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November 3 2010 REACH Parent Network Weekly Newsletter.


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

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


·      I was hoping that you could send out a request to see if anyone has information on photosensitive seizures.  My daughter has just been diagnosed with them and I am trying to find out as much information as possible to try and minimize their frequency.   Any information would be appreciated.  Please reply directly to

·      Just wondering if anyone can recommend a good music therapist in Vancouver (west-side) for my 5-year-old son.  He's got DS/OCD and sensory issues.  Very bright, loves music, and his school does not have a formal music program.  If anyone has had a good experience could they let me know?  Please share with

·      My little one is going to be 6 years old. He started to wanderer. It is been 3 times I almost lost him. Does any one know what kind of service is available in Vancouver for wanderer. I spoke to ACT and they suggested a GPS system but I was more interested to buy the "Ionwatch" which is only available in USA. Please kindly let me know if any one has any information. Respond to

·      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

·      Hello Families! Si Stainton has arranged with the corporation of Delta Park and Rec. to be allowed to distribute the Leisure Card for adults with developmental disabilities. The leisure access program provides an opportunity for Delta residents in financial need to participate in Parks, Recreation and Culture drop in activities for just $5 per person. One your child's application has been successful you will be able to receive a 6 month general facility admission pass. Please contact her if you wish to have an access card for your adult son or daughter. Si Stainton, Family Services Liaison (Monday - Wednesday) Delta Community Living Society' 604 952 6490 or


2.  NEWS

·      B.C. Premier Campbell stepping downB.C. Premier Gordon Campbell is stepping down and has asked his party to hold a leadership convention. Campbell made the announcement during a surprise news conference Wednesday morning in Vancouver, accompanied by his wife and children. Read more here.

·      Disabled daughter 'target of Surrey school bullies'.  A Surrey father has filed a discrimination suit against the Surrey School District claiming a principal did little to curb bullying of his daughter who has cerebral palsy.  Click here to read the full story.

·      Indiana parents told to drop disabled kids at shelters State budget cuts have left families with few affordable care options INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's budget crunch has become so severe that some state workers have suggested leaving severely disabled people at homeless shelters if they can't be cared for at home, parents and advocates said. They said workers at Indiana's Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services have told parents that's one option they have when families can no longer care for children at home and haven't received Medicaid waivers that pay for services that support disabled people living independently. Read more here.

·      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.


 3.  Reach Child and Youth Development Society


Reach News


o  Workshop Presentation: Emotional Regulation All of us are on a journey to emotional regulation.  For some of our children this can be a difficult road.  One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is an understanding of their emotions and how to cope when their emotions seem too big!  Come and learn some simple strategies to teach them how they can control their bodies and their feelings.

Facilitated by: Pam Collins

Appropriate for parents of children aged 3 - 19

Date:                  Thursday, November 18, 2010

Time:         6:30 - 8:30 pm

Location:         Reach Child and Youth Development Society

                  #3 - 3800 72nd Street, Delta, BC        

Register by email:

phone:  604-946-6622, ext 343   fax: 604-946-6223



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o   Model Me Kids

o   USA Today Article regarding Iphone applications for autism

·      Temple Grandin inducted into Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth She's not a Hollywood star or even a hotshot producer or director, but many heard her name time and time again at this year's Primetime Emmy Awards.

·      12 important needs of siblings and tips to address these needs

SIBLINGS NEED COMMUNICATION THAT IS OPEN, HONEST, DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE, AND ONGOING. Parents may need to deal with their own thoughts and feelings before they can effectively share information with siblings. Children may show their stress through their withdrawal or through inappropriate behaviors. Siblings may be reluctant to ask questions due to not knowing what to ask or out of fear of hurting the parent. While doing research on siblings, Sandra Harris found that developmentally appropriate information can buffer the negative effects of a potentially stressful event (Harris, 1994). Click here to read more tips!

·       Video: Dr. Tony Attwood addresses issues of rage, anger mangement, CBT and more .This is Dr. Attwood with his insights, resources and indefatigable positive energy! Click here to see the video!

