December 23 2010 REACH Parent Network Weekly Newsletter.
From all our families at REACH to all of yours the very happiest of holiday wishes.
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1. Help a parent! Need to know something? Want to contact other parents? This is YOUR space:
· I am the mother and grandmother of children with Asperger's . Recently, my daughter-in-law expressed frustration regarding finding resources for her son. As we got deeper into the discussion, my daughter and I felt the need for a virtual resource centre for parents with children with Asperger's. But before our webpage is up, we would like to survey parents to determine what issues and resources most concern them. To that end, we have developed a survey which we are distributing with the hope of collecting information which will help us build a truly powerful resource. Please be clear that it is not our intention to give advice, but rather to draw on professionals and resources that we can direct parents to. If you are interested in filling out the survey please contact Margaret Florczak. email@example.com
· 1999 GMC Safari Wheelchair Van with raised roof and doors in very good condition. Ricon hydraulic lift in rear with tie downs...Holds 5 passengers and 1 wheelchair. Mileage: 111,000 km approx. Priced reduced: $13,000 (original price $15,000). Contact: Margaret McLeod at #604-251-2030
· Alleged autism centre bait-and-switch. Dawn Steele ducks into a packed Main Street coffee shop, shaking the raindrops off her coat. As the busy mom of a 17-year-old son, who is autistic, Steele says she is well aware of the services her son will need to live as an independent, thriving adult - ranging from community college learning support to job-hunting assistance. The provincial government has already committed $20 million towards the construction of a new $34-million facility dedicated to supporting people, like Steele's son Sean, with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The project is being spearheaded by the non-profit group Pacific Autism Centre Society (PACS). Click here to read more.
3. Reach Child and Youth Development Society
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
Register by email with firstname.lastname@example.org
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· Living Near Freeway Autism Risk? Click here to find full study report.
· Autism And Traffic Pollution Link Found. A child who lives near a freeway has double the risk of autism compared to other kids, researchers from California revealed in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. There has been a considerable increase in autism diagnoses over the last few years, which cannot be fully explained just by more awareness and changes in diagnostic criteria, the authors explained. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the incidence of autism in the USA rose by 57% between 2002 and 2006. Click here to read full article.
· Check out this website if you haven't already; www.autismcanada.org
· The Autism Management Advisory Team (AMAT) presents report to Nova Scotia Government. 30 April 2010 Click here to read the full report!
· It's New! Model Me Organization & MotivationTM DVD. Model Me Kids, LLC introduces a new visual teaching tool for children & teens with Autism, Asperger Syndrome, & Nonverbal Learning Disorders. For Ages 9-17
Watch Video Samples
· 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
· ADHD Food: The Right Carbs, Fats, Proteins, and More. Foods and nutrients -- such as complex carbs, fish oil, protein, and certain vitamins -- could boost ADHD brain power. Discover how! Click here to read more.
6. Downs Syndrome
· Elsevier announces special Issue on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Elsevier Inc., the world's leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information, announced today that Alcohol has published a special year-end double issue on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). It fills an urgent need to bring the widest possible readership current perspectives on using new research methods to improve identification and diagnosis of offspring at risk for FASD and its associated brain damage and behavioral dysfunction. Click here to read more.
· John Howard Society of Ontario's NEW FASD FACTSHEET: Click here to read full fact sheet.
· Similar But Different - Deficits In Number Processing In Children With ADHD And Alcohol Exposure. New research shows that ADHD and alcohol exposure in children while similar have different causes. On the surface, children with fetal alcohol exposure and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appear to be similar with respect to poor academic performance. But a new study exploring number processing shows that each disorder appears to affect different areas of the brain. These results indicate that the treatments for one might not be effective for the other, and therefore, there is a need to create tailor-made interventions for each. Click here to read more.
