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Subject: October 20 2010 Reach Parent Network Weekly Newsletter
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October 20 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:


·      Have you heard of, or know of any orthodontists that accept invoicing and payments to and from the Ministry of Social Services - Youth with Special Needs "At Home Medical Program" could you please call Julie with their contact info 604-612-8558

·      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


o   I wanted to pass on some information about a problem that some of our families are having with the Autism Funding Unit. Hopefully by sharing this information with you we can help other families from ending up with this problem.  
Many families call the Autism Funding Unit to check on their balance of their child's funding. I would like to strongly caution you about taking the amount that they give you as the amount that you can still use from that date. When a service provider bills The Autism Funding Unit they may not get paid for up to two months. So this means, if you call in October to find out how much you have remaining in your account, they may have not paid your service provider for September, August or some times even July yet. The Autism Funding Unit will only tell you what they have paid as of that date, not what has been billed to them even though the invoices have been submitted.
We have had a few families now run into the issue of thinking that they have more money left than they actually did because the invoices for services were not paid up to date and they end up over extending their funding and having to pay out of pocket. What I would like to suggest to all families is that if you want to find out how much money you have left in your child's funding, you also consult your services providers to confirm how much has been billed or ask the Autism Funding Unit what the last invoice paid was on your account when you are finding out the total amount.

o   when I called the Autism Funding Unit today, they had only paid my service providers up to and including July 27, 2010 (three months behind).  And they couldn't tell me the actual $$ amount that I have left.  Which leads to the question, if I wanted to make some changes, buy some items, I can't because I truly don't have a clear picture of what has been spent.   

o   Hi, I had a conversation today with Linda Bull and Arif Lalani both of the Autism Funding Unit.  They both went over my file and my file is up to date and that they have paid the invoices that they have received.  If you feel that your service provider hasn't invoiced correctly please contact either Linda or Arif directly.  Also, I have asked them to send me some points on services that AFU can help with so that I can email them to parents.  Something I didn't realize is that I can get a running statement of funds.  If I really needed to get a copy of the invoice that was sent to AFU from my service provider, they could provide me a copy.  They also advised that parents can put a request on the file not pay an invoice unless it has been signed by both the service provider & parent.  This is done by request only.  
I have been advised that they are paying service provider invoices that they receive within 30 days and that they did have an issue over the summer but that has been fixed.
Another point they made to me is that some service providers are only invoicing AFU every couple of months.  This will also create challenges if trying to find out your balance, so do speak to your service provider as well, make sure they email you a copy of the invoice or provide you with a hard copy.
I personally feel that this has created more work for me; however, I know for other parents this is much easier.
I urge any parent that is having an issue with getting an answer about their account to contact either Linda or Arif directly.  I also urged AFU to use Mom's as a tool to getting information out to parents. <> <>

o   Hi, as a Behavior Consultant, I invoice every month on the 30th/31st. I am currently waiting on one from August and all of the September invoices, indicating wait times of 3 to 7+ weeks. My team of interventionists is also waiting. FYI

o   Wow, that sounds familiar.  I just talked to Victoria yesterday and they say I am $1000 over my allotted yearly amount.  That is despite not using any services for August, Sept or October.  I stopped using our consultant for those months because when they checked their bills in July; we were advised we were $125 over.  That is a huge discrepancy - I don't know who to believe - but the woman in Victoria said it was my responsibility to sort it out.  Thanks a lot!

o   Also be cautious about service provider. There is a big behavioural consulting company that over-charged the client, collected the entire allotted amount within 6 month, now the mom wants to leave this company and switch to another one, but she is stuck as she has no money left. The behavioural consulting company promised a refund, but so far the mom hasn't seen the cheque.
Always ask to co-sign the invoice, or at the very least, get a copy of the invoice the service provider send in.

