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Subject: April 13 - 2010 Reach Parent Network weekly Newsletter
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April 13th 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...

•·        Parent would like to know if any one knows about "Autism On the Seas"? I'm planning a cruise this year and want to find the right one for my sons...Thanks...Amy

•·        Port Moody (Heritage Mountain) family will be loosing their BI in the next little while, and are looking for a replacement. Looking to see if any families could recommend a BI or know of one with experience that would need more hours.  Sessions are 3 times a week, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 1pm or 1:30 for 2 hours sessions and hours will increase in the next few months, before son starts Kindergarden in Sept. We are in need of a good experienced Behavior Interventionist. Help please. Parents or BI's  are welcome to email us at or even call me at 604 461-2997.

 YES!!!! This is the opportunity we've been waiting for......a chance to get together, eat chicken wings, drink beer, and yell at one another (or to ourselves) over live music! Book your babysitters now and don't miss out on this opportunity to  get FIT with the FIT Network. !!!!PUB NIGHT!!!!  
WHEN:   Saturday, May 22nd, 7pm  
WHERE: Dublin Crossing Pub
 101-18789 Fraser ighway
  Cloverdale, (604)-575-5470WHY:  This is easy........why not? 

•·        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.

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. CANCELLED

•§  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!


•·  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)

•·  The Medical Science of Autism: Autism and the Immune System, Novel Therapies and Treatment Options. Featuring Dr. Vijendra. Singh, Ph.D., Neuroscientist Biomedical Researcher Date: May 8 2010, 6pm Location UBC.  Tickets from:


•·        Intensive therapy would pay off later Children and Family Development Minister Mary Polak claims she had to cut early intensive autism therapy to meet her responsibility to all children with autism.

•·        More children helped because of rule changes"Loss of autism program is devastating,"


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

•§  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

•·        DELTA DISTRICT PARENTS OF CHILDREN IN SPECIAL PROGRAMS. YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND A TRANSITION PLANNING INFORMATION EVENING, TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2010, 6:30 - 8:00 PM, SOUTH DELTA SECONDARY - LIBRARY. This is an opportunity to hear about the services and programs that your child may be eligible for after high school. Representatives from: Community Living BC, Ministry of Housing and Social Development, Kwantlen College, VCC College, Special Olympics, and more, who  will give a brief presentation about what they can offer and then will be available for discussion after. Please RSVP to Special Programs  (604-952-5339) if you plan to attend.

•·        North Shore Board of Education has requested a review of the 2010/2011 Standard Ministry School Calendar for its school district.  A Calendar Review Committee was formed to assess potential revenue savings for various options in considering adjustments to school days (days in session).  It is a complex topic with many considerations to weigh. Part of the review process includes a survey to solicit feedback from all our stakeholders: staff, students, parents and community members.  Please see the link attached to complete the survey. As a result of the survey responses, we will gain further data data which will support any proposed amendments to the School Calendar for next year. The survey is only a few questions and should take from 1 - 3 minutes to complete and is only open until April 14, 2010. Thank you for your assistance!

•·        Vancouver board to lay off dozens of staff, close school, drop 10 days About 8 per cent of BC students have special needs, which include emotional and ... "It's people who work closely with kids with special needs, people that ..

•·        Vancouver School Board plans layoffs as part of 'devastating' cuts Bacchus said the layoffs would involve support staff, education assistants that work with special-needs students, counsellors, school and district ..

7. Medical

•·        AnxietyBCTM | Anxiety BC. Online resource providing self-help information, community programs and workshops in British Columbia, resources for parents

•·        Full Day Workshops - Managing Your Child's Anxiety. Sign up soon seating is limited: Prince George - Managing Your Child's Anxiety May 01, 2010; Victoria - Managing Your Child's Anxiety May 15, 2010. For more information or to register on line go here.

