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Subject: December 1st 09 REACH Parent Network Weekly Newsletter
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December 1st 09 REACH Parent Network Weekly Newsletter


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

•·         Feedback wanted on social skills groups. Any feedbacks? Reply to

•·         Pictures with Santa!! White Spot in Tsawwassen Saturday December 12th...11:00 - 3:00. Picture with Santa by donation. All proceeds will go to Delta Life Skills.

•·         The December meeting of the Transition Parent group will be held on Wednesday, December 2nd  at 6:30pm. Guest speakers for the evening will be John Davies, CLBC (Community Living BC) and Sylvie Zebroff, Family Partnership Advisor for CLBC. John will give us an update on the recent reorganization of CLBC and Sylvie, who is CLBC's first Family Partnership Advisor, can tell us about her role in this new positionPacific Spirit Community Health Centre; 2110 West 43rd (@West Blvd).


2.  Reach Child and Youth Development Society 

2.a Reach News :

2.b Reach Workshops  (Childcare is available upon request)

•·   Supporting Families Living with FASD and Complex Behaviour.  Come to share ideas, learn some new strategies, be enlightened , and meet others who are caring for and working with individuals with  Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Complex Behaviours . Thursday  Nov. 26, 2009 6-8pm Delta School District Boardroom 4585 Harvest Drive, Delta To Register: phone: 604.946.4101

  • Kids Friendship Club dates and times for Winter 2010. A group for children and youth with autism facilitated by behavioural consultants in a group of  8-10  children to strengthen socials skills and develop peer connections. Children must be able to manage safely and independently in a ratio of 4:1. Cost is $650.00 Located at 11425-84th Avenue North Delta BC. Call Elysa Philip, coordinator at 604-946-6622 ext.312 to discuss registration. The younger kids are ages 9-11. Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30pm, January 6th-March 10th; The older kids are ages 12-15 years old Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30pm January 5- March 9th
  •  Changes to the Reach EIBI program and link to the new ABA page


3. Autism



  • 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

  • Liberals betray citizens with developmental disabilities ...
  • Individualized Funding Information Sessions - for self advocates and familiesThis session is for people interested in learning about Community Living BC's (CLBC) two Individualized Funding payment options for adults: Direct Funding and Host Agency Funding. This information session will explain how IF can be accessed by individuals who are eligible for CLBC adult services and their families. We will also discuss things to think about when deciding whether IF is right for you. Sessions will be held in Fort St. John, Kamloops, Prince George, Kelowna and Cranbrook. Download the flyer for different times and locations.


6. Education

7. Medical


8. Policy

9. Workshops & Training

  • > See All ACT Upcoming Events

Register now for Early Bird Rates!
  • Douglas College Employment Specialist Series  2009/2010 . SUPPORTED SELF EMPLOYMENT CRN: 31485 Dates: (8 days) Nov 23, 24, 25 & 26 Nov 30, Dec 1, 2 & 3 2009. Times: 830 am to 430 pm (56 hours) Tuition: $795 (includes materials) Location: Douglas College New Westminster, 700 Royal Ave . SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT: FOUNDATIONS AND APPLICATION CRN: 11079 Dates: Jan 21 & 22, Feb 4, 5, 11, 12, Mar 4, 5, 18, 19 . Times: 8 am to 5 pm 144 hours (80 hours classroom plus 64 hours off campus project) Tuition: $1495 (includes materials) Location: Douglas College New Westminster, 700 Royal Ave Course information contact 604 864 5770 loc 310. Easy Phone Registration with credit card:  604 527 5472  Quote CRN

10. Seasonal

  • The Family Support Institute (FSI) has joined the Canada Helps Giving Challenge, where each week, Canada Helps will give away an iPod Shuffle to one lucky Giving Challenge participant and cash prizes will be awarded to the chosen charity that raises the most funds and attracts the highest number of donors through their Giving Page. The contest is now open closes at noon on December 20th, 2009.  Winners will be announced on December 21st, 2009 on the Canada Helps website To donate using a credit card through FSI's Canada Helps Giving Page and be entered to win an iPod shuffle, please click on the following weblink: Additional information on the Giving Challenge is available at:
  •   FVAS will be holding its annual Family Christmas Party from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at Peace Lutheran Church, 2029 Ware Street (corner Ware and Marshall).  Please go to our website for directions. They event is potluck so please bring a dish to share. Also bring a small wrapped gift for your child as Santa will be visiting.This is a great opportunity to just relax and have fun and meet other families. RSVP


 11. Other

  • RDSP Glich. For families who have contributed to the RDSP and have not seen the government matching grants and bonds appear in your account the issue may be your family member's disability tax credit (T2200). In our case we use our son's tax credit for our income tax, as he is not in a taxable income bracket. The computerized scan for the tax credit did not recognize that our son has the credit-because it is associated with our income tax file.Apparently this is a glitch with their system (government) that they hope to address. So, if your son or daughter's matching grant/bonds have not appeared on your statement you may have a similar issue. We called the government hotline and they promised to resolve our situation within the month. PLAN is aware of this issue and will be monitoring. So make sure you check your statements!
  • Let's Celebrate Inclusive Education! Once again, the BC Association for Community Living in conjunction with the Canadian Association for Community Living is seeking nominations for our National Inclusive Education Awards.  We know that there are many positive examples of inclusive classrooms throughout BC and we wish to recognize three individuals or organizations for their stellar work in early learning, K-12, and post-secondary settings.  Winners will be announced during Inclusive Education Week in February 2010.  The deadline for nominations is January 15, 20010.  The nomination form is attached or you may visit our website We encourage you to spread the word!
  • Move, Groove and Chill!Power up your workout with this energizing class that integrates dance, martial arts and yoga! No previous experience required. This class is open to everyone, particularly those with developmental disabilities and their care providers. Come one, come all! For more information please call Farah at 604 682-3269 ext 6169. Dates: 5 Thursdays, January 7-February 4, Time: 10:45am to 11:45am, Location: Kits Community Centre Dance Studio

•·   Take a peek at what we have added to the Deltassist Information & Referral website. 

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