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Subject: July 20 2010 Reach Parent Network Weekly Newsletter
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20 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...

•·        "Family with child with cerebral palsy wanting to talk to another family who has gone through the rod surgery already. Please call Catherine at 250-752-3052.

•·        I am mom to a lovely young man who will be 23 next week with Aspergers.

While he/we found relative support when he was in the public system

(K-12) there appears to be nothing for the young adult. I am looking for a group where he can socialize and/or has a therapeutic focus for Aspie challenges. Do you wonderful MOMs know of what is 'out there' in the Lower Mainland?  Please respond to

2.  NEWS

•·        A pair of North Shore inventors were among five people honoured for improving the lives of people with disabilities through innovation. 

•·        Vancouver Sun article re: grouping students based on ability

•o   Letters to the editor can be sent to:

•o   Letters must contain the author's name, address and a daytime telephone number. Maximum length is 200 words; shorter is better.

•·        It's wrong to group students based on their ability BCACL Response

 3.  Reach Child and Youth Development Society

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4.  Autism

•·        Autism-Related Study Discovers How Drug Interferes With Neuronal Cell Function

•·        New study shows vaccines cause brain changes found in autism

•·        Newsweek Article:  Is sitting while Autistic a Crime?

•·        New Technology Reveals A Unique Vocal Signature In Autism


•·        TV Viewing, Video Game Play Contribute To Kids' Attention Problems

•·        Calming your fearful child Five ways to soothe your worried child.

•·        ADHD Behavior Secrets: Better Discipline for Children

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.

8.  Ministry Information

NEW BC Disability Benefits Help Sheets These were updated recently, and they include information about:
- Income Assistance for Persons with Disabilities
- Persons with Disability (PWD) funding
-Disability Tax Benefit
-Registered Disability Savings Plans and more...

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

•·                    CLBC ANNUAL REPORT

•·        Personalized Supports Initiative (PSI) Facts about Assessment

•·        NEW Assessor Report Forms

•·        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

•·        Sir Ken Robinson talks about how schools kill creativity - TED TALKS!  Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types...Have a listen - you may be inspired and have a wee giggle as well!

10. Medical

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

  11. Policy

12. Workshops & Training

•·  Fulfilling YOUR Dreams: A Self Advocate One Day Conference

Date:      August 12, 2010

Time:    9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Where:   Holiday Inn Express, Richmond

10688 No. 6 Road., Richmond

Cost:     Early Bird - $30

Standard - $35

Presented by: Richmond Society Self Advocates For more information call:

Nancy Long 604-279-8743 or Shannon Crofton 604-279-8267

•·        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* Travel Tips for People with Disabilities and their Families

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


•o   Adaptive Summer Dance Camps at RNB DANCE

•o   Semiahmoo House Society Summer Camps

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 ...

•·        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

•·        Check out this new Specialized Learning Centre

•·        Supportive Sibling Relationships: The Essential Ingredients

•·        2nd annual Rare Disease Foundation BBQ and Picnic.  Please sign up if you have not already done so.   Please RSVP to: Sunday July 25th at the Burnaby Village Museum from 11am to 4pm. We will congregate at the meadow beside the Carousel. Fun!  Food!  Carousel Rides! Explore the heritage museum! We will have hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, vegetables, salads, lemonade and homemade desserts. This is an opportunity for all of us to have fun and socialize in a great setting.  Parents who have children with rare diseases can meet with each other and  with other children.  It will also be a great opportunity for the whole Rare Disease Foundation community to meet, socialize and have fun!  We are inviting parents, friends, neighbours, relatives, medical workers and researchers and their families to come together.  There will be free admission to the Burnaby Village Museum for picnic attendees.  Come on out and have a great time!  There is no charge but donations for food will be gratefully accepted onsite. We would love as many of you to attend as possible but we need to know who is coming (so we can inform the ticket office about who is with the Rare Disease Foundation) . Please RSVP to:

•·  Special Olympics Open House and Registration July 24th

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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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