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Subject: November 24 09 Reach Parent Network Weekly Newsletter
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November 24th 09 REACH Parent Network

Weekly Newsletter


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

Port Moody family looking to connect with families who share similar experiences. Our eldest son Ayden is 4 years old. Just got diagnosed with ASD, he has anxiety issues and has GDD.. Does have bouts of self injury, hitting his head on hard object and using his fists to hit himself. Therefore he has to wear a helmet most times. We are looking to connect with families to help us navigate the system, we are in the process of getting therapies line up etc. We feel that getting/sharing information with other will be beneficial. Phone is 604 461-2997

·      Pictures with Santa!! White Spot in Tsawwassen Saturday December 12th...11:00 - 3:00. Picture with Santa by donation. All proceeds will go to Delta Life Skills.

·      Does anyone know of a Support Group for parents/individuals with cerebral palsy in the Kamloops area? Reply to

·        Funding now available for some BC residents with disabilities! The Equipment and Assistive Technology Initiative is now accepting applications. What is the Equipment and Assistive Technology Initiative (EATI)? Federal government funding of $4M a year (for 5 years) that will be used to acquire equipment and assistive technology, assessments, training and ongoing supports to enable people with disabilities to participate in the labour force, pre-employment training or volunteer sector. To be eligible for EATI funding you must: Be 18 years of age or older; Be A BC Resident; Be Unemployed or Employed with low skills (e.g. low English literacy, incomplete high school) and looking to upgrade; Be Ineligible for EI; & Demonstrate a need for Assistive Technology. How to Reach EATI: Toll free hotline: 877.333.7554?Email:

·      The December meeting of the Transition Parent group will be held on Wednesday, December 2nd  at 6:30pm. Guest speakers for the evening will be John Davies, CLBC (Community Living BC) and Sylvie Zebroff, Family Partnership Advisor for CLBC. John will give us an update on the recent reorganization of CLBC and Sylvie, who is CLBC's first Family Partnership Advisor, can tell us about her role in this new positionPacific Spirit Community Health Centre; 2110 West 43rd (@West Blvd).


2.  Reach Child and Youth Development Society 

2.a Reach News :

2.b Reach Workshops  (Childcare is available upon request)

·  Supporting Families Living with FASD and Complex Behaviour.  Come to share ideas, learn some new strategies, be enlightened , and meet others who are caring for and working with individuals with  Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Complex Behaviours . Thursday  Nov. 26, 2009 6-8pm Delta School District Boardroom 4585 Harvest Drive, Delta To Register: phone: 604.946.4101

·      Kids Friendship Club dates and times for Winter 2010. A group for children and youth with autism facilitated by behavioural consultants in a group of  8-10  children to strengthen socials skills and develop peer connections. Children must be able to manage safely and independently in a ratio of 4:1. Cost is $650.00 Located at 11425-84th Avenue North Delta BC. Call Elysa Philip, coordinator at 604-946-6622 ext.312 to discuss registration. The younger kids are ages 9-11. Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30pm, January 6th-March 10th; The older kids are ages 12-15 years old Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30pm January 5- March 9th

·       Changes to the Reach EIBI program and link to the new ABA page


3. Autism

·      Autism treatments: Risky alternative therapies have little basis in science...

·      ACT- Autism Community Training is pleased to announce that Chapter 3 -  Developing a Treatment Team for a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder is now available, including an extensive list of references and resources. 

·      Lookout for this movie: Including Samuel.

·      For mothers of children with autism, the caregiving life proves stressful... I never new that...

·      Asperger's Syndrome Wives Need Understanding

·      Autism by Cyndi Ringoen

·      The ABA Support Network Presents "Functional Analysis for Parents" Special Guest - Katie Allen, M.S., BCBA Behavior Consultant, ABLE Developmental Clinic. Parents and professionals alike will benefit from learning about this essential step in ABA treatment.  Through video, PowerPoint, and discussion, Katie will explain what functional analysis is and when to use it.  Tuesday, December 8, 2009 , 7-9pm, Surrey Sport and Leisure Complex, 16555 Fraser Hwy. Use Arena entrance and go up stairs to MP Room #3

·       Autism 2009 AWARES conference

·      Autism: Parent training complements medication for treating Behavioral Problems in Children With PDD.





5.         Community Living BC  ,  Ministry of Children and Family Development & Ministry of Housing and Social Development

·      Government Expels the Voices of People with Disabilities and their Families

BCACL is outraged at the government's decision to repeal sections of the Community Living Authority Act that ensure people with disabilities and family members are represented on the governing board of Community Living BC, the crown agency that provides services to people with developmental disabilities. The changes, as outlined in Bill 20, passed a third reading in the legislature on Wednesday, after debate and expressed opposition to the changes by the NDP. No consultation with the community was undertaken and no notice was given to community stakeholders of this impending change. Read the full press release here. What can you do? Write a letter to the editor. Write to your MLA. Click here for an MLA Finder. Write to or call the Premier:?Fax a letter to the Premier at 604-660-5488 (Constituency) or 250-387-0087 (Victoria)?Phone the Premier at 604-660-3202 (Constituency) or 250-387-1715 (Victoria). Write to or call Rich Coleman, Minister of Housing and Social Development. ?Fax a letter to the Minister at 604 882-3154 (Constituency) or 250 356-7292 (Victoria)?Phone the Minister at 604 882-3151 (Constituency) or 250 356-7750 (Victoria)

·      Individualized Funding Information Sessions - for self advocates and families?This session is for people interested in learning about Community Living BC's (CLBC) two Individualized Funding payment options for adults: Direct Funding and Host Agency Funding. This information session will explain how IF can be accessed by individuals who are eligible for CLBC adult services and their families. We will also discuss things to think about when deciding whether IF is right for you. Sessions will be held in Fort St. John, Kamloops, Prince George, Kelowna and Cranbrook. Download the flyer for different times and locations.

