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Subject: August 24 2010 Reach Parent Network Weekly Newsletter
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24 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.

·      MCFD'S PLAN TO SHUT DOWN RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES FOR HIGH NEEDS YOUTH WILL SAVE DOLLARS, BUT AT THE EXPENSE OF  CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND BC'S FOSTER CARE SYSTEM  The recent decision of the Ministry of Children and Family Development to shut down a number of staffed homes for youth requiring 24 hour supervision is another indicator that the ministry continues to make decisions that are not informed by research, claims the BC Association of Social Workers.

·      Moms on the Move is collecting stories from families concerned with these closures and has created a "Speaking Up: Group Homes" webpage

They also have a petition protesting group home closures for adults addressed to Rich Coleman, Minister responsible for Community Living BC.


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4.  Autism

·      Language As A Window Into Sociability  "Spoken language is probably the most important form of social interaction between people and, maybe not surprisingly, we found that the way the brain processes language mirrors the contrasting social phenotypes of Williams syndrome and autism spectrum disorders," says lead author Inna Fishman, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist in the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Salk, who conceived the study together with Debra Mills, Ph.D., currently a reader at Bangor University in UK.

·      Researchers find empirical link between multisensory integration and autism  The study, which appears in the August 17 online issue of Autism Research, supports decades of clinical and anecdotal observations that individuals with ASD have difficulty coping with multiple sources of sensory information. The Einstein finding offers new insights into autism and could lead to objective measures for evaluating the effectiveness of autism therapies.

·      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 



·      ADD/ADHD On-Line Expo Sept 12 - 18 Join us this September 12th - 18th for a series of presentations, live chats, Q&A, and demonstrations. You'll hear directly from the professionals and organizations who are working everyday to support YOU.

·      Study links pesticides to attention problems    Children whose mothers were exposed to certain types of pesticides while pregnant were more likely to have attention problems as they grew up, U.S. researchers reported on Thursday.

·      Life A New Remedy for ADD, ADHD and Apathy  Most cultural progress is led by people who disobey societal norms. In order to thrive in school, you have to obey, memorize and regurgitate.

·      New ADHD Study Shows The Potential Efficacy Of New Multi-Modal Hemispheric Based Program In Boosting Academic And Cognitive Performance Of 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

·  FASD is the most prevalent cause of mental handicap among Canadian children. Caused by maternal drinking during pregnancy, FASD poses difficult diagnostic challenges.  One of the hallmark physical features of FASD is the horizontal length of the eye slit opening (palpebral fissure). Affected children often have smaller eye slits for their age. To be able to define the relative size of the eye, it is crucial to have normative values from the population of healthy children. Till now these definitions were based on old data that did not include all racial and ethnic groups as represented in Canada. There was concern that some populations might have smaller eye size genetically. 

·      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

·      NEW  Eligibility Fact Sheets in different languages!


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

·      Idea: Give School Boards Power to Improve Learning  Province could make them 'venture educators' with real money to spend on experiments.

·      Developing long-term relationships between school and parents  The process involved in establishing a student's individualized education program (IEP) can nurture a climate of trust if certain steps are followed.

·      Ministry of Education's TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL YEAR

·      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


10. Medical

·      Inherited Brain Activity Predicts Childhood Risk For Anxiety  A new study focused on anxiety and brain activity pinpoints the brain regions that are relevant to developing childhood anxiety. The findings, published in the Aug. 12 edition of the journal Nature, may lead to new strategies for early detection and treatment of at-risk children.

·      Defeat Autism Now! International Clinicians

·      The Brains of Our Fathers: Does Parenting Rewire Dads? Fathers and their children reshape one another's neurons

·      Complex child magazine Click here for the August Edition


  11. Policy


12. Workshops & Training

·      Autism Canada Foundation's CHANGING THE COURSE OF AUTISM  Friday, October 1 and Saturday, October 2, 2010

MOUNT ROYAL UNIVERSITYRoderick Mah Centre of Continuous LearningCalgary, Alberta

·      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


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

·      Is Your Favorite Ice Cream Made With Monsanto's Artificial Hormones?

·      The CAN DO List!  What should be included in the Can-List? A person's abilities, strengths, talents, and/or interests.  Stay away from things like the pincer grasp, walking, crawling, reading level, appropriate behavior, etc., that reflect medical-model thinking. (You don't include that stuff when describing your strengths, do you?) What does the person do well now or want to do? What about unique personality traits, hobbies, interests, and much more! Who should contribute to the list? The person with a disability and the family, plus teachers, friends, professionals, and/or others.

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


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

·      Exceptional Family Magazine - current issue!

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


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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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