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Subject: September 29 2010 Reach Parent Network Weekly Newsletter
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September 2010 REACH Parent Network Weekly Newsletter.


To submit for our newsletter or have a question for Pam to research please contact her 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 A local parent who has moved to Ireland has a request: A little family that goes to my church has a little daughter that has been diagnosed with Calcium Cysts in her brain, the family is devastated and I would like to maybe connect them with another family that have a child with the same condition, I understand it is quite rare, but you never know.  I would so much appreciate if you could help me out. Thank-you so much.  
Valerie McCarthy at

·      We are looking for a good psychologist/ therapist in the Vancouver area who specializes in/ has experience with young adults who have autism and anxiety/ paranoia. Please forward info to


·      My ASD child is biting and grabbing his helpers, more so these last months

 than he has before. Has anyone every purchased any form of insurance for

 their hired help? Contact

We have an opening for an experienced ABA therapist who is fun, engaging and energetic to join our 4 year old son's in-home ABA program in Richmond! He is a fun, social, little guy who is verbal, loves people and learns fast! Our program has been in place for two years and is under the supervision of our Behavioral Consultant, Michele Shilvock and Harmony House. If you love kids, have great play skills, are responsible and dependable and can commit to 5-10 hours per week, then please join our team. You will work one-on-one with our son with a focus on peer play facilitation and advanced social skills including material from Michelle Garcia Winner. Therapy will take place both in our house and in the local community. All training will be provided on site with ongoing monthly supervision. This is a great opportunity for applicants who welcome frequent overlaps and opportunities to further develop their skills. You must be at least 19 years old and have a criminal record check completed prior to starting.  Please apply if you have experience in ABA or if you are very interested in the field.   
Available shift times from September to December are:
Wednesdays from 3:30-6:30pm  
Saturdays from 1:30-4:30pm
Sundays from 1:30-4:30pm
And our mandatory team meetings are on bi-weekly Tuesdays from 2:30-3:30pm Please email Susie at to apply & make a difference in a child's life.

·      Click Here to see Canada's First Online Source for SoftTM Clothing- Tagless, Flat Seams, Wide Collars, Encased Elastic Waistlines, Veggie-Dyed, Kid Tested and Super Soft for Your Sensitive Child - this to us all from a mom who after stripping her screeching son down to his skivvies on public transit one day and substituting a shirt on his legs for the itchy pants that were the cause of his anguish (looked funny, but so did just the underwear!)  switched to hypoallergenic laundry soap (VIP) and seamless cotton clothes.

·      The Pacific Autism Family Centre is seeking nominations for 2 or 3 parent representatives to sit on the Steering Committee for the PAFC project. The purpose of this committee is to ensure that the vision of the project is being maintained through the planning and design process. It will also address the long-term governance for the operations of the centre.
To submit a nomination, email Dana Hough at (Nominations close on October 12, 2010).

Focus Groups and Survey
For those of you who are interested in more information about the PAFC project, there will be several Focus Groups held throughout the province. There is also an on-line survey that you can participate in.
Please visit the following site for information about the PAFC:

·      Hi everyone,
I'm sending this request for info and hoping someone can help. 
A parent was referred to me by the VCH Vancouver Community Audiology program.  Her 20 year old son with multiple diagnosis was recently informed that he can no longer see his pediatric eye doctor (she didn't say whether optometrist or ophthalmologist). The office didn't refer her to an appropriate adult eye doctor (someone with experience with people who are non-verbal and who have challenging behaviours). I found a list of optometrists and ophthalmologists in Vancouver but it's long. I don't want to give the mom 80 different people to contact just to find one person who may be appropriate.
Do you know of any eye doctors who can see this young man?  Thanks for any help!
Lisa McCune,Community Developer for Infants, Children and Youth, Vancouver Coastal Health
520 West 6th Ave, room 346
phone: 604-730-7641 fax: 604-730-7660 email:

I am looking for a new psychiatrist for one of my clients.  This young man has a developmental disability, but does not meet the IQ requirements for CLBC eligibility.  He is looking to have a clearer understanding of his diagnosis, and wants to review the diagnosis he currently lives with.  He would like to find a psychiatrist who has some expertise in working with people with developmental disabilities.  My client lives in Richmond but would probably travel some distance for the right match.  Does anyone know of a psychiatrist they could recommend?  
Kerstin Grossmann
| Family Resources and Children's Respite Coordinator 604-279-8245 office   |  604-279-8714 fax
Richmond Society for Community Living


2.  NEWS

·      Click Here for a direct link to the Delta Police website and updates  Police continue to investigate the homicide of homicide of 15-year-old Laura Szendrei. There are no new developments to report.Delta Police will remain highly visible in and around North Delta Schools, interacting with parents and students.The Delta Police Emergency Command Vehicle will remain in the area of 109B and 82 Avenue for the next several days while Police continue their search of the immediate and surrounding areas.

