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Subject: October 6 2010 Reach Parent Network Weekly Newsletter
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October 6 2010 REACH Parent Network Weekly Newsletter.


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1. Help a parent! Need to know something? Want to contact other parents? This is YOUR space:

·      Hi there, I am looking to match up a lovely 10 year old girl with ASD and global delay with another(s) child on the west side for outings with our BI and possibly yours. If you are raising or working with a child in this age range and would like to set up some outings/innings, please contact me at (604) 788-2604 or very much, Jo DiTommaso (behavior consultant)

·      Can anyone suggest a lawyer who might be interested in helping with a third party liability insurance claim for a child with special needs who was injured while in a supported placement in a specialized centre? Respond to

·      could you please ask moms for  a suggestion on the following 4 yr old daughter has  recently started displaying a lot of negative attention seeking behavior  at the start of her BI sessions. This is when I spend 5 min speaking with  BI"s about programming...any suggestions on what I can do to keep her from  doing this? Please respond to

·      Responses to date:

·      While I am usually happy to help with ideas for parents, I feel it is dangerous to ask people who don't even know the child, how to design a program that will deal with an unwanted behaviour.  There are many consultants who do "ABA" who should not be in the business because they are unable to program for any unique behaviours that design a program that would address ANY problem including this one.  If your consultant cannot design a solution to deal with the problem, you need to find a new consultant.

·      I am sorry but I disagree.
This mom is not asking for a program, she is a mom venting to another mom, and trying to get a little help. We all do this to our friends/neighbours/colleagues, at coffee shops, during play-dates or while shopping with other moms.
If we would ask a behavioural consultant to design a program for every little behavioural problem our children have, how much more would we need?  $100K?? Behavioural Consultants are humans too. "2 heads are better than 1"?
Some of those little problems will go away, but they are irritating and draining for that time period, even for mothers of typical children.
For this poor mom, maybe you could think about the following: Is it because the BI is more demanding now than before, therefore there is resistance? Anything changed in your routine? Could ou built the parent-BI talk time into her visual schedule? Could you give her something fun/physical to do while you are talking? Is it the waiting that frustrates her?
I don't know what you mean by "a lot", "negative", "attention seeking", they are not concrete, and they maybe typical 4-year-old behaviour.
Take care and good luck. p.s. ABA doesn't equal to  ABLLs.

·      I agree with both the comments on this original question!   The first one seemed logical until the second one arrived.  Recently I got a facebook post from a friend that her 3 year old was no longer sleeping though the night.  The behaviour started instantly and they couldn't figure out why.  Eventually they figured out that it was because her 5 year old brother and their 5 year old cousin with whom she had spent every day of her whole life, were now going to school and she was alone.  Find the trigger for her behaviour and you can resolve it.

·      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

·      RESPONSE: This is a very important issue for families to consider as

they may be putting themselves at risk if they do not have Worker's

Compensation coverage for their employees. The following information

about Work Safe BC is from Support Worker Central found under the Resources tab:

You are legally required to register for insurance coverage with

WorkSafe BC if you are an employer who hires one or more workers and

pays them on a full-time, part-time, casual or contract basis. Most

employers are required by law to register their business/firm with

WorkSafe BC and pay premiums. Registration of employers is legislated by

the Workers Compensation Act.

Obtaining coverage is more than just a legislated requirement. When you

are covered by WorkSafe BC insurance, you are protected against lawsuits

from injured workers. If a worker is injured or contracts an

occupational disease while on the job during the course of employment,

WorkSafe BC covers the worker's medical and wage-loss costs. Workers are

automatically protected under the Act and cannot register for WorkSafe

BC insurance coverage.

When you hire people to work in or around your home, ask them whether

they carry their own insurance coverage. If they do, ask them for their

WorkSafe BC account numbers. Double-check their information by

requesting an online clearance letter from WorkSafe BC before they begin

working for you and before you make a final payment. A clearance letter

gives you assurance that you won't be held responsible for someone

else's payments to WorkSafe BC.

