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Subject: September 9 2010 Reach Parent Network Weekly Newsletter
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9 September 2010 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 have a call from ACT BC for parent support to a family that speaks Darhi. I am hoping that you would let Stephanie Frey know if you speak Darhi or know of someone that does. You may contact Stephanie directly at: ACT - Autism Community Training Tel: 604-205-5467 or

·      From a parent:
I have confirmed with the Autism Funding Unit that service providers and/or parents can email invoices to them directly at They print out the invoices and time stamp them 2-3 times a day. It is a secured email box. Only a handful of people have access to that email box. They actually prefer a clear scanned image rather than a blurry fax. Also, individual BIs and therapists can email invoices bi-weekly to the ministry and are encouraged to fill out the form FIN312 to set up a direct deposit with the Ministry. They must call 1 877 777-3530 to request the FIN312 and mail back the original. However, big firms and therapists under a company, ie, ABA centre, Monarch House, ABLE, Loyst etc, can only invoice the Ministry once a month. Please pass on this information. Thanks

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

·      <Volunteers Needed for Blazin' Soccer Dogs >  2010 season!  Please see the link for more information.

·      Recently at the Family Support Institute we have been hearing stories of challenge and hardship for families throughout BC. We have offered our hand to as many of them as possible as they tackle their situations. Family Support is one of the things we do best at FSI and we are reaching out to as many people as we can to offer whatever support and guidance we can.
At FSI we also want to take the time to celebrate stories of joy and happiness. We truly believe that uplifting, joyful stories can benefit people in a variety of ways. By telling our stories and sharing them with others we give them the ability to celebrate hope and cherish and hold onto their dreams. We want to celebrate the ability of families to be resilient and the extent of human capacity in trying times as well as in our day to day lives.
FSI has agreed to work in partnership with CLBC to write a book of stories from families about the ways in which their loved ones have utilized informal safeguards. We have collected some stories so far and the inspiration and passion we have met with is outstanding.
We want to hear more! The positive energy and all of the stories has sparked a drive in us and we are hungry to hear from more of you. We want to hear about your lives and the lives of your loved ones; we want to hear about the relationships that have developed that have helped them remain safe in community and in their lives. Please consider contacting us to share your story.  Even if you don't personally have a story...perhaps you know someone who does? If you think you have a story or know of one please email Maria Glaze at to get started on finding ways to tell those wonderful stories to others.

2.  NEWS

·      The Provincial government's 2011 Budget Consultations are in Vancouver Sept 15th. Registration opens at 8am on the 9th .Hearings are also scheduled for other dates in other communities around the province.
Please circulate this and encourage groups and individuals to register to speak about any concerns they might have about budget cuts and underfunding for education, special education, autism & other early intervention pprograms, supported child care, adult group homes and other community living services etc, etc  Here is the link:
It is really important that MLAs on the committee hear loud and clear that British Columbians want to see vital supports and services for children and adults with developmental disabiliteis restored. If you can't present in person, the committee also receives input via email or online.

·      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.


 3.  Reach Child and Youth Development Society

·      Reach inclusive preschools offer enhanced learning, themed activities, field trips and other opportunities for social, emotional, cognitive and creative development, emphasizing the individual child's awareness of his or her self, peers, family and society. Teachers are ECE and Special Needs certified. We have preschools in both North Delta and Ladner.  To register your child for preschool or for more information call 604-946-6622 ext. 308 or 309

·      Positive Parenting; The Basics and Beyond! A two-evening interactive workshop on creating a positive, supportive atmosphere for your family interactions. You will learn positive strategies for dealing with difficult behaviour, how to diffuse power struggles, offer appropriate choices, be consistent, provide consequences, model appropriate behaviour and much ...more. Presented by Reach Child and Youth Development Society and facilitated by Camille Netherton and Pam Collins. At the Surrey Conference Centre 400 - 9260 140th Street Surrey Room #3 From 6:00pm - 9:00pm on September 29th and October 6th 2010 . Cost : $20.00 per person Coffee, Tea, water and snacks will be provided. To register call 604-946-6622 ext 343 , fax 946-6223 or email


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4.  Autism

·      The 5-Point Scale and Emotional Regulation by Kari Dunn Buron  Emotional regulation can be defined as the ability to separate your emotional responses to a problem from the thinking you must perform to resolve the problem. The 5-point scale is a visual system that can help to organize a person's thinking when working through difficult moments, particularly those that require social understanding.  Read more at the above link!

