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Subject: May 31 2010 Reach Parent Network Weekly Newsletter
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May 31st 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...

•·        Announcing the Nidus Self-Help Course to Make and Register a Representation Agreement with Standard Powers. Nidus is excited to introduce the NEW Nidus Self-Help Course to Make and Register a Representation Agreement with Standard Powers. The Nidus Self-Help Course includes a questionnaire, tutorial and appointment with Nidus staff, as well as the legal forms required to make a Representation Agreement with standard powers. If you or someone you know is interested in making and registering a Representation Agreement with standard powers, click HERE to read more. Enduring Power of Attorney - A Personal Planning Tool for Financial and Legal Matters Nidus has developed a new Enduring Power of Attorney fact sheet to bring you some important information you need to know for personal planning, like: Having a Will and everything joint with your spouse is not enough! A Bank Power of Attorney may be convenient but has limited use. An Enduring Power of Attorney does not cover health care. 
Now the answers to your most common questions about Enduring Powers of Attorney are just a click away! Read the Nidus fact sheet on Enduring Power of Attorney HERE. The People's Law School offers a publication on Power of Attorney which you can find HERE

•·        PLAN is recruiting  a parent for a nine month position - as per the description below - preferably a younger, organized, web-savvy, parent who likes to write and network.  Contact Jack Styan 604-439-9566.  2-4 days per week through February 2011  (average about 3)  Responsibilities:  Hosting and animating,  Welcoming people to the site, Seeding and promoting discussion topics,  Recruiting and supporting a team of volunteer family members (and some others) to contribute, Promoting the site in on-line venues.  Coordinating small group gatherings (15-20, generally with 3-10 participants) with small groups of families in the lower mainland (I or another plan member would usually facilitate), Encouraging participants to post in follow up to the discussions, Feeding ideas from gathering into the website. Recruiting and supporting a small team of families outside of the lower mainland to host similar small gatherings in their local community. Planning event (150 - 200 people) in Lower Mainland in February. Preferably a family member, web savvy, preferably with some experience in social media strategies, articulate with accomplished writing skills.  Organized, outgoing - comfortable networking, establishing contacts and coordinating. Ability to travel in lower mainland.

•·        Transition Parent Group next meeting will be on Wednesday June 2nd at our Kerrisdale location. The guest speaker for the evening will be Dr Margaret Newbury Jones from SHADE consulting (Sexual Health and Disability Education) who will be talking to us about Sex Education for people with Disabilities. The focus of the talk will be on youths and young adults (puberty). She is highly regarded as the best in her field in BC, and  I hope you will be able to join us at our usual venue.  Please note that we will be asking for a $5 donation at the door to help us fund this talk. For those not able to make a donation, we ask that you donate some of your time to help set up or clean-up. Date Wednesday June 2nd,  2010, Pacific Spirit Community Health Centre, 2110 West 43rd (@West Blvd), 6:30 - 8:30pm

•·        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

•§  Social Skills and  the Hidden Curriculum. Many social skills are based on learning about the unwritten rules that occur in the home, at school and in the community.  Children usually learn these rules quite quickly and with little effort.  However, many of our children with developmental delays seem to have more difficulty learning about these ‘hidden' rules and may commit social errors.  Come and learn about these rules and how to help our children understand them. Great for parents, caregivers and educators of children over 5. Where: EIBI Boardroom. Room # 3- 3800 72nd Street Delta. Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm . Date: June 17, 2010. Cost:  $20 per person. Refreshments: Coffee and water will be provided - please bring your own nut free snacks! Please register with Pam Collins 604.946.6622 Ext. 341

•§  Toilet Training for Young Children with Developmental Delays . Toilet Training is not an easy task. Toilet training a child with a developmental delay is often even more challenging and may require specialized advice and assistance.  Toilet Time: Toilet Training for Young Children with Developmental Delays is a program developed by Debbie Atkins, Occupational Therapist in Australia and is designed to help parents and caregivers face the challenges. Come learn about preparing for toilet training, toilet training methods, how to progress and meet potential challenges along the way. Where: EIBI Boardroom. Room # 3- 3800 72nd Street Delta. Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm . Date: June 14, 2010. Cost:  $20 per person. Refreshments: Coffee and water will be provided - please bring your own nut free snacks! Please register with Pam Collins 604.946.6622 Ext. 341



•·        AACAP's Facts for Families: Children Who Can't Pay Attention/Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder can be found here.

•·        New Data Analyses Of CONCERTA(R) Efficacy On ADHD In The Classroom

•·        Study Evaluated Vyvanse® (lisdexamfetamine Dimesylate) Capsules CII Efficacy And Safety In Adolescents With ADHD

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

•·        You may have been informed that the Ministry of Education has increased the 2010/11 special needs per student funding, but did not mention that the increase is not new money: Level 1 (Dep. Handicapped): from $32,000 to $36,000, Level 2 (Low Incidence) from $16,000 to $18,300, Level 3 (IBI) from $8000 to $9200. Please be advised that the increase in the per student special education targeted funding is to recognize the labour settlement costs for the special education programs.  In previous years, the labour settlement grant appeared as a separate line in the Ministry funding announcement.  However, effective 2010/11, the Ministry has reallocated the labour settlement funding to the per pupil grant and to the per pupil targeted funding, such as ESL, Aboriginal Education and Special Ed programs.   As a consequence, the revised special needs funding level is not a new funding increase.

7. Medical

8. Policy

•§  Longtime program for disabled adults dealt death blow

•§  Woman with hospital phobia must be forcibly treated for cancer ...  A cancer sufferer is to be forced to have life-saving treatment against her wishes ... The treatment of the woman was ordered by Sir Nicholas Wall, the President of the .... Cancer patient forced by judge to have surgery ...

