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Subject: June 22- 2010 Reach Parent network newsletter
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22nd 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.

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

•·        WWalking for kids with disabilities
On Saturday, June 26, Isaac will be leading the 1 km walk for the Fraser Valley Child Development Centre's first-ever Helping Kids Shine run, walk and roll event at Sardis secondary school.

•·        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

•·        Do you know of a lawyer in Lower Mainland (or North Shore) that has dealt with issues surrounding children on the spectrum and  ABA in schools - specifically the Hewko case?

•·        *****POLL QUESTION: Is there enough interest/concern among K-12 families to propose a meeting of parents/groups to explore potential legal challenge(s)? Does anyone know where the Jeffrey Moore case stands now - is it still stuck waiting for a reply at the Supreme Court?
Please reply to ASAP if you are interested, as we could help connect people who are via the various networks.

•·        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

•·        Here is a petition urging reforms to MCFD that was started by Leah Flagg, the mom whose young kids were taken away by MCFD child protection workers because she rescued her older son with mental health problems off the street when MCFD and CLBC refused to offer him any support.
The abandonment of youth turning 19 who have developmental disabilities and other challenges on the basis of an arbitrary IQ cut-off, or a lack of funding for required supports continues to cause grave crises for young adults and their families across the province. CBC did a report on their heartbreaking story: Kids Removed
Sign the petition: PETITION

2.  NEWS

Children at risk

The province has done a poor job ensuring kids living with relatives outside B.C. foster system are safe, watchdog Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond says

Child Safety Spat Sparks Call for the Minister to Resign

The Opposition NDP is calling for British Columbia's children's minister to resign over her refusal to check on the safety of kids in the Child in the Home of a Relative program. The New Democrats' children's critic, Maurine Karagianis, said it's "unconscionable" that Minister Mary Polak has ignored the warnings of the province's representative for children and youth that large numbers of children in the program could be at risk.

MCFD Screening Checks for Extended Family Program

 3.  Reach Child and Youth Development Society

Reach News

Reach on Facebook

Reach on Twitter

4.  Autism

•·        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

•·         Prince Edward Island Autism Action Plan

•·        Nonverbal autistic student to give commencement address

•·        Eric Duquette's Rhode Island Graduation Speech


•·        ADHD 101

•·        TED TALKS - Entrepreneurs and ADHD

6. 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.

•·        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

7. Education

•·        Functional Curriculum resources available to teachers

•·        Press Release: Delta School District Welcomes Dianne Turner as new Superintendent of Schools

8. 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

•·        The ‘Teens2Twenties' Bipolar Peer Support Group will be a place of comfort and understanding before, during and after the highs and lows caused by bipolar disorder become overwhelming. The goal is to create a safe and comfortable place to visit and participate with peers who have bipolar disorder in a 60 minute session once per week. Andrea Paquette (778) 678-2223

 9. Policy

Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities
The Government of British Columbia has recently redesigned B.C.'s income assistance programs. The new system, while focusing on employment for those clients who are able to work, ensures that assistance is there for persons with disabilities. Currently Persons with Disabilities receive the highest rate of assistance available in British Columbia and the third highest among Canadian provinces. The Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act specifically includes: a new definition based on a person's ability to carry out daily living activities; the recognition of mental illness as a disability; and, the right to participate in the labour force [as one is able] while maintaining the disability designation. For more information, please see:

How to Apply for Persons with Disabilities Assistance

Disability Assistance and Trusts booklet

Persons with Disabilities Fact Sheet

Persons with Disabilities Brochure 

Other Disability Related Information  

Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act  
Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Regulations


Special Needs Transition roles ages 14 and above   *NEW

Special Needs Transition Factsheet

Special Needs Transition Planning Protocol

Special Needs Transition Planning Questions and Answers

10. Workshops & Training

•·         Speaking of Kids Conference - October 22, 2010 - HENRY WINKLER back by popular Demand!  Learning Disabilities Association of Vancouvee

•·        2010 Naturally Autistic ANCA Presentation  October 30, 2010 UBC Square Theatre - Calling for Award Nominations and Art Submissions

•·         FAMILY FOCUS CONFERENCE  "Families, a Journey of Generations Moving Mountains" October 22-24. This will be a great conference for families. Advance Program available here  If you are thinking of going it is advisable to book accommodation early, as the Chateau Whistler will be a draw. Register Here

•·  See All ACT Upcoming Events

•·   POPARD's Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders : 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 Campus515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver Registration is limited to 30 - Register early to avoid disappointment!

11. Seasonal


Free Sailing and Hiking for a day! Disabled Sailing Association of British Columbia and British Columbia Mobility Opportunity Society are holding a kid's day to enable young people of all ages to experience adaptive sailing and hiking. Join us from 11am to 5pm on Saturday, June 26. It's free!  The event is held at Jericho Sailing Centre, 1300 Discovery St., Vancouver.  To reserve your spot, call 604-688-6464 ext. 114 (hiking) or 604-222-3003 (sailing).

•o   Semiahmoo House Society Summer Camps

•o   Week #5 - July 19 - 23 - Semi Famous Musical Theatre (5 days) - $255 + $23.40 (HST) = $278.40
This week long class will focus on all aspects of creating a movie musical. We will be making props, designing sets, finding costumes, recording a sound track, singing, dancing, and yelling ACTION!!! All in one week!!! This will be a high energy class! We will have a special screening for family and friends on the last day of class!
Week #6 - July 26 - 30 - Rec Rockers Band!(5 days) - $255 + $23.40 (HST) = $278.40
This intensive music seminar taught by Music Therapist Katherine Graff will teach the basics of taking care of your instruments, such as cleaning, tuning and changing strings. You will learn how to read both chord charts and tabulature/notes, as well as how to play different genres. Not to mention rocking out to your favourite songs (requests welcome)!! We will be focusing on rhythm and using found objects (pots, pans, and garbage cans to name a few) to create a percussion orchestra. All instruments welcome, no experience necessary.

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

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

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


•o   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:

•o   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

•o   Canada Revenue Agency  Fitness Credit


•o   Canadian Tire Jump Start - Various Community Centres


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

•o   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

•o   Early Foundations Preschool is offering a summer program.  Children aged 3 - 5.  Sign up for the whole summer or just a couple of weeks! Sign up for a week at a time. Program dates are: July 12 - 15, July 19 - 22, July 26 - 29, Aug 16 - 19, Aug 23- 26 Classes run from 9am - 11:30 am or 1pm -3:30 pm Price: Two days a week $60 (Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs) Four days a week $100 (Mon-Thurs). This is a great way to introduce your children to a pre-school setting!  Lots of fun activities! If you are interested please feel free to contact Miriam by phone or email.  
P: 604 444-3773 F: 604 431-9248

•·        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

12. Other


•·   The Family Support Institute is Compiling A Book Of Your Stories  in partnership with Community Living BC, is compiling a book of stories about our family members with developmental disabilities and the informal safeguards and relationships that makes their lives richer and safer.

•·        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)

•·         Down Syndrome Buddy Walk   Saturday, September 25th. Enjoy local entertainment and a delicious lunch.  For more details and to pre-register contact:  or Early Bird cut-off deadline is September 18th.

•·        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 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

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Pam Collins for Reach Child and Youth Development Society, Formerly known as the Delta Association for Child Development

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