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October 13 2010 REACH Parent Network Weekly Newsletter.

 

To submit for our newsletter or have a question for Pam to research please contact her at parentnetwork@reachdevelopment.org or 604-946-6622 ext 359

You can sign up at the  Reach Child and Youth Development Society website to receive this newsletter directly.

 

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

·      MOMS Open Letter: Important questions re service plans for children with autism and other disabilities in BC October 7, 2010  
MOMS has recently been asked to circulate notices from provincial gov't officials and a private consulting firm about consultations (focus groups, advisory bodies and an online survey) to guide the development of the Pacific Autism Family Centre (PAFC), described by its proponents as a "community-driven" initiative to establish a "knowledge centre assessible to all British Columbians affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities."
Having confirmed that these consultations are not being conducted under the auspices of MCFD or the provincial government, MOMS has advised MCFD that we would only support and participate in official Ministry consultations governed by provincial requirements for accountability, due process and transparency.
The purpose of PACF and how the Province plans to utilize it to change the way children with special needs and their families are served in BC are questions whose answers continue to be vague, contradictory and ever-shifting. MOMS now has important new details, based on internal government discussions which highlight disturbing contradictions. Below, we've attempted to sum up key issues in the hope of persuading the Provincial government to establish a more transparent context for evaluating and offering advice on this plan than has been the case to date
CLICK HERE TO READ THE LETTER!

·      Hi There:
Just wondering if anyone in the group might have experience/advice for negotiating behavioural issues with teachers/administrators in the VSB. Our son (6) was politely asked not to return to his kindergarten school and recommended to a special remedial class. He has impulse control, distractibility, a low threshold for frustration and violent outbursts when angry. He was supported 1/3 time with an SSW last year and has a "D" (chronic health) designation. In his new special rem class he has had four "step 3" incidents after each of which he was discharged for the rest of the day and after the fourth he was suspended for a day. We are meeting with the principal next week. Looking for help on how to negotiate around this step-wise/consequence program they have which seems to have the wrong motivations. My son has been diagnosed with a brain-based dysfunction and I'm not sure how he can be motivated out of his reactions. Even if he were, he likes it when he gets to come home....
Please help!  Please respond to
momsonthemove@telus.net.

 

2.  NEWS

·      Big Picture Award Gala - Vancouver

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm . Join us for an evening of celebration and film to thank our local heroes Si and Tim Stainton for more than 25 years of dedication to the Community Living movement. The reception will begin at 5:30pm sharp, followed by a brief award presentation and film screening of Me, Too. Tickets are $25/each. Advance purchase of tickets is recommended as seating is limited.

Where: VanCity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver

This is event is presented by posAbilities, Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion and Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture.

Phone: Call (604) 299-4001 to order tickets.

Email: mnelson@posabilities.ca

Website: For more information please visit www.posAbilities.ca

·      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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AUTISM

·      First autistic Presidential appointee speaks out

When Ari Ne'eman walked onstage at a college campus in Pennsylvania in June, he looked like a handsome young rabbi presiding over the bar mitzvah of a young Talmudic scholar.In truth, Ne'eman was facilitating a different kind of coming-of-age ceremony. Beckoning a group of teenagers to walk through a gateway symbolizing their transition into adult life, he said, "I welcome you as members of the autistic community." The setting was an annual gathering called Autreat, organized by an autistic self-help group called Autism Network International
Click HERE to read all about him!

·      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PLEASE SHARE WITH YOU NETWORKS, THANK-YOU - THIS IS A HISTORIC EVENT ON SATURDAY,OCTOBER 30, 2010, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED IN WHAT THE INTERNATIONAL AUTISTIC COMMUNITY HAS TO SHARE WITH YOU, award recipients from Australia, USA,UK and Canada.

Click here for PROGRAM         Click HERE for TICKETS.

OUR NEW PREMIERE ISSUE OF NATURALLY AUTISTIC® magazine is available to subscribe to. JUST CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO SEE MORE- NATURALLY AUTISTIC® magazine: Sharing the strength and talent of the Global Autistic Community Click here to SUBSCRIBE

·      FRIEND2FRIEND Social Learning Society has updated it's website - have a look and get the recent newsletterClick here to see the new website!

·      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
PO Box 9776 STN PROV GOVT

Victoria, BC V8W 9S5

Fax Number: 250 356-8578
Email Address:
MCF.AutismFundingUnit@gov.bc.ca

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.

·      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

 

5. ADHD

·      Attention Getters for ADHD Children

If you're not appealing to kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, they aren't learning! Maintain their interest and involvement with these nine strategies for the classroom. They're fun-your students might actually love them. Read the tips here!

·      Brain Imaging Identifies Differences In Childhood Bipolar Disorder, ADHD. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago are the first to use brain imaging to examine the effects of emotion on working memory function in children with pediatric bipolar disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Click Here to Read More.

·      ADHD In Children Linked To Depression And Higher Suicide Risk During Teens.  Children who are diagnosed with ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) have a higher chance of developing depression and/or attempting suicide during their teenage years, or 5 to 13 years after being diagnosed, say researchers in a new article published in Archives of General Psychiatry. A person with ADHD finds it much harder to focus on something without being distracted. They have greater difficulty in controlling what they are doing or saying and are less able to control how much physical activity is appropriate for a particular situation compared to somebody without ADHD. A person with ADHD is much more impetuous and agitated.

Click Here to Read More.

·      Click HERE for a free issue of ADDITUDE Magazine!