·       Regarding the Pacific Autism Centre:

o   Pacific Autism Family Centre encounters opposition Parents' organization says provincial funds should be spent on expanding existing services with an emphasis on early intervention.  Read full article here.

o   Centralized autism centre not the solution.  Money would be better spent on autism treatment and research in B.C. communities than building a central hub to do just that in the Lower Mainland, advocates for autistic children said Wednesday. That was the message a dozen parents, siblings and caregivers delivered to a focus group wanting to develop a centre for autism research and family support in Vancouver. Click here to read article.


Let the GABA Program show you how to get 25 hours per week of high quality, individualized ABA intervention with your MCFD Autism Funding where your child will have individual goals, programs, and parent strategies. Click here to read more about this new program.

·      Technology to help autistic children.  New age technology tapping into the minds of autistic children, helping them get more out of life. HealthFirst reporter Leslie Toldo takes us to Spain and back to look at the high tech help Autism therapies. The number of kids born with Autism goes up 10 to 20 percent each year. These new technologies bridge communication gaps, which not only helps autistics, but the families who love them. Click here to read more and see video.

·      Children's Best Friend: New University of Montreal Study Shows That Dogs Help Autistic Children Adapt.  Dogs may not only be man's best friend, they may also have a special role in the lives of children with special needs. According to a new University of Montreal study, specifically trained service dogs can help reduce the anxiety and enhance the socialization skills of children with Autism Syndrome Disorders (ASDs). The findings published this year in Psychoneuroendocrinology may be a relatively simple solution to help affected children and their families cope with these challenging disorders. Read full story here.

·      INFANT START: At the Age of Peekaboo, in Therapy to Fight Autism.  Now the family is in yet another study, part of an effort by a network of scientists across North America to look for signs of autism as early as 6 months. (Now, the condition cannot be diagnosed reliably before age 2.) And here at the MIND Institute at the University of California Davis Medical Center, researchers are watching babies like Emilio in a pioneering effort to determine whether they can benefit from specific treatments. So when Emilio did show signs of autism risk at his 6-month evaluation - not making eye contact, not smiling at people, not babbling, showing unusual interest in objects - his parents eagerly accepted an offer to enroll him in a treatment program called Infant Start. Read all about it HERE!

·      Richmond ASBC Parents Group Meeting
Social Thinking and Language Issues by Jenny Gorton, SLP.Before returning to Vancouver to join the ABLE Development Clinic, Jenny was an integral member of Teach Social Silicon Valley, previously known as the Centre for Social Thinking. Working closely with Michelle Garcia-Winner, Jenny provided treatment for social and language deficits in clients with Asperger's Syndrome and other Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Date: Monday, November 29, 2010
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Tyee room at Steveston Community Centre -
4111 Moncton Street, Richmond
Coffee/Tea and snacks provided. Donations are greatly appreciated.
Please RSVP to
Paul (, so we can prepare for handouts.



·      3 provinces get failing grades on ADHD: report  Schools in Canada's three most populous provinces received failing grades in a national report on how their special education systems recognize and support students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. The Centre for ADHD Advocacy Canada (CADDAC) released its report on inconsistencies across Canada in how students with ADHD are identified, understood and accommodated in school systems. Click here to read the article.

·      4 Ways to Stop Nagging and Start Disciplining Your ADHD Child.  Like all kids, children with attention deficit disorder (ADD ADHD) sometimes make bad choices regarding their own behavior. Parenting ADHD children can challenge a mom or dad's patience and good judgment - to the point that parents make bad decisions disciplining misbehavior. Instead of using firm, compassionate approaches, they move into the ignore-nag-yell-punish cycle. Read tips here.

·      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

o   2010 DSRF Christmas Breakfast.  The 13th annual Christmas Breakfast will be taking place December 3, 2010. ...more


7.  FASD

·      Attention Processing And Perception May Be Involved In Fetal Alcohol-Related Learning Difficulties.  It has been known for many years that drinking alcohol while pregnant can cause serious and irreversible damage to the fetus. However, new research exploring memory deficits in children diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) or fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) may be able to aid in the creation of new therapies and treatments. Click here to read full article.