The law requires WorkSafe BC to compensate injured workers - even when

employers have not registered with WorkSafe BC. If a homeowner does not

register with WorkSafe BC and pay premiums when required, the results

could be costly. WorkSafe BC may charge the homeowner for all

compensation costs and unpaid premiums.

When a family hires a support worker for their son or daughter they are

usually acting as an employer.  Information about the difference between

when you are an employer or when you are hiring an independent

contractor is available on Support Worker Central under the Resources tab.

See also the Canada Revenue Agency website:

Pat Hanbury, Program Manager, The Centre for Specialized Learning

Phone: 604-444-3773 ext. 2222 - Fax: 604-431-9248

Email: Website:

·      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:


2.  NEWS

·      Day programs face cutbacks HARD DECISIONS: Lilla Tipton announced cuts to day programs at the Powell River Association for Community Living annual general meeting. Staff reductions will mean fewer services Due to cutbacks from Community Living BC (CLBC), the Powell River Association for Community Living (PRACL) will be making cuts to its day programs and letting go staff. Read more at the link above.

·      Life Waking up after the Pitt Meadows Nightmare Images of a girl allegedly drugged and gang-raped went viral. What do parents now say to teens? Any act of sexual violence is upsetting, but the recent alleged drugging and gang rape of a Pitt Meadows teen has stirred up unprecedented controversy. What's the solution? "Give very simple, clear rules," says Lazzarini. Read more at the link above on how to speak to your teens!

·      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.


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·      IT + autism = real jobs  Last week Specialisterne Scotland was launched in Glasgow. Over the next five years the company will take on 60 recruits, 50 of whom will be on the autism spectrum. Most of them will work about 20-25 hours a week, specialising in areas such as programming, software testing and data registration. The company offers the kind of prospects previously unthinkable to many people with autism and their families: a steady job, independence and a sense of self-worth. Read more at the link above.

·      Sensory experience therapeutic Kenny Bouvet's tiny hands grasp the sides of a plastic tube as bubbles trapped inside float past his cheek, taking a geyser's ride to the ceiling. He can hear them gurgle. He can see them crash and collapse at the top and form anew at the bottom.At a push of the button, he can make them any colour he wants - vibrant hues of red, blue, green or yellow. The darkness around him is sliced with light - flashing, dancing and dangling. The room is a kaleidoscope for the senses. In this room he's calm. He can get the stimulation his brain craves. Read more at the link above.

·      One-Stop Resource Site For Autistic Children Sees Path To Profits In Year Nunez, one of 150 board certified behavior analysts in Connecticut, always dreamed of opening her own private practice where could she provide autistic children the physical, occupational, speech, social and emotional therapy they need under one roof. Read more at the link above.

·      Language Delays Found in Siblings of Children With Autism  Siblings of children with autism have more frequent language delays and other subtle characteristics of the disorder than previously understood. Girls also may be mildly affected more often than recognized in the past.

·      VIDEO:  Stephen Shore talks about telling your child about their ASD

·      ACT's latest news - check out the latest from the Autism Funding Unit!

ACT has discussed with the AFU their current efforts to streamline their processes so that invoices can be processed more quickly. This information has been verified with the Autism Funding Unit.

1.    Invoices can be mailed, faxed or emailed to the Autism Funding Unit.

Mailing Address: 
Autism Funding Unit
Victoria, BC V8W 9S5

Fax Number: 250 356-8578
Email Address:

2.    To prevent duplication of work, only use one method to submit your invoice. Submitting documents more than once will delay payments!

3.    AFU is encouraging parents and service providers to complete a Direct Deposit application form to have payments deposited directly into their bank account.  Please contact the Autism Funding Unit toll-free at 1-877-777-3530 to request a Direct Deposit application form be mailed to you.

·      iPad App aimed at changing autistic children's lives  HOUSTON - While Apple's iPad is known for its convenience and high-tech capabilities, it's also being used to help change the lives of autistic children. Kyle and Tina Carkhuff's 5-year-old son Evan was diagnosed with autism last year. Like many autistic children, he cannot talk. But in the last two months, Evan has shown astonishing progress. "He started to play more with his brother, he is more interactive with us," Tina Carkhuff said. The couple purchased an iPad and shortly realized the device provided learning Apps that helped give their son a voice - read more at the link above!

