November 19 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:
· Vancouver based musicians. Are you interested in joining in a rock band program for individuals with developmental disabilities? You need to have basic ability with an instrument, love music, and really want to jam together. We need about 6 individuals who are between about 16 and 23 years of age, are willing to practice together once per week, and pay for a teacher to lead the program. Please email email@example.com if this interests you, and we can get it organized.
· I am currently working as an ABA Therapist for home teams and I am looking for some more hours. I work through a local agency and I have in-clinic experience as well. As of now my schedule is quite flexible and I live in Richmond but am willing to travel if necessary. I have had training and experience in Discreet Trial Training, NET, verbal behaviour and problem behaviours, including self-injurious and escape behaviours and a client who is prone to sudden and violent psychotic episodes. I have a current clear criminal background check, including vulnerable sector, CPR/AED Level C, and I will be taking the course for non-violent crisis intervention later this month. I have over 1600 hours of combined training and one-to-one teaching experience. As the mother of an autistic child, I am fully aware of the special challenges and amazingly gratifying rewards in working with autistic children. I have also witnessed first hand the benefits of early intervention and whole-family inclusion. I am very compassionate and an excellent communicator. I enjoy working as part of a team and feel very fulfilled when I can help people to meet their personal goals. I feel that my personal experience gives me a special understanding of the unique challenges that families with autistic children sometimes encounter. Please call me at your convenience if you have a need for a qualified and committed centre or home-based ABA therapist so we can discuss your expectations and my future goals. 604-241-5875-H 778-822-2004-C Kind Regards,Mia Luecking
· I am a cabinet designer working with a Langley family. They are renovating their kitchen and some other areas of their home to better accommodate their 8 year old son who is in a wheelchair. He's small now (40 lbs) but will grow. There are three other children, all older than him, in the family. We have discussed lowering a couple of counter areas for him, one with a sink, and possibly having a flip up counter by the eating bar. Some people I work with have heard about lifts for islands or groups of cabinets that can raise and lower the whole cabinet/countertop area - hydrolic, I'm guessing. The family has decided to keep the cooktop at standard height but have added a fridge drawer and microwave below counter for easy access. Can you please direct me to some sources/websites, etc where I might find other options to discuss with them? Thanks for any information you can suggest. Diane Moorhouse Armadio Kitchen and Bath 604.761.5291 Cell 604.531.8633 Office
· CanAssist at the University of Victoria is very pleased to be conducting a feasibility study for CLBC regarding the accessibility of social media platforms for their clients. One of the primary goals of the study is to determine how accessible social media platforms currently are to CLBC clients along with the reasons for this accessibility, or lack thereof. (e.g. key barriers to use by these individuals) Input from CLBC stakeholders about their views regarding social media is crucial to the success of this project. To that end we have prepared two surveys: one for individuals with developmental disabilities to be completed independently or with assistance, and one for family members and caregivers.
I should mention that we are interested in feedback from youth under the age of 19 in addition to adults with developmental disabilities given the rapid changes in access to technology and social media now and projected for the future.
The surveys use plain language and have been designed to be completed in about 10 minutes. The survey will be posted until December 10th and our goal is to have as many individuals, families and caregivers complete the survey as possible during that timeframe.
The purpose of this note is to request that you circulate the attached invitation to complete the CanAssist social media survey through your various networks. We would ask that you encourage your contacts to circulate the invitation further as well. Thanks very much for your help.
We are looking forward to the survey feedback.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me.
CanAssist at the University of Victoria
Click here to see surveys
· Click here to read the full Budget Consultation Report
· Finance committee wants B.C. to get books back in the black ahead of schedule. VICTORIA - The B.C. government is being urged to work faster to get its books back in the black, spend more on health and education and increase the minimum wage. The ideas were among 59 recommendations released Friday by the legislature's finance committee following public hearings around the province. Click here to read more.
· Disabled B.C. girl left with dead mom for days. The brother of a 15-year-old disabled B.C. girl says he is shocked to learn she spent up to nine days in a mobile home with the body of her dead mother before being found. A neighbour discovered the girl and the woman's body in a Chilliwack trailer park Sept. 15, said Mike Prentice, 32, one of the girl's brothers. Click here to read more.
· Two Vancouver Island group homes for disabled shut down among 19 'secret' closures by B.C.Community Living B.C. remains silent about locations, defends closings as a way to provide 'independence'. The Crown agency that provides services to the developmentally disabled has closed at least 19 group homes across the province this year, government documents show.Click here to read more.