·      Alcohol dependence during pregnancy 'can affect child's brain'.  The level of a person's perception and attention processing abilities is linked to whether or not their mother opted to ignore the alcohol health risks of drinking while pregnant, a new study has shown. According to research conducted by professionals at the Wayne State University School of Medicine - which will be published in the January 2011 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research - exposure to the substance as a foetus can cause difficulties in cognitive functions such as memory at a later stage in life. Read full article here.

·      Health officials denounce study on light drinking during pregnancy SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah health officials hope pregnant women do not pay attention to a new study that says light drinking is OK during pregnancy. Nurses and counselors at the Utah Pregnancy Risk Line still counsel women to stay away from alcohol, even though a study by University College London (UCL) found no difference between abstinence from drinking and light drinking. Click here to read more.

·      Early primary school outcomes associated with maternal use of alcohol and tobacco during pregnancy and with exposure to parent alcohol and tobacco use postnatally. The main purpose of the present study was to analyze longitudinal data from the "Better Beginnings, Better Futures" (BBBF) prospective study to examine relationships between pre- natal exposure to alcohol and tobacco, separately and in combination, on developmental outcomes in young children from disadvantaged Ontario communities over the first four years of primary school (i.e. from 4 to 8 years of age). We also examined the effects of postnatal exposure to maternal drinking and smoking.  Click here to read full report.

·        MEDIC ALERT AND JUSTICE ALERT - Immediate response necessary. Dr. Gordon Atherley (Family Caregivers Unite! - Internet radio host), Robert Ridge (President, Medic Alert Canada) and I have been discussing expanding Medic Alert's services to include "Justice Alert". FASD and many mental health issues may have medical origins but the implications are primarily social, educational and justice related. We do provide a notice card (attached) that can be carried by those with FASD.The front of the card states, "I have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder which causes brain injury. If I need assistance, or if you need my cooperation, you should contact the person listed on the back of this card. Because of this birth injury, I do not fully understand abstract concepts like legal rights. I could be persuaded to admit to acts that I did not actually commit. I am unable to knowingly waive

any of my legal rights. Because of my disability, I do not wish to talk with law enforcement officials except in the presence of and after consulting with an attorney. I do not consent to any search of my person or property." The back is contact information.

Medic Alert would offer a notification service providing only the details you want provided to law enforcement agencies in event your individual with FASD is in contact with the law. Essentially, the service would be "Justice Alert". We are designing a suitable logo combining the scales of justice with the medical serpent and staff symbol. Medic Alert provides a variety of attractive and useful bracelets, pendants, dog tags, etc. that can contain notice information and a phone number to be called. Some pieces contain a small compartment into which some detail can be stored, or a USB thumb drive for more information as needed. You control the content. I know my son, David age 20, will not wear a watch or arm bracelet, but he has no problem with a neat pendant, such as dog tags or celtic or native design. He would wear a Justice Alert pendant under his shirt. Currently, all medical records in Ontario and many other jurisdictions are being converted to electronic data. However, this data is only available to authorized medical personnel and not shared with law enforcement. Justice Alert could provide a safety net in the justice system, constitutional protection, immediate contact with you in event of a problem and diversion from the court system.

Your feedback and support is urgently needed on this idea. Please

·      write to me directly at

·      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.


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


o      CLBC Newsletter October 2010  THE CITIZEN



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

·      Please mark your calendars to attend a meeting hosted by Vancouver parents to discuss concerns about the impacts of cuts to special education. Parents from all districts welcome!
WHEN: Wednesday November 3rd, 7:15 to 8:15 PM
WHERE: Seniors' Centre, South Meeting Room, Kerrisdale Community Centre, 5851 West Boulevard Vancouver
Examples of concerns being reported by parents in Vancouver due to the funding cuts:

o   Students' support levels cut or students  denied access to required special education supports  

o   Students denied access to integrated classes due  to lack of supports, especially in secondary school  

o   Low-incidence students with special needs denied  opportunity to repeat Grade 12 as has always been permitted in the past so  that they can stay in school until age 19, when they can access adult  supports/day programs funded via CLBC  

o   IEPs not done or done very late, or not meaningful due to the lack of supports available to implement anything

·      Richmond parents warn of strains on education system.  The Richmond District Parents Association says the quality of education in public schools is threatened by larger and more complex classes. The association recently issued the following news release: Read Press Release Here.

