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Subject: April 6- 2010 Reach Parent Network weekly Newsletter
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April 6th 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...

•·        A message from mum to B (aged 21), who is a graduate from Lord Byng's life skills program. The family is relocating to the UK this summer and would appreciate any info and/or contacts that you may have of organizations for adults with disabilities in the UK. Do you have a sister (or brother) organization in the UK? Do you know anyone that knows someone with a relative with a disability?? Reply to

•·        Now this is good - do check it out: The power of sharing life narratives | 1000 Voices While a lot of research is conducted in the field of disability using statistics and other medicalised forms of data, we rarely hear about the experiences of people who live with disability. Through the 1000 Voices project we hope to remedy this situation by collecting and displaying 1000 life stories from people with disability from around the world. With this collection of stories we hope to:
- Open eyes and ears to the diverse lived experiences of people with disability
- Provide opportunities for people with disability to have their own voice in determining how their lives are seen and heard; and
- Make sure that your voices become part of ongoing research, service, and policy development activity in Australia and beyond.We encourage people with disabilities and their families to tell their stories through this website between 2009-2011. You can tell your story using whatever multimedia or written format that suits you - the more creative the better! Please help us to build awareness of disability and promote change through this international project. Share your story.

•·        Chinese Autism Parent Support Group meeting is on this Saturday April 10th at BACI (Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion) Office 7716 Royal Oak Ave, Burnaby (link below) near Metrotown from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  This month we have Clement Lai, MBA Financial Planner, Investment & Retirement Planning from BMO (Bank of Montreal) Financial Group to speak to our parents about RDSP (Registered Disability Savings Plan)Thank you Clement volunteer for this community service.  Our parent group is in partnership with Kids Up Front which provides family team members with children under 18 some limited last minutes free tickets to sport, theatre, concert, and  The group is also in partnership with Strathcona Community Centre every Friday night from 7:30pm to 9pm for gym/social evenings. Please assist the group meeting for the following: 1. Please bring snacks and whatever you like for pot luck social and tidy up the place before you leave. 2. Please advise if you need childminding. 3. Please phone other parents you know that do not have e-mail and let them know about the meeting. If you need further information regarding the above please contact

•·        The guest speaker for the next meeting of the Transition Parent Group at VCH on West 43rd, will be Pat Tesan from PLAN (Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network). PLAN helps families and caregivers set up a social network around their relative with a disability, to provide friendship, safety and security for their lifetime. Social isolation for a person with a disability is a great concern for many of us, once they leave school. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 7th at 6:30pm at Pacific Spirit Community Health Centre, 2110 West 43rd (@West Blvd).

2.  Reach Child and Youth Development Society 

2.a Reach News :

•§  Reach on Facebook and Twitter: Reach Facebook link > . Reach Twitter link > We will soon be distributing some guidelines for Reach social media. If you have any  comments questions or concerns please send them to me  at ext.337 or at

•§  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! Surrey Conference Centre, 400 - 140th Street Surrey Room #4,  6:30pm -  9:00pm, May 9th and 26th, Cost : $20.00 per person For more information and to register please call: Pam Collins. 604.946.6622 Ext. 341 . Coffee and water will be provided - please bring your own nut free lunch or snacks!.

•§  Make & Take Visual Supports. Come and make visual supports to help your children understand social skills, or their emotions or what's happening in their lives!  You may leave with an Incredible 5 Point Scale, Power Cards and Stories, Calendars or all three! EIBI Boardroom Room,  #3- 3800 72nd Street Delta, 10:00am - 1:00 pm, Thursday April 15, 2010, Cost:  $20 per person. For more information and to register please call: Pam Collins. 604.946.6622 Ext. 341 Coffee and water will be provided - please bring your own nut free lunch or snacks!

•§  Sharing the Autism Diagnosis! Sharing the Autism diagnosis with our child can by scary. What will they think?  How will they react?  When is the right time?  What is the right age? What do we say?  Who should do it? Who else do we tell, when and why? Come and learn how you can positively share this information with your child so they can feel great about themselves and learn to become their own advocates! EIBI Boardroom Room,  #3- 3800 72nd Street Delta, 6:30pm - 8:30pm , May 27th , 2010, Cost:  $20 per person. For more information and to register please call: Pam Collins. 604.946.6622 Ext. 341 Coffee and water will be provided - please bring your own nut free snacks!