·      Video: Interview with Stephen Shore  Jack and Alex sit down with Stephen Shore, author of Understanding Autism for Dummies.

·      The Canucks Autism Network is pleased to announce the launch of the CAN Family Membership Program.  By becoming members of CAN, your family will be able to register and access CAN programs, events and activities available in your community, as well as access resources from the CAN Provincial Resource Centre. There is a one-time Annual Fee of $25.00 per family that can be paid by credit card online or by cash/cheque through a CAN representative. In order for your family to become members of the Canucks Autism Network, please complete/submit the following:
- the CAN Family Membership Online Registration Form
- $25 Membership Fee
- Proof of diagnosis for participants diagnosed with autism. We will accept a letter from a general practitioner, paediatrician, or child psychologist. This should be faxed, mailed, or emailed to the CAN office no more than 10 days after completing the Online Registration Form.- Current photo(s) of your family members. Once your payment and application forms are processed and all documents are received, your family will be able to register for CAN programs through our website. Register now!

·      Asperger Social and Support Group

A.S.S. - Asperger Social & Support Group
Founder - Tara Kimberley Torme


·       Alarming Increase In Autism Brings Together Hundreds Of Parents, Researchers And Clinicians From Around The World To Long Beach This October The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released new estimates that one in every 110 children (1 in 70 boys) is diagnosed with autism. Autism has become more common in our children than cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined. Autism affects children from all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds and places a tremendous economic burden on affected families and society at large, costing up to $3.2 million per child for a lifetime of care and over $35 billion in annual societal cost.

·      Toddlers With Autism May Fix Their Eyes On Geometric Patterns Rather Than Children Playing Children with autism may stare at geometric patterns when they are just 14 months old rather than look at kids playing around or doing yoga, say researchers in an article published in Archives of General Psychiatry. Children without autism prefer looking at other kids doing things, the authors added.  Read more at the link above.


·      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 26, 2010

Naturally Autistic® ANCA® announces its Inaugural International Naturally Autistic® ANCA® Awards
UBC Robson Square Theatre, Vancouver B.C., October 30, 2010 ˆ Our Naturally Autistic® ANCA® AWARDS have been created to honour the accomplishments of autistic individuals, their supporters and organizations that support autistic people. Our inaugural event will showcase entries from three countries ˆ Canada, U.S.A and Australia.  
The selected Award Recipients and the selected Art Submissions will be showcased at UBC Robson Square Theatre on October 30, 2010. They will also be showcased in the Winter Issue of
Naturally Autistic® Magazine.
To view more of the Press Release and samples of the art submissions please click on this link <>

·      Autism and ABA in the UK: A controlled trial  Patricia Howlin: Our data support the growing consensus that no one intervention for children with ASD is universally superior to all others (NIASA, 2003).

·      Five Benefits of growing up with an Autistic Sibling!  Every sibling relationship is unique, but having an autistic child in a family can impact the entire family dynamic. While much attention is paid to the challenges and difficulties faced by parents and siblings of autistic children, growing up with an autistic sibling also offers many advantages and hidden treasures that can help shape an individual's life and character. Here are five benefits of growing up with an autistic sibling:

·      Walk Now for Autism Speaks This is a family-friendly FUNdraising event so bring the whole family along. There are activities for children of all ages, resources for families, light refreshments and entertainment.
WHEN: Sunday, September 26, 2010, Registration starts 8:30 AM, Walk 10:00 AM
WHERE: Nat Bailey Stadium, Vancouver
COST:  There is no registration fee but participants should bring donations, see the link for more information about fundraising and team-building.



·      Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Appears Beneficial For Adults With ADHD  Adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who received medication and individual sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) showed greater improvement in symptoms through 12 months compared to patients who did not receive CBT, according to a study in the August 25 issue of JAMA.

·      Are Younger Children in Kindergarten more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD?  Read more in the Mentoring Boys September newsletter at the above link

·      Helping ADHD Students Get Organized for School  For ADHD children, the ability to organize, prioritize, and manage time is impaired by neurological deficiencies that make it hard for them to stay on top of school assignments. Find out how to help ADHD students master organization at home and at school.  Read more at link above.

·      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.


6. Downs Syndrome

·      Teen with Down syndrome faces school battle  The halls of College International Marie de France were filled once again this week with hundreds of students returning from their summer break, but one familiar face was not among them. Aurelia Lubrina, who has Down syndrome, has been a student at the Montreal private school for the last eight years. During that time, her family says the shy 15-year-old has made enormous progress -interacting with a diverse cross-section of students and teachers and attending many of the same classes as her peers.

