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November 24 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:

·      I am working with a young man with autism who will graduate from high school soon with a dogwood diploma. Does anyone have any suggestions for sources of financial aid to help his family support his continuing education? Please respond to

·      A brother's impassioned plea to respect the value of group homes and quality services for community living. A wholesale move to Apartment Clusters and Foster Care won't work. A one-size-fits-all mindset for Handicapped services won't work. Proper Services for the Handicapped are complicated, fragile and ever changing. The services should be personalized to meet the needs of each individual and the services should be adaptive to be successful; and to remain relevant over time. Some Handicapped adults may want to try Apartment living or a Foster Care environment and I support that. But that decision should be their choice.  It should not be a forced unilateral decision made by the government. The choice should be supported by their circumstance, by their abilities and by their family or advocate. If they try the new service model and it doesn't work out, there needs to be different service choices available so that a change can be made and the client's needs can be properly met.
This won't happen under the new government plan. Again, one size does not fit all. The more service options available the better. The more service options available the more chance there is for success. The more success there is with Handicapped services, the more health, happiness, safety and social integration the Handicapped client will experience. This type of success is not only good for the client, but it also saves money for the system. When a Handicapped adult is happy, healthy and thriving and operating at the peak of their ability, then the system has saved money by not having to deal with declining health and emotional issues brought on by unwanted or unresponsive living conditions.
The Liberal government hasn't learned this, and from what I can see they don't want to learn this. This government is fixated solely on the short term and on the bottom line. They want to save money at all costs. But in the case of Handicapped Services this savings cost will be too high. We will end up with a broken and dysfunctional service delivery system for the Handicapped people of British Columbia. And we will end up with unhappy, unhealthy, disenfranchised Handicapped adults; exactly what we had under the Woodlands service model.
We need many things from this government. We need a realistic Provincial budget that properly supports the Developmentally Disabled of British Columbia. We need a budget that recognizes the growing number of clients waiting for service. We also need well thought out Official policy; not Draft Policy. Right now the CLBC is operating under Draft Policy and this is not working at any level. We need regulation with respect to new service models. Specifically, we need regulation for the Foster Care service model. We need regulation for the Foster Care parents, for the environment, for monitoring, for safety, for training and for respite care. We need a Provincial Representative for the Handicapped of British Columbia similar to MARY ELLEN TURPEL-LAFOND, who operates for the Ministry of Children.  This Representative would have the power to deal directly and effectively with the government and would have the power to protect the rights of the Handicapped of British Columbia.
To get these things from our government we need to keep the pressure up. We need to educate our local MLAs. We need to consistently Lobby the government to keep Handicapped issues in the fore-front.  We need to maintain the newly formed coalition of Handicapped Support Groups in order to develop and focus the needed resources.
Historically families, Support Groups and the Community have been independent and reactive. They would respond to specific threats and then fade away. A little while later a new problem would surface and they would respond again. I believe Families, Support Groups and the Community now need to be organized and proactive. They need to continually lobby the government in an organized way to keep Handicapped issues before the politicians so attacks like this one fail and don't reappear in the future.
I look forward to a day when the Handicapped are not seen as merely a sum of their conditions and limitations, but as people who have feelings and desires and relationships. I feel that my life has been enriched by my sister, and by the other Handicapped individuals I have come to know. If our minds and hearts are open, there is a lot that we can learn from them; I know I have.
We have taken a great step away from the Woodlands model of segregation and abuse and have taken a positive step towards the enlightened Handicapped Services of today. I hope that we can all work towards maintaining the momentum we have achieved so far so that we can save the services we have today and build better services for tomorrow.
Thank you.
Andrew Latta

·      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  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


2.  NEWS 

·      Click here to read the full Budget Consultation Report

·      "Autism Therapists say payments 5 months late"
CBC News November 23, 2010
Some autism therapists in B.C. say the provincial government is up to five months behind in their payments with a new centralized payment system, and they are thinking of quitting the profession just to pay their bills.  Click here to read full article

