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Subject: June 15 - 2010 Reach Parent Network Weekly Newsletter
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15th June  10 REACH Parent Network Weekly Newsletter.

After 6 happy years with Reach I have started working for Delta Community Living Society as Family Services Liaison: providing support to families with adult children with disabilities and managing the respite program. At the end of this month I will be handing the Reach newsletter over to Pam Collins who will do an amazing job. So please, send all links and info for the newsletter to Pam at . It has been a great experience compiling the newsletter, and I want to sincerely thank you for all for the information you sent me over the years. Wish me luck! Si

 If you need to contact me in my new role you can contact me at DCLS at  or tel: 604 946 9508 ext 230.

You can sign up at the  Reach Child and Youth Development Society website to receive this newsletter directly.

Help a parent! Need to know something? Want to contact other parents? This is YOUR space...

•·        Parent hoping to make contact with other families that have been successful in getting ABA support for their child in school.  My son will be entering Kindergarten in Victoria this year, and is accustomed to having the support of ABA/PECS.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Reply to

•·        June meeting of the Vancouver Eastside Transition Group will be next Monday June 21, 2010, 6:30 - 8:30pm at our  #309 - 877 East Hastings. This will be the last of the season before we start up again in October.  We have invited Helen Van Wart, from the Child and Youth Special Needs team of the Ministry of Children and Families, which is your contact until your youth with special needs turns 19.  Come and say Hi and meet other parents/family/friends facing similar challenges, over some coffee and snack.

•·        Anybody know of any summer or day camps in the Coquitlam area for kids with disabilities?  (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, New Westminster...)? Reply to: Tammy van der Kamp:

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•·        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


•·        Navigating high school with Asperger's  ... As if it's not tough enough being a teen: Young people with autism spectrum disorders face added challenges

•·        Alberta commits to 'inclusive' special education system in long-awaited response
 In a long-awaited government response to the future of special education, the province has committed to creating an "inclusive education system" which will be "appropriately resourced."

•·        Does anyone know of a social or support group for young adults with Aspergers Syndrome or ASD? Reply to who will forward

•·         Autism and Siblings: "I'm Here too, Mom!"  

•·        Genome Canada Funded Research Uncovers Key Changes In DNA In Individuals With Autism


•·        Link Between ADHD, Low Maternal Education, Lone Parents And Welfare Benefits

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 familiesCommunity Living British Columbia:Responsible for delivering services and supports for adults with developmental disabilities;  Ministry of Housing & Social Development: Responsible for education and support payments, work programs, bus passes and health and dental benefits for persons with disabilities.

•·        Group home cuts grim news for disabled

•·        Information for Families: Eligibility A new information sheet for families on eligibility for CLBC supports and services is now available.

•·        An Introduction to CLBC - Simplified Booklet  A new simplified booklet provides an introduction to CLBC's supports and services and is available at all CLBC offices.

6. Education

•·        What Leaving No Child Behind Really Means  Improving the academic performance of students with learning disabilities does not mean relaxing standards

•·        Vancouver school board warns of "horrendous" service cuts due to funding stalemate

•·        TUESDAY, JUNE 15th at 7:30 pm (at theLangley School Board Office). Langley's Board of Education will finally present a draft budget outlining the extent of cuts required to offset a massive budget shortfall for 2010-11. The deficit was a combination of provincial underfunding and financial errors made by the board in recent years. More information at: or

•·        THURSDAY, JUNE 17th at 7:00pm (at Mount Pleasant School): Public consultation on revised VSB budget: Parents, groups can register to speak. Details on both meetings & registration info on VSB website at:

7. Medical

•·        Complex child magazine June Edition: Vision and Hearing . Click here to view the entire edition

•·        Non-IV Administered Medication Just As Effective In Stopping Seizures

8. Policy

•·  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. Delta Meeting: June 16, 2010 Delta Delta Community Living Society #1 - 3800, 72nd Street Time: 3:00pm - 5:30pm Tel.: 604-946-9508.  Click here to  download a schedule of all the meetings.

9. Workshops & Training

•·        North Shore Community Resources Society is excited to be offering Tele-learning for Family Caregivers and Professionals: Be Prepared: Clear and Effective Health Care Planning Monday June 21, 2010 4:00pm & Tuesday June 29th 7:00 pm Ask a Doctor , Ask a Nurse: Caring for Family and Friends with a Life Limiting Illness. Monday July 5, 2010 7:00 pm & Thursday July 8th 4:00 pm. To register for the Care-Ring Voice call 1-866- 396-2433 or go to It's is easy and it's free! There is no catch! These workshops are open to anyone in BC.

•·        North Shore ASBC Lecture Series 7:00pm, Tues June 15 in the
Oak Room in the South Building of the Delbrook Recreation Centre, 600 West Queens Road, North Vancouver. The North Shore ASBC Support Group proudly presents: a presentation on ABA in the Classroom What it Can Look Like with Support from the School District by Nancy Walton, Teacher, Parent Sharon Baxter, MA, BCBA Coffee/Tea and snacks provided. Donations are greatly appreciated. Please RSVP to Carol at

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

•·  BCACL: Registration is now open for "Beyond Retention: Helping the New Employee Shine on the Job". Places still available!! 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

•·   BC Association for Community Living, Canadian Association for Community Living, and Family Focus Society   conference: "Families, a Journey of Generations Moving Mountains" October 22-24. This will be a great conference for families.

•·  See All ACT Upcoming Events

•·  POPARD's Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders - Practical ApplicationsA 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 Campus515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Registration is limited to 30 - Register early to avoid disappointment! Click here for Registration Form >

10. Seasonal


Kids Matter SUMMER CAMP  Anti-bullying Program - August 30-September 2 - Langley location only. Register at  

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

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:

Evan's Lake (8-16): 604-904-2221

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

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

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 ...

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

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

Zajac Ranch

British Columbia Easter Seals Camps  

Other Camps

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.

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

Canucks Autism Network Day & Overnight Camps - Tasha King 604.685.4049

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11. Other

•·        The 2010 DCLS Family Picnic will take place on July 9th from 10:30am - 2:00pm at Kirkland House (4140 Arthur Drive, Delta). RSVP's must be returned to Joanne Fee; 604-952-6475 or 604-946-9508 ext 222) no later than Monday, June 28th.  (Volunteers must also RSVP

•·        Grandparents Raising  Grandchildren  Legal Information Seminar . June 18 2010, 9:30 am to 12:00 noon, Deltassist; 9097 120 Street, Delta. You are invited to a presentation on the benefits, supports and legal resources available to Grandparents (or other relatives) with the sole responsibility of raising their Childcare also will be available. Presented by: Carol Ross, Executive Director,Parent Support Services Society of BC Participants must register ahead of time by calling Sharrie Dahl, 604 230 2265 or email

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

•·        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 callsEmail:  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

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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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