·      Closure of Queen Alexandra Elementary would deal tough blow to autistic boy, 6.  For single mom Nicky Rayment, the threatened closure of Queen Alexandra Elementary is a lot more than just shutting the doors and moving on. For a year Rayment has worked hard to establish a routine for her six-year-old autistic son Andrew, so that he can go to school and attend after-school care on the same premises. As a working mom, she can't suddenly leave work to move Andrew from location to location. Click here to read more.

·      Editorial: Life will be just fine if schools are closed.  There was another predictable rally over the weekend in Vancouver to protest against the proposed closure of several schools. While the closure of a school is unfortunate and perhaps inconvenient, it's not the massive disaster the New Democrats or the teachers' union would have us believe. Read Editorial Comment Here.

·      Parents left out of education equation.  Early childhood education is critical to improving outcomes for kids - that goes without saying. But what governments - at all levels - seem reluctant to recognize is that children's development doesn't occur simply between the hours of 9 and 3, inside a school building or childcare centre. In fact, research consistently demonstrates that it is parents, and what happens at home, that have the largest influence on children's development. Read full article here.

·      Teachers Diagnosing Children - Legal liability implications.  The propensity to diagnose and medicate behaviour has risen sharply over the past decade, with a total of 14.3% of Canadian, and 12% of American children receiving a mental health diagnosis, and many on some form of psychotropic medication (stimulant, antidepressant, anti-anxiety, sedative, or antipsychotic). When England, Australia and France have banned the use of psychotropic medication with children, one has to wonder why North America seems to have cornered the market on mentally ill children. We have truly entered the age of what Dr. Paul Kershaw terms a "diagnostic crisis", and need to step back and take a comprehensive and careful look at what we are doing to our children, and why. Read more here.

·      Do Babies Learn Vocabulary From Baby Media? Study Says No.  We all want our children to be smart. Why else would parents spend millions of dollars on videos and DVDS designed and marketed specifically for infants and very young children every year? But do they work? NBC's 'Today' show recently suggested that claims from the manufacturers of baby media products may be overblown, and now a new study published in Psychological Science presents empirical evidence that infants who watched an unidentified baby video did not actually learn the words that the video purported to teach. Click here to read more.


10. Medical

·      Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science. Much of what medical researchers conclude in their studies is misleading, exaggerated, or flat-out wrong. So why are doctors-to a striking extent-still drawing upon misinformation in their everyday practice? Dr. John Ioannidis has spent his career challenging his peers by exposing their bad scienceRead the full ATLANTIC article here.

·      Alcohol More Damaging than Crack - Study Says.  According to a study made by the medical journal, The Lancet, alcohol poses greater harm to drinkers than heroin or crack. Read more 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. They offer:

o    Orientation to Child and Youth Mental Health Services

o    A Guide for Families.  This 56 page guide covers everything from where to go for help to relevant legislation.

o   A Child with an Intellectual/Developmental Disability and a Mental Disorder

o   A Guide for Teachers

·      Complex child magazine Click Here for the November Home Modifications Issue!


  11. Policy


12. Workshops & Training (in order of date)



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 -
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.

