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Subject: May 11 2010 Reach 'Summer Camp Special' Parent Network Weekly Ne
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May 11th 10 REACH ‘Summer Camp Special' 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...

•·  Information meetings for past residents of Woodlands are being held throughout the Lower Mainland of BC. For more information, including a schedule of the meetings, visit the BCACL website:

•·        Ball hockey program for males 16 years and older who have developmental disabilities. It takes place Friday evenings from 6-7:15 pm at West Point Grey Community Centre, 4397 West 2nd Avenue in Vancouver. We have a terrific coach and volunteers, and focus on playing ball hockey and socializing in a fun and supportive environment. Players need to be able to follow three step instructions and play in a volunteer to player ratio of approximately 4:1. Everyone is enjoying the workout, skill development, socializing and fun! Any interested players can contact

•·        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.

•·        2010 Variety Boat for Hope Vancouver.  Registration is now available for this event online.

•·        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 .

•·        May meeting of the Vancouver Eastside Transition Group will be next Monday May 17, 2010, at our East Hastings location. We have decided to make it an informal get together. Rachelle, Kathy and I will be there to chat to people on any transition topic! Having said that, I will have, on hand, information on the Disability Tax Credit (T2201) and RDSP (Registered Disability Tax Plan), for those interested in finding out more about how you can save on your taxes and save for the future.  Come and say Hi and meet other parents/family/friends facing similar challenges, over some coffee and snack.Location  :  Network of Inner City Community Services #309 - 877 East Hastings, Time: Monday May 17, 2010, 6:30 - 8:30pm

•·        Information for individuals and families on how to apply for funding from the Heart of Variety:   Please check out the eligibility criteria carefully. NOTE:  to register online, you will need to enter the password ‘Heartly'.

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

•§  "Myles of Courage" A Story about Autism. An inspiring presentation by a young man who shares his experience about growing up with Autism. Where: Reach ABA Boardroom Room # 3- 3800 72nd Street Delta. Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm . Date: June 10, 2010. Cost:  $20 per person.  Please register with Pam Collins 604.946.6622 Ext. 341

•§  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!


•·        Researcher Verifies Brain's Master Switch

•·        Darwin's Study Of Recognizing Emotion Has Implications In The Areas Of Schizophrenia, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Neuropsychiatric Conditions


 4. ADHD

•·        CONCERTA XL is a once-daily, long-acting formulation of methylphenidate and is indicated for the treatment of ADHD in children aged six and above.

5. Ministry of Children and Family DevelopmentResponsible 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.

•·        "The Citizen" newsletter - April Issue 
The newest issue of CLBC's newsletter "The Citizen" in now online. This issue features stories about Start with Hi, the Olympic and Paralympic Games, home sharing, employment, and much more!

Click here to read the newsletter.

6. Education

•·        Jane Bouey: Rethinking private school funding, especially when rights are not ...

7. Medical

•·        CONCERTA XL is a once-daily, long-acting formulation of methylphenidate and is indicated for the treatment of ADHD in children aged six and above.

•·        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  

•·        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

•·        On April 1st, 2010 MHSD introduced restrictions that limited Medical Services Only coverage for seniors with disabilities leaving provincial assistance and going onto federal pensions, and people leaving provincial assistance for Canada Pension Plan-Disability benefits.Health coverage for these groups was restricted to a period of one yearonly. As of April 30th, 2010 this one year restriction has been removed and people will continue to be eligible for Medical Services only as long as they qualify for the Guaranteed Income Supplement or CanadaPension Plan benefits.

•·  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

•·        Parents struggle to house mentally handicapped Adult children often require around-the-clock

•·        Child-welfare watchdog to take government to court Representative for Children and Youth Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond filed a petition in BC Supreme Court in Victoria Tuesday seeking access to cabinet documents so she can complete one of her audits...

•·        N.S. to change law to increase oversight after abuse of mentally disabled Nova Scotia's community services minister is getting more legal power over boards of directors at facilities for the mentally disabled after a series of abuse incidents that came to light last fall.

9. Workshops & Training

•·        The Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship is pleased to welcome Dr. Bob Schalock, Professor Emeritus at Hastings College (Nebraska) to present on "Quality of Life & Intellectual Disability: Concepts & Measurement". 12:00 - 1:15 p.m. Tuesday May 18th, 2010,Room 200, Jack Bell Building for Social Work 2080 West Mall Vancouver. For further information, please contact Colleen Evans at

•·        Community tour set to promote RDSP
Information sessions scheduled for 40 communities in Alberta and B.C. 
A consortium of community partners is embarking on an outreach tour to raise awareness of the Registered Disability Savings Plan.

•·        Down Syndrome Research Foundation has programs and events, that support all individuals with Developmental disabilities, not just individuals with Down Syndrome. Individuals with other developmental disabilities are also welcome to attend the programs and services provided.See full listing at

•·        Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) Information Session. Hosted by Richmond Centre for Disability Information sessions will be held at: Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey Campus, 12666  72 Avenue, Classroom G3010  Building G - (Cedar), May 26, 2010, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Pay parking $3.25 for the evening.

•·  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...

•·  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.

•·  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!

