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December 2 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:


2.  NEWS 

·      It is ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities' on December 3, 2010.  Please click here for all the details.

·      National report card on inclusion.  The 2010 Report released December 3rd, 2010 on International Disability Day. The 2010 National Report Card on Inclusion explores how Canada is doing in the areas of inclusive education, Disability Supports and Family Supports. The report card highlights these three areas as top priorities for changing the status of Canadians with intellectual disabilities and their families. Click here to read more.

·       From Delta Police Department to the local business community:
I am investigating recent reports of a person posing as fire extinguisher maintenance person and another person posing as a window washer. Both people have committed several frauds throughout Delta recently and extensively throughout lower mainland over past couple of years.
I require help from local business community!!!!
Anyone who has had either of these people come into their business recently please call the Delta Police and file a report under #2010-24317 ASAP even if you did not have any money taken.
I also require security video for photos. if you have any please let me know. I also require any invoices the people left paid or not...
In addition:
Anyone who has been inspected by METRO FIRE SERVICE usually with a red tag that would be left on the fire extinguisher, that inspection is void!!!  I'm not sure what the requirements are for Delta at this time for inspection? It's recommended you contact Delta fire to get requirements to ensure no one's insurance is void!
If everyone who has been hit could phone DPD and leave contact info for file #2010-24317 I will follow up with everyone on Friday.
Thank you for all your help in making a Delta a safer, fraud free community.
Best regards,

Cst. Steve Wilson
Delta Police Department
C-Platoon, South
4455 Clarence Taylor Crescent
Delta, B.C. V4K 3E1
Tel: 604-946-4411
Fax: 604-946-3729

Cell: 604-729-3341


 3.  Reach Child and Youth Development Society


Reach News

·      We are really excited about the launch of our new micro site for the Building for Children Together capital campaign! We are rasing $4 million to build a new, community based child development centre in the heart of Ladner. The micro site will give all of the details & show you how you can get involved in this exciting... community project that will benefit all children &families in South Delta & beyond. Stay tuned!

·      Jan 20th Parent Workshop

Advocacy & School Transitions. This workshop will offer an overview of what is involved in the process of seeking the education that children with special needs are entitled to. Parents will learn about the skills they need to facilitate a successful school experience. This workshop will also cover practical skills for ensuring a smooth transition for children going into kindergarten, grade 1, or into high school.

Appropriate for parents of children aged 4 - 13

Date: Thursday, January 20, 2011

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Location: Reach Child and Youth Development Society

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·      Latest research on socials skills interventions from Michelle Garcia Winner!  click here to read more.

·      My 7-year-old knows he has autism.  My kid knows he has autism. He's only seven, but he knows. In fact, I told Jack that he has autism a couple of years ago. I made a conscious decision that it would be easier for him to grow up with the word than to have it suddenly hurled at him when he is older.  I'm not saying that this is the approach for every family, but for us, this is what we decided.  Click here to read more.

·      Autistic kids build skills with Legos.  Playing with Legos not only teaches children with autism to think creatively, it also helps them deal with unfamiliar situations.  Click here to read full article.

·      People Magazine: Can Joey Make A Friend?

People magazine covers the journey of 17-year old Joey Hersholt as he learns how to make and keep friends with the help of the UCLA PEERS Program. Click here to download full story.

·      Frames of Mind - A monthly Mental Health Film Series presents

The Black Balloon

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 7:30pm
Australia 2008. Director: Elissa Down
Cast: Rhys Wakefield, Luke Ford, Toni Collette, Erik Thomson, Gemma Ward Writer-director Elissa Down, who has two autistic brothers, draws on personal experience to tell the affecting tale of Thomas (Rhys Wakefield), a teen increasingly embarrassed by the antics of his severely autistic older brother Charlie (Ford).
Click here for more information!