·      Consequences and autism in the classroom Any discussion about teaching students with autism spectrum disorders in school settings will invariably turn to a discussion about the role of consequences in managing inappropriate behavior. Usually the discussion takes the form of this question: What do I do when "Johnny" does . . .?

Few educators would contest that consequence interventions have long dominated the lion's share of our behavior management efforts. The result is that consequences have become narrowly linked with managing inappropriate behavior, and it is the misguided use of consequences for inappropriate behavior that is of concern. Fortunately, as our efforts shift toward prevention of challenging behavior, questions about consequences should no longer monopolize our efforts and energies. Nonetheless, for the present, it represents a valid question which warrants discussion and some ideas about direction. The discussion begins by addressing the purpose of consequences, followed by an examination of how consequences are misused, and, finally, some ways to use them more effectively.  Read more here.

·      Angie Dickinson Breaks Her Silence and Reveals the Heartbreak of Mothering a Daughter with Asperger's From early childhood, Nikki suffered from the effects of her premature birth and the symptoms of Asperger's syndrome. Socially withdrawn and obsessive, she craved repetition and fell into bouts of frustration and rage. This was at a time when autism was believed to strike only the severely impaired -- "far gone mental cripples," as Life magazine put it -- and didn't apply to highly verbal, precocious kids like Nikki. The American Psychiatric Association wouldn't include Asperger's in its diagnostic manual until 1994, when Nikki was 27. She was diagnosed several years later, but her symptoms continued to worsen. In January 2007, at age 40, she committed suicide. Read more at the link above

·      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

·      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.



·      Girls With Autism or ADHD Symptoms Not Taken Seriously, Study Suggests When girls with symptoms of autism or ADHD seek professional medical help, their problems are often played down or misinterpreted, and there is a real risk that they will not get the help or support they need. As such, more training is needed in this area, particularly in the public sector, reveals a thesis from the University of Gothenburg. 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

·      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


The provincial government is asking for public input as it forms its 2011 budget. If you follow this link you can post your suggestions on line. All details can be found at BUDGET CONSULTATIONS


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

·       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

·        Individual Education Plans: A Guide for Parents September 2010   NEW Resource just completed by BCCPAC

·      Ministry of Education's A GUIDE TO ADAPTATIONS AND MODIFICATIONS Please see the guide as another reference tool for parents when they attend IEP meetings; this is directly from the Ministry of Education website. This guide explains some of the updates/new criteria which were not included in the IEP guide. Parents are reminded they may invite other professionals, including speech or language pathologists, counsellors, advocates or ‘note takers', if they feel it would positively contribute to the IEP process/meeting.

·      Special-needs students named homecoming queens and kings  CHESTER, S.D. - Homecoming brought joy to Betsy Daniel this fall, when classmates chose her as homecoming queen. A similar scene played out this month in New Mexico, where students erupted in cheers when a classmate with special needs was named homecoming king. In Lawrence, Kan., a boy with Down syndrome is on the homecoming court after classmates went to administrators and demanded his name be on the ballot. The king and queen at that school, Free State High, will be crowned Friday.  Read more at the link above.

·      Parents vote down motion to remove Langley school trustees  The District Parent Advisory Council may have seen their motion to remove Langley's board of education voted down last night, but Council President Megan Dykeman-Porohowski couldn't be more proud. "It went really well. We had 30 schools come out to our meeting last night. That is the largest turnout as far as anybody can remember in the history of the Langley DPAC," Dykeman-Porohowski told the Tyee. "It was defeated 13 against the motion, 10 for the motion, seven abstained. So that was very close, but the parents of the Langley District were very clear, they want accountability, they want the AG report implemented, but at this point in time they do not want the board of education removed."

·      5 Vancouver schools short-listed for closure  The Vancouver School Board has narrowed the list of schools it will consider closing in 2011 in order to meet a budget shortfall, CBC News has learned. The five schools on the short list are:

·       Queen Alexandra Elementary.

·       Carleton Elementary.

·       Macdonald Elementary.

·       McBride Annex.

·       Champlain Heights Annex. Read more at the link above.