· Vancouver Sun Series on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD). Doreen Reid, the FASD Consultant & Project Coordinator with the Government of the Northwest Territories has compiled and distributed the Vancouver Sun series on FASD. Download the PDF document here.
· Fetal alcohol syndrome causes mayhem in communities. Re: Fetal alcohol syndrome series, Dec. 4-8 Thank you for doing such a terrific job on reporting on a disease that has caused so much mayhem in many communities. I first heard about fetal alcohol syndrome in the mid-seventies and as a teacher, I attended many workshops dealing with the educational aspects of the condition. Click here to read full comment.
· NEW BOOK: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Management and Policy Perspectives of FASD, First Edition Editor(s): Edward P. Riley, Sterling Clarren, Joanne Weinberg, Egon Jonsson
· Published Online: 15 NOV 2010 01:49PM EST
Event Date: 03/02/2011 - 03/05/2011
When: March 2-5, 2011
Location: Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC
UBC Interprofessional Continuing Education and the Canada Northwest FASD Partnership invites you to the 4th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, The Power of Knowledge: Integrating Research, Policy, and Promising Practice Around the World.
Our understanding of FASD is entering a period of rapid expansion and change, dramatically increasing our comprehension of the breadth and depth of the global impact of this lifelong disability. This 4th International conference will provide an advanced forum for emerging and cutting edge research, policy and practice that will assist governments, service systems, service providers, parents and caregivers, as we strive to address the complex issues of FASD. This new knowledge will be an impetus for critical action in supporting women, individuals, families, and communities around the world. Click to find out more.
· 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 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
· A new Information Sheet for Families on Home Sharing has been developed and can be downloaded here:
Click here to read information sheet
The information sheet can be printed out in either colour or black & white and copies will be available in all CLBC offices in the coming weeks.
· NEW The December edition of CLBC's newsletter The Citizen is now available online. It features stories about employment, home sharing, new CLBC information resources and much more! To read the online edition, please click here.
Ministry of Housing & Social Development: Responsible for education and support payments, work programs, bus passes and health and dental benefits for persons with disabilities.
· Nominations Open for 2011 Inclusive Education Awards
December 6, 2010
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 National Inclusive Education Awards. The deadline for nominations is January 15, 2010....
· Education Watch. This is our DECEMBER 2010 update on inclusive education news and issues that we produce several times each year. Click here to read full report!
· Mother of bipolar daughter pushes to get more help for mentally ill youth. Maureen Bilerman knew something was wrong when her normally shy 13-year-old daughter suddenly became incorrigible, her thoughts and actions disjointed, sometimes destructive. "It was a light-switch effect," recalls the mother of two, her even tone hinting she has told this story many times before. "She cut our leather chair ... and became really defiant in a way she never was. Her thinking became skewed, distorted. So we right away tried to get her help." Click here to read full story.
· A big crack in the system. Judges, lawyers agree: Canada deals poorly with mentally ill teens in trouble with the law. AT 17, HE WAS out of school, living on his own and occasionally stealing cough syrup from drug stores in Halifax. His addiction, believed to be linked to an undiagnosed mental disorder, led to scrapes with the law, including a conviction of assault with a weapon. Click here to read more
· ‘They ruined that child'. Grandmother angered after province sent troubled teen to Ontario facility. HE OFTEN stays out all night, drinking and doing drugs. When he does come home, his sleep is interrupted by night terrors. He's 16, but doesn't go to school. Click to read full story.
· 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:
· Complex child magazine Click here for the December 2010 Edition GI Treatments and Surgeries
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
· AUTISM AWARENESS CENTRE PRESENTS:
Let's Really Look at this Child: Considerations for Effective Program Development
Understanding, Avoiding and Managing Behaviours in ASD and, Interventions in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Click here for complete conference details »
· 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!