MCFD Payment Policies put Autistic Children in Jeopardy
Over 100 autism treatment service providers have complained they have not received payment for services within 30 days of invoicing the Autism Funding Unit (AFU) within the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD). There is already a shortage of these service providers and those currently practicing are being forced to rethink their career choices. Families now risk losing current therapists and cannot attract new ones willing to put up with such financial uncertainty.
In September 2009 the Hon. Minister Mary Polak eliminated a Direct Funding option where parents could pay their service providers through a trust account. At that time, parents were assured that late payment problems would be dealt with. In the year that followed, these problems, in fact, worsened.
When contacted on October 4th, 2010 about the poorly managed AFU the Hon. Minister Mary Polak responded by saying "I know we've cleared the backlog and are continuing to work to solve other issues as they are raised by families and providers". However, featbc has confirmation that the problems are not resolved and service providers continue to not get paid within 30 days.
There are over 6,000 children in this province with Autism Spectrum Disorder who require therapy. Accessed through MCFD, this treatment will directly affect a child's future. The difference between treatment and no treatment can also mean the difference between lifelong independence versus institutionalization.
Since autism treatment is not covered under Medicare, the amount of therapy a child receives depends directly on what families can afford to pay beyond the inadequate funding provided through MCFD. Despite its mandate to protect these children, current MCFD policies are actually interfering with access to treatment.
All attempts to communicate this to MCFD have fallen on deaf ears.
Last week British Columbians became painfully aware of what can happen to BC's most vulnerable children when the Ministry for Child and Family Development drops the ball. MCFD indifference is allowing more of BC's vulnerable children to fall through the cracks. Meanwhile, families trying to cope with the stress of autism are living nightmares every day as they struggle to keep therapists for their children.
(For further information contact Louise Witt at (604) 538-1370 or

·      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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·      Our inaugural Naturally Autistic People Awards was a GREAT SUCCESS!!

Please click here to see all the highlights! The inaugural International Naturally Autistic People Awards held in Vancouver, BC, Canada on October 30, 2010 - during the federally appointed Autism Awareness Month in October. History was made on this day! Click here to see You Tube Video! and enjoy the first of many pieces of this amazing, successful, awe-inspiring, uplifting event.
The international community involved: Countries were - UK, Australia, USA and Canada. Live video footage of the event coming soon...meanwhile enjoy and share these wonderful photos by Ken Semenuk, the event's official photographer, as a slide show and with Canadian Métis rising star, performance artist/musician/songwriter Janet Panic's "It will all work out".
Here are some letters received from members of the audience:
"I attended the International Autism Awards Ceremony recently and it was awe inspiring. There were awards for many talented autistic individuals and for others working in their communities to help those with autism. I do know that autism can be severely disabling for many people, but what is less well known is how rich the lives of many people with autism can be, how talented and productive many with autism are. One child sang for us - not as an award receiver but just as part of the entertainment - he was composed and striking in his suit and tie - but his voice was a wonderful boy soprano. He never hesitated over the words and sang beautifully. Many autistic young adults participated in the event, presenting awards and acting as ushers. It was both eye opening and inspiring to see what can be accomplished. If you have a child with autism do not stop until you find a program which operates from the premise that your child can and will succeed in life. Any other premise is unfair and unjust to you and to your child." Ann Blackwell, RN-Retired, BFA, MFA, Maple Ridge, BC, Canada
"I am amazed and proud of every individual I met, saw and already knew.  I'm feeling blessed and speechless beyond belief to have taken part in the awards.  
The fact that we came in from different countries and barely knew each other, yet left feeling as though we were family is pretty amazing.  I look forward to another evening in that format."
Sarah Morissette, Maple Ridge, BC, Canada
"What a privilege it was to attend the Inaugural International Naturally Autistic People's Awards in Vancouver BC Canada, and meet with others working with those with autism in our international community through the arts and other avenues.
As well as the obvious friendship and networking channels the event provided, the afternoon showcased some of the best examples of Autism Spectrum Disorder individual's living happy and productive lives through their participation in the arts. Across the globe people were able to share a common idea of those with autism using their natural talents and unique way of thinking and the sharing of their thoughts through the arts. It was a celebration of what can be positive about Autism, and we saw many examples, not just in the award recipients and nominations, but in the ANCA team as they are the working people behind the awards."
Debbie Brooker - Volunteer Coordinator, Mackay Autism Support Group, Mackay, Queensland. Australia.
For more information on Naturally Autistic ANCA - join our FREE COMMUNITY membership and receive online NEW newsletter coming soon by clicking

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·      New Approach Finds Success In Teaching Youth With Autism. Janine Stichter, a professor of special education at the MU College of Education, and her team have developed a curriculum that has shown success in an after-school format and is now being tested during daily school activities, with help from two three-year grants from the Institute of Educational Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education. The key factors in Stichter's curriculum focus on specific needs and behavioral traits within the autism spectrum. By doing this, the instructor is able to deliver a more individualized instruction within a small group format and optimize the response to intervention. Click here to see full article

·      Autism-Related Handwriting Problems Continue Into Adolescence.  Specific handwriting impairments sometimes seen in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are likely to persist into adolescence, according to the latest study from a research team that has been studying this issue.

