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Subject: June 29 2010 Reach Parent Network Weekly Newsletter
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29th June 10 REACH Parent Network Weekly Newsletter.

Renie D'Aquila, Executive Director of Reach Child and Youth Development Society, is thrilled to announce that Si Stainton, Coordinator of Reach Society's popular Parent Network has accepted a new position with our neighbors and sister organization, the Delta Community Living Society. Si has been hired to provide family support and to oversee Delta Community Living's Respite Program. During her time with Reach Society Si initiated Reach's Parent Network. This newsletter has grown to provide news bulletins and disability research to hundreds of families weekly.  Reach Society is looking forward to working together with Delta Community Living Society and Si in her new position where our mandates overlap and as we strive to find new ways to better support youth transitioning to adult services.  If you need to contact Si in her new role you can contact her at  or tel: 604 946 9508 ext 230.

Pam Collins is replacing Si as Reach Society's new Parent Network Coordinator.  Pam has been with Reach Child and Youth Development Society for 7 years.  She started as a Consultant for the Positive Behavior Support Program and is now the acting Parent Training Workshop Coordinator and a valued Reach workshop facilitator.  She is a recognized educational speaker for families and teaching staff of exceptional children.  She is the co-founder of the Richmond Autism Interagency Committee and the very proud parent of two wonderful sons, one of whom has autism.

You can contact Pam at the Parent Network at: or 604-946-6622 ext 359.

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...

•·        I am looking for respite work.  I have been working with an adult with brain damage on the weekends for the past two years. I am now looking for a full time respite position.  I have 4 years experience working with a variety of people with disabilities, primarily children with autism.  I am seeking a full time position as I have a passion for working with people. I am available Monday-Friday day times - flexible in the evenings and weekends.  I am also open to overnights as well. My name is Rebecca Gaal  and my email address is 

•·        I'm a mom who has a child with ASD. Recently, I graduated from the Educational Assistant program at Langara College. I have experience, knowledge, ability to understand a child and their family needs and would like to apply these qualities to support Special children and their families.
If you are looking for a support worker, teacher assistant, behavior interventionist or respite worker, I'm very passionate about doing this. My name is Tatyana and my
  email is or phone # 604 454 9454. I would be happy to provide my resume and references.

•·        We have just moved to Ladner and are looking for BI's to work with our two little boys with Aspergers.  My phone number is 778.434.2258. Thanks so much, Maureen.

•·        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

BCACL New Board of Directors

Help for understanding the RDSP

BC Boosts Before and After School Programs

ANCA in the news

Study Paper on Family Caregiving "Family caregivers face significant work-related consequences such as short-term and long-term poverty caused by a loss of employment income," said Staff Lawyer Krista James.  "Court decisions suggest a trend of not supporting workers who require workplace accommodation in order to balance work and care.  Family caregiving saves the health care system a lot of money.  It is time to question whether the law should provide caregivers with more job protection and greater benefits."

MCFD Screening Checks for Extended Family Program

 3.  Reach Child and Youth Development Society

Reach News

Reach on Facebook

Reach on Twitter

4.  Autism

•·        Robots as autism therapists?

•·        US Hospital autism outreach program to aid Education

•·        Nonverbal autistic student to give commencement address

•·        Here is Jeremy's speech!

•·        Eric Duquette's Rhode Island Graduation Speech

•· - local ABA Support website


•·        Neurofeedback beneficial for ADHD

•·        New Step by Step book for ADHD

•·        Diet and ADD

6.  Ministry Information

Ministry of Children and Family Development: Responsible for providing a range of services and supports for children and youth with special needs and their families

Community Living British Columbia: Responsible for delivering services and supports for adults with developmental 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

Translated CLBC Simplified Booklet

English (471KB)

Punjabi (741KB)

Chinese - Simplified (637KB)

Spanish (564KB)

Chinese - Traditional (731KB)

Tagalog (560KB)

French (562KB)

Vietnamese (568KB)

Hindi (758KB)


•·        Notice for Service Providers on HST This notice is intended to provide information for service providers on the harmonized sales tax (HST), which comes into effect on July 1, 2010.

