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January 20, 2011 REACH Parent Network Weekly Newsletter.


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

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


·      Our 5 year old son had his screening vision testing today at school, and it was recommended that he go for further testing.  I was wondering if anyone knew of an optometrist or opthalmologist who they would recommend that has worked with kids with autism?  We have no idea.  We would prefer to stay in Richmond, but going to Vancouver wouldn't be a big deal either. 
Thanks, Candy Gubbels

·      One of our parents and her friend have set up a website for families who have children with autism spectrum disorder. Please have a look at


2.  NEWS 

·      Victoria School Kids Get $200, Surrey's Only $58.  BC's largest school district receives some of the lowest funding for its vulnerable children, and Surrey wants a fair deal.  Surrey is the largest school district in the province, with over 65,000 students, and as the city grows by about 800 people per month, the district continues to be one of the few in the province that is still growing, too. Click here to read more.


Jan. 6, 2011 - Young women and men from the Burnaby Youth Custody Centre have teamed up with filmmakers from Vancouver's Reel Youth organization to create two raw and inspiring music videos about life behind bars. [News release]


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·      GADGET APPS FOR AUTISM!!!  THERE IS AN APP FOR THAT! Click here to find out about a variety of applications for autism!

·      IPADS and Autism.  Do you have an IPAD?  Close your eyes and envision you in your classroom and every student has an IPAD.  Wouldn't that be wonderful?  Well as time goes on it may just happen so....let's get prepared.  Click here to read more

·      High functioning person with an autism spectrum disorder: a "tourist" in his native country.  How can parents explain to relatives, neighbors, teachers, or service agency personnel that their son or daughter with an autism spectrum disorder has a significant communication problem?  Click here to read more.

·      The upside of living with Asperger's.  Those, like me, who have Asperger's syndrome may struggle with daily interactions - but we find solace in our passions.  At a very early age I knew I was somehow different from the others. An unexplainable difference in behaviour, idiosyncrasies and just having bags more energy than other toddlers. Couple that with numerous trips to different psychiatrists asking why I had frequent tantrums and crying fits, and was very antisocial with other schoolkids. Something was mostly definitely wrong with me. My parents were unnerved by it. It was not so much that I had a problem with myself but, rather, a question mark tattooed on my forehead. I was lost in a limbo of myself. And so it went on for a number of years.  Click here to read more.

·      Making the transition from the world of school into the world of work by

Dr. Temple Grandin.  During my travels to many autism conferences I have observed many sad cases of people with autism who have successfully completed high school or college but have been unable to make the transition into the world of work. Some have become perpetual students because they thrive on the intellectual stimulation of college. For many able people with autism college years were their happiest (Szatmari et al., 1989).  Click here to read full article.

·      People may be interested in this new film - "Wretches and Jabberers".
You can check out the at the trailer at:

Also, click on "about film" to listen to the sound track and see more video.ore Than Words - Family Focused Program for Autism SpectruDisorder

·      MORE THAN WORDS Family Focused Speech Therapy Program

Free Orientation: Friday, Jan 28, 2011, 10:30 am to noon at Cedar Park Church in Ladner. Childcare will be provided. Please use the online appointment scheduler to sign up for this orientation session if you want more information about the More Than Words program. Parents, grandparents, 1:1 workers and other caregivers are all welcome. There is no obligation to continue if you decide that this program is not a good fit for your family. Click here to find out more.

·      BCACL Letter to Mary Polak regarding delays in payments by Autism Funding Unit.  BCACL has been hearing from families and therapists who are experiencing long delays in payments from the Ministry of Children and Family Development's Autism Funding Unit. Despite the Ministry's estimated maximum waiting time of 30 days, therapists report waiting at more than two months for payment for provided autism services.  Read the letter here

·      Presented by POPARD "Fighting the Worry Bug" Group for  Children with

10 to 12 Saturday sessions that will include small group activities to help 

 children learn about worry or fear and ways to cope with it. Facilitated by educators with expertise in ASD. Children will learn new skills  to fight worries. Parents will learn strategies to support their children at   home.

Children 11 to 14 years old who have a diagnosis of ASD and who experience  worry or anxiety

Saturdays including March 5, March 12, April 2, April 9, April 16, April 30, 

 May 7, May 14, May 21, May 28, and June 4 from 12:30 to 2:00 pm.