•§  American Academy Of Pediatrics Offers Sound Advice On Autism

•§  The ABA Support Network Presents "ABA in the School Setting...What it Can Look Like", Nancy Walton, Teacher, Parent Sharon Baxter, MA, BCABA. Tuesday, April 13, 2010,  7-9pm, Surrey Sport and Leisure Complex, 16555 Fraser Hwy. Use Arena entrance and go up stairs to MP Room #3. RSVP: . Join now!!

•§  Puppy watches over children with autism

•§  Autism 2010 ConferenceThis will take place at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops May 6, 7 & 8. You can register on line at: . Don't put it off...early bird price ends April 7, 2010.

•§  The ABA Learning Centre: FREE workshops in Kelowna and Kamloops, entitled: "Introduction to ABA and Autism". Presented by Sherise Devine, M.S., BCBA with Dr. Suzanne Jacobsen, BCBA-D. Kelowna: Saturday May 8th, 2010. 1:00 pm - 4:00pm, Best Western Inn Kelowna Room: Quail/Ponderosa, 2402 Highway 97 North, Kelowna, B.C. V1X 4J1Ph:  (250) 860-1212 . Kamloops: Friday May 7th, 2010, 6:00 pm - 9:00pm, The Thompson Hotel & Conference Centre, Room: The Conference Room, 650 Victoria St., Kamloops, B.C., V2C 2B4. Ph: (250) 374-1999 *No need to register, seating will be first come first serve. Further inquiries may be directed to


•§  ADHD: Behavioural Incentives Mimic Effects Of Medication On Brain Systems

•§  Meta-Cognitive Therapy More Effective For Adult ADHD Patients

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

•§  Province to cut $25m from income assistance Many of British Columbia's most vulnerable citizens will see significant changes to their social safety net beginning Thursday as the provincial government moves to cut millions from what it hands out in income assistance.

•§  BC gov't reverses funding decision on Success by Six program

•§  Ministry of Housing and Social Development; NEW office addresses each for North and South Delta :

•§  CLBC: Expressions of Interest for Board Positions by April 14, 2010
To submit an Expression of Interest in serving as a director of Community Living BC, please see the Board Resourcing and Development Office website at and go to the page "How to Apply". For more information on Board responsibilities, accountabilities and competencies, please see the Board Resourcing and Development Position Notice.

6. Education

•§  The school district's chopping list  
Lake Cowichan . Support for vulnerable students and busing are just a couple of the areas that are considered optional - and might therefore be on the chopping block - in School District 79's budget.

•§  School trustees seek public's advice on what services to cut School trustees who say they're facing exceptional financial challenges this year have been asking parents and staff for advice about what educational services are dispensable and which ones should be saved at any cost.

7. Medical

8. Policy

9. Workshops & Training

•§  The Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship is pleased to welcome 
Dr. Lesley Chenoweth, Distinguished Visiting Scholar 
to present 
Swings and Roundabouts:  The Social Inclusion Agenda in Australia and its Impacts
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Thursday April 8, 2010
Room 200, Jack Bell Building for Social Work
2080 West Mall 
Vancouver, BC. For further information, please contact Colleen Evans at

•§  Effective Biomedical Treatments in Autism Spectrum, AD(H)D & Related Disorders on May 2, 2010 in Burnaby at the Executive Inn. Dr. Anita Bratt and Dr. William Shaw will be speaking from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm. Please contact Chasity at 913-341-8949  to receive further info and booking details.

•·  Community Options' next series of Sibshops is scheduled for  April 10th -May 8th , 2010 on Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m., depending on the participant's age.  Sibshops provide children aged 6-12 with a unique opportunity to engage and interact with other children who have a brother or sister with extra support needs.  Sibshops are a "spirited mix of new games (designed to be unique, off-beat, and appealing to a wide range of participants), new friends and discussion activities" ( Contact or through her voice mailbox 250-380-6363, ext. 150.