"This study extends our finding of impaired handwriting in children into adolescence. The handwriting impairment does not go away as children get older," Amy J. Bastian, PhD, from the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, told Medscape Medical NewsClick here to read full article

·      Cadets proved 'lifeline' for Edmonton teen with Asperger's. Youth earns prestigious award, champions others with disadvantages.  There's something different about Aidan Guerra. It's a red-and-green ribboned medal that since last week hangs on the left side of his dress uniform, identifying him as this year's Alberta recipient of the Major-General Howard Award for achievement in academics, community service and cadet training.
Click here to read the full story.

·      'Rock Star Of Science' - Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D. Autism Speaks, the nation's leading autism science and advocacy organization, is pleased to announce that Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D., its chief science officer, has been named a "Rock Star of Science" by Geoffrey Beene Gives Back® and GQ Magazine who have joined forces, along with the Entertainment Industry Foundation/SU2C, to bring together eight celebrity musicians--rock icon Debbie Harry (Blondie), Bret Michaels, Timbaland, Keri Hilson, Heart (Anne and Nancy Wilson), Jay Sean and B.o.B -- and seventeen of the nation's top medical researchers, including Dr. Dawson as well as two Nobel Laureates. Click here to read full story.

·      For Autistic Kids, IQ May Not Predict School Achievement.  About half did better and half did worse than their intelligence test scores would suggest, study finds. IQ is typically a good predictor of academic performance, but not necessarily in autistic children, a new study shows. Researchers tested the IQs and reading, spelling and math abilities of 30, "high-functioning" 9-year-old autistic children. Researchers also assessed the children's social functioning through parental and teacher reports at ages 6 and 9. Click here to read more.

·      The ABA Support Network monthly meeting is this Thursday, November 25, 7:00-9:00 PM
Surrey Sport and Leisure Centre 16555 Fraser Hwy Use Arena entrance and go up stairs to MP Room #2
Time: 7:00PM - 9:00PM
(map available online
Topic: Social and Friendship Skills
Guest Speakers: Michele Shilvock, M.Ed. and Bohdanna Popowycz Kvam, B.Sc.
This talk will focus on:
* Social skill development for school aged children.
* The ins and outs of how to work collaboratively with the school to build in generalization and growth of social skills for children of all skill levels.
* We will be addressing strategies for both elementary and high school settings.
* We will also focus on providing strategies and tips parents can leave and apply right away.
ABA Support Network

·      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.

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


·      Click HERE for a free issue of ADDITUDE Magazine!


6. Downs Syndrome

·      Downs Syndrome Research Foundation Events:

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


7.  FASD

  • Eyeblink conditioning may help in assessing children with fetal alcohol exposure.  Cognitive and behavioral deficits have been found in children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), which is extremely difficult to diagnose. New findings indicate that those children, when trained using classical eyeblink conditioning, suffer from deficits in both learning and memory. Using eyeblink conditioning could provide a good model for assessing and diagnosing FAS in children.  Click here to read more.

·       More Women Are Drinking During Pregnancy Than You Think

National Association of FASD State Coordinators special report states: While most reports state that 10% of pregnant women drink alcohol (including reports by government agencies), the actual figure is 23.7%. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the latest data (2008 survey) indicates that of women in their first trimester of pregnancy, 23.7% report that they consumed alcohol during the past 30 days. Only 20% had not consumed alcohol in the previous 12 month period. View the survey table results. Read the full report for a detailed explanation and instructions on how to access the survey data.

Click here to read the FULL REPORT.

Click here to see the SURVEY TABLE

·      Judge amplifies mental health court call.  A Manitoba judge who has been researching how to set up a mental health court for the province says the time has come for it to exist. The court would divert mentally ill people accused of crimes away from the traditional court system in an effort to reduce rates of criminal re-involvement. Click here to read more.

·      Fall edition of FASD Ontario News 2010 is available now! Click here to read the report!

·      Asante Centre marks 10 years.  The Asante Centre turned 10 years old in September, and despite the best efforts of Asante and countless others in his field to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking alcohol while pregnant, he has seen no decrease in the number of children affected by FAS.  Click here to read full story.