·      The next Fraser Valley Autism Society meeting will be held Wednesday, December 8 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Fraser Valley Child Development Centre at 45474 Luckakuck Way, Chilliwack (please enter through side door west side building)
We are privileged to have Dr. Julian Pleydell-Pearce, Pediatrician, present a talk on Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Please feel free to pass this information on to others.
See you there 
Karen Davis

·      Richmond ASBC Parents Group Meeting

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


·      Improving Classroom Behavior: Help ADHD Children to Stop Fidgeting.  How teachers and parents of children with ADHD can help them fight the fidgets and concentrate better at school and at home.  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 BreakfastThe 13th annual Christmas Breakfast will be taking place December 3, 2010. ...more


7.  FASD

·      Territories lead Canada in struggle with FASD By ALEX DENONVILLE, SRJ Reporter 23.Nov.10
The three Canadian territories are leading the way in bringing fetal alcohol syndrome and its effects to the forefront of justice issues across Canada. At their annual meeting held August 14-15, the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) passed a resolution calling for changes to the country's justice system addressing the unique challenges posed by individuals with FASD.
Read More

·      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

·      FASD Ontario Fall newsletter - Click here.

·      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 - 5:00pm Location: Executive Airport Plaza Hotel, Richmond, BC Cost: 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

·      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
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

·      Managing Yourself: What Brain Science Tells Us About How to Excel. As a child psychiatrist, I'm asked every day to help a struggling young person do better. For example, I recently saw a boy I'll call Tommy, who was floundering in sixth grade in spite of increasingly vehement exhortations from his teachers and parents to try harder. I could see how downcast he was, so I immediately turned to a process I've developed for kids like him. It began with figuring out what he liked to do (build things and play guitar) and what he was good at (math, science, music, and hands-on projects) and urging him to do those things more often. I also arranged for him to be switched out of a class where there was a clear conflict with the teacher and into one where he felt more at ease, and I advised the adults in his life to make sure he was imaginatively engaged in the classroom, not just sitting there, bored. I told them to challenge Tommy but not in a punishing way; the message should be "I'm asking more from you because I know you have it in you." Within weeks, he was working harder and was even eager to go to school. He started to receive positive feedback, which fueled his desire to work harder still. Click here to read full paper from the HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW

·      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

·      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)

·       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.

·      THE BIRDS AND THE BEES REVISITED: Supporting the Sexual Development of Low Incidence Adolescents

This all day session will focus on how school personnel can facilitate, support and intervene with low

incidence students around the following:

o   sexual development

o    sexual issues

o   developing appropriate language to talk about sexual issues

o    masturbation

o   fostering appropriate boy/girl friend relationships

o    good and bad touching

o    sexual vulnerability risk factors for low incidence students

o   Audience:   Grade 6-12 Special Ed Resource & Classroom Teachers, SSA's, Support Staff

o   working with Low Incidence Students in program & mainstream settings

o   Presenter: Margaret Newbury Jones, Sexuality Educator-SHADE Consulting Ltd.

o   Date:  Friday, 2011 February 18

o   Margaret has been teaching K-12 students with special needs since 1988.  She has worked with people with developmental disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, Learning Disabilities, brain injury, physical disabilities, mental illness and hearing impairments. Click here for registration information.

·      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



·       Tourism Surrey's Holiday 2010 Photo Adventure.  Tourism Surrey is promoting their many holiday activities this season by hosting a photo contest. When you visit one of their "Top Ten" suggested destinations (listed below) be sure to snap a photo and upload it for your chance to win a prize.  Click here to read more.

·      This Saturday Dec 4th Tsawwassen BIA presents Courtyard Christmas at the Tsawwassen Shopping Centre (under the glass roof) with visits from Santa, gingerbread cookie decorating, crafts, community choir & more. 3 - 5 pm

·      Big Rigs for Kids Parade Poster 2010 low res This Sunday, December 5 there is a new event happening at Holland Park. Lighted Big Rigs from around BC will be arriving in Downtown Surrey at 6:30 and will be staying until just after 8 pm. In addition to special guests, Mr. & Mrs. Claus, there will be music, face-painting and other surprises. Bring an unwrapped toy or some non-perishable food or even cash donations. The Surrey Christmas Bureau and the Surrey Food Bank will be on hand to collect your contributions.