· 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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· FROM AUTISM COMMUNITY TRAINING: Two BC 'Road Shows' now in progress
1. MCFD Community Forums & Survey to Support Rural Families MCFD is planning a new Provincial Outreach Program targeting rural and remote areas. Dr. Karen Bopp, Senior Behaviour Consultant for MCFD, is visiting a number of communities to hear from parents and professionals on community priorities and how to build upon existing strengths. Dr. Bopp will be in Prince George on November 17th and in Nanaimo on November 23rd. Click here for details on other dates..ACT is supporting MCFD in this consultation process by hosting two surveys see:
While the focus of the planning for this provincial outreach program/s is on children under six, ACT urges you to fill in this survey regardless of the age of your child or where you live.
2. The Pacific Family Autism Centre Society's Province-wide Consultation Throughout October and November 2010 PFAC has been visiting 12 communities across BC. The final meeting is in Vancouver on Wednesday, November 17th from 7 pm - 9 pm at the Century Plaza Hotel, 1015 Burrard Street. Click here for more information.
If you have not been able to attend in person, PAFC welcomes you to fill in the online survey at Click here to do survey.
· Finding the right home for your adult child with autism. Ehlert notes that it's important to begin thinking about adult living while your child with autism is still young. In part, that's because children with autism are usually eligible for special needs and transition programs through their schools, which means that your child's educational program can be crafted to support your plans for the future. It's also because the process of thinking through, planning for and creating an ideal living situation for a person on the autism spectrum may take a long time. Click here to read the steps involved!
· Children with autism practice traveling on 'mock' flights. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Southwest Airlines Flight 2149 was poised to push back from the gate. Flight attendants gave fasten-seat-belt instructions, and First Officer Peter Hayes announced, "There's 25 minutes of flight time until we touch down in Philadelphia. "Capt. Todd Siems said the Boeing airliner was cruising at 37,000 feet. And after he turned off the seat-belt sign, the young passengers were served complimentary Sprite, cranberry-apple juice, and airplane-shaped crackers. Flight 2149 never left the gate at Philadelphia International Airport, though. Click here to read all about it.
· How do I help my Aspie son prepare for a career? "I think that I want to be a chef," Daniel announced on the way home from a visit with family one morning. My first reaction to Daniel's announcement was a visualization of Daniel in the high pressure environment of a commercial kitchen. The barking orders, the time constraints, the need to get the dishes right, hot and presented on time seemed to be a perfect match for Daniel. Well, for Daniel's weaknesses that is. Daniel doesn't handle pressure well. He doesn't respond positively to blunt, curt orders. He doesn't communicate in short clear cut phrases. When pushed to increase his speed, he breaks down completely.Click here to read more.
· Video: Tips & tricks for Aspies - Do you have Asperger's Syndrome? Asperger's Syndrome is a gift. It may not always be the gift you were hoping for and it might be scary at first but trust me, you can do a lot of fun stuff with Asperger's. Linus here discusses some "Tips n Tricks" for those with Asperger's - and how one goes about getting a diagnosis. Click here to watch the video.
· Monarch House now offering home programming Click here for more information
· 1,001 Tips for the Parents of Autistic Boys by Ken Siri & 1001 Tips for the Parents of Autistic Girls by Tony Lyons provide today's Moms and Dads with all the information they need to raise happy, healthy kids with autism. Ken Siri and Tony Lyons, co-authors of Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism, are fathers who have years of firsthand experience with the autism spectrum and fill the books' pages with everything parents need to know about dianosis, doctors, schools taxes, vacation, babysitters, treatment, food, and more!
· 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), so we can prepare for handouts.
o January 31, 2011 Anna Matchneva, M.Ed., BCBA, and Alexia Stack, M.Ed., BCBA Building Cooperation and Motivation to Learn March 14, 2011 Bohdanna Popowycz Kvam, B.Sc., M. Ed. Topic to be announced May 30, 2011 Jessica Fung, OTR/L Incorporating Occupational Therapy into a Behavioural Therapy Program
· ADHD and Winter Depression. Seasonal Affective Disorder, like other ADHD comorbid conditions, impacts many adults and children with attention deficit disorder. Use these six tips for fighting depression this winter. Click here to read more.