o   I also heard that big companies are invoicing that a RASP behaviour consultant has seen the child, when in fact that person hasn't been seeing the child.  The company is using a non-RASP person, but in order to get funding, they have to claim that a RASP person saw the child.  So, make sure you SIGN the invoice that goes to AFU.  See that the invoice correctly states who is providing the service.

o   If you are a therapist or consultant who has not received payment from AFU within a 30 day period, we urge you to write to Minister Mary Polak (MCFD) who has assured us that everyone is now getting paid on time.  She will probably deal with this personally if someone out there is having a problem.
You need to clearly state when you worked, the date you submitted your bill (or asked for forms) and any other details (when you called the AFU office but couldn't get a hold of someone, or nobody knew where your forms were, etc etc).
You can e-mail her at and please Cc Nancy at  I strongly recommend you also Cc your own MLA.  You can find your MLA's e-mail at  You are a constituent in your MLA's riding and your MLA is supposed to follow up on any problems that you have.  This will further push Ms. Polak into action.The ABA Support Network wrote a letter to Mary Polak expressing our concerns. Her response is that since August, they have hired new staff and there is no more backlog.  She is convinced that there are no more problems.

·      ABA Support Network Meetings in Vancouver
We are forming a Vancouver support group for parents who have children with ASD. Parents will have opportunities to share their experiences, provide and receive advice while networking with other parents. The monthly meetings will take place in Vancouver from 6:30 to 8:00. The day will be determined by those who are interested in attending. Please contact Gordon at if interested. 

·      I have a son (13) with tremendous behavior problems resulting in agression towards sibling and everybody else in the house.

What I am looking for is some kind of 1:1 attendant for several hours after school where this attendant can take care of him while I attend to the family needs and all other appointments. Anybody else had similar issues and any suggestions or any resources that are available for assistance? Please respond to


2.  NEWS

·      Sweeping New Report Looks at Life Today and Possibilities Tomorrow for B.C.'s Children and Youth A unique report released October 18, 2010 takes a sweeping look at young lives across the province, using as wide a lens as possible to examine the state of British Columbia's children and youth. B.C.'s Representative for Children and Youth and the Provincial Health Officer released Growing Up in B.C. on the opening morning of the 2010 Champions for Children and Youth Summit. The joint report by Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond and Dr. Perry Kendall is a ground- breaking examination of six important aspects of child well-being - health, learning, safety, behaviour, family economic wellbeing and family, peer and community connections. See the full report here.

·      Caregivers for disabled seek review of B.C. cuts.  The speed at which Community Living B.C. is closing group homes and cutting services for the developmentally disabled demands an independent review, a coalition of agencies, caregivers and advocates for the disabled says. The groups say a lack of public oversight is giving the Crown agency a free hand to unravel services for some of society's most vulnerable citizens. "British Columbia's community living sector is in crisis," the groups said in a recent letter to Jane Holland, B.C.'s Advocate for Service Quality. "Adults with developmental disabilities are at risk. Service and support options are being reduced. Individuals and families are not being consulted." Read the full story here.

·      Please visit MOMS website for more information on the cuts, community advocacy and please join us for the public forum planned for Monday, October 25 in Vancouver to discuss these issues. Details at:

·      Public Forum on Provincial Budget Cuts and Service Redesign in Community Living Sector

You're invited to participate in a public forum on provincial budget cuts & service redesign in BC's community living sector. Panel presentations and small group dialogue for families, self-advocates, support workers, and concerned citizens. Visit the BCACL website for more information.

When: Monday, October 25, 2010, 7-9pm

Where: Ukrainian Orthodox Centre (Auditorium), 154 East 10th Avenue (between Main & Quebec Streets) View map here.