·      Games That Increase Attention and Focus in ADHD Children

Five ways to reduce the symptoms of childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) through fun and games.  Click HERE to read more.

 

6. Downs Syndrome

 

7.  FASD

·      No jail for fetal alcohol sufferers: lawyers say. People who suffer from fetal alcohol spectrum disorder should not go to jail for crimes they commit, according to the head of the Canadian Bar Association.

Association president Rod Snow said people living with FASD represent about one per cent of Canada's overall population, but make up as much as a quarter of the prison population.

"They're way over-represented in the criminal justice system, there's a high level of repeat offenders," he said.  Click HERE to read more.

·      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.

 

·      CELEBRATING FOSTER FAMILY MONTH

An event celebrating the 20th anniversary of Foster Family Month - and honouring B.C.'s more than 3,400 foster families - was held October 4th at the Legislature.

Click here to read how FOSTER FAMILIES MAKE A DIFFERENCE

 

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.

·      INCLUSIVE POST SECONDARY EDUCATION FOR YOUNG ADULTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES BURNABY INFORMATION SESSION

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 jessica@steps-forward.org or 250.884.1298

 

10. Medical

·      A Guide For Parents On Talking To Kids About Alcohol - New From AAAS. Science can be a powerful tool for parents and educators seeking to persuade middle-school students not to drink alcohol, says a new book from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Click here to get the guide!

·      WHOLE FAMILY NUTRITION; For families or individuals challenged with behavioural issues or chronic health concerns, Whole Family Nutrition fosters understanding, exploration, and healing through ongoing support services and individualized care. Specializing in Autism * PDD - NOS * Asperger's * OCD * ADHD *ADD * Dyspraxia * Dyslexia * Anxiety * Depression * Bipolar * Schizophrenia * Celiac Disease * MS * Crohn's Disease * Intestinal/digestive concerns * Constipation * Diarrhea * Candida Click here to learn more.

·      TED TALKS!  Video: Stacey Kramer offers a moving, personal, 3-minute parable that shows how an unwanted experience -- frightening, traumatic, costly -- can turn out to be a priceless gift. Click here to see the VIDEO.

·      Brain surgery is more than a last resort, epilepsy specialists say Brian Machin had an epileptic seizure as he cuddled his newborn son in his arms. He was sitting in a chair and didn't loosen his grip on baby Rhys, but he and his wife, Cynthia, worried they wouldn't be so lucky next time. His seizures were getting worse and medication wasn't working. "I remember thinking, ‘What have we done?' " Ms. Machin said. "I was afraid, but how could I tell him not to hold the baby?" In February, 2006, Mr. Machin had a type of brain surgery that offers relief from seizures for people with drug-resistant epilepsy - and he hasn't had a seizure since. He no longer needs medication and hasn't suffered any memory loss, and not only can he play with Rhys, but he and his wife had a second child. Read more from the Globe and Mail Article HERE.

·      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.

·      Complex child magazine Click Here for the October GI Issue

 

  11. Policy

 

12. Workshops & Training (in order of date)

·       NEW: Richmond Centre for Disability is offering free RDSP Information Sessions at various locations for those in Surrey and Langley - Please Click HERE.

·      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

 covered:
* 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 lshields@deltasd.bc.ca 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, 

sstainton@dcls.ca . 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 -

o   NEWS FLASH!!!
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!

·       NEW 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 - 2:30pm

FEE: $40 VSB staff;    $60 non-VSB staff (eligible for autism funding reimbursement)  Payment in advance by check or money order payable to G.T. Cunningham Elementary School Please MAIL payment to Monika Martinkova  BY October 10, 2010 To: GT Cunningham Elementary  2330 East 37th Ave., Vancouver, B.C. V5R 2T3 - ph. number 604- 782-5787

Location:  Unity of Vancouver    5840 Oak Street  (between 42nd and 43rd Ave on the east side of Oak)

Registration:  Register with Monika at monika.pilat@gmail.com

          (workshop will be limited to 125)

Light lunch of vegetarian samosas will be provided.  Please feel free to bring your own lunch and something to drink

Please arrive early to check in, as presentation will start at 9 am sharp

·      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

·       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.

·      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 lshields@deltasd.bc.ca 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 -
2:45pm
Workshop 2: Saturday, November 20th, 2010, 10:00am -
2:45pm
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 jfee@dcls.ca <mailto:jfee@dcls.ca> , 604-946-9508 ext. 222.
To find out more information about these workshops, please contact Si Stainton, Delta Community Living Society, Family Services Liaison, sstainton@dcls.ca , 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
May TBA
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 info@bcepilepsy.com 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

 

SEASONAL

·      Family Fun Halloween Decorating Ideas 

·       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:

·      Family Fun - 21 Halloween Haunted Treats!

·      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

·      GVHBA RAMPS PROGRAM

The Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association (GVHBA) is a non-profit trade association that represents and promotes professionalism in the Metro Vancouver residential construction industry. GVHBA is also a consumer resource, providing access to housing-related information. 

The GVHBA Ramps program was launched to assist those members in our communities who cannot afford to build a ramp to safely access their home. The ramp - materials and labour - are generously donated by the members of the GVHBA.  Click HERE to see application!

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

o   British Columbia Association for Community Living (BCACL) Community Event Calendar

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

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

·       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:

 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, <
http://www.posabilities.ca/> 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 Current E-Newsletter available here!

·      Parenting Special Needs Current Issue -

·      Disability is Natural - Current E-Newsletter Click HERE

·      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.

 

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

 

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

 

Tel: 604-946-6622, ext 359,

 

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