·      Delta School District issues letter to parents and a community support notice regarding the tragic death of Laura Szendrei.  Please remind your children to walk in groups.

·      NDP says group homes for mentally handicapped adults being closed  A move by the B.C. Liberal government to restrain spending on services for mentally disabled adults could force hundreds of people out of group homes and into foster-care homes. That is the fear of several families who have been told their disabled relatives will be receiving significantly less support under a new funding process initiated this summer by Community Living British Columbia. The reductions will mean the "devastation of the handicapped individual and their families," said Andrew Latta, whose sister, Susan Latta, will probably have to leave the Coquitlam group home where she has lived for 20 years. Read more at the above link.


 3.  Reach Child and Youth Development Society

·      Reach 2010 Annual General Meeting   "Building Today for a Better Tomorrow" The Board of Directors and Staff invite you to come join Reach Child and Youth Development Society as we elect our leaders and develop a long term plan to better prepare children and youth with special needs for the future.
Date: Saturday
October 02, 2010
Time: 9:00am - 3:30pm
Where: Ladner Kin House
5050 47th Avenue
Ladner, BC
Lunch and refreshments will be served
Please RSVP to Susan LaBossiere / Holly Evans at Phone: 604.946.6622 ext. 300 Email:


·      2nd annual  "Celebrate the Child!  Inspire Ability is a family fun -filled, fundraising event. 

Entertainment including:  Musicians Christine Magee, Southside Vibe, Judy Henry; Neale Bacon (ventriloquist); Matt Levy(children's entertainer); Jennifer Krempien (gold medal winning para-olylmpian)

 Silent Auction

Two agencies who share similar philosophy and mission statements are partnering to put on this event:  International Child Care delivers rehabilitation services to 400 disabled children in the Dominican Republic & Reach Child & Youth Development Society does similar work in the local community serving almost 900 children with special needs

 Sat. Oct. 2, 2010  

Silent Auction viewing from 5:30  

Concert at 6:30

Tsawwassen Alliance Church   4951   12th Avenue    Tsawwassen

 Tickets:  Children  $5        Adults  $15          Family  $35

Tickets available from:  Albany Books in Tsawwassen,  Southcoast Casuals in Ladner,  Reach office in east Ladner or  reserve on-line at

For more information contact :
Su. Wieczorek, Fundraising Coordinator  604.946.6622 ext. 339

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·      Tony Attwood talks about Girls with Asperger Syndrome - Click Here to see the 10 minute video!

·      The Pacific Autism Centre Society (PACS) is holding focus groups throughout the province in October and November.  We want to talk with parents, family members, service providers, professionals and individuals on the spectrum to learn more about your needs

·      Study Finds That Cognitive Skills In Children With Autism Vary And Improve People with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are thought to have a specific profile of cognitive strengths and weaknesses - difficulties appreciating others' thoughts and feelings, problems regulating and controlling their behavior, and an enhanced ability to perceive details - but few studies have tracked children's cognitive skills over time. Now new longitudinal research provides clues that can inform our understanding of ASD.

·      Children With Autism And Those Under 4 Don't Yawn Contagiously  If someone near you yawns, do you yawn, too? About half of adults yawn after someone else does in a phenomenon called contagious yawning. Now a new study has found that most children aren't susceptible to contagious yawning until they're about 4 years old - and that children with autism are less likely to yawn contagiously than others. Read more at the link above and check out the article regarding YAWNING in the medical section of this newsletter.

·      Genetic Finding Identifies Male-Linked Mutation Associated With Autism Spectrum Disorders Autism Speaks, the world's largest autism science and advocacy organization, and an international consortium of researchers, along with participating families, joined together to announce additional new autism genetic discoveries. The results were published in Science Translational Medicine. Read more at the link above.