·      We are pleased to advise that the incorporation of the BC Down Syndrome Centre Society is now complete !  We have updated our website <>   under the "About Us" tab to reflect our purposes and the names of our directors and members etc.  Under the new society we have also setup a proprietorship (owned by the BC Down Syndrome Centre Society) called:  Pathways of Hope Neurodevelopmental Services.  At some point we will have a seperate website for this with lots of information on neurodevelopment and how it can help those with developmental, intellectual, learning disabilities and autism.  In the meantime, those who are interested can visit these websites: <>   or <>    

·       Casper Lja Continues to inspire and educate people on his Journey across Canada - finishing in BC summer 2010  Check out the blog!

·       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

·      International FASD Awareness Day IS TODAY SEPTEMBER 9. Every year on September 9th, International FASD Awareness Day is observed.  Proclamations are issued in countries, states, provinces, and towns all around the world.  Bells are rung at 9:09 a.m. in every time zone from New Zealand to Alaska.  People all around the world gather for events to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy and the plight of individuals and families who struggle with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).  The first FASDay was celebrated on 9/9/99.  This day was chosen so that on the ninth day of the ninth month of the year, the world will remember that during the nine months of pregnancy a woman should abstain from alcohol.  Anytime is a good time to raise awareness about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). To learn about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, visit the FAS Community Resource Center website

·      PROVINCE RECOGNIZES FASD PREVENTION AND SUPPORT DAY Each year, on the ninth day of the ninth month, people in British Columbia and around the world recognize Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Prevention and Support Day to raise awareness of this disorder and highlight the importance of abstaining from alcohol during pregnancy.  Read more here at the above link.

·      EDUCATORS GO BACK TO SCHOOL TO HELP KIDS WITH FASD  Education Minister Margaret MacDiarmid sends her thanks to more than 1,000 educators who trained last year to better assist students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.  Read more at the above link

·      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

·      MCFD-Framework for Action:  

The ‘Transition Planning & Resource Guide for Youth with Special Needs and Their Families':

‘Support Guide for Transition Planning for Youth with Special Needs':

Parents' Handbook: Your Guide to Autism Funded Programs':

the Fact Sheet, describing the  MCFD Funded Services and Supports (updated August 2010):


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

·        Eligibility Fact Sheets in different languages!

·      The Citizen - August Edition 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.


9. Education

·      TED TALKS! Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education  Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education -- the best teachers and schools don't exist where they're needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.  Watch at the above link!

·      Students Helping Students Succeed at South Delta Secondary  It was Wednesday morning, September 1st. Over two hundred new Grade 8 students, the future Grad Class of 2015, were milling outside the gym doors of South Delta Secondary School, waiting to experience what the greatly anticipated Grade 8 Welcoming Assembly would hold. This inaugural assembly was organized and led by the school's new Link Crew Leadership students, a group of forty-five Grade 11 and 12 students whose goal for the year will be to assist, encourage and mentor the new grade 8s as they move through their first year of high school. Read more at the above link.

·       New vision for BC education to be (partly) unveiled in October   According to an email circulating among school trustees this week, Education Ministry staff will meet B.C. board of education chairs and provincial councillors in Vancouver on Friday, October 22 to discuss the government's  vision for the future. That vision includes the expansion of personalized learning, which "may bring significant changes to the provision and management of education in B.C.," says the email from Stephen Hansen, the executive director for the B.C. School Trustees' Association (BCSTA).

·      Motivating students who have autism spectrum disorders  Motivating individuals who have autism spectrum disorder is an essential but often difficult challenge. It is essential because, by definition, they have restricted repertoires of interests and skills needed for community living and coping. Without planned, positive experiences, these individuals often become increasingly victimized by their autism as they age. With successful experiences, each can become a victor who lives, works, and plays in the community. It is difficult, at least in part, because people who have autism are particularly vulnerable to key factors which impact motivation

·      Province of BC Press Release September 2, 2010 VICTORIA - The following facts provide a snapshot of British Columbia's public education system

·      How to talk to your kids about kids with autism in their classrooms  Given the ever increasing rates of autism (now thought to be 1 in 70 boys!) chances are your child will have a student on the spectrum in his or her class. It's natural to feel uneasy around people who seem different. As a parent, it's my job to teach not only my kids, but the people around us, so that my girls become part of the fabric of daily life in our town. After all, there is no fountain of youth (Botox notwithstanding) and someday your children will be the taxpayers, voters and community leaders responsible for my children.