· New Study Reveals That Coaching Helps College Students With ADHD Improve Ability To Learn, Succeed In College. The results of a new study being released this week at the Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) conference in Atlanta demonstrate the effectiveness of a new model of coaching, developed exclusively for and used by the Edge Foundation, to help college students with ADHD improve executive functioning, which is their ability to organize, set and achieve goals, and self regulate -- all critical for a successful post secondary education. Additionally, students who participated in the study felt that coaching helped them feel less stress, greater empowerment, increased confidence and have more balanced lives. Click here to read more.
· Click HERE for a free issue of ADDITUDE Magazine!
6. Downs Syndrome
· Downs Syndrome Research Foundation Events:
o 2010 DSRF Christmas Breakfast. The 13th annual Christmas Breakfast will be taking place December 3, 2010. ...more
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 (All day) - Saturday, April 17, 2010 (All day)
Vancouver Facing the Future Together: Where Do We Go From Here?
This conference will bring together a diverse group of professionals and families to share research, experience and practice in order to sustain and enhance the lives of adolescents and adults with FASD, their families, service providers, and communities. Full conference brochure and registration information. When: April 14th - 17th, 2010 Where: The Hyatt Regency Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
· Fetal Alcohol Forum - Issue 4 - November 2010
· Growing Together: A Retreat for Parents of People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. You are invited to our third annual parent retreat for adoptive parents of children, youth, or adults who are suspected of having or have been diagnosed with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). As a parent-led organization, we know the importance for parents to have a chance to come together with those who understand and care.When: January 29, 2011 8:45am - 5:00pmLocation: Executive Airport Plaza Hotel, Richmond, BCCost: Early (by Dec. 15): $35 Individual $60 Couple Regular: $40 Individual $75 Couple
Optional Networking Dinner: $15For more information, contact Tanya Loretto 604-266-1220 or email@example.com. To download registration information, click here.
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.
· There will be an information fair for secondary aged youth with special needs preparing to transition out of secondary school and into post-secondary options. We hope you will be able to come.
The Vancouver School Board will be hosting a "Post-Secondary Transition Information Forum" on Monday November 22, 2010 in the VSB Cafeteria, 1580 West Broadway from 4:00 to 6:30.
The purpose of this forum is to provide secondary aged students, their families and teachers with current information on services, programs, and resources which exist to support their children/students transitioning from secondary school.
· The Kelty Centre just launched a new website with lots of great info on mental health matters. Check it out. http://www.keltymentalhealth.ca/
· Planning for a Healthy BC Just released this month: BC's new, 10-year plan for mental health promotion and substance abuse prevention. Called Healthy Minds, Healthy People, the plan sets out a vision, action plan and targets for improving the mental health and well-being of all British Columbians over the coming decade. A cross-ministry endeavour by the Ministry of Health Services and the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Healthy Minds, Healthy People is based on community consultation, evidence-based research and practice and the national mental health framework, and emphasizes the importance of early intervention programs, "including those that focus on resiliency building for parents, children and youth".
· New Epilepsy Medication Available in Canada. More hope for control for Canadian adults with epilepsy. New add-on treatment for partial onset seizures approved by Health Canada. Canada Inc. announced today that Health Canada has approved VimpatTM (lacosamide), a new antiepileptic drug (AED). VimpatTM is indicated for use as adjunctive therapy in the management of partial onset seizures in adult patients 18 years of age and older who are not satisfactorily controlled with conventional therapy. Click here to read more.
· 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!
12. Workshops & Training (in order of date)
· Delta Community Living Society, & the Delta Family Alliance Network Invite you to attend: Thinking in the Future Tense 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 firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> , 604-946-9508 ext. 222. To find out more information about these workshops, please contact Si Stainton, Delta Community Living Society, Family Services Liaison, firstname.lastname@example.org, 604-946-9508 ext. 230.
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
· What if there was a Cure for Alzheimer's and no one Knew? Please Join Siegfried Gursche, founder and former publisher of Alive Magazine as he shares the incredible story of Doctor Mary Newport, her husband, and the healing power of MCT's (medium chain triglycerides). Anyone who knows of a person struggling with Alzheimer's or dementia or other neurological disease should not miss this thought-provoking session. Hear about Alpha's NEW Professional Therapeutic line "The Science of Better Health".
Saturday, November 20, 7:00 pm
Immanuel Church,109 E 40th Ave at Quebec St.,Vancouver, BC
Seating is limited.
Reserve your spot today.
Siegfried Gursche, best known as the founder and publisher of alive. A true pioneer of the health food industry in Canada, witha career that has spanned more than 50 years and that continues today. Siegfried is a leading innovator in the science of healthy fats. He continues to share his knowledge, by writing books, teaching seminars and publishing his own in-house magazine, a most valuable educational tool.