·      ASPIRES Info Night - For Parents of Asperger Teens
Teens what to do with them? And how do we prepare our teens for life after high-school? Two questions, two suggestions. We invite you to listen to two speakers with a passion for what they do, and with a couple of ideas that may work for your child.Learn about Community Living BC's Customized Employment Program for youth with disabilities
Brooke Myers - MA, Special Education - Behaviour Consultant and Employment Specialist with CBI Consultants Ltd. Brooke works primarily with youth who have various disabilities and are transitioning out of high school (grade 10 to 12) into the working world. Her work focuses on helping these individuals obtain and keep meaningful paid jobs within their community. Brooke's research focus has been on teaching self-determination skills to adolescents with autism spectrum disorders.
Learn Social Skills in a new and fun way - Using Improv Theatre Sports
Alan Marriott - Voice Actor ASPIRES is very fortunate to collaborate with Alan on a new venture designed to guide Asperger youth in the nuance and understanding of social skills through improv. He will be discussing and then answering questions about this pilot project.This event is for parents primarily of youth 12 and up, as the topics are geared to teens and life after high school. However, it is never too early to equip yourself with knowledge for the future, so parents of children of all ages are welcome to join us as well!Where: West Vancouver Yacht Club - 1326 Argyle Avenue, West Vancouver When: Tuesday October 5th Time: 7pm - 9pm *Space is limited so please RSVP. *There will be a $5 entrance fee. We look foreword to seeing you there!

·      Autism's First Child - The Atlantic As new cases of autism have exploded in recent years-some form of the condition affects about one in 110 children today-efforts have multiplied to understand and accommodate the condition in childhood. But children with autism will become adults with autism, some 500,000 of them in this decade alone. What then? Meet Donald Gray Triplett, 77, of Forest, Mississippi. He was the first person ever diagnosed with autism. And his long, happy, surprising life may hold some answers.  See the article and video at the above link!

·      The Vancouver International Film Festival is excited and proud to have the opportunity to show "A Mother's Courage - Talking Back to Autism" at this year's festival. It was shown earlier this year on HBO, and we are lucky enough to be able to show the film three times during our 16 day festival.
The film will be shown:
Thursday, October 7 @  3:30pm  - Granville Theatre #5
Sunday, October 10 @ 3:45pm    - Vancity Theatre
Thursday October 14 @ 6:00pm  - Granville Theatre #5
Click here to see the trailer.
For Information about the Vancouver International Film Festival click here.



·      Researchers Identify Ways To Improve Treatment Of Aggression In ADHD "The results of our research strongly suggest that more intensive and methodical approaches to prescribing stimulants may reduce the need to resort to antipsychotic medications to control severe aggression among children with ADHD," says Dr. Blader. "And our findings are especially significant in light of recent concerns about the proliferation in the use of other medications with greater side effects, such as antipsychotic medication, than standard stimulant medication when treating children with ADHD who display aggressive behavior." Read more at the link above.

·      ADHD Video Games: Building Better Focus Through Fun Alternative Treatments  Computer games that may actually build focus and concentration skills in your child with attention deficit disorder (ADD ADHD).  Read more at the link above.

·      Parent-Tested ADD-Friendly Strategies for Helping Kids Do Their Homework   Help your attention deficit hyperactivity disorder child finish her school assignments -- and learn how to work independently -- by following these readers' best tips. Read more at the link above.


6. Downs Syndrome

·      VANCOUVER INTERNATION FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS:  ME, TOO  Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love. Boy has Down syndrome. Álvaro Pastor's sublimely intelligent drama poses profound questions about perception and prejudice with subtlety and humour. But it is the love story at the centre of the film that defies expectations. Winner, Audience Award, Rotterdam 2010

Sat, Oct 9th 6:40pm   Empire Granville 7 Th 4

Thu, Oct 14th Noon Empire Granville 7 Th 4

7.  FASD

·      Family works to raise awareness of FASD Barbara Vancil of Hay Springs hadn't given much thought to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome before she became a foster parent to two children with the disease. She's now their legal guardian and understands FAS better than she ever thought she would.  Please 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.