The POPARD office in Ladner: 4746 57th Street, Ladner (next to the Delta  

Manor Education Centre) Cost? There is no financial cost to families.  Families will also receive parent and child resource books.  Time Commitment 10 to 12 sessions from March until June 2011

We will ask you and your child to participate in an interview so that we can   

 collect information about the best way to set up and teach this group. If you

sign up your child, we will let you know more about this. How do I sign up my child or find out more? By phone - Call 604-946-3610 (POPARD office) or By email -

·      Study Shows Promise For New Drug To Treat Fragile X.  The first drug to treat the underlying disorder instead of the symptoms of Fragile X, the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability, shows some promise according to a new study published in the January issue of Science Translational Medicine. Researchers from Rush University Medical Center helped design the study and are now participating in the larger follow-up clinical trial.  Click here to read more

·      Our next Richmond Autism Parent Support Group (RAPS) meeting will be on Thursday January 27th at 7:30.  We hope to meet from now on on the last Thursday of the month at 7:30-9:00 at the location above the Chatham Clinic in Steveston - and will send reminder notices before hand.  Please mark your calendars!  
Hope to see you then!  Bring your ideas for topics for future meetings and guest speakers you would like to see. Karen Perry  RAPS

·      Exciting international radio show in collaboration with our international autistic community. It started here in Vancouver BC Canada - on your doorstep!!!
January shows "Reflections" featuring 4 extraordinary women and their contribution to the international community in 2010!
Click the link below and scroll down the page to view videos and hear the radio shows of Jan 09, 2011 and Jan, 16, 2011 - as well as being connected to the upcoming shows and video previews
Click here for January show information
February shows "All in the family" - the international autistic community share their knowledge and journey as professionals in the field of autism, as special workers, as writers, motivational speakers, artists, parents, spouses, business owners and much, much more....You won't want to miss the phenomenal line up for our February series. Become a FREE Community member of our website and be the first to know what's going on in the Global Autistic Community, receive our FREE online newsletter and be a part of APAC GLOBAL, and Autistic People Awareness Campaign initiative producing local, regional, national and international initiatives!
You can learn about our host and co-hosts bios by clicking this link

·      THE FIRST - Naturally Autistic® International NewsletterClick here to read!

·      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


·      Help Your ADHD Child Make Friends.  Children with ADHD sometimes struggle with social skills, and making friends can be tough. But parents can help - here are 17 ways! Click here to read more.

·      Brain Scans Show Children With ADHD Have Faulty Off-Switch For Mind-Wandering.  Brain scans of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have shown for the first time why people affected by the condition sometimes have such difficulty in concentrating. The study, funded by the Wellcome Trust, may explain why parents often say that their child can maintain concentration when they are doing something that interests them, but struggles with boring tasks.  Click here to read more.



·      UBC doctors find link between Alzheimer's and Down Syndrome

Doctors at UBC have found a critical link between the debilitating disease and Down Syndrome. Dr. Weihong Song says he discovered excessive production of a protein called RCAN1 causes a chain reaction that kills certain neurons in the brains of people with Down Syndrome and Alzheimer's. See the link at News 1130 Breaking News:

Click here to read more.

7.  FASD

·      What is the prevalence of FASD in Canada?

Prevalence rates of FASD are difficult to determine as FASD is often an 'invisible' disorder, meaning that the majority of individuals affected do not have visible signs of the disorder, nor have they been diagnosed. While an accurate national prevalence rate is not currently available here in Canada, it is estimated that approximately 9.1 out of every 1,000 (or approximately 1 percent) of babies born in Canada may be affected by prenatal alcohol exposure based on US data.

·      The latest issue of Living Safety magazine from the Canada Safety Council contains an article on FASD.  Living Safety Vol. 28 no. 4 Winter 2010A .  Canada Safety Council publication for safety in the home, traffic and recreational environments.  On page 24  "I have FAS: It is birth defect caused by the mother drinking while she is pregnant".  Includes Things I would like teachers to know by Catherine from pages 25-29.  "What you should know about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder" by Ethel Archard..  Includes sections: Raising an FASD child, Women at risk, FASD in adults, Fetal alcohol offenders, What can be done? Enormous costs, Canadian Foundation on Fetal Alcohol Research (CFFAR), Motherrisk Alcohol and Substance Use helpline 1-877-327-4636, Common characteristics of people diagnosed with FASD  Cost of issue $  from Canada Safety Council, Ottawa

·      Raising children with fetal alcoholic spectrum disorder (FASD) can be a challenge. Here are strategies to help