Practice in Sensory Processing Disorder:
Subtypes, Assessment and Intervention. Presented byLucy Jane Miller, Ph.D., O.T.R. 
Executive Director, Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Foundation, Colorado

Friday May 7, 2010
8:00 - 9:00   Registration
9:00 - 4:00   Presentation

SFU Harbour Centre Campus
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver. Click here for Registration Form >

•·        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

•·        Here is the official site for Vancouver's 2010 Paralympic Games:, which includes dates, events, athlete info, etc.

•·        Why I'll be carrying the Paralympic torch

•·  The latest edition of INFO@ is now available at

•·        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 can raise awareness about the use of this word and support the elimination of the derogatory use of the r-word from everyday speech and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.  Check out this site:

•·  I Step Ahead is located in south Burnaby and offers social skills groups for children 4-10 years of age. Please contact Anna Matchneva at I Step Ahead for schedule and fees: phone: (604)433-1148

•·        The Classroom and Community Supports Department, Douglas College is preparing a feasibility study for a new program (Employment Support Specialist). It is vitally important that we hear from as many folks who are interested and concerned with supporting people with disabilities in workforce. Please complete the following survey and I encourage  you to send it along to any groups or individuals who also might have an interest in this area. To complete the survey follow the link

•·        In South Delta, the future is in good hands. That's what we learned last year when we profiled 30 people under the age of 30 in this community.  Now we're looking to learn about 30 more local youth who are passionate about achieving their goals. Help us tell their stories. To nominate a South Delta resident under 30-years-old for the Leader's second annual 30 Under 30 edition, email  with their full name, contact information, and why they've caught your attention.

•·        The Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society will be hosting the 2010 "Buddy Walk" on September 25th, 2010. If you would like to be part of this event, then come out to our next organizing committee meeting.When: March 16th @ 7:00 p.m. Where: #201-13281-72nd Ave, Surrey Bring your questions, and ideas! R.S.V.P. 604-591-2722

•·        What can you do for Earth Hour in 2010?  Sign-up on the website  ; Spread the word ; Calculate your environmental footprint ; Make an Earth Hour resolution ; Get ideas and inspiration

•·        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! 

•·        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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