· Pacific Community Resources Annual Prevention Forum
DATE: Friday February 18th, 2011
PLACE: Aldergrove Community Secondary School
ADDRESS: 26850 29th Avenue, Aldergrove, BC
TIME: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
REGISTRATION: 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
SPACE IS LIMITED - Please register as soon as possible. Registration Deadline is Monday January 31st, 2011. Cost for the Forum is $20.00. Please bring payment on the day of the forum. Receipts will be provided. Contact: Melita Caissie email@example.com
· 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 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.
Our understanding of FASD is entering a period of rapid expansion and change, dramatically increasing our comprehension of the breadth and depth of the global impact of this lifelong disability. This 4th International conference will provide an advanced forum for emerging and cutting edge research, policy and practice that will assist governments, service systems, service providers, parents and caregivers, as we strive to address the complex issues of FASD. This new knowledge will be an impetus for critical action in supporting women, individuals, families, and communities around the world.
· 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
· Disney's Family Fun holiday recipes Click here for recipes.
· Disney's Family Fun Last Minute Ideas! Click here to read more.
· Coping with autism not easy during the holidays. Looking for ways to make the holiday season more meaningful this year? Why not offer a helping hand to families who have children with autism? Here are 10 ways that you might lend a hand: Click here to read more.
· If you are looking for a great gift for that special someone (whether it be for x-mas or an upcoming birthday...) please consider the wonderful Picture Cookbook. It's a fundraiser for Silver Lining Autism Cohousing Society <http://www.silverliningcohousing.org> NOTE: Please purchase the cookbook by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
· Disability is Natural's look at a "It's a Wonderful Life": What do you have to be thankful for? Click here to read full article.
· Parent Support Services of BC - Winter Newsletter! Click here to read newsletter!
· *NEW Employment Program: We (BGCCS) and Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society are pleased to announce the launch of Job Options BC Program - North Delta. A new BC Government funded initiate in the heart of North Delta, please check out the Job Options BC Brochure.
· BCACL UPDATE
o Honouring the Convention: a call to action in B.C. - forum follow-up. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Community Legal Assistance Society Disability Advisory Committee's community forum, Honouring the Convention: a call to Action in B.C. The event was a success, with over 130 people in attendance. For the first time in B.C. since Canada ratified the Convention in March of this year, a broad group of advocates came together to look at how we can use the Convention to make rights a reality for people with disabilities in this province. Speakers looked at what is needed in areas such as employment, income security, education, disability supports and access to justice. If you were unable to attend the forum, visit the BCACL website to download a transcript and powerpoint presentations from the forum. A report and a video of the event will also be posted to the website and distributed at a later date.
o Cranbrook and Fernie Self Advocates Commercial. Cranbrook and Fernie self advocates recently produced a commercial on self advocacy as part of their Self Advocates Seeding Innovation (SASI) project. Learn more about SASI on the BCACL website. View the video here: Click here to see you tube video
o Plain Language Video on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Board Resource Centre (BRC) (a U.S.-based non-profit organization) has produced a plain language video on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. You can view the video on YouTube here: .
o Youth with Disabilities in Conflict with the Law. First Call Coaltion for Children and Youth recently distributed resources from the Society for Children and Youth relating to Youth with Disabilities in Conflict with the Law in their weekly update. The resources include a discussion paper, community consultation report, roundtable report, and youth films on the theme of "Realizing Rights-Responding to Needs." Read the resources here.
· 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
· FREE RDSP Planning Kit - get it at BC Coalition for People with Disabilities
· Comprehensive Magazine regarding Sensory Issues NEW Click here to read new issue! THEY HAVE GONE DIGITAL Click here to SIGN UP at a tremendous cost saving!
· Check out SYMBOL WORLD's Current Newsletter here.
· NEW BC Epilepsy December eNewsletter - click here!
· NEW Parenting Special Needs Current Issue -
· 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!
· Welcome to the 101 Friends December Newsletter
· Handle Institute - Current newsletter
· Barry McDonald's MENTORING BOYS December Newsletter - Click here.
· 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.
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