•·        ACT: Advanced Hands-On Verbal Behavior - Skills and Strategies, Presented bySuzanne Jacobsen, Ed.D., BCBA-D & Stephanie Jull, MA & BCBA

Friday & Saturday June 25 & 26, 2010
8:30 - 9:00   Registration
9:00 - 3:00   Presentation

ABA Learning Centre Clinic
#1110-6900 Graybar Road
Richmond, British Columbia (Map) . REGISTER ONLINE NOW! 
EARLY BIRD DEADLINE - MAY 13, 2010 To register for an ACT Live Event or ACT Online Video on our website login here or create an account or call the ACT office to register 604-205-5467 or toll-free 1-866-939-5188

 10. Seasonal

•·        SUMMER CAMPS:

•o   Possible Funding  sources for Summer camps:

•§  Autism Funding Program - please contact 1-877-777-3530

•§  Canada Revenue Agency - Fitness Credit

•§  Canadian Tire Jump Start - Various Community Centres

•§  Cerebral Palsy Association - Special Needs Summer Camp Subsidy, contact Feri at (604) 408-9484

•§  Kidsport BC - 604.333.3455

•·        Residential Camps:

•o   Evan's Lake (8-16): 604-904-2221

•o   Camp Alexandra Family Camp, Teen Mom Camp, Supported Adult Camp: 604-535-0015

•o   Sasamat Outdoor Centre (8-15): 604-939-2268

•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   Other Camps

•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.

•o   Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vancouver: Day Camps and Residential options for ages 7-17. Contact: 604.324-2267

•o   Canucks Autism Network Day & Overnight Camps - Tasha King 604.685.4049

•o   Down Syndrome Research Foundation: Summer Arts Program and Summer School - 604-444-3773

•o   Fun Camps: Vancouver Become an Eco Superhero - 250 386 9978

•o   Horseback Riding:

•§  Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities (PRDA) Children and Teens. Contact Michelle: 604-530-8717

•§  Pony Pals Riding Stables. Contact Candice 604-590-0097

•§  Riverside Equestrian 604.271.4186

•o   Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver: For Ages 2.5-17. Contact Shirley at 604-257-5111 ext 254

•o   Power to Be Adventure Therapy Society: Day and overnight camps - Kylah at 778-389-1570

•o   Richmond Centre for Disabilities: Ages 6-13. Contact Ian Yeung at: 604-232-2404

•o   City of Richmond: Integrated Day Camps and Programs: Contact: Sean Davies 604-276-4390

•o   Sailing and Kayaking: Jericho Sailing Assoc (Mac Sailing, Windsure Windsurfing, Ecomarine Kayak): 604-224-4177

•o   Sirota's Alchymy: Martial Arts Summer Camp for Children with Special Needs: 604-244-8842

•o   University & College Camps: Contact your local university or college for day camps (sports, music, video production, education camps

•o   Vancouver Park Board:

•§  Summer Sports Festival: Adapted Golf, Adapted Kayaking, Trail Rider Hike, Dragon Boating, Canoeing - Bonnie Friesen 604-257-8500  Melanie Josephs - 604-718-5853

•§  Supported Day Camp (6-12) Champlain 604-257-8315, Dunbar 604-222-6060, Hastings 604-718-6222, Kilarney 604-257-8545. Supported Youth Programs (13-19) Britannia Saturday Unlimited 604-718-5800, Dunbar Stars 604-222-6060, Kitsilano 604-257-6903, Marpole Oakridge 604-257-8180, Trout Lake 604-257-6955. Contact your local Community Centre for more programs in your area.

•o   YMCA of Greater Vancouver YMCA Camp Services:  (residential camps) 604-939-9622 , YMCA day camps: 604-324-9622

•o   Academic Programs:

•§  Brain Boost 604-723-0904

•§  Learning Disabilities Association Tutoring Program 604-873-8139

•§  Mediated Learning Academy 604 937-3641

•§  Reading Foundation 604-222-2254

•§  Vancouver School Board Summer Programs

•·        Boat for Hope event.

•·        Vipond Classic Golf Tournament

•·        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

11. Other

•·         The Aviva Community Fund will be back in 2010. This year, Aviva Canada is offering up $1,000,000 to help you build a better community. Starting in the Fall, you'll have an opportunity to submit a new idea for community improvement. And just like last year, Canadians will choose which ideas will have a chance at sharing in the $1,000,000 Aviva Community Fund. This year, ideas of all sizes will have even more chances to share in $1,000,000. For now, start thinking about how the Aviva Community Fund can help you build a better community. Talk to the people in your community, charitable organizations you care about, and don't forget to explore last year's ideas for inspiration.

•·        PLAN has launched and it has the capacity for you to blog. Recipe for getting started:1.  Go to; 2. Sign up (it's pretty simple and straightforward);  3. Post a picture (preferred but optional); 4.Poke around a bit (optional); 5. Click on your name - type your post into the box (you can type as much or as little as you like) - hit POST UPDATE; 6. Your post will automatically be posted under the Activity tab and all of your posts will accumulate, like a blog, at your profile. POKE AROUND, POST AND BE HAPPY!

•·        The Young Variety Volunteer Club is hosting their second annual Makeover Day for Girls who have Down Syndrome (or similar situations) at Blanche Macdonald Centre on May 15th, 1-5pm  Their mothers or older sisters are welcome to come along and participate in the fun. Services like hair up-dos, make-up and manicures will be provided free of charge. Refreshments are also provided. We are looking to build the self-esteem and confidence of these girls and give their mothers a relaxing treat. We have a limited amount of individuals who can participate so please email contact us promptly: Maureen Curtis, Manager of Volunteer Services at Variety, (604) 268-3885 or

•·        Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society is now accepting bookings for the fall starting the week of September 26th. If your school or community organization would like to participate in Friend 2 Friend's unique and innovative programs this coming school year please use our online booking request form located on our website . For more information on all the Friend 2 Friend programs and services please visit our website at

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

•·        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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