·      Fourth National Biennial Conference on Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

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 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.

·      The Ministry of Children and Family Development would like to invite 

parents, service providers and community stakeholders in your region to a Community Forum/Participation and Involvement Session for Development of a New  Provincial Outreach Program(s) for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder  Click here to see full invitation

If you are unable to attend, you can also provide feedback by completing a SURVEY AVAILABLE NOW through Autism Community Training's website

Or Direct Link:

Click here for the survey for Parents and Caregivers

Click here for the survey for Autism Service Providers



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

·      There's only one publication directed squarely at the intersection of giftedness and learning difficulties . . .Click here to learn more about the 2e Twice Exceptional newsletter

·      TED TALKS! John Hardy: My green school dream.  Join John Hardy on a tour of the Green School, his off-the-grid school in Bali that teaches kids how to build, garden, create (and get into college). The centerpiece of campus is the spiraling Heart of School, perhaps the world's largest freestanding bamboo building.  Click here to watch the video!

·      LDAFS Programs for struggling learners ages 7 to 14 Winter 2011
To register or for more information please call 604-591-5156 or visit
Click here for more information.
Real Reading Tutoring Program for grades 2 to 7
Trained tutors work one to one with students who are at least one year behind on reading, comprehension, spelling and writing. Our tutors work under the supervision of an experienced, certified teacher. February 7 to May 26, 2011  (Mon/Weds. or Tues/Thurs.) Janice Churchill Elementary School, 8226 - 146 Street, Surrey. Students attend one hour sessions twice a week between 4 to 8 pm. Prior assessment determines skill level and eligibility (call to book an assessment)$22 per hour. Membership in LDAFS is required to register ($35 annual fee)
Fast ForWord® Reading Intervention Software.  In addition to the Language and Literacy series, we also have available the Reading Series which is designed to improved reading comprehension. Program monitoring and personalized feedback on students' progress will be provided to parents by a Certified Speech Language Pathologist. Contact us at 604-591-5156 for more information on how to get your child started. Membership in LDAFS is required to register ($35 annual fee)
Kurzweil Software Training for students.  Kurzweil 3000TM is the comprehensive reading, writing and learning software solution for any struggling reader, including individuals with learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, Attention Deficit Disorder or ESL learners.  This software is widely available in the Surrey School District.  This training will enable students to become proficient and then access it at their school.
January 22 to February 26, 2011 ~ LDA Resource Centre
Saturdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm
$150 for 6 sessions.  Membership in LDAFS is required to register ($35 annual fee) 
Keyboarding 1:1 Instruction.  One to one multisensory instruction in touch typing for students ages 8 and up who have written output disorders.  Start dates in late January, weeknight or Saturday programs available.  Held at the LDA Resource Centre.  Students attend 45 minute sessions once a week (days/times booked through LDA office)
$300 for 8 sessions  Includes membership.  Discount to LDAFS members
Multi-Sensory Math with Manipulatives for grades 2 to 7.  An interactive small group program that uses hands-on activities to build basic math concepts in underachieving students
October 19, 2010 to June 7, 2011 ~  LDA Resource Centre
One opening available in January for a student in grade 5 to 8 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5 to 6 pm
Prior assessment determines skill level and eligibility (call to book an assessment)
$20 per hour
Membership in LDAFS is required to register ($35 annual fee)
Steps to Success: Self-Advocacy Training for Youth.  For students in grades 6 to 10 with Learning Disabilities and/or Attention Deficit Disorder.  This program teaches self-advocacy skills essential to success at school and in life.
Sessions starting in April (after spring break)
8 once/week sessions (1-1/2 hours)
Held at the LDA Resource Centre
Dates and fees TBA.
To register or for more information please call 604-591-5156 or visit <>  


10. Medical

·      Mind Matters - BC Mental Health ENEWS - Current Issue Click here.

·      The Kelty Centre just launched a new website with lots of great info on mental health matters. Check it out.