·      Supporting Your Child's Special Education: A Parent Workshop sponsored by the Learning Disabilities Association - South Fraser
With Cathie Camley
Sunday, November 14, 2010
9 am to 3 pm
LDAFS Resource Centre, 201-13766-72 Avenue, Surrey
$30 for full-day workshop; $25 LDAFS members
Please register for this workshop at 604-591-5156.
Parents,  Learn about your child's rights and entitlements for special education programs and services. Find out what you can do to make sure your child receives thebest education possible.
This is a great opportunity to take advantage of a workshop that normally costs $85 butthrough the generous funding from the Soroptimists International is offered at only $30 perperson ($25 for members of LDAFS).
Click here to see flyer.workshop flyer

·      The BC Epilepsy Society is hosting a lecture on, "Epilepsy and Family Dynamics" on Monday, November 15th from 7-9 pm at the Chan Auditorium at BC Children's Hospital (4480 Oak Street). The speakers are Dr. Josef Zaide and Dr. Audrey Ho, psychologists who work with adults and children with epilepsy.
Epilepsy affects everyone in the family, not just the person with seizures. How well adjusted a person with epilepsy will be is strongly related to how the family adapts to the diagnosis. Recognizing feelings and learning to react appropriately is essential. Whether you are a parent of a child with epilepsy, a sibling of an individual with epilepsy, or an adult or senior living with epilepsy, this lecture will gave you valuable insight and coping strategies.
The lecture is $10 or free with a BC Epilepsy Society membership.
For more information on the 2010-2011 Speaking of Epilepsy Lecture Series, please contact the BC Epilepsy Society at 604-875-6704 or at

·      Monday, November 15, 2010
7:00 ˆ 9:00 pm
Surrey Conference Centre,
Building 400, Room 3, 9260ˆ140 Street, Surrey
Complimentary admission
Please pre-register at 604-591-5156 or
Cindy Johnston of Bridges Canada will provide an interactive review of
software tools available and currently being used in BC schools to help
struggling students improve their literacy, numeracy, and communication
skills. Included in the discussion will be Kurzweil 3000tm. Kurzweil 3000tm is researched based and enables struggling readers in grades 3 and above to
learn from the same content as their peers as it provides access to virtually
any text, curriculum, including print, electronic, and Web-based documents.
LDAFS is now offering student training on Kurzweil 3000
tm reading and
writing software which is available in the Surrey Schools. This training will
enable students to become proficient and then access it at their school.

The Annual General Meeting of the Learning Disabilities Association ˆ Fraser South precedes this seminar from 6:15 ˆ 6:45 pm. All members of the public are welcome to attend.

·      Autism and ADHD: Managing Anxiety and Anger

Date: Nov 19, 2010
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Four Seasons Hotel
The Children's Foundation

By the end of the workshop you will be able to:Operationally describe anger and anxiety within a behavioural framework. Adjust "Community Based" preconceived generic descriptions to match individualized, situational, and motivational contexts. Value the significance of "Avoid Mad...Address Sad" as a salient intervention strategy. Expand the ABA approach for addressing anger and anxiety within a CBT model Understand why Cognitive Behavioural Therapy must lead the way to "emotive understanding" within a new alliance between behavioural and humanistic frameworks

Click here to see full brochure!

·      2010 International Conference on Developmental Disabilities and Aging/Alzheimer's Disease Trends ~ Discoveries ~ Innovative Interventions

November 19 and 20, 2010

Simon Fraser University's Harbour Centre515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Click here to get more information and the registration form.

The 3rd Annual Josephine Mills Research Awards Gala will be held on the Friday night (November 19th) of the Conference. Nominations are now being accepted. Click here for more details.
Please contact us for more information at (604) 444-3773 or by

·      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
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   Check out November 27th!




13. Other


·      BC Personal Supports Network

What can the BCPSN do for me?Our first project is called EATI-the Equipment and Assistive Technology Initiative. If you're a person with a disability who has employment-related goals (or volunteer goals leading to employment), please read on to learn more and to see if you are eligible for the project. EATI provides a source of funding for assessment, trialing, purchasing and/or training with equipment and assistive devices that:

·       relate directly to your disability needs and

·       will help you reach your employment-related goals.

To be eligible for EATI, you must be:

·       A person with a disability who has an employment-related goal. Remember, volunteering can be an important step toward employment.