·      IEP Accommodations: What Works for Us - for ADHD students  ADDitude readers share the IEP tips and tricks that help their ADHD children stay focused, happy, and successful at school.

·      A New School: Easing the Transition  Moving to a new school is a big event in a young person's life. Whether it be attending school for the first time or transferring to another school, the transition can cause fear or anxiety for a person with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Working together, parents and staff can help make this move a successful one by keeping in mind that a person with ASD needs predictability.

·      How To Help Your Child Focus!  Kayla Fay, a noted educator, wrote a valuable ebook called "Focus Pocus" which contains ONE HUNDRED ways for you to help your child focus and stay on task. Kayla kindly gave me permission to share several useful tips with you here... these are Ellen Braun's favorites.  Read the book and see which ideas will become your family's best tricks!  Read more about it at the above link!

·      Avoid Homework Wars  Does your child have a problem finishing homework within a reasonable amount of time? Do you have to survive a battle each night? If your child has learning or attention problems, it's likely you have faced such challenges. Adopting these strategies for managing homework effectively can help.

·      15 things my teacher needs to know  - download article here! 

·      Beginning a new school year for children with autism  Another school year was about to begin. The teacher and all her students were moving to a brand new school. That meant new surroundings, a different classroom, different students and new teachers. For many children, a change like this would be a bit scary in even the best of circumstances. For the children in room 103, all of these changes could easily produce a lot of anxiety.

·       How to Give Students More of What They Want So They Can Get What They Need  The start of a school year is clean slate. For a period of time, both teachers and students focus on the possibilities for success. We know that schools and teachers are feeling enormous pressure to show achievement gains for their students, particularly in reading and mathematics and other state assessments. "At grade or above grade" is the new mantra and can quickly become the only measure of teacher effectiveness and student success. We need to be vigilant that our focus this year on school success is inclusive of this critical benchmark, but includes more of what students and parents define as teaching success. Read more at link above.

·      Helping ADHD Students Get Organized for School  For ADHD children, the ability to organize, prioritize, and manage time is impaired by neurological deficiencies that make it hard for them to stay on top of school assignments. Find out how to help ADHD students master organization at home and at school.  Read more at link above.


10. Medical

·      Child's Ordeal Shows Risks of Psychosis Drugs for Young  At 18 months, Kyle Warren started taking a daily antipsychotic drug on the orders of a pediatrician trying to quell the boy's severe temper tantrums. Thus began a troubled toddler's journey from one doctor to another, from one diagnosis to another, involving even more drugs. Autism, bipolar disorder, hyperactivity, insomnia, oppositional defiant disorder. The boy's daily pill regimen multiplied: the antipsychotic Risperdal, the antidepressant Prozac, two sleeping medicines and one for attention-deficit disorder. All by the time he was 3

·      Children with Autism appear to have faulty mirror neurons. Do people who overuse technology also have faulty mirror neuron systems, and is this why they have so much difficulty connecting to humanity?  .   VIDEO HERE!

·      Complex child magazine Click Here for the September BACK TO SCHOOL ISSUE!


  11. Policy


12. Workshops & Training

·       We are pleased to announce the launching of our online education program featuring Dr. Neufeld and the faculty of the Neufeld Institute as presenters. It is our hope that by using today's internet technology, we can provide more access to this approach. Click on the above link for more information.

·       Each year, the BC Epilepsy Society hosts Speaking of Epilepsy, a series of lectures on a wide variety of epilepsy related topics. In recent years topics have been as diverse as treatments, active living, epilepsy and learning, stress management, siblings of children with epilepsy, surgery, women's health, employment, and human rights issues. The 2010-2011 Speaking of Epilepsy lecture series includes:
September 14 Epilepsy Surgery Dr. Mary Connolly                           
October TBA What's New in Epilepsy Dr. Kevin Farrell

November 15 Epilepsy and Family Dynamics Dr. Josef Zaide and Dr. Audrey Ho

January TBA What To Do If Your Medications Fail Dr. Linda Huh

February TBA Ask the Expert Panel Discussion
April TBA
Women With Epilepsy
Anti-Epileptic Medications
June TBA
Epilepsy Research in BC                    
All lectures are held at the Chan Auditorium in the Education and Research Building at the Children's and Women's Health Centre of BC located on 4480 Oak Street at 28th Avenue. Lectures run from 7-9 pm. Please contact us at 604-875-6704 or at to reserve your seat and confirm dates. Admission is free to current members of our Society and only $10 for each lecture if you are not a member. You can take out a membership at the start of any lecture and receive free admission.