·      The Asante Centre:15 hour Training for families and caregivers - "FASD and Communication Disability" November 9, 18, 25 and December 2 and 9.  Many youth with FASD also have an underlying language disability. With communication limitations, in addition to other brain deficits, these youth are at greater risk in the justice system. So often their rights are compromised because they are not able to fully understand the legal processes. This training opportunity is designed for families and caregivers supporting children and youth up to the age of 18.There is no charge for this training. However, all participants are asked to commit to attending the entire 15 hours training (five sessions), and offer constructive feedback for the final revisions of the curriculum. Click on the link above to find out more.


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

·      NEW Information Sheet regarding Employment

·      New Information Sheet about importance of Planning!

·      New Information sheet regarding Eligibility

·        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

·      Learning Disability Association - Fraser South: Fall 2010 programs for struggling learners ages 7 to 14. Programs start Oct. 4th. Register soon at 604-591-5156 for best availability.

·      An Invitation You are cordially invited to the launch of the

Centre for Specialized Learning

When: Thursday, September 30, 2010, 10:00 am to Noon

Where: 1409 Sperling Avenue, Burnaby, BC                      

Tour our new Centre  * Be entertained by fabulous Rick Scott *  Enjoy refreshments Please RSVP no later than September 24 to Nimet at 604 444-3773 or

·      How to advocate for your child's needs in school  Good special education services are intensive and expensive. Resources are limited. If you have a child with special needs, you may wind up battling the school district for the services your child needs. To prevail, you need information, skills and tools. Click on the link above to learn more.

·      Here is a link to some great articles and fact sheets to help promote a fully inclusive school setting and curriculum

·      Teachers offer free presentations for parent groups  BC teachers have developed a series of free one-hour presentations on topics of concern to parents. These include a new workshop on internet awareness to keep kids safe online, antibullying, supporting your child's learning, health and safety in schools, and much more. Encourage your PAC group to book today! Click on the above link to learn more.

·      $11 MILLION IN GAMING GRANTS BENEFIT PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL  More than 1,400 B.C. parent advisory councils (PACs) will share $11 million in community gaming grants this school year to support activities for children, said Rich Coleman, Housing and Social Development Minister and Margaret MacDiarmid, Minister of Education.



10. Medical

·      Shedding Light On Why Our Brains Get Tripped Up When We're Anxious  A new University of Colorado at Boulder study sheds light on the brain mechanisms that allow us to make choices and ultimately could be helpful in improving treatments for the millions of people who suffer from the effects of anxiety disorders.

·           Why Is Yawning Contagious?     Yawning when others yawn is a sign of empathy and a form of social bonding.  Watch someone yawn, and try not to yawn yourself. It can be impossible to resist. Even reading about yawning can make you do it. Now, a new study offers insight into why contagious yawning is such a powerful force.  Read more at the above link and check out the study in the autism section of the newsletter!

·      BEYOND THE BLUES Beyond the Blues: Depression Anxiety Education and Screening Day is an annual mental health awareness campaign made up of a series of community events held across BC. The campaign reaches various age groups, and half a dozen events each year specifically aim to reach older adults. Beyond the Blues is held annually every October during the first Thursday of Mental Illness Awareness Week. This year Beyond the Blues is October 7th.
The point of the campaign is to help people learn the signs of depression and anxiety, and related issues like mania, suicide and risky drinking. It also stresses when and how to get help, and empowers attendees to connect with local support.
Beyond the Blues events are free, anonymous and drop-in. At an event or "site," a hands-on way for people to learn the signs of depression, anxiety and risky drinking is by filling out a short screening self-test for each issue and then meeting briefly with a clinician to discuss the results and next steps. The event is about education, not diagnosis. It reaches people who are struggling as well as people who aren't and want to prevent problems. All sites feature takeaway print resources as well as helpful staff and volunteers who can address questions or concerns. Many sites also add displays, presentations or workshops, educational videos and games to encourage attendance and interaction.
Sites are held all across BC, in both rural and urban locations. Some sites hold their events at a community venue like a mall, college, library, place of worship or community centre for anyone to attend. Other sites target key population groups like youth, post-secondary students, multilingual groups, seniors or aboriginal people by bringing their sites directly to the group they want to reach.
The BC Psychogeriatic Association is proud to endorse Beyond the Blues. Please spread the word to your clients, client families, and your coworkers. They can visit <>  or call 1-866-917-HOPE to find local events.

