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Subject: May 4 - 2010 Reach Parent Network Weekly Newsletter
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May 4th 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...

•·        Exchange Japanese Student with CP and her Mum need a host family Oct 18-29. In Maple Ridge.  Mother provides support. Student is the brightest in the class she loves studying English!  Can you help? If you can please call Yoko at (604) 807-4373.

•·        SUMMER FUN Pub Night is set for JUNE 10th. Tsawwassen Golf & Country Club  1595 52nd Street | Delta, BC | V4M 2Z4, DATE:  JUNE 10th, TIME:  6:30, PRICE:  $20.00- Includes a burger (Chicken, Beef or Veggie) and a drink ( beer, wine or spirits) EVENTS:  Silent Auction, 50/50, Live Auction etc.  Contact for tickets for this fun event .

•·        Daughters, disability and menstruation: My daughter with significant special needs has started developing and I suspect menstruation is not too far off.  I am wondering how other parents of daughters with sever special needs have dealt with this challenge.  I question whether it is necessary for her to menstruate and am considering looking into having her periods medically stopped (once they start).  I am interested in anyone else's experiences and advice. They can email me directly at

•·        Chilliwack school district. A local parent has started a Facebook group and is trying to connect with other local parents and public education advocates to plan an action or rally of some sort to fight the school cuts. Join them on Facebook at "kids_matter" , or email Chris at

•·        Tips and resources about travel-related rebates, including a federal and provincial rebate on the tax for gasoline used to transport individuals with permanent disabilities, BC Ferries Discount Card, etc.

•·        PALADIN ADVOCACY LEAGUE MEETNG SAT MAY 29 1:30PM-3:30PM ... The Paladin Advocacy League (PAL) is a recently formed not-for-profit society which advocates for public policy changes which will provide Canadians with disabilities equal access to the equality provisions of our Charter....actions speak louder than words. 

•·        Transition Parent Group Wednesday May 5th , 6.30pm, (at VCH on West 43rd), will be Employment for People with Disabilities. Leslie Jones from CBI consultants and Alona Peuhse from the Open Door group will be our guest speakers. CBI consultants have been running a BC provincial initiative on "Customized Employment" for people with disabilities where a job is "made to suit" the person's strengths and challenges. We are hoping that one of the "young stars" of this program can make an appearance that evening. The Open Door Group runs an "Achieve" employment program which provides individual support to identify, prepare and help in the job search process, given the existing skills and experience. Pacific Spirit Community Health Centre, 2110 West 43rd (@West Blvd).

•·        CLBC Request for Service Policy (March 2010)
This policy describes how requests for service are recorded and how decisions are made about their priority order for funding. 

Request for Service Policy (126KB pdf)Information for Families on Requests for Service (141KB pdf)

•·        FSI: We are pleased to announce changes to the Support Worker Central website. These changes will make it easier to match support workers to your job postings. Please select "view my job postings" and then select the "edit" tool to the right of your job posting to edit your job posting information on the new form. You can also create a new job posting by selecting "create a job posting". 

When you select "search for a support worker" you may find more support workers who match your job posting. Please see our updated "frequently asked questions" on the home page for information on the three ways you can search for support workers: search for a support worker from your job posting, edit match criteria and search again, and quick search. You can make use of the Family Message Board to communicate with families across the province to share information or support worker hours. If you need help activating your account please let us know. Please help us get the word out about Support Worker Central to support workers in your community. If you have any questions, please contact us at: .

2.  Reach Child and Youth Development Society 

2.a Reach News :

•·        Surrey North Delta leader: Tandem Bikes Bring Family Together

•§  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!


•·        Speech-Language Experts To Confer About Early Childhood Development Issues

•·        ASPIRES Society presents The Purple Banana Club's  2nd Annual  Youth Week Swim Party! ~Organised by and for Asperger youth~ at William Griffin Pool 851 West Queens Rd, North Vancouver Friday May 7th , 2010 8pm - 10pm Cost:  $15 per family (or $5 per person/whichever is cheaper). A party for the whole family.  Come join the fun.  Games, refreshments and bouncy castle!  Game-coordinators, life guards, and interventionists in attendance.  This event is geared to creating social opportunities for youth with Asperger Syndrome/HFA and for families to network with each other. Please note: This is a 'family' event, we are not in a position to take responsibility for youth that attend alone.  Parents are encouraged to participate.  All youth 8 and under MUST be accompanied in the pool by an adult. within arm's reach in the water at all times. To Register: North Van Rec. @ 604-987-7529 or on-line at Bar code #243968 Queries can be directed to Stella at