Co-presented by: British Columbia Association for Community Living (BCACL); BC Coalition of People With Disabilities (BCCPD); BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU); Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA); Moms on the Move (MOMS); United Community Services Co-op, BC FamilyNet

·      BC CENTRE FOR SAFE SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES  CSSC Special Bulletin - Responding to Youth Violence
In response to incidents of violence among BC teens, the BC Centre for Safe Schools and Communities has been in contact with local and international prevention specialists who are offering relevant information for parents, schools, and youth. To learn about concrete strategies that adults can adopt to create more open lines of communication with teens, dynamic learning resources for schools, open letters for parents by youth violence prevention specialists,  or for information about personal safety or trends in youth violence, please read our bulletin. In addition, several open letters for parents and adults working with youth have been created and are accessible here or through bulletin.

·      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.


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·      Video: 10 minutes with Temple Grandin In the world of Autism, Temple Grandin is a legend. She has singularly contributed more to science's knowledge of autism than any other one individual. There's a reason she's #23 on Time's list of 100 Most Influential People... and that Hollywood is producing movies about her. After her speaking engagement at a Future Horizon's conference here in Minneapolis today, Temple had an intense, 10 minute conversation. She touched on a number of her favorite subjects including autism as a gift, preparing future autists for successful careers, her movie, key learnings about autism and more. See the Video Here!

·      1 in 5 kids with an autistic sibling show subtle symptoms too  It's not easy being the brother or sister of an autistic child. "Typical" siblings sometimes feel embarrassed by or responsible for their autistic sib, or may feel jealous of all the attention he gets. Now researchers have found that the siblings of autistic children are affected in another way: up to 20% of these brothers and sisters may have subtler autism-related symptoms of their own.Click here to read the article.

·      Temple Grandin's Logical Mind on Early Intervention, Vaccines and More is a wonderful interview with Temple Grandin on a variety of topics. She will be presenting at the All Ages and Abilities Autism/Asperger's Conference this weekend in New York City. From The Charlotte Observer.

Click here to read more!

·      New American research shows that there could be a link between the
controversial MMR triple vaccine and autism and bowel disease in children.
The study appears to confirm the findings of British doctor Andrew Wakefield, who caused a storm in 1998 by suggesting a possible link. Now a team from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina are examining 275 children with regressive autism and bowel disease - and of the 82 tested so far, 70 prove positive for the measles
virus. Click here to read more.

·      Autism: Not enough money for treatment.  Autism treatment is not covered under medicare. The amount of therapy that our son receives depends on what we can afford. The funding we receive from the provincial government is a drop in the bucket compared to what we need. There is no law in place that guarantees children like our son get what they need. The government of B.C. can take the funding away with the stroke of a pen. The changes to autism funding that Minister Polak announced in September 2009 just highlight that fact. Read the full letter here.



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·      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



·      Brain Training to Treat ADHD Symptoms. For many adults and children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD), the biggest daily challenge is paying attention - at work, in class, in the middle of conversations... Even the non-ADDers among us could benefit from some attention training from time to time. And now new evidence suggests that alternative ADHD treatments. like meditation and working-memory training can improve attention and focus across the board. One study found that, after just five days of computer-based training, the brains of six-year-olds begin to act like those of adults on one crucial measure of attention. Another study suggested that boosting short-term memory seems to improve children's ability to stay on task. Click here to read more.

·      Click HERE for a free issue of ADDITUDE Magazine!


6. Downs Syndrome

·      Downs Syndrome Research Foundation Events:

o   November 07, 2010

Celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Week with RICK SCOTT

Award winning children's entertainer Rick Scott will be holding a concert on November 7, 2010 at the DSRF Burnaby location. ...more

o   November 16, 2010

Up the Down Market Dinner Montreal

The 8th Annual Montreal Up the Down Market Dinner known as "Action 21" will be held at Le Centre Sheraton Hotel on Tuesday, November 16th. ...more


7.  FASD

·      New program will prepare cops for work with teens
B.C. is the first province to launch the training, but it may be rolled out across Canada. Police in Nanaimo will take part in new RCMP youth officer training as B.C. becomes the first province to roll out the program.
Until now, RCMP say there was no recognized protocol for school liaison officers, who focused more on drug-prevention talks or walking school hallways making themselves available to teens.
Click here to read more!