·       CBC VIDEO - Parents respond to Vancouver School Closure Announcement

·       Letter: Time for a clear look at Burnaby's schools  How do the numbers add up in Burnaby schools? In 2009/10, based on ministry data, average class sizes were greater than the provincial average in kindergarten, Grades 1-3, Grades 4-7 and Grades 8-12. Forty classes exceeded 30 students. Six K-3 classes had four or more special needs students. Two hundred and eighty Grade 4-12 classes had four or more special needs students. There are many more locally designated students with special needs, and even more ‘gray area' students without designations, who require special attention. In addition, 230 classes, in Grades K-3, had four or more ESL students and 710 classes for Grades 4-12 had four or more ESL students.

This school year, with our contract coming to an end in June 2011, teachers will be speaking with one loud voice to impress upon politicians the need to improve working and learning conditions in our classrooms.

Richard Storch, President , Burnaby Teachers' Association


October 14th, 4:30-6:00

Leaving high school is an exciting and tense time for students and their families. When considering what will happen next, the possibility of university or college comes to mind. Across North America, young adults with development disabilities are choosing to continue their education alongside their friends and acquaintances from high school at their local colleges and universities.

Currently, STEPS Forward has agreements with the University of Victoria, the University of British Columbia at Point Grey, the University of British Columbia-Okanagan in Kelowna and with Emily Carr University in Vancouver to support students with developmental disabilities to be fully included in all aspects of a typical undergraduate experience in a way that is standardized across the province and coherent with typical students.

Please join us on October 14th to learn more about Inclusive Post Secondary Education possibilities in your community. We are excited to answer your questions and talk about:

·        What going to university/college can offer your son or daughter

·        What the application and eligibility criteria are.  Note: Levels of cognitive, physical, or academic ability are NOT criteria for eligibility, nor are diagnostic labels or prior education.

·        What the role of the STEPS Forward Inclusion facilitators is

·        Stories of current students and graduate

For more information and to RSVP please contact Jessica Humphrey at or 250.884.1298


10. Medical

·      Force Society For Children's Mental Health Click on the link to find out about New monthly parent information and network sessions. Sessions will be offered through in person, teleconferencing and media site.

·      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 October GI Issue


  11. Policy


12. Workshops & Training (in order of date)

·      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.

·      Dr. Gabor Mate is presenting:
Kids in Chaos
:Why Our Kids Are Troubled and What Parents, Teachers and Health Professionals Can Do To Help
FRIDAY OCT. 15TH 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm Ladner United Church

* The basis of healthy child development
* Why the traditional relationship has become undermined,
* What peer orientation is and how it competes with children's adult attachments
* How peer orientation leads to poor behaviour, developmental problems and "unteachability;"
*How to restore the healthy adult orientation of our children, including methods of discipline
that do not alienate children but bring them closer.

Please register with Liz Shields at 604-952-5056; email or fax 604-946-0823

We are asking for a donation of $10.00 per person at the door, to go towards the purchase of additional books and parent resources that will support Social Emotional Learning programs currently taught in schools


·      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 -

Due to a sudden, unexpected, and unforeseen situation Henry Winkler regrettably won't be the keynote speaker at the Speaking of Kids 2010 conference. I'm sure you can imagine we are all very disappointed by this news.

o   But as they say in Hollywood, ‘the show must go on!' To that end we have moved aggressively to find a new high-caliber speaker and are happy to say that Caroll Spinney, the creator of Sesame Street's Big Bird & Oscar the Grouch, will be joining us as our new keynote speaker!

o   Optimism, knowledge and diversity are the values around which Sesame Street is built. At the podium, Carroll will discuss how he's helped children reach their highest potential. Carroll has earned four Emmy Awards, two Gold Records, and two Grammy Awards. Sesame Street has won numerous awards for its groundbreaking work.
Quick Overview About the Conference
The Speaking of Kids conference 2010 to be held in Vancouver, BC, at Killarney Secondary School on October 22, 2010 (a province wide teacher's professional development day).