·      ongoing holiday happeningsHere's YoYoMaMa's roundup of ongoing seasonal festivities so you can get all your holiday ducks in a row. We will add other events as we come across them so keep checking back and as we enjoy some of these ourselves we'll add our personal reviews to give you as much info as possible. Happy holidays, we hope you'll be making some wonderful family traditions of your own this year!  Click here to read more.

·      Click here for the YOYOMAMA Holiday Gift Guide!


·      ‘Tis the season to deck the halls, which means trees go up, holiday decorations come out, parties get thrown, and many families travel far and wide. In all the (hectic) merriment it's important to remember a safe holiday makes a happy holiday. Here are a few reminders to keep the kids safe and healthy this holiday season: Click here for some seasonal safety tips.

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


13. Other

·      LEGISLATION: Rosa's Law - No more "Mental Retardation"

On Tuesday, October 5, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law S. 2781, "Rosa's Law," which changes references in many Federal statutes that currently refer to "mental retardation" to refer, instead, to "intellectual disability". This law will change references in federal laws from mental retardation to intellectual disability and, similarly, it will change references from a mentally retarded individual to an individual with an intellectual disability. Rosa's Law reproduces and reinforces a law recently adopted in the state of Maryland. The family of Rosa Marcellino, a nine year-old girl with Down syndrome, worked with their state representative to pass the legislation in the Maryland General Assembly. Rosa's Law is about families fighting for the respect and dignity of their loved ones. According to U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), "this change will have a positive effect on the lives of more than six million Americans." It will help to eliminate negative labeling which has, over time, become demeaning to individuals with and without disabilities.

Days after the signing, President Obama explained: "This may seem to some people like a minor change, but I think Rosa's brother Nick put it best. He said, ‘What you call people is how you treat them. If we change the words, maybe it will be the start of a new attitude towards people with disabilities.' That's a lot of wisdom from Nick."

Read "Erasing a Hurtful Label From the Books" on the Wall Street Journal Click here!

·      12 Tips to Wake Up Sleepy Kids Before School.  Try these tips to help your children (and the whole family!) become awake, alert, and energetic in the morning! Click here to read the tips!

·      Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia Annual Open House
Thursday, December 9th, 2010, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
WHERE:  801 - 409 Granville Street, Vancouver <
GUEST SPEAKER:  Paul Gauthier, multiple paralympic medalist, world traveler and torchbearer for the 2010 Paralympic Games, will speak to us on British Columbia's new Personal Supports Network - EATI: Equipment & Assistive Technology
Initiative - which provides funding for assistive technology and devices for
people with disabilities.  Come and hear what this program is all about.
Speech will be held at room 451.
RSVP: 604-408-9484 or

·      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

·      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

·      Check out SYMBOL WORLD's Current Newsletter here.

·      BC Epilepsy Current Newsletter - click here!

·       Parenting Special Needs Current Issue -

·      NEW  Disability is Natural December e-newsletter is HERE! Making Memories:  To understand a man, you must know his memories.
Anthony Quayle

·      Exceptional Family Magazine - current issue!

·      NEW Welcome to the 101 Friends December Newsletter


·      Handle Institute - Current newsletter

·       Click here for the new SI FOCUS newsletter!

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

·      The FORCE April 2010 newsletter is now online. Click here to download.


Reach posts a variety of material in this newsletter for the information of our readers only. Reach neither endorses nor condemns this material. We urge readers to consider this information with a critical eye and to form their own opinions about its validity or applicability to their situation.


Pam Collins for Reach Child and Youth Development Society, Formerly known as the Delta Association for Child Development


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