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Subject: May 17 - 2010 Reach Parent Network Weekly Newsletter
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May 17th 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...

•·        The Family Independence Fund is still LIVE! Apply NOW. FIF helps families who have children or adults with developmental disabilities living at home. Grants can go toward home renovations or expenses related to wheelchair-accessible vehicles. 

For information, eligibility, or to apply, visit

•·        Hayley Nimmo of the Langley Parent Support Group the FIT NETWORK is organizing a family retreat. So for those of you that can go, please contact Hayley directly at

•·        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 .

2.  Reach Child and Youth Development Society 

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•§  "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!


•·        Intro-Intervention Workshop in Vancouver June 21-22, just announced. These workshops are limited to small groups and fill up quickly. Click here for MORE INFORMATION or to REGISTER . What is Reference and Regulate (R&R) autism intervention? R&R is an program developed by Loyst and Associates Autism Services Inc. to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder learn to: Be calm and flexible, Tell people what they want and think, and Develop true friends and loving, reciprocal relationships with their families

 4. ADHD

•·        Minorities Face Barriers To Effective ADHD Treatments, MSU Study Contends

•·        Ending Guesswork In Prescribing ADHD Drug

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.

6. Education

•·        BCACL heard yesterday from Ministry staff that Special Needs funding has increased by 14%. Level 1 from $32,000 to $36,600, Level 2 from $16,000 to $18,300, Level 3 from $8,000 to $9,200

•·        Students turned away from summer school

•·        Special Education Assistant training program more relevant than ever

•·        Delta: June 09: Early Childhood Education Certificate Free Info Session

•·        Expanding Access to Full-Day Kindergarten - Pay Attention to the Details

•·        District takes axe to spending

7. Medical

•·        Manage allergies all year long

8. Policy

•·        Hughes breaks vow of silence to ask Campbell not to weaken legislation The missile in writing arrived shortly before noon, hand delivered to the front steps of the provincial legislature buildings.
"Dear Premier," it began. "Since the release of my B.C. child and youth review, prepared at the request of the

•·        Retired judge speaks out on BC's child protection system

•·        BC cabinet document debate heats up

•·        Judge calls for Campbell to step up role in revamp of BC child welfare laws

•·        More voices calling for end to Manitoba Developmental Centre

•·        City of New Westminster Adopts First-Ever Living Wage Policy in Canada

•·        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.

9. Workshops & Training

•§  Registered Disability Savings Plan (RSDP) Presentation for Quesnel: Date:  June 17th
Time: 7:00 pm. Venue address:  Quesnel Child Development Centre, 488 McLean Street. Register free at:

•·  Inspiring Possibilities through Innovative Leadership: Two Days with Michael Kendrick and Mitch Loreth. Spectrum's "101 Friends" Personal Support Networks project is excited to host two leaders respected for their innovative approaches locally and internationally for a rare event concerned with best-practice supports, leadership and the future: what are the challenges and opportunities for ourselves and our agencies?   How do we support family, individual and community leadership?  A limited number of tickets are available. Registration: 200.00, includes meals. 9 - 4:30, June 7th and 8th, 2010 Hilton Vancouver Metrotown 6083 McKay Avenue Burnaby, BC V5H 2W7 Canada Please contact Judy at or 604-323-1433  Or register online 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.

•·        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:

•·        Resources from ACT website: - Coast Summer Camps List 2010

- Interior Summer Camps List 2010

- Vancouver Island Summer Camps List 2010

- North Summer Camps List 2010

•o   Possible Funding  sources for Summer camps:

•§  Autism Funding Program - please contact 1-877-777-3530 Pre approval from the Autism Funding Unit is strongly recommended. Camps are generally considered to be ineligible expenses unless the camp is specific to autism and therapeutic to your child's ASD. Email:         Phone: 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

•·        PosAbilities Newsletter

11. Other

•·        Home sharing program gives options to those with disabilities

•·        Careersin Community Living

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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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