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


  11. Policy


12. Workshops & Training (in order of date)

·      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

·      NEW Dr. Patrick McDonagh (Concordia University, Montreal) is the author
of "Idiocy: A Cultural History", and co-founder and board member of
Vancouver's Spectrum Society for Community Living.
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Room 200, Jack Bell Building
2080 West Mall, UBC
This is a free seminar presented by the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship.
Please RSVP to 604-822-5872 or to reserve your space.

·       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

·      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

·      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 Association, the 101 Friends Personal Support Networks project and Spectrum

·      THE 11th ANNUAL SELF ADVOCACY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE: To learn more about self advocacy; safety; rights; healthy relationships; become leaders in your own Community
WHEN:  October 8 - October 10,  5:00 p.m. Friday to 1:30 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Edenvale Retreat and Conference Centre 4330 Bradner Road, Abbotsford, BC
COST:  $175.00 per person includes: 2 nights and 3 days accommodations,  all healthy meals, registration, all workshops, recreation, and FUN.
Find the flyer and a copy of the registration form at
BACI Family Support and Advocacy  If you have any questions, please call and register with the Coordinator Gregg Schiller at 604-688-7001 or by fax at 604-688-7069 or by e-mail at: <>

·      Hey, My Brain Doesn't Work That Way: Understanding Sensory Processing, Promoting Self-Regulation and Supporting Stress Management Presenter: Marc Landry, Occupational Therapist October 14 and 21stsponsored by the Learning Disability Association - Fraser South


·      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.

·      Delta Community Living Society, the Delta Family Alliance Network& the Family Support Institute Invite you to attend: Transitions - Leaving High School, What's Next?  It's never too early to plan for this transition! Leaving High School is an age-old rite of passage for young people.  For a youth with special needs and his or her family, this can be a very exciting time, but also one of uncertainty.  Beginning the process of Transition Planning as early as possible allows adequate time to prepare for adulthood. This workshop is designed to assist you in planning for your child's future by introducing some planning tools, providing a step by step checklist and sharing some in-depth information on important points. Information packages will be given to all participants. Appropriate For:  Parents and family members of students with developmental disabilities aged 15 to 19

Presenter:  Helen Stovell
Date:  Saturday, October 16th, 2010, 10:30am - 3:00pm
Venue:  Large Boardroom, Delta Community Living Society, #1-3800-72nd Street, Delta, BC V4K 3N2

Cost: $10.00 per person

To find out more information about this workshop, please contact: 

Si Stainton, Delta Community Living Society, Family Services Liaison, . 604.952.6490

·      Pat Fratangelo, on Tuesday October 19th 7:00-8:30 p.m.: " What Has Been Learned From Helping People Get Lifestyles That Ideally Suit Them: The Story Of Onondoga Community Living"This event will be held upstairs at the Burnaby Association for Community Integration, 2702 Norland Ave. Burnaby, BC.   Phone: 604. 299. 7851

·       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.

·       Speaking of Kids Conference - October 22, 2010 - HENRY WINKLER back by popular Demand!  Learning Disabilities Association of Vancouver

·      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.

·       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

·      2010 Naturally Autistic ANCA Presentation October 30, 2010 UBC Square Theatre - Calling for Award Nominations and Art Submissions

·      Delta Community Living Society, & the Delta Family Alliance Network Invite you to attend: Thinking in the Future Tense
Two days of practical and relevant workshops to help you plan effectively for the future of someone with a developmental disability.
Workshop 1: Saturday, November 6th, 2010, 10:00am -
Workshop 2: Saturday, November 20th, 2010, 10:00am -
Workshop 1: Wills, Estates & Trusts and Supported Decision Making
(Representation Agreement)
This seminar will answer your questions about trusts, choosing executors and guardians and the importance of planning your will. Working through the steps will better prepare you to update or write your will.  Supported Decision Making (Representation Agreement) will walk you through this powerful legal tool that allows people to designate others to represent them in their daily financial affairs and health care needs
Presenter:  Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN)
Venue:  Scott Road Connections, Delta Community Living Society,  #105, 7953 - 120 St., Delta  
Target Audience: Parents and family members of adults with developmental disabilities.
Closing date for registration: Friday, 22nd October, 2010.
Workshop fee: $10.00 (inc. lunch & refreshment)
Workshop 2: The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) and Personal Networks
Learn about a financial tool that allows a person with a disability to save money for their future without interfering with their PWD
Learn how the federal government can contribute up to $90,000 to the plan
Understand the implications of the RDSP specific to your family's needs
Receive a Step by step guide. 
Personal Networks: Understand the key elements of a social support network for your relative.Getting started on a circle of friends
Date:  Workshop 2: Saturday, November 20th, 2010, 10:00am - 2:45pm
Presenter:  Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN)
Venue:  Scott Road Connections, Delta Community Living Society,  #105, 7953 - 120 St., Delta
Target Audience:
Parents and family members of adults with developmental disabilities.
Closing date for registration: Friday, 5th November, 2010.
Workshop fee: $10.00 (inc. lunch & refreshment).
To register for these workshops, please contact Joanne Fee, Delta Community Living Society, Human Resources & Administrative Assistant <> , 604-946-9508 ext. 222.
To find out more information about these workshops, please contact Si Stainton, Delta Community Living Society, Family Services Liaison, , 604-946-9508 ext. 230.

