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Subject: July 13 2010 Reach Parent Network Weekly Newsletter
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13 July 10 REACH Parent Network Weekly Newsletter.

To submit for our newsletter please contact Pam Collins at or 604-946-6622 ext 359

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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.

2.  NEWS

•·        Airline Pricing for People with Disabilities and Attendants
As you may know, since the One Person/ One Fare policy was passed, many airlines have implemented special pricing for attendants of people with disabilities. WestJet, for example, only charges taxes and fees for the attendant, who must first go through an initial approval process. For information on Westjet and AirCanada's 'One-Person/One-Fare' policies, visit these links:    Westjet        AirCanada

•·        This Saturday July 17th bring the kids to the 9th Annual Children's Day at the Tsawwassen Town Centre mall from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Drop by the Reach info table and say hi. Reach preschool teachers will be there with fun crafts for kids to make & to answer questions about preschool. Info on all of our programs and services will be available. There will also be a bouncy castle, gymnastics curcuit, face painting, Delta Potters clay station, colouring station, twisty ballons, Delta Community Police Child ID booth, jugglers and more. See you there!

 3.  Reach Child and Youth Development Society

Reach News

Reach on Facebook

Reach on Twitter

4.  Autism

•·        Eating disorders and ASD

•·        The Invisible Epidemic Some people might be getting worried because so many kids have an autism diagnosis and yet officially, the cause is unknown.  The good news is Dr. James Coplan recently had three articles published on the Psychology Today blog all about how we aren't really in the midst an autism epidemic.

•·        FREE app for Iphone, Ipad, Ipod - Model me kids going places.


•·        World's Largest ADHD Study Underway At UQ, Australia

•·        Keys to a Successful Summer for ADHD Kids

•·        Instant Download: 25 Benefits of ADD

•·        Impulse Control

6. Downs Syndrome

•·         Casper Lja Continues to inspire and educate people on his Journey across Canada - finishing in BC summer 2010

•·         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.

7.  FASD

•·  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.

•·        Binge drinking puts babies at risk for learning disorders

8.  Ministry Information

* NEW*  Excellent resource on Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)

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

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Denise Turner as the new Chair of the Community Living BC Board of Directors. Drawing on her 15 years experience in the financial services sector, Denise has been responsible for finance, legal and contract negotiations for various property management and real estate companies. Denise has served on several boards of directors in the past including eight years as Vice Chair of the Board of the BC Provincial Health Services Authority; Board Chair of the YWCA of Vancouver; Board Chair of Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland; Vice Chair of the BC Aviation Council; and a Director and Trustee of the Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies. She currently serves on the Honorary Advisory Board of Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland and is a recipient of HRH Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee Award for outstanding service to British Columbia and to Canada.

•·        Personalized Supports Initiative (PSI) Facts about Assessment

•·        CLBC has released the following information on their Guide to Support Allocation:

•o    Guide to Support Allocation - Policy - Draft

•o    Guide to Support Allocation - Questions and Answers - distributed to CLBC staff last week

•o   Catalogue of Services - Policy - Draft

•o   Catalogue of Services - Draft

•o   Catalogue of Services - Questions and Answers - distributed to CLBC last week

•o   Resource Allocation Schedule - Final - June 2010 

The Guide and policy is still in draft format as they hope the coming year of practice will provide opportunities for clarification and improvement. 

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

•·        *NEW*    NEW Eligibility Policy effective JULY 1, 2010

•·        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)

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

9. Education

•·        Teaching Time Management to Students with Learning Disabilities

10. Medical

•·        Reviewing The Impact Of Technology On Child Development And Behavior

•·        Local Parents Concerned About Wi-Fi in Schools

•·        Self-Hypnosis Benefits Children And Teens With Tourette Syndrome

•·        Complex child magazine Click here to see the July Edition

  11. Policy

12. Workshops & Training

•·        OPEN DOOR GROUP is hosting two information sessions focused on the Customized Employment Program offered at Open Door Group. The format will be a brief presentation (15-20min) on the Customized Program philosophy, service structure, eligibility, etc, followed by 40 mins of open discussion, question and answer session.Learn more about ASPIRE, the Customized Employment Program - For persons with disabilities whose primary barriers to employment are:

• Developmental

• Neurological

• Mental health conditions

• Other cognitive conditions

• Autism Spectrum Disorder

• Learning disorders 

The objective is to provide information to persons who may be eligible, parents, family members, caretakers, etc who may know someone who could benefit from the program. We are hosting two sessions in the Vancouver area next week:

July 13th - 6:15pm-7:30pm - Mount Pleasant Community Centre, Multipurpose Room #2 (2nd Floor) (1 Kingsway in Vancouver, B.C - Main and Kingsway)

July 14th - 6:30pm-7:30pm - Britannia Community Centre, Family Activity Room - 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver

 If you know of anyone who may be interested in attending, please have them register, by simply sending Alona Puehse an email ( or calling Alona Pueshe at 778 554 9600.

•·        Best Practices: High School Transitions and Inclusive Work for Students with Disabilities.  September 20 and 21, 2010 Dr. Paul Wehman of Virginia Commonwealth University will be presenting the most current research and practice on inclusive real work for real pay for students with disabilities during the high school years. Dr. Wehman is a pioneer of inclusive employment practices for students with disabilities and was voted one of the top 10 special educators of the millennium.  Read the brochure here.

•·  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!

13. Seasonal

•·  * NEW* Are you using the best sunscreen? Is yours harming or helping?


•·        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    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

•·  LDAFS Summer Programs for Children ages 7 - 14

•·        Surrey: 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 DSRF Summer School

•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

13. Other


•·   The DCY Basketball Association promotes and supports the development of youth with developmental challenges through basketball. Females 12-18 years old are welcome to join. Learn to play in a non-competitive and fun environment. Contact: Angie Woof at 604-506-1879 or e-mail 

•·  Yelling doesn't work - what does? It's summer. Kids play. They get involved in their games and activities. So involved, in fact, that when you want to talk to them, it can be hard to get their attention. Here's what to remember. Yelling doesn't work.

•·   Pacific Assistance Dog Society   - PADS exists to help individuals facing the challenges of a physical disability (other than blindness), by raising, training and placing life changing assistance dogs. We support these successfully matched teams throughout their working lives. PADS trains 3 types of assistance dogs: Service Dogs for people with physical disabilities, Hearing Dogs for the Deaf or hard of hearing and Facility/Therapy Dogs for therapeutic placements in long term care, group homes, hospitals and schools or Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) settings.

•·  Special Olympics Open House and Registration July 24th

•·  From TED TALKS A second opinion on learning disorders by Aditi Shankardass

•·   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.

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

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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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