•·        Understanding ADHD - a free workshop

This workshop has been created to help educate parents, educators and others about AD/HD. It consists of areas addressing not only the basics of AD/HD but also reviews the available services/interventions, and new research about AD/HD. Come join us as we help unravel your questions and concerns about AD/HD: 
Speaker: Dr. Ruth Wingerin, M.B. Ch.B, FRCP(C)
Pediatrician, B.C. Children's Hospital. 
Date: Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
Time: 7:00 - 8:30pm 
Location: Chan Centre at B.C. Children's Hospital 950 W. 28th, Vancouver, BC. Download a pamphlet about the workshop >>here

F or more information or/and to register please contact us 
Phone: 604.873.8139 Fax: 604.873.8140

5. Ministry of Children and Family Development
Responsible for providing a range of services and supports for children and youth with special needs and their families;  Community Living British ColumbiaResponsible for delivering services and supports for adults with developmental disabilities;  Ministry of Housing & Social DevelopmentResponsible for education and support payments, work programs, bus passes and health and dental benefits for persons with disabilities.

•·        Vancouver Community Living BC Community Living BC (CLBC) and the Vancouver Community Council invite you to their 3rd annual evening of information, discussion and networking. Come to this information meeting to: Get an update on CLBC, learn more about what a community council is  and talk about key priorities for community living in Vancouver. Tuesday, May11, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Oakridge Seniors' Centre, West 41st Avenue, Vancouver

•·        CLBC Request for Service Policy (March 2010)
This policy describes how requests for service are recorded and how decisions are made about their priority order for funding. 

Request for Service Policy (126KB pdf)Information for Families on Requests for Service Alberni Valley: Funding restored for local high-needs children

6. Education

•·        'Two-tiered' education Private schools can say "no" to children who have special needs (physical, learning disabilities, etc.) and any who are not academically strong .

•·        Poll shows support for increasing early childhood spending

•·        Crowds protest school cuts

•·        Vancouver parents gather again to protest school board cuts  

•·        Special needs neglected in public school shortfall

•·        Schools in dire need of assistants

•·        Parents can't rest until children with special needs get help they need...

•·        Should B.C. private schools receive public funds?

7. Medical

•·        NEW PROGRAM SUPPORTS B.C. FAMILIES WITH SICK KIDS This is a new government program that covers expenses related to travel and accommodation for families who attend BC Children's Hospital. This program is for "British Columbians with children needing medical care or treatment at BC Children's Hospital..."  These families "now have increased access to travel and accommodation support". For more information on the BC Family Residence Program and a complete listing of eligibility criteria, please contact the Health and Seniors Information Line at 1-800-465-4911 or visit  

•·        Anxiety and Kids:  Current Research and Strategies Workshop for Parents Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 6:30pm to 8:30 pm Hellings Elementary - Library 11655 - 86 Ave., Delta  or  Tuesday May 18th, 4-6pm, Delta Manor Education Centre, Ladner. This workshop will provide parents and with the latest information on the interrelationship between anxiety and learning and its impact on overall child wellness.  It will cover normal feelings of nervousness, how they differ from the debilitating effects of anxiety disorders and how anxiety can appear in children.  Participants will learn about recent research including evidence based cognitive behavioural approaches and come away with tools to help their kids develop strategies to cope with anxiety.   Parents may RSVP directly to Liz Shields by Thursday, April 29th , at  604-952-5056;  email or fax 604-946-0823.

•·        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.

8. Policy

•·        If you have any questions about how the new HST (which will take effect on in July 2010) will affect autism services, please see the link

•·         CLBC  This policy orients staff to the emphasis on employment and provides general guidance for integrating it into their work. 

Download the Policy.

•·        CLBC Request for Service Policy (March 2010)
This policy describes how requests for service are recorded and how decisions are made about their priority order for funding. 

Request for Service Policy     Information for Families on Requests for Service

9. Workshops & Training

•·  BCACL: Registration is now open for "Beyond Retention: Helping the New Employee Shine on the Job." BCACL's Employment Initiative is proud to host Denise Bissonnette for a full day session on June 17th, 2010 in Vancouver....   Read more...

•·  Politician Omar Ahmad shares the best way to engage politicians: an old-fashioned letter  . He shares the four simple steps to writing a letter that works.