·      Fraser Health's Infant Psychiatry Clinic serves families with infants/young children from birth to age five years who live in the communities of Fraser Health. The clinic is on the main floor of the Kensington Building, located west of the main entrance of Surrey Memorial Hospital.  In addition to consultations, short-term intervention is available. The clinic will also make referrals to appropriate community agencies as needed.  Participation in the clinic is voluntary. Infants/young children may be referred when parents have concerns about their child's emotional or social development or if the infant/young child has challenging behaviour. Infants/young children may be seen if they have difficulties as a result of trauma or extreme stress. Appropriate referrals are infants/young children whose parents have spoken to a community professional who shares their concerns about the child.  Referrals are also accepted when parents have concerns about their relationship with their child.  Referrals will be accepted by fax from family doctors or medical specialists. At a weekly meeting, clinic team members will review the referrals for appropriateness and to determine priority. Families accepted to the program will be assigned to the psychiatrist and to the other clinician as appropriate. Families not accepted will be redirected to other suitable services in their home community. Once the appointment day and time are made, the referral source will be notified. It is the responsibility of the referral source to let the family know about the appointment.  It is the family's responsibility to confirm the appointment with the clinic.

 Infant Psychiatry Clinic      Phone:    604-585-5666 local 778263

Surrey Memorial Hospital      Fax:        604-587-3943

Kensington Building                 Website:

Outpatient Psychiatry

13750 - 96th Avenue

Surrey, BC V3V 1Z2

·      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".

·      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)

School of Social Work, University of British Columbia
2080 West Mall, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z2
Phone: 604-822-5872 Fax: 604-822-8656 Email:
Living with Autism: Adults with Autism
Spectrum Disorders Speak Out!
Presented by Autism Society Canada

In 2007, Autism Society Canada established an Advisory Committee of
Adults Living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). On November
26th, three Committee members will speak about their realities. We will
hear from Kristian Hooker, Georges Huard and Martine Stonehouse, all
who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
This colloquium will be introduced by Dr. Kevin Stoddart, Director of the
Redpath Centre in Toronto and Assistant Professor at the Factor-Inwentash
Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto.
Autism Society Canada (ASC) is a national incorporated non-profit
charitable organization. It was founded in 1976 by a group of parents
committed to advocacy, public education, information and referral, and
support for its regional societies.
Friday, November 26, 2010
12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Room 200, Jack Bell Building
2080 West Mall, UBC
Please feel free to bring your lunch. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.
To reserve your space, please email

·      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
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!

·      Building Bridges Forum: Planning and Preparing for the Future Date: Feb. 18 - 19, 2011 CanAssist, together with its community partners, is hosting a two day forum that will bring together families, educators, and health/social service providers to undertake joint planning that supports children with special needs.  NOTE: There will be a particular focus on the middle years (ages 10-14) but there will be a range of workshops/topics that will be relevant to supporting children of any age group.  We encourage any parent with a special needs child of any age and their caregivers, service providers and educators to participate in our Forum. Location: Spectrum Community School 957 Burnside Road West, Victoria, BC Registration:  Registration is NOW open! 

 Click here to register.  Register early to receive "Early Bird" pricing and to have first choice in workshops!
Conference Agenda: Please click
here to view conference agenda.

·      Fourth National Biennial Conference on Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 (All day) - Saturday, April 17, 2010 (All day)


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

5 Saturdays
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!



·      Expert Offers Ways To Practice "Safe Stress" During The Holidays. While many associate the holidays with Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" and its theme of gaining and sharing the holiday spirit, E. Christine Moll, PhD, says the opening lines from "A Tale of Two Cities" may have even more relevance: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the season of light, it was the season of darkness... It was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. Click here to read more.

·      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!

·      Check out this website if you are wondering how to make your holiday meals allergy free!


13. Other

·      Please see these important attachments about the RDSP.  In particular, check out the third attachment, which explains the difference between a Disability Savings BOND and a Disability Savings GRANT (in which the government matches your contribution by 300%-for every $1 you put in, the government puts in $3). The BC COMPAS RDSP attachment also answers some important questions i.e. when the funds may be withdrawn, maximum lifetime amount, etc.

o   Click here to see the Information Brochure

o   Click here for the Disability Tax Credit Certificate

o   Click here to see the BC Compas RDSP Powerpoint Presentation

·      This is a friendly reminder that registration for all Adapted Programs for the Winter 2011 Session with Surrey Parks, Recreation and Culture will begin next Monday on November 29. Leisure guides are out and available at your nearest recreation facility. You may also access the leisure guide online by CLICKING HERE .

·      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


* 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 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.

·      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!


·      Handle Institute - Current newsletter

·      NEW Click here for the new SI FOCUS newsletter!

·       NEW Click here for the current issue of CACL's INFO @

·      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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