· Gordon Neufeld's Making Sense of Counterwill starting on Monday, November 22, 2010 - Richmond, British Columbia
The instinct to resist being controlled or coerced is one of the most perplexing and troublesome dynamics in dealing with children and youth. Dr. Neufeld reveals the dynamics controlling this instinct and provides suggestions for how to deal with this troubling phenomenon. This material is applicable for all adults dealing with toddlers through adolescents - teachers, parents and helping professionals. Participants find the insights highly enlightening and life-changing. Dates Four Monday Evenings from Nov 22 through Dec 13 from 7:00 - 9:00pm. Fees $50. per couple, $30. per person To register please contact CHIMO at 604.279-7077 Offered by Miles Lozinsky Click here for more information
· 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:
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 email@example.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!
Facing the Future Together: Where Do We Go From Here?
This conference will bring together a diverse group of professionals and families to share research, experience and practice in order to sustain and enhance the lives of adolescents and adults with FASD, their families, service providers, and communities. Full conference brochure and registration information.
When: April 14th - 17th, 2010
Where: The Hyatt Regency Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
· POPARD's Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders - Practical Applications
A Course for Education Professionals, Paraprofessionals & Parents. Presented by
Marianne Mackenzie Garrison, B.Ed.
Education and Behavior Consultant, Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders
January 15, 22, 29 & February 5, 12, 2011
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
SFU Harbour Centre Campus
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver Click here for Registration Form >
· See All ACT Upcoming Events Check out November 27th!
· From the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Jane's Kitchen! If you're looking for great new recipes to enliven your cooking, or as a gift for your friends and family, check out EWG's 2010 Holiday Gift Bag. It includes The Earthbound Cook: 250 Recipes for Delicious Food and a Healthy Planet, an insulated Klean Kanteen and other great items to green your holiday kitchen. Click here to order one today (supplies are limited).As Senior Vice President for Research at EWG, I want to make it easy for you to prepare your holiday feasts with your family's environmental health in mind. Just follow these simple tips as you shop, cook and eat together:
o Choose food low in added chemicals and pollutants
o Use non-toxic cookware
o Store and reheat leftovers safely
· Making A List And Checking It Twice: Holiday Gift Guide With the holiday season just around the corner, we have an amazing selection of gift ideas for the little ones on your list from some our great advertisers! Click here to read more. Check out the safety rebounder!
· Fundraiser for Delta Life Skills OUR FALL PUB NIGHT HAS BEEN BOOKED AND IT's IN A NEW LOCATION! PUB NIGHT- in a new VENUE Thursday November 25th 6:30 - 9:30 Sky Halk Restaurant at the Boundary Bay Airport Tickets $20.00 - Deluxe Beef, Chicken or Vegie Burger with choice of Fries or Salad and a Softdrink Live and Silent Auction, 50/50 and Door Prizes
HERE"S WHAT WE NEED
* Silent Auction and LIVE Auction Items ( A letter supporting this request is coming out soon)
* Sales of tickets- ( Let us know if you have somewhere we can post a flyer- We are hoping to attract some new faces ( hopefully with deep pockets)
* volunteers to help at the pub night ( front door, 50/50 ticket sales, silent auction)
GET YOUR FRIENDS TOGETHER - and LET"S MAKE IT A SUCCESS! For tickets please contact Sam at 604.418.4860 or Lori at 604.943.9193
· Honouring the Convention: A Call to Action in B.C.The Disability Advisory Committee of the Community Legal Assistance Society (of which BCACL is a member) is hosting a community forum titled "Honouring the Convention: A Call to Action in B.C." on December 10, 2010, the International Day of Human Rights. CLICK HERE to register online
When: December 10, 2010; 8:30am - 4:30pm
Where: Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street, in the Alice McKay Room
Cost: Registration is $50 and includes lunch. A limited number of subsidies are available. For information on registration and subsidies, please contact Sheila Hallam at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-777-9100 ext 503.
· FREE RDSP Planning Kit - get it at BC Coalition for People with Disabilities
· 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. http://www.posabilities.ca/
· Please take a moment to enjoy posAbilities Fall Newsletter Imagine! - which includes a Coming Events insert.
· Check out SYMBOL WORLD's Current Newsletter here.
· NEW BC Epilepsy Current Newsletter - click 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 - NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER - CLICK HERE
· Handle Institute - Current newsletter
· The FORCE April 2010 newsletter is now online. Click here to download.
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