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Subject: August 18 2010 Reach Parent Network Weekly Newsletter
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18 August 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...


·      HHello - I have a parent looking for a Medical Doctor who is familiar with and in favor of the DAN protocol - please respond to

2.  NEWS

·      BCACL Meeting for Families in Delta and Richmond Area  Most of us are aware that British Columbia is in a time of financial crisis. Unfortunately this is impacting families who have members with developmental disabilities. Do you have a son or daughter with a developmental disability who is now eligible for funding through Community Living British Columbia and has been denied? Do you feel that the current level of service accessed by your family member is not adequate? Has your family member been placed on a wait list for adult services or funding?If you answered yes to any of the above questions I would like to invite you to attend a meeting, hosted by the BC Association for Community Living for families living in the Richmond and/or Delta communities:

When: Tuesday, August 24, 7:00-9:00 pm

Where: Holiday Inn Express, 10688 No. 6 Road, Richmond BC

Cost: FREE

(right across from SilverCity Richmond Theatres)

Please come and tell your story so that we can develop strategies to raise awareness about the issues of waitlists and inadequate supports for adults with developmental disabilities. We need to hear from you in order to influence decision makers to take action.

Please contact Faith Bodnar at 604-777-9100, extension 516 or at to confirm your attendance and if you have any questions.

·      Ministry closing children-in-care homes   Move comes before government review of programs is finished  The B.C. government is closing a number of staffed homes for children in care even before it completes a provincewide review of such programs, documents show.

·      Read more, access resources to support families and individuals and share your comments and concerns on our "Speaking Up: Group Homes" Webpage at:


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4.  Autism

·      Group ABA Children's Society

Enrolling for September 2010. We are now accepting enrollment for preschoolers and Kindergarten age children with an Autism Diagnosis. In partnership with ABA Learning Centre, we offer a daily Intensive ABA program in a group setting, allowing all children to experience a blend of 1:1 sessions and opportunities to learn play skills and socialize with peers. For more information or to complete an Intake form please contact GABA @ 604-876-4222 or ABA Learning Centre @ 604-232-4122 

·      Parents of children with autism: We struggle alone  For families with children with autism spectrum disorders - a range of developmental disabilities that cause social, communication and behavioral problems - each day can be emotionally overwhelming, stress-filled and isolating.

·      Video: Stephen discusses his Asperger's   Stephen from London, talks about his Asperger's and some of the problems he's had in his life because of his autism, and how he has overcome some of his obstacles through his music.

·      Vacation progress  Nate has always improved after a trip. Maybe it's the new location, maybe it's the new situations. Regardless, it never fails. We just returned from our week in Chicago "in honor" of Nate's upcoming 20th birthday. Outside of the usual events: toilet pictures, pizza dinners and new stores, two unusual and noteworthy occurrences took place.

·      iHelp for Autism  For autistic children, the new iPad is an effective, portable device for teaching communication and social skills. It's also way cool.


Annual Summer Family Picnic/BBQ 

Sunday, August 22, 2010 at Mill Lake # 2 (Water Park)

on Emerson rd, Abbotsford, BC

(near Gladwin intersection and outdoor pool)

12:00 noon until 4:00 pm

Food and drink provided

The event is free of charge and open to members and non-members of FVAS 


·      ADHD Could Be Misdiagnosed In Nearly 1 Million US Kids Say Researchers  Two studies published recently suggest there could be something wrong with the way ADHD is diagnosed in young children in the US, one found that nearly 1 million kids are potentially misdiagnosed just because they are the youngest in their kindergarten year, with the youngest in class twice as likely to be on stimulant medication, while the other study confirmed that whether children were born just before or just after the kindergarten cutoff date significantly affected their chances of being diagnosed with ADHD.


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

·      Screen all women on drinking to protect fetus: MDs  All women of childbearing age, and not just pregnant women, should be screened about how much alcohol they drink, new Canadian guidelines recommend.

·      Justice system ponders decriminalization for fetal alcohol offenders  Federal and provincial justice ministers plan this fall to tackle the issue of whether people with fetal alcohol syndrome who commit crimes belong in jail.

·      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


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.

·      Transformation update


Community 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.


9. Education

·      The future of education: reboot required  Being student-focused means understanding the unprecedented needs of today's youth. They are the first generation to come of age in the digital age. Computers, the internet, mobile devices, games and other technologies are part of the experience of youth.


10. Medical

·      Complex child magazine Click here for the August Edition


  11. Policy


12. Workshops & Training

·      Career Development for Youth and Adults with Disabilities on September 14 - 27, 2010.