We have some exciting surprises in store for you - here's a sneak preview:
>>Mr. Caroll Spinney will be delivering a dynamic and engaging presentation followed by an autograph session (for conference attendees only)
>> Wayne Cox, Global TV, will be introducing Mr. Spinney
>> There will be five speakers that will deliver 5 stimulating presentations - yes 5!!!
>> The ticket price is only $55 for members and $65 for non-members
>> A 1/2 hour break with refreshments is included in your ticket price
This is one conference you don't want to miss! Get your
tickets today - there are only 700 seats and this event sells out each year (more about the conference...)
Prepare to be amazed and inspired!

·      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

·      NEW Changing Practices, Changing Systems, Changing Lives. Burnaby Supported Child Development with the Centre for Ability is hosting a Conference on October 29 and 30, 2010 based on the Pyramid Project (Social Emotional Development). Click on the link above for more information and to register.


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

·      NEW Parent Workshop on Anxiety/Resilience This workshop will provide parents with the latest information on Social Emotional Learning, the interrelationship between anxiety and learning and its impact on overall child wellness.  Participants will learn about strategies including evidence based cognitive behavioural approaches and come away with tools to help their children develop strategies to cope with stress and other emotions.

Monday, November 8th, 2010- 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Delta Manor Education Centre

4750 - 57 Street, Ladner

Please register with Liz Shields by Tuesday November 2, 2010, at 604-952-5056; email or fax 604-946-0823

We are asking for a donation of $10.00 per person at the door, to go towards the purchase of additional books and parent resources that will support Social Emotional Learning programs currently taught in schools. 

·      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.

·      January 13 - 15, 2011  Children's Autism Services Edmonton 4th Annual Conference Temple Grandin, Amy Weatherby, Lori Frost, Diane Twachtman-Cullen - click on the link above for more information and to register!

·      See All ACT Upcoming Events



·      Halloween for children with autism  Halloween is considered among most kids as one of the best holidays of the year. Dressed up as their favorite character or superhero, kids are allowed to be something fantastical for an evening and go to strangers houses and ask for candy, the very thing kids are told not to do every other day of the year. Staying up late, children fill their mouths with chocolate and sweet delights and then, well past their bedtimes, succumb to a sugar coma. For kids with autism, however, Halloween often turns out to be much more tricky and not always a treat. Read tips at the link above.

·      Tips to GREEN your Halloween!  Dressing up and celebrating Halloween can be fun -- especially for kids. It's easy to make it a healthy holiday for your family and the environment. Just follow these simple steps (download the PDF here) to green your Halloween routine:

·      Halloween Costume Ideas

·      More Halloween Costume ideas!

·      YOYO MAMA's halloween tips!

·      YOYO MAMAS October spooky event schedule for the lower mainland!

·      Toys and Costumes at BumbleBee!


13. Other

·      OCTOBER IS COMMUNITY LIVING MONTH! Check out local events to celebrate this month:

o   Richmond from the Richmond Society for Community Living (RSCL)

·      Transition Planning Guide!  Transitioning to Adulthood: A Community Resource Guide for Persons with Disabilities

·      Family Writes: A story contest for kids, parents, and family members Canada's National Family Week is all about bringing families together. This year's celebration, from October 4 - 10, is a great opportunity for people all across Canada to take time out to remember the many benefits of being part of a family. It's a chance to celebrate our strengths and successes, and an opportunity to remind us all that families matter. This year the BC Council for Families is encouraging everyone in BC to go one step further, and to write about what family means to them. Beginning this week, our Family Writes short story contest challenges kids and grown-ups to write a story about a memorable moment in their family life. All the entries will be posted on our contest website, and winners will receive free copies of the Family Writes Storybook - an illustrated volume of the collected stories. Contest winners will be announced on January 27, 2011 - National Family Literacy Day.

·      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. 

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

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

·      BC Epilepsy E Newsletter - CLICK HERE!

·      Parenting Special Needs Current Issue -

·      Disability is Natural - current newsletter -

·      Exceptional Family Magazine - current issue!

·      101 Friends October newsletter!

·      Barry McDonald's MENTORING BOYS Current Newsletter!

·      Handle Institute - Current newsletter

·      The FORCE April 2010 newsletter is now online. Click here to download.


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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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