·      2010 Annual Conference  Redefining Autism  November 5, 6 and 7, 2010  We invite you to join us at this special conference honoring the memory of ICDL's founder, Stanley Greenspan, MD (1941-2010), who dedicated his life to help children reach their fullest potential. Dr. Greenspan's presence will be felt throughout our conference through the use of video footage highlighting his words of wisdom and caring messages. Please join us as we pay tribute to Dr. Greenspan's many contributions to our community. REGISTER NOW

·      The Asante Centre:15 hour Training for families and caregivers - "FASD and Communication Disability" November 9, 18, 25 and December 2 and 9.  Many youth with FASD also have an underlying language disability. With communication limitations, in addition to other brain deficits, these youth are at greater risk in the justice system. So often their rights are compromised because they are not able to fully understand the legal processes. This training opportunity is designed for families and caregivers supporting children and youth up to the age of 18.There is no charge for this training. However, all participants are asked to commit to attending the entire 15 hours training (five sessions), and offer constructive feedback for the final revisions of the curriculum. Click on the link above to find out more.

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

·       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:
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.

·      See All ACT Upcoming Events



·      Halloween Costume Ideas

·      Toys and Costumes at BumbleBee!


13. Other

·       Child Rearing Practices of our Ancestors  Three new studies led by Notre Dame Psychology Professor Darcia Narvaez show a link between child rearing practices that were common to our ancestors and better mental health, greater empathy and conscience development as well as higher intelligence in children. Read all about it at the link above.

·       How to teach our children RESPONSIBILITY  Click the link to read four tips for teaching responsibility!

·       What's for Dinner? Time for dinner. Again. Every night in fact. And it can stretch your creativity and patience to come up with meals that appeal to the whole family - picky eaters, pre eaters and all - so we're always on the lookout for inspiration. Which we found in abundance in Time for Dinner, a new cookbook from the former Cookie magazine editors Pilar Guzmán, Jenny Rosentrach, and Alanna Stang.

·       Dipe n' GO - baby changing station!  The Dipe n' Go is a funky, compact and convenient baby changing station for your SUV, minivan or hatch back vehicle.  It easily attaches to the side of the car and has plenty of room for diapers, wipes, balm and more.

·       Please take a moment to enjoy posAbilities Fall Newsletter  Imagine! - which includes a Coming Events insert.

·       FSI's 3rd Annual Trivia Night is on Friday, November 5, 2010 (7:30pm-10:30pm) at Marlborough Elementary School in Burnaby, BC: 
Come and join us for a night of fun, laughter, food and prizes. If you would like to donate a door or game prize, please complete the attached donation form and return it to the FSI office together with your prize. Any item would be a welcome gift to help us in our efforts to support families in communities throughout BC.  Click here for more Trivia Night Information.  Click here for the Trivia Night prize donation form. 

·       A list of accessible businesses &resources from 2010 Legacies Now. (Thanks BC Coalition of People with Disabilities!)

·      By Joan Celebi:  Here are some of my favorite quotes for special needs families!

