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Subject: Dec 15th 09 Parent Network Weekly Newsletter
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December 15th 09 REACH Parent Network Weekly Newsletter

Please send all links and info for the newsletter to Si's new email:  siswansk@telus.net

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

  • The nothing about us without us Petition to Premier Gordon Campbell. In signing this petition I ask that you repeal Bill 20, section 15, part 6, passed in the legislature on November 18. This section of the bill removes the legislated requirement in the Community Living Authority Act that people with developmental disabilities and their family members are represented on the Board of Directors of Community Living BC (CLBC), the Crown Agency that administers supports and services to people with developmental disabilities.
  • Spanish speaking mom whose 3 year old daughter was just diagnosed with autism. She is interested in some support from another or more families that also speak spanish. Contact kachijo@aol.com who will forward
  • Little League BC Challenger Division baseball for kids with special needs
  • Horse Riding: STARS - Southlands Therepeutic Riding Society, 3095 West 51st Ave. Vancouver,604 261 1295. Richmond Therapeutic Riding at Riverside Equestrian Centre, 13751 Garden City, Richmond, Call Max Read @ 604 817 9631 or leave message at 604 276 4107. Pacific Riding for the Disabled Association, Langley Branch, 1088 - 2008th Street Langley, 604 530 8717, or Maple Ridge Branch, 12471 - 254th Street, Maple ridge, 604 462 7786. Valley Therapeutic equestrian Association, 6918 - 232nd Street, Langley, 604 888 1262

2.  Reach Child and Youth Development Society 

2.a Reach News :

 2.b Reach Workshops  (Childcare is available upon request)

  • Kids Friendship Club dates and times for Winter 2010. A group for children and youth with autism facilitated by behavioural consultants in a group of  8-10  children to strengthen socials skills and develop peer connections. Children must be able to manage safely and independently in a ratio of 4:1. Cost is $650.00 Located at 11425-84th Avenue North Delta BC. Call Elysa Philip, coordinator at 604-946-6622 ext.312 to discuss registration. The younger kids are ages 9-11. Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30pm, January 6th-March 10th; The older kids are ages 12-15 years old Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30pm January 5- March 9th
  • New Reach ABA program...Due to changes to services for children and youth diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families, the Reach Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) Program has been adapted. See Reach ABA Program page

3. Autism

  • New Reach ABA program...Due to changes to services for children and youth diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families, the Reach Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) Program has been adapted. See Reach ABA Program page.
  • Spanish speaking mom whose 3 year old daughter was just diagnosed with autism. She is interested in some support from another or more families that also speak spanish. Contact kachijo@aol.com who will forward
  •  Autism revealed to be an asset for some jobs

4. AHD

5.         Community Living BC  ,  Ministry of Children and Family Development & Ministry of Housing and Social Development

  • The Citizen - Connecting People with Their Community: Current Edition
  • CLBC Service Satisfaction Survey . CLBC is currently conducting its fourth annual Service Satisfaction Survey. The phone survey is being conducted by an independent surveyor, the Mustel Group. Self-advocates and family members will be randomly interviewed. No names or personal information will be shared with CLBC. The surveyor provides a roll-up of the combined responses to the survey questions. This survey provides an opportunity for individuals and families to confidentially express their feelings about CLBC's services and supports. CLBC uses the information to address concerns and to ensure continuous improvement. If you have any concerns or questions about the survey, please contact Paula Grant, Director of Quality Assurance, at 604-664-0106.

6. Education

  • Inclusion of special education students doesn't affect classmates ...
  • Here is the link to an updated version (September 2009) of the Special Education Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines Manual
  • Let's Celebrate Inclusive Education! Once again, the BC Association for Community Living in conjunction with the Canadian Association for Community Living is seeking nominations for our National Inclusive Education Awards.  We know that there are many positive examples of inclusive classrooms throughout BC and we wish to recognize three individuals or organizations for their stellar work in early learning, K-12, and post-secondary settings.  Winners will be announced during Inclusive Education Week in February 2010.  The deadline for nominations is January 15, 20010.  The nomination form is attached or you may visit our website We encourage you to spread the word!

7. Medical

8. Policy

  • BCACL: The nothing about us without us Petition to Premier Gordon Campbell. In signing this petition I ask that you repeal Bill 20, section 15, part 6, passed in the legislature on November 18. This section of the bill removes the legislated requirement in the Community Living Authority Act that people with developmental disabilities and their family members are represented on the Board of Directors of Community Living BC (CLBC), the Crown Agency that administers supports and services to people with developmental disabilities.
  • Inclusive Solutions Ezine . Sign up at Inclusive Solutions to receive the ezine, or visit to check out back editions.  
  •  Why Pick on People with Disabilities? They have been abused twice by BC government action, and inaction. By Bill Tieleman
  • PETITION TO END LEGAL APPROVAL OF CORPORAL PUNISHMENT OF CHILDREN ...

9. Workshops & Training

  • > See All ACT Upcoming Events

Register now for Early Bird Rates!
  •  ACT Online Videos provide viewers with presentations by specialists on important aspects of autism treatment without the expense and inconvenience of leaving their home communities.  > See ACT's Online Videos

•·    Victoria: Child and Family Counselling Association (CAFCA)  Katherine Paxton Seminar Series 2010 Seminar 1: It's Not the Way YOU Think: Autism Spectrum Disorder Thinking 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Part 1 Wednesday, January 20 & Part 2 Wednesday, February 3, 2010.  Part 1 (Jan. 20): Learning about the ASD "operating system" provides the understanding of the brain differences found in ASD and the implications of these differences. Part 2 (Feb. 3): Working with the ASD "operating system" (aka What do we do NOW with what we know?) takes the understanding to the next level by providing the strategies and tools that are effective in supporting and teaching people who have an autism spectrum disorder. Seminar 2: Stinkin' Thinkin' & Poisonous Perceptions: Working with Troublesome Thought Distortions and Social Misperceptions found in ASD 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Part 1 Wednesday, February 17 & Part 2 Wednesday ̧ March 3, 2010 This two-part seminar explores the common "thinking mistakes" that people who have an autism spectrum disorder can make, and how to work to change these unhelpful thoughts. Although the strategies will focus on children and adults who have an autism spectrum disorder, these tools, with minor alterations, can be used with all people effectively. Seminars are to be held at: University of Victoria, Human and Social Development Building, Room A240. Contact katherinepaxtoncounselling@shawbiz.ca for more deatails.

10. Seasonal

•·    The latest edition of INFO@ is now available at www.cacl.ca/infoat

•·    Welcome to the December 101 Friends Newsletter

  • The Family Support Institute (FSI) has joined the Canada Helps Giving Challenge, where each week, Canada Helps will give away an iPod Shuffle to one lucky Giving Challenge participant and cash prizes will be awarded to the chosen charity that raises the most funds and attracts the highest number of donors through their Giving Page. The contest is now open closes at noon on December 20th, 2009.  Winners will be announced on December 21st, 2009 on the Canada Helps website To donate using a credit
  • card through FSI's Canada Helps Giving Page and be entered to win an iPod shuffle, please click on the following weblink: http://www.canadahelps.org/GivingPages/GivingPage.aspx?gpID=5834. Additional information on the Giving Challenge is available at:  http://www.canadahelps.org/givingchallenge/.

  

 11. Other

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.

Si Stainton siswansk@telus.net for

Reach Child and Youth Development Society , Tel: 604-946-6622, ext 359, www.reachdevelopment.org . Formerly known as the Delta Association for Child Development

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