Ministry of Housing & Social Development: Responsible for education and support payments, work programs, bus passes and health and dental benefits for persons with disabilities.

7. Education

•·        Budget cuts discriminatory to Special Needs Students

•·        Functional Curriculum resources available to teachers

8. Medical

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

•·        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


CLBC's Transition Planning Protocol

Special Needs Transition roles ages 14 and above  

Special Needs Transition Factsheet

Special Needs Transition Planning Protocol

Special Needs Transition Planning Questions and Answers

The role of the Advocate for Service Quality has been expanded to include youth with special needs and their families transitioning into adulthood.

10. Workshops & Training

•·  3rd Annual FASD "Creating Change" Fall Conference: FASD Collaboration Roundtables  Oct 22nd and 23rd, 2010 at Douglas College New Westminster Campus. For more information and registration, click here.

•·  Mental Illnesses and Developmental Disabilities."  hosted by "Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Services," part of the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health. This course is suitable for families, teachers, social workers, nurses, group home staff, counselors, and other professionals working with those with developmental disabilities, mental health issues and/or behavioural issues.  The course meets weekly on Fridays starting in early September, going through until mid-December.  It does have a considerable amount of take home homework.  At the end of the program participants will have been introduced to all of the major mental illnesses, will have completed a behavioural assessment and intervention package as their homework, and will have heard about many other related topics such as counseling, sexual health, family systems, etc.  Our instructors include several behaviour therapists, many nurses, a psychologist, an art therapist, a music therapist, a sexual health therapist and more. If interested contact

•·  School District 70 (Alberni) Student Support Services is proud to present...
Dr. Gordon Neufeld, Level 2 Intensive Challenging Childhood Problems
August 23 to 27, 2009

Time: Monday to Friday 8:30 am 1:30 pm
Parksville Conference Centre 132 E. Jensen Avenue, Parksville, B.C. Registration Fee: $450.00 (morning refreshments provided)
Due to increasing demand for more intensive training, Dr. Neufeld has added a second level of training that builds on the conceptual foundations provided in the first week intensive.  The focus of this intensive is the challenging problems of childhood and youth: aggression, resistance, oppositionality, anxiety, dominance problems, bullying, compulsiveness, attachment problems, separation problems and much more.  The objective is to make sense of these problems and from this foundation of insight, to outline strategies for treatment and intervention. The basic prerequisite for this intensive is the Level One Week Intensive or its equivalent (i.e., five or six day courses) in the conceptual foundations of Dr. Neufeld's attachment-based developmental paradigm. For more information contact: Tamara Strijack Lis Kroeker
Barb Witte at 250 720-2770 or email at

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

•·        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


•·        Martial Arts & Life Skills Training Program

For Children/Youth with Special Needs & Disabilities

Monday, July 19th - Friday, July 23rd

Time: 9:00 - 3:00pm For Children ages 6 - 19

•o   Adaptive Summer Dance Camps at RNB DANCE

•o   Semiahmoo House Society Summer Camps

•o   Week #5 - July 19 - 23 - Semi Famous Musical Theatre (5 days) - $255 + $23.40 (HST) = $278.40
Week #6 - July 26 - 30 - Rec Rockers Band! (5 days) - $255 + $23.40 (HST) = $278.40

•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    NEW Delta Parks and Rec is putting on a specialty swim for children with disabilities during the summer at the Ladner Pool.  Classes start July 5th and go to August 30th.  Cost is $50.00 Call (604) 952-3000 to register (this is not in the Guide)

•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

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

12. Other

•·        Charity Donations

 Disneyland trip for children with epilepsy


•·   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.

•·  Phone App first for Epilepsy A leading medical charity is using the latest technology to make young people more epilepsy aware.

•·        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

Tel: 604-946-6622, ext 359,

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