•·  BC People First Conference and AGM - Power in Unity Thursday, June 17, 2010 - Friday, June 18, 2010 · Burnaby, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

•·   familyWORKs ;A CONVERSATION ABOUT REAL WORK .The next meeting of families is on June 5, 2010 at BACI. As before, we will start with a potluck dinner (BBQ) at 6 pm and at 7 pm we will start the meeting. At the meeting we are going to start talking about the economic inclusion projects that you prioritized at the last meeting: institutional change (employers, service providers, unions, and schools), social capital asset-mapping, and a "bring your employer" job fair. Also, the website has been updated and now includes a list of books and resources that you might find helpful. Contact Kevin Lusignan 778.227.0161 for more info.

•·  The ABA Support Network Presents "When a Brother or Sister has ASD - Sibling Issues" Part II: practical strategies for balancing the needs of brothers and sisters when one child has an autism diagnosis.  Some research and theory will be briefly reviewed, but much of the evening is devoted towards collaborative discussion and problem-solving.  Come ready to share and learn from one another's experiences. Tuesday, May 11, 2010 , 7-9pm. Surrey Sport and Leisure Complex, 16555 Fraser Hwy. Use Arena entrance and go up stairs to MP Room #3. RSVP: Free event!

•·        Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) Workshops March 25, 2010 - May 12, 2010 · Vancouver

•·  The BC Association for Community Living's Employment Initiative is proud to host Denise Bissonette for a full day session on June 17th, 2010 in Vancouver. As you may know, Denise Bissonette is a well known speaker/author/facilitator who has written many books on supported employment, including many on the topic of non-traditional job development. In an attempt to cut costs for participants, we have scheduled the event to fall on the day before the BCACL AGM. Scholarships may be available. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information and registration in the near future.  Please forward to all interested parties. Laurelee Olszowiec, BCACL, 604-777-9100 ext. 506 |

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

•·  See All ACT Upcoming Events

Register now for Early Bird Rates!

•·        Sunny Hill Leisure Fair is happening is May 6th in the Sunny Hill Gym from 6:30-8:30 p.m..

•·        Step Ahead provides individualized, quality, scientifically proven treatment based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. Upcoming Workshops : May 15, 2010  Building Cooperation and Motivation to Learn, May 29, 2010  Manding: Creating and Capturing Opportunities to Teach Communication, June 12, 2010 Teaching Language and Play in the Natural Environment , June 26, 2010  Professionalism and Interpersonal Skills for Behaviour Interventionists . This is a small group workshop and open to 12 participants only. Early registration is recommended.  If you are registering for all 4 workshops, please apply 25% discount . Register Online:

 10. Seasonal

•·        Vipond Classic Golf Tournament

•·        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!  

•o   Surry: Registration for Summer Day Camps and One-to-One Support (for children ages 6-12) is starting early this year! Please visit  , call our call centre at 604-501-5100, or visit any Surrey Parks, Recreation and Culture facility to register. Register early!  Space is limited! To register for one-to-one support for a child 6-12 yrs: Step 1: First register in a Surrey Parks, Recreation & Culture summer day camp and ensure the day camp runs Mon-Fri from 9:00am-3:00pm. Step 2: When parents register for the day camp, they must also register for weekly one-to-one support that matches the dates of the camp.

•·        Complex Child: May Edition:Family Life

•·        Welcome to the May e-issue of the Personal Support Networks Newsletter Welcome to the May  "101 Friends" e-newsletter

•·        posAbilities   (formerly known as Mainstream Association for Proactive Community Living) supports individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities. Download 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

•·        inclusionRX - disability and employment resources from Diversity World

•·        Affordable Housing Centre
CMHC has a team of experts dedicated to advancing affordable housing solutions across the country. Affordable Housing Web Forum Series
CMHC's Affordable Housing Web Forum is a free distance-learning seminar that brings interested participants and industry experts together using phone and web technology.

•·        Woodlands centre block to stay up   Despite a great deal of sentiment to tear it down, New Westminster city council has decided to keep the Woodlands Centre Block tower upright. Saving old tower shocks groups

•·        BC Centre for Social Enterprise . If you are thinking about starting up a social enterprise and need assistance, welcome to the BC Centre for Social Enterprise.

•·        Win $50,000 cash! Only 30,000 tickets printed. Click for details

•·        BCACL Please check out our new website....same address.

•·        Careersin Community Living

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