•§  Woodlands survivors want compensationAs the end game comes closer for some former Woodlands residents, it's the same for another group.
On Thursday morning, Woodlands victims who suffered their abuses before Aug. 1, 1974 held a press conference outside the Vancouver law courts to protest the fact they're still excluded from the settlement the province is reaching with Woodlands survivors 

•·  Woodlands Class Action Settlement Outreach Meetings. Information meetings for past residents of Woodlands are being held throughout the Lower Mainland of BC. Background: In December 2009, the Province of B.C. negotiated a proposed settlement in a class action brought by former residents of Woodlands institution. Former residents of Woodlands will be able apply for compensation for the psychological, physical and sexual abuse they suffered while at the institution. Over the next two months, Klein Lyons (the law firm representing former Woodlands residents) will be hosting meetings in communities across the lower mainland to provide an opportunity for all past residents, their family and friends and their care providers to understand the settlement and the process of filing a claim. At the meetings you will learn about the Class Action lawsuit, the settlement, the options for legal representation, and the process for filing a claim. Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

9. Workshops & Training

•·  Sibshops - Brothers & Sisters of People with Special Needs: Unique Concerns, Unique Opportunities June 4, 2010 - June 5, 2010 · New Westminster

•·        Health & Wellbeing in Children, Youth, and Adults with Developmental Disabilities: Autism, Intellectual Disabilities and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders.  Registration and complete conference brochure now available . Pre-Conference Workshops: September 29, 2010
Main Conference: September 30, October 1, 2010. Conference Hotel:The Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites (1763 Comox, Vancouver, BC)

•·        SOCIAL THINKING  & MAKING FRIENDS. For Parents & Adults Working with Youth 12-25 with: ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, High Functioning Autism. What participants said about the workshop: MANDARIN TRANSLATION WILL BE AVAILABLE. JUNE 9TH 2010 2:30 - 4:00 pm  @ McROBERTS - 8980 Williams Rd. FOR REGISTRATION PLEASE LEAVE NAME AND PHONE NUMBER EMAIL MONIQUE @  OR CALL MONIQUE @ 604-668-6000

•§  Mandarin translation will be available.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.

•·  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!

•·        POPARD's Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders - Practical Applications
A Course for Education Professionals, Paraprofessionals & Parents. Session 1: July 26 - 30, 2010; Session 2:  August 23 - 27, 2010. 
Monday to Friday 
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

SFU Harbour Centre Campus
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Registration is limited to 30 - Register early to avoid disappointment!

- Session 1: June 2,  Session 2:  July 7. The Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (POPARD) is the recognized leader in autism training for school-based professionals in BC.  ACT is offering this practical, 30 hour course to enable more school-based personnel and other community members working with children with ASD to learn the basic skills it takes to meet the challenge of autism and enjoy it! It is also a useful course for parents as it provides a hands-on approach.  Participants are encouraged to leave their inhibitions at the door and be prepared to work in small groups, brainstorm, practice techniques and present to the class.  (ACT has offered this course before as "Educating School-Age Children with Autism - The Para-Pro Approach".)  Click here for Registration Form >

10. Seasonal

•·        SUMMER CAMPS:

•·        Delta Parks & Rec summer program Delta's Leisure Guide, Leisure Guide by Section

•·        The gym & swim for children with disability is back this summer at Renfrew Community centre.

•·        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

•§ If you ever have need assistance with understanding/ assisting with legal documents around family law and custody, check out  the website CanLii bc (

•§ BCACL is looking for an enthusiastic person to join our team as a  Membership Services Coordinator

•§ SASI Initiative Empowering People with Developmental Disabilities to Lead Community Development Projects. To ask questions, please contact Karla Verschoor, BCACL 
Coordinator of Self Advocacy Development. Here is Karla's 
contact information:Phone: 604-777-9100 ext. 519 - we accept collect calls

Email:  Fax: 604-777-9394 . More Information: project completion form - deadline September 15, 2010; guideline for getting started - Click here for the video version of "getting started."; graphic illustration (a picture) of what self advocacy looks like now in BC with a few project ideas

•§  Looking for: Part-time Self-Advocate Consultant. A new project called Exploring Quality of Life is taking place in the Fraser Region. As part of the project self-advocates will be trained and hired to do interviews with other adults with developmental disabilities. This project needs a part time self-advocate consultant. The Self-Advocate Consultant will:  give advice to the project committee and the manager, work flexible hours, need to be able to travel around the Lower Mainland. Key areas of work: Provide ideas about project activities, Talk with self-advocates, families, agency and CLBC staff, Assist with getting events together, Assist with use of plain language in materials, Attend meetings, Present with others. Apply for this job, if you have: At least 2 years of work experience, Good presentation & communication skills, Basic computer skills (word processing, email), Experience working with organizations supporting adults or youth with developmental disabilities, Good general understanding of CLBC and related agencies. You can send your resume any way you want. It might be written, on a video or power point or in another creative way. Send your resume, including contact information for 3 references, to: Susan Powell, Project Manager at  by June 10, 2010

•·         Summer Camp Volunteer. Saanich Parks and Recreation is looking for eager volunteers to help out at a number of summer camps.  Positions range from helping with arts and crafts and supervising while the kids play in the pool.  If you think this sounds like fun, contact Laesha Berry at 250-475-5502 or e-mail

•·        Paul Caune, Executive Director of PAL and Jean Lewis, PAL Board member , will be guests on the Bill Good Radio Show CKNW980 on the AM dial this Wednesday May 26 @ 10:30 am

•·        Recreational Resource Database April 2010, Community Options Victoria

•·        Careersin Community Living

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