·       18 years of age or older

·       A BC Resident

·       Unemployed OR employed with low skills (for example, low English literacy, incomplete high school) and looking to upgrade

·       Ineligible for Employment Insurance (EI)

·       Have not received an EI benefit in the past 3 years

·       Have not received an EI maternity or parental benefit in the past 5 years

·       Able to demonstrate a need for assistive technology

·       Unable to access funding through other programs

Part-time students who are available for work may be eligible for EATI.  People over the age of 65 who are available for work are also eligible. Click here for more information

·       THE SHORTY LIST.  Ferreting out the perfect preschool, daycare or elementary school for your tot can be nothing if not stressful. You want to make the best choice for your baby so you scour reports, check out test scores, ask around at the playground and go with your gut. Well starting this week you've got something else to go with. The Shorty List.The Shorty List is your chance to get the real scoop from those truly in the know, the parents whose kids attend these schools, daycares and

·       BC FAMILY NET Check out their new website!

Once again, BC families, adults and children are facing trying challenges in the face of fresh budget cuts in key sectors and yet another round in the endless restructuring of community living. Over the past year, our board has worked with families, government and other groups to bring forward concerns. We've also devoted considerable effort to laying the foundation for our organization to serve as a strong, independent and effective voice for BC families.
As we embark on a new phase and confront new challenges, we wish to invite more BC families to join us as members to strengthen our organization and help shape the BC FamilyNet of the future. This year, we have several Board vacancies, so we also encourage family members and self-advocates interested in a more active role to join our board and help shape the way forward. Our guest speaker for this year's AGM is Andrew Latta, the brother of an adult living in a CLBC-funded group home, who has been very successful in raising public awareness of the negative impacts of CLBC's recent budget cuts and service redesign.
We hope many of you will join us on November 17 (see details below) and/or pass this invitation along to others. If you can't attend, please visit our website (where you can download membership application forms) or drop us a note at: <>
Anita Dadson, President BC FamilyNet
NOVEMBER 17, 2010
Time:  1:30 am to 3:30pm  
Place:  181 Roundhouse Mews, Pacific Blvd between Davie and   
            Drake Streets in the room C Main Floor
            Parking off Drake St at driveway called Roundhouse Mews right by crosswalk to left.
Please RSVP by November 14th 2010: <>

·       FREE RDSP Planning Kit - get it at BC Coalition for People with Disabilities

·      Art 4 Life has been designed as a youth-centered program to address life skills.  Weekly activities will focus on self exploration through the use of different art mediums which may include drawing, painting, fabric arts, and collage. This program is adaptable to suit the needs of individuals in the group. Objective: General focus is to improve life skills through art activities which include:

o     Communication - Peer relationship, Facebook, Social Media

o   Boundary Setting - Responsibilities around parents, friends, school etc

o   Conflict Resolution  - Personal, Social, @ Home,  @ School

o   Relationship Building - Dating, Friends, Levels of Relationship

o   Self-Esteem - Self-Projection, Assertiveness, Body-Image, Social Anxiety

o   Self-Awareness - Non-Verbal Communication

Facilitators: Nadia Neely and Carmen Pastore

Location: North Delta

Date: starting Nov 8th 2010, running once a week, on Mondays

Time: 3:30pm - 5:00 pm                                     Length: 6 weeks

Ages: High School students

For more information and to register please call 604-591-9262 ext: 232


·       Comprehensive Magazine regarding Sensory Issues Click here to check out SI FOCUS

·      Have a look at this link, to learn about a project that the posAbilities team has underway...the more votes they receive, the more likely it is that they will get the Pepsi grant.

·       Discount BC FERRY fares are available for residents of British Columbia who have a permanent disability (this applies to passenger fares only).  To receive the discounted fare you must apply for a BC Ferries Disabled Status Identification (DSI) Card, which you will present to the Ticket Agent when you arrive at the terminal. Please call us at 1-888-223-3779 for details, or you can download the Information for Passengers with Special Needs Brochure.

·       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 - November E Newsletter - Click here! Inclusive Education (or What's So Special About Special Education?)


·      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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