"In the struggle between the stone and the water, in time, the water wins." -- Chinese Proverb

"Better to complete a small task well, than to do much imperfectly." -- Plato

"'Failure' just means that you haven't succeeded yet." -- Robert Schuler

"I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow." -- Woodrow Wilson

"When everything goes against you, and it seems you cannot hold on for a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the time and place that the tide will turn." -- Harriet Beecher Stowe

"To believe in the things you can see and touch is no belief at all; but to believe in the unseen is a triumph and a blessing." -- Abraham Lincoln

"He has achieved success who has worked well, laughed often, and loved much." -- Elbert Hubbard

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear." -- Ambrose Redmoon

"One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time." -- John Wanamaker

"Do not fear the winds of adversity. Remember: A kite rises against the wind rather than with it." -- Unknown

That last one about the kite is my new favorite. May the "kites" fly in your family this school year!

·      Here are some tips that have transformed mornings, for my own family and for the many families I've worked with, from chaotic and stressful to manageable and calm.  I'd love to hear your tips for great mornings too -- send me an email or post a comment at my blog!

o   1. Start your morning with a smile.  When you wake up, try to keep your worries at bay, for at least a few minutes. Smile.  Breathe deeply, stretch, and think of something you're looking forward to. 

o   2. Cushion yourself from the outside world for just a little while. Keep the TV and computer off until absolutely necessary.

o   3. Try to get up at least a few minutes before the kids. I know this isn't always easy!  But try it and you may find that your whole day goes more smoothly.

o   4. Have as much as possible done and ready the night before. Breakfasts, lunches, clothes, backpacks, purse, briefcase, keys, sunglasses, etc. !

o   5. Make a rule that everyone has to be ready to go 10 minutes early.  The margin of error allows everyone to stay calm when someone has one of those last-minute "wait, I forgot something!" moments.

o   6. Get the family smiling.  Leave little surprises for your children from time to time, such as notes on the bathroom mirror, a smiley-face sticker on their napkin at breakfast, a teddy-bear sitting in their chair, etc.  !

o   7. Stay calm, especially if your children tend to feel grumpy or anxious in the morning. Over time, your children will pick up on your peaceful demeanor, and their behavior will mimic the calm you are modeling for them.

o   8. Just as you make sure your children eat a good, nutritious breakfast, make sure YOU get a good breakfast too.

o   9. If you can, sit down together at the breakfast table for even just 5 minutes of family time, and just enjoy each other's company.

o   10. Pour on the hugs, kisses, backrubs, and compliments. Kids eat up all that happiness - it's like food for their hearts!  Learn more at

·      Special Olympics BC Ready to Launch Youth Programs for 2010-2011
Special Olympics BC is excited to announce that for the third consecutive year the Active Start and FUNdamentals programs will be offered to communities throughout BC for young children with intellectual disabilities.
Active Start program is designed for children between the ages of 2-6 years with intellectual disabilities to provide the opportunity to learn, practice, and showcase basic fundamental movement skills in a safe and fun environment. The FUNdamentals program is similar to the Active Start program however it is open to children between the ages of 7-11 years with intellectual disabilities and offers basic skill development in the sports of soccer, softball, track and field, and basketball.  Both programs create an opportunity for children to develop gross motor skills that will enable them to participate in sport and physical activities but also provide the environment where children can improve their self-confidence and self-esteem. The programs also offer parents/guardians the chance to establish a social network and the opportunity to learn about the importance of physical fitness, nutrition and sport. For information on how to get involved or start a program in your community please contact Shawn Fevens at or 604-737-3055.

·      Over the next few months posAbilities is hosting an exciting array of special events and educational opportunities. The Fall line-up includes:

A workshop on CLBC's Employment Policy, October 4th from 6-8:30 pm in Burnaby
"Big Picture Award Gala" on October 13th,a part of the Vancouver International Film Festival*

 6th Annual Art Show for B.C. Artists with Developmental Disabilities, October 14th from 5-9pm, Heritage Hall, Vancouver

 Securing the Future: Personal & Financial Planning for Families - a six week series, beginning October 14th in Burnaby.*
For more information about these events, please visit our home page, <> where you will find an event calendar, links to information about featured programs and initiatives and downloadable posters, or print off the attached documents for easy reference.

·      BC Epilepsy E Newsletter - CLICK HERE!

·      Parenting Special Needs Current Issue -

·      Disability is Natural - current newsletter -

·      Exceptional Family Magazine - current issue!

·      101 Friends September E Newsletter!

·      Handle Institute - Current newsletter


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