·      Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in the Criminal Justice System  Canadian Bar Association August 14-15, 2010 Resolution 10-02-A Click here to read the entire resolution.

·      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.

·      IMPROVED CRIMINAL RECORD CHECKS PROTECT CHILDREN VICTORIA - The Ministry of Children and Family Development has moved to further improve and enhance the criminal record check process for people who care for children and youth in the care of the ministry, announced Children and Family Development Minister Mary Polak. "We are always looking for ways to improve the safety and security of children in our care," said Polak. "Recognizing that there were issues with the previous system, we have taken steps to further strengthen, expand and consolidate criminal record checks for those who work with and care for some of our most vulnerable citizens." Click here to see the changes.


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


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

·      Vancouver School Board campaign promotes public schools  A week before public consultation starts on school closures, the VSB rolled out its "Be a Fan" initiative-a social media campaign designed to bolster confidence in public schools.Police Chief Jim Chu appeared at the board office on Broadway Monday morning as the district's first official "fan." Chu attended Grandview and General Wolfe elementary schools and graduated from Sir Charles Tupper secondary. He stressed the importance of education in crime prevention.Read the whole article here.

·      Turning Schools into 'Neighbourhood Learning Hubs'. Schools are the 'original social network,' and now is a good time to expand their community services, say advocates. Many families and teachers in B.C. are waiting expectantly to find out if their neighbourhood school will be closed by school boards trying to maintain services on a limited and declining budget. But some school districts are taking a different approach. Instead of closing schools, they're inviting the community in and offering social and medical programs space in their schools, providing services outside of the traditional mandate of K to 12 education. It's not a new concept. But it's being re-imagined to fit the needs of B.C. communities today. Read more here.

·        Individual Education Plans: A Guide for Parents September 2010    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.


10. Medical

·      Vancouver Island children have more health risks, do worse at school than others in B.C.  Children and youth on Vancouver Island have more health risks and do worse at school than their peers in other parts of the province, a new report shows. The study - Growing Up in B.C. - says children on Vancouver Island, as well as in northern B.C. and the Interior, are more likely to be in government care or living in families receiving income assistance. They're also more likely to have been exposed in the womb to tobacco and alcohol. Read full 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)


·       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.


Presents Best selling Author BARBARA COLOROSO

Parenting  with  Wit and Wisdom


Nov 8th,  North Delta  Secondary  7:30 PM

Nov 9th.  Genesis  Theatre  7:30 PM

Tickets $25  Call:

Tsawwassen:  Lisa Leblanc 604-603-0656

North Delta:  Deltassist  604-594-3455

Ladner:  Jennifer Denham  604-992-9345

·      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 - 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 <> , 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:

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 TBAAnti-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   Check out November 27th!



·       Want to visit a haunted house..... young children will be better during the day - brave ones can dare at night.... Check it out here!

·      This Weekend:  what to do, what to do?  The Halloween fun is already starting and there is simply heaps going on all around town, we can barely keep up. We're already prepping for next week, which is going to be frightfully fun! And don't forget YOYOMAMA's  list of ongoing Halloween happenings. 

·      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

·      Great website and magazine for Sensory Issues!

·      Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns tells gay teens "it gets better"  In a courageous, intensely emotional talk at the city council in Fort Worth, Texas, councilman Joel Burns reaches out to the targets of teen bullying -- kids who are gay, perceived as gay, or just different -- with a vital message about their lives, and the harassment they face.  See the video here.

·      No More Morning Madness!  No one wants to start their day in a frenzied mess of untied shoes and breakfast in hand as the school bus approaches. But for many families, that's how most school days begin. Setting up routines at home is critical for students with learning disabilities, especially executive function disorder. Here are five tips on how to make the mornings go more smoothly. Click HERE!


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. 

·      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


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