·      CLBC The Citizen  Current Edition


6. Education

·       Including Students. with Exceptionalities..

·       How one family won the battle to ban homework

·      Gates Foundation gives $335M for teacher quality,.

7. Medical

8. Policy


·      Put aside $3 Billion for the Kids

·      Families disowned? - Public Eye Online

·      21 Nov 2009 ... BC Government Politics Blog,

·       New deal for disabled

9. Workshops & Training

·      ?> See All ACT Upcoming Events??Register now for Early Bird Rates!

·  Building Social Relationships: Social Skills Groups in Surrey for teens and young adults with ASD Group members will be videotaped interacting with a partner and will watch themselves on videotape. This technique is called video self-modeling and has been supported by research as being an effective learning tool for individuals with ASD. Winter Term:  January 13 to March 3, 2010 (8 weeks) Spring Term: March 24 to May 12, 2010 (8 weeks) Young Teen Group (ages 12 to 14) meets Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 pm  Older Teen Group (ages 15 to 19) Wednesdays from 7:45 to 8:45 pm Registration Deadline for Winter Term is Friday, January 9, 2010. Registration Deadline for Spring Term is Friday, March 20, 2010. Cost: $400 plus $45 registration fee which covers a screening interview. Location: 15353 92nd Avenue, Surrey. To Register contact Joanne Drummond Phone# 604-306-4475

·  Monday November 30, 2009 Teleseminar "Bridging Interests: 1" The first installment in our series about the importance and purpose of Interests. To register now,  click here . Deadline for registration is 8:00pm Nov 28, 2009 (pacific time)

·  Douglas College Employment Specialist Series  2009/2010 . SUPPORTED SELF EMPLOYMENT CRN: 31485 Dates: (8 days) Nov 23, 24, 25 & 26 Nov 30, Dec 1, 2 & 3 2009. Times: 830 am to 430 pm (56 hours) Tuition: $795 (includes materials) Location: Douglas College New Westminster, 700 Royal Ave . SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT: FOUNDATIONS AND APPLICATION CRN: 11079 Dates: Jan 21 & 22, Feb 4, 5, 11, 12, Mar 4, 5, 18, 19 . Times: 8 am to 5 pm 144 hours (80 hours classroom plus 64 hours off campus project) Tuition: $1495 (includes materials) Location: Douglas College New Westminster, 700 Royal Ave Course information contact 604 864 5770 loc 310. Easy Phone Registration with credit card:  604 527 5472  Quote CRN



10. Seasonal

·      Celebrate the Christmas Season with the Down Syndrome Research Foundation on Friday, December 4th! ..

·      Coral Princess & Disney 6th Annual  Disney and a Cruise for People with Disabilities, Their Family and Friends! Trip Dates: May 2nd to May 10th, 2010 Spend 4 great days in Anaheim staying at The Clarion Anaheim (or an upgraded Hotel, based on number in the Group) Before Transferring to San Pedro Pier. Sail for 4 days on the Beautiful Coral Princess, Enjoy the fantastic dining and great entertainment on board ship, before arriving in Vancouver. Fantastic value with lots of extras. Contact  ALEX YATES, Travel Counsellor, Tel. 250 590 9562,,

·      Deltassist's Christmas Hamper & Toy Depot?Registration

·      Connecting Minds: Fall Newsletter

·      Welcome to the November 101 friends e-newsletter! 




 11. Other

Move, Groove and Chill!


·  Power up your workout with this energizing class that integrates dance, martial arts and yoga! No previous experience required. This class is open to everyone, particularly those with developmental disabilities and their care providers. Come one, come all! For more information please call Farah at 604 682-3269 ext 6169. Dates: 5 Thursdays, January 7-February 4, Time: 10:45am to 11:45am, Location: Kits Community Centre Dance Studio

·  Take a peek at what we have added to the Deltassist Information & Referral website. 

Christmas Programs; 

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·      BCCPD is putting together an edition of Transition magazine that we hope will inspire and help people with disabilities to get out into the community and ‘connect' and ‘participate.'  We want to provide relevant, practical and insightful ideas from individuals and organizations.?We're writing you to ask for your expertise and your advice.  The good news is we need only very short pieces - 200 words maximum!??We're thinking of participation/connection in the broadest possible way. ?Your input will be much much appreciated. If you have the time to contribute, our deadline to receive Recipes is November 26. Any questions, please contact Ann Vrlak at file:///x-msg/ or 604-842-1176.




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