·       Health and Wellbeing in Children, Youth, and Adults with Developmental Disabilities: Autism, Intellectual Disabilities and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders Pre-Conference Workshops: September 29, 2010 Main Conference: September 30, October 1, 2010 The Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites Vancouver, BC, Canada

·      DAVID PITONYAK in Vancouver September 30,2010

Beyond "Behaviours" - Supporting Competence, Confidence and Well-being Spectrum's 101 Friends Personal Support Networks project is excited to once again host David Pitonyak in Vancouver. Difficult behaviours result from unmet needs.  This workshop examines seven quality of life indicators that are often missing in the life of a person who experiences our services.  Based on the idea from Jean Clarke that a person's needs are best met by people whose needs are met, this day-long workshop examines strategies for supporting not only an individual who experiences disabilities but also the needs of his or her caregivers.9 - 4:30, Sept 30th, 2010 Vancouver Unitarian Church at 949 West 49th Avenue$100.00 including lunch.  To register, or 604-323-1433 or online at

·      Transforming Parent-Child Interaction with Positive Behaviour Support Presented by: Joseph Lucyshyn, Ph.D Friday & Saturday, December 3 & 4, 2010 - Vancouver

·      Oct 2nd, Vancouver: a co-hosted even by Vela, 101 Friends and Spectrum. Celebrating Stories of Community Living - 4 events in one! Crafting, Sharing and Learning!  "I hope, wherever you come from, there is someone who holds your story.  Someone who remembers you when you were knee-high to a grasshopper. Being known is critical to our well-being. Having our stories held and told by others gives us a sense of place in the world, a sense of belonging, what Pema Chodron has called, ‘the good ground.'"  from "Who Holds Your Story" by David Pitonyak. We're thinking we don't get together enough to just talk and share!   Please join us for a day co-hosted by the Vela Microboard Assocation, the 101 Friends Personal Support Networks project and Spectrum

·      THE RIPPLE EFFECT October 21, 2010 Come to beautiful Whistler for this exciting and informative retreat sponsored by BCACL especially designed for family members supporting a child with special needs or adult with a developmental disability. If you are committed to making communities more inclusive and welcoming and want to learn more about the community living movement, download the flyer for more information.

·      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.

·       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

·      Back-To-School Supplies Guide.  Buying school supplies is an annual end-of-summer tradition. It's also an opportunity to look for safer products for your children and their classrooms. The good news is that with a little time and attention, a backpack full of non-toxic school supplies is in reach

·      Back to school Shopping Tips



·      Heart of Sailing  introduces sailing for free to children and adults with developmental disabilities, such as Autism and Down Syndrome, as a form of education and recreational therapy. This is a one hour family or group adventure. Please note: we are unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.


For those with a disability aged 13 to 25.Ladner Leisure Centre is having a Splash Party on August 29 from 6pm to 8:30pm. There'll be a chance to learn waterpolo, water volleyball, under water hockey, and rock wall climbing among other things.For more information, call Renata at 604-952-3010 or Linsay/Scott at 604-946-3288.


13. Other

·       Grandparents Raising Grandchildren events:  2nd Annual GRG Picnic in Surrey August 22, 2010. Everyone is invited to attend! Information on the time and location is here. To register please call 604-669-1616 ext. 100 or e-mail your name to

·       DOES MY CHILD HAVE SENSORY INTEGRATION DISORDER?  The following is a checklist of some common symptoms of sensory integration disorder.  If your child exhibits many of these symptoms to a large degree, it's a great idea to contact a good Occupational Therapist who will create a sensory diet for your child.

·      Sensory Smart Website!

·      The BC GOV has funding for training for innovation.  The program is designed to provide eligible employers with funding for employee training in order to:

·       Improve productivity

·       Support the introduction of new technology, machinery/equipment or work processes

·       Enhance international competitiveness

·       Introduce innovative training and workplace strategies to increase the long term competiveness of the organization and its workforce.

The Next Chapter Book Club  offered by the Centre for Specialized Learning  (CSL), is committed to providing adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities literacy and social interaction experiences that encourage friendship and lifelong learning within a community-based setting.

·      A CALL TO ACTION by Benjamin Snow   I'm a 23-year-old college student with big dreams for my life! I also have cerebral palsy, and I use a power wheelchair and other assistive technology devices. I want to get through college and make a difference in the world, I like to stay up late and sleep in, and-well, I'm just a regular person. But you wouldn't know that by how some people behave.

·      BC Epilepsy E Newsletter - resources for teachers and parents!

·      The Role of Social Cognition in Talking to Different Audiences

·      BC211  We've changed! The Information Services Vancouver Society has officially become the 211 British columbia Services Society. Our agency name is now BC211.


Racing around in a sporty wheelchair is a fun and healthy activity for a child with a disability. It gives them an opportunity to challenge themselves, develop fundamental movement skills and participate in play and sport with their peers. If your child has a mobility impairment (they don't have to use a wheelchair all the time), can push a manual chair on their own, reside in British Columbia and were born prior to Jan. 1, 2002 - please take advantage of this great offer. Applications must be in by Oct. 1, 2010!

·      Parenting Special Needs Current Issue

·      Welcome to the 101 Friends Personal Support Networks e-newsletter!  August Edition


Reach posts a variety of material in this newsletter for the information of our readers only. Reach neither endorses nor condemns this material. We urge readers to consider this information with a critical eye and to form their own opinions about its validity or applicability to their situation.


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


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