•·  International Forum on Legal Capacity and Supported Decision Making. An international forum hosted by the Canadian Association for Community Living and the British Columbia Association for Community Living in Partnership with Inclusion International and Inclusion Europe. When: April 15; 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. April 16, 8:30a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites, 1763 Comox Street, Vancouver B.C Read the flyer here. Download the registration form here. *Click here for information on scholarships.

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

•·  .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)

•·  ACT: Estate Planning for Families Who Have Children With Special Needs in B.C. Click here for More Details > Presented byBlair Dwyer, Dwyer Tax Lawyers, Victoria, B.C.

Friday April 9, 2010
8:30 - 9:00   Registration
9:00 - 3:30   Presentation

SFU Harbour Centre Campus
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

•·        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

•·  Transition to Adulthood:

•·        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

•·        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

•·        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.

•·        The Delta Employment Event. April 8, 2010, Ladner Community Centre, 4734 - 51st Street, Pre-Fair Networking Workshop 1:00 - 2:00 pm at the Wintemute Club, 4727 Arthur Drive. Employment Fair 2:00 - 5:00 pm at the Ladner Community Centre, 4734 - 51st Street. Bring your resume and be prepared for on-site interviews. For more information, please call Youth Works at 604.948.1911, the South Delta Employment Resource Centre at 604.946.0324 or Delta Employment Skills at 604.946.6926.  

•·        10. Seasonal

•·        Complex Child: April Edition:Pulmonology

•·        101 Ways to Make Friends Welcome to the April "101 Friends" e-newsletter

•·        Challenger Baseball: It's now Springtime and that means BASEBALL!   Opening day will be Saturday, 
April 10th. Our game schedule is the same as last year, Saturday mornings 
at 11:00 and Tuesday evenings at 6:00 o'clock.  Games are once again at 
Mackin Yard (Brunette and King Edward).  Registration fees are also the same 
this year - $65.  We will be taking registration and sizing for uniforms 
before the game on the 10th, so try to come a little early. For returning 
players, please try your jersey and pants on before Opening Day to see if 
you've grown and require a larger size.  If they still fit, wear your 
uniforms on Opening Day. Coach John

(home - 604-939-9146, work - 604-939-2210) Whalley: ChallengerDivision Player Agent:Melissa Rook-Green phone 604.597.5630.

•·        The Recreation Integration Victoria Summer Services Guide is out for 2010!

•·        Zajac Ranch Camp schedule

•·        British Columbia Easter Seals Camps  The 2010 Camping Season Dates are now onlineJust a reminder that camp application forms available from today Tuesday April 6th.  Applications need to be printed and the original hard copy forms get mailed or delivered to the Vancouver Head Office. Registration is based on a first come first serve basis. Registration is not considered until all the forms are fully filled out (including the Medical form and voluntary donation form). If you have any questions please get in touch with us! 

11. Other

God in a wheelchairHow religious views of disability are evolving

Program leads to employment Sometimes the barriers to employment can seem too hard to overcome. Youth who have not finished high school, have disabilities, drug or alcohol problems or who are homeless can get the help they need to move on to independence and get paid for it through the Employ program.

Please  to respond to our ONLINE survey for the new I Belong! L'Arche Canada project. WHAT: A short (15-20 minute) online survey asking questions about friendship and social life to young people with intellectual disabilities and their families, caregivers, friends and educators. WHO: There are three different surveys - please choose the one that applies to you by clicking on one of the links: I Belong! YOUTH survey: ; I Belong! EDUCATORS survey:  ; I Belong! FAMILYMEMBER/CAREGIVER survey:  WHY: The I Belong! project will create a highly accessible & interactive website and handbook (with Plain English component) that will help young people and their teachers, family members, and others close to them in developing a group of friends that will potentially last a lifetime. In order for us to create this website we need to hear from young people & those who support them! And if that is not reason enough - we are also holding an exciting draw for ALL those who respond to the survey! We will be giving away THREE PRIZE PACKS that include these exciting items: ~ The award-winning film Belonging: The Search for Acceptance which presents Jean Vanier's social vision of a world where everyone belongs! ~ The CBC Massey Lectures book and #1 National Bestseller, Becoming Human by Jean Vanier ~ Ian Brown's new book The Boy in the Moon: A Father's Search for His Disabled Son *Just make sure to fill in your contact details on the last page of the survey in order to be entered into the draw!*

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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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