·      Hey, My Brain Doesn't Work That Way: Understanding Sensory Processing, Promoting Self-Regulation and Supporting Stress Management Presenter: Marc Landry, Occupational Therapist

   Saturday, October 16, 2010 9:00am - 3:00pm South Arm Community Hall

9020 Williams Road Richmond, BC$35.00* (Lunch Included) For information please contact Aman Pannu at 604-279-7049. Sponsored by Richmond Supported Child Development Program and the South Arm Community Association.

·      POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORTS IN TIMES OF CRISIS Workshop Presenter: Dr. Paul Malette from CBI Consultants

A one day workshop on September 17, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. that

is intended to help people and agencies supporting people with intellectual

disabilities with behavioral issues in times of crisis. REGISTRATION IS $50 PER SEAT. PLEASE MAKE CHEQUES PAYABLE TO BACI. To Register call 778.227.0161 or email .The workshop  is at the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion at 2702 Norland Avenue

·      ABA Learning Centre is holding our tri-annual training sessions starting September 9th. These workshops are great to sharpen up your ABA skills in order to work even more effectively with your child. Alternatively, if you have a BI who might benefit from additional training, this is a great opportunity that is covered by your Autism Funding. Depending on the set-up fee parents paid, these workshops may be available to you free of cost. Please feel free to call or e-mail me at any time if you would like to check on this information.  If you would like to register, go to our website <>  and under the "Training" section fill out the registration form for one or all of the workshops: All workshops run from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. 

·      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

BC Association for Community Living

The deadline for scholarships to attend the 2010 National Family Conference, Families, a Journey of Generations Moving Mountains, has been extended to Friday, September 10, 2010

·      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. Other

·       Video celebrating individual strengths!

Short clip about supporting the unique greatness in everyone, and not forcing what is on our agenda. It would be wonderful if we could educate children in the same way.

·      Sensory processing disorder: Why it's not just the diagnosis du jour for kids   Catherine Lepage for The Globe and Mail

For children with the disorder, normal clothing may feel like sandpaper and school lighting can feel like a burning laser beam. Expert Roya Ostovar explains how to help

·      Do you want your children to be knowledgeable and respectful of different religions? The Surrey Neighbouring Faiths Program offers child-friendly visits to different religious gathering places in Surrey. The next session starts September 19, 2010. For more information and to register, visit <>  or contact David Dalley, Program Coordinator at or (604) 502-8661.

·       Parents are forgetting how to play with their children, study shows  One in five parents say they have forgotten how to play with their children, with a third admitting that taking part in games and activities with their family is boring, according to research.

·      BC Epilepsy News and Events Though the sunny days can be deceiving, the end of summer is almost upon us. With that, comes the return to school. Children and adults with epilepsy can face additional challenges while pursuing their academic goals. This could include educating teachers and classmates about seizures or accessing learning support services.
The BC Epilepsy Society has great resources and services to assist in these matters. These include:

Understanding Students with Epilepsy: Tips for Teachers: A document that describes impacts of seizures on learning and gives suggestions on how to support children with epilepsy in the classroom.
Epilepsy and Seizure Information for Schools DVD: Our new DVD explains facts about seizures and epilepsy, recognizing seizures and first aid, learning difficulties and teaching strategies to assist those with epilepsy.
Epilepsy Fact Sheet: Answers common questions about seizures and epilepsy.
Seizure Types and First Aid: A concise and easy to read information sheet that outlines what seizures look like and what to do.
Learning Difficulties and Epilepsy: This document explains the relationship between learning difficulties and epilepsy, as well as, the role of assessments, Individual Education Plan strategies, and social-emotional directives.
First Aid Poster: An excellent reference for first aid for convulsive and non-convulsive seizures. 
School and Parent Partnerships: An information sheet that gives practical advice on advocacy and communication with school personnel, as well as an overview of school support services in BC.
As well, our 
Partners in Teaching program provides free educational workshops for teachers and students. This includes classroom resource kits with materials for children and teens. More information is available from our website at this page:

·      BC Epilepsy E Newsletter - CLICK HERE!


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!

·      101 Friends September E Newsletter!



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