•·        Effective biomedical treatments: May 2nd Burnaby. Click here for more information   Click here to register

8. Policy

9. Workshops & Training

•·        School Wide Positive Behaviour Support Event April 13, 2010 to April 13, 2010 Delta Manor Education Centre You are cordially invited to attend a free education event focused on School Wide Positive Behaviour Support - promoting positive behaviours and social and emotional development for all students .Delta District PAC, in partnership with CUPE, is proud to present speaker, Dr. Paul Malette. Dr. Malette's presentation will highlight the evidence based practices of school wide positive behavioural support

•·        North Shore ASBC Lecture Series
The North Shore ASBC Support Group proudly presents: 

a presentation on 
Food Refusal in Children With Autism
Lauren Binnendyk, PhD, BCBA-DCoast Behaviour Analysts, at 
7:00pm, Tues Apr 20 

in the 
Maple Roomin the North Building of theDelbrook Recreation Centre. Coffee/Tea and snacks provided. Donations are greatly appreciated. 

Please RSVP to Carol at  

•·        A free resource fair held in Vancouver later this month will put you in direct contact with Metro Vancouver's biggest and most useful providers of services for people with disabilities. The Abilities Expo is held at Roundhouse Community Centre, at the corner of Davie & Pacific, from 12:30 - 4:30pm on Wednesday, April 21. It provides the resources, information and personal contacts to enable a person with disabilities to live a full and inclusive life. Come along and talk to the experts about accessories, advocacy, assistive devices, children, clothing, equipment, employment, housing, leisure, recreation, rehab services, sport, technology, training, transit, theatre . . . and more. In addition there will be movies, live music, arts and crafts, refreshments and demonstrations/presentations galore. For more information, see the pdf listing all participants, here. The Roundhouse is fully accessible. There is underground pay parking available, and the venue is across the road from the fully accessible Yaletown-Roundhouse SkyTrain station. (See map here.) The day is organized by ConnecTra, which is one of the Sam Sullivan Disability Foundation societies. No need to RSVP. For more information, contact Steve Street:

•·  604-688-6464 ext. 115ACT: Taking the Stress Out of Mealtimes - Tackling Feeding Issues in Children with Autism Presented byLauren Binnendyk, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Coast Behaviour Analysts - Vancouver 

Thursday, April 22, 2010 
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Fletcher Challenge Theatre
Simon Fraser University - Harbour Centre Campus
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver. To view the information about the main event click here for details. Please note the Special Rate when you register for all 3 days.

Click here for Registration Form > 

Click here for Details page >

•·  North Shore: As part of an ongoing initiative to connect families with local support services, we invite you to this free information-sharing event.  This workshop provides an opportunity to hear from multiple North Shore professionals.  If you are interested in learning more about community services for your child, this is an event worth attending. Date: April 14, 2010Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM . Location: Lucas Centre Cafeteria, 2132 Hamilton St, N. Van, Register: Call Jacquie: 604 903 4621

•·  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.

•·  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,

•·        See All ACT Upcoming Events

Register now for Early Bird Rates!

•·         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.

10. Seasonal

•·        SUMMER CAMPS:

•o   Asperger syndrome summer camp programs at Eureka Camp in BC Canada ... asperger syndrome and invisibly challenged children and adolescents are provided an interesting, safe and fun environment where they can explore situations ...

•o   Therapeutic Summer Camp that will take place in Vancouver from  July 19th to August 12th. More details:

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

•o   Zajac Ranch Camp schedule

•o   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! 

•·        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.

11. Other

•·        Tireless advocate for the disabled named an officer of the Order of CanadaGary Birch honoured for his work with Neil Squire Society

•·        Rich Murray, Remotes Producer for the BC Children's Hospital Foundation is looking for families located around the province that would be willing to do an on-camera interview for the Miracle Weekend.  Here is what he is looking for:  - Families whose children have been a patient at BC Children's Hospital. They could have been here recently or perhaps have an ongoing relationship with the hospital for their child's condition.  - Would be willing to do a 2 minute on-camera interview with a Global TV host in their region with the purpose of being shown during the 2010 Miracle Weekend. We want to inspire those who are watching the Miracle Weekend by sharing the stories of children from all over the province. - The cities where the interviews would take place are Victoria, Kelowna, Vernon, Chilliwack, & Prince George. Of course, families from the surrounding areas are also welcome to participate! Their entire commitment would be roughly 1 hour on a given day. ( 604.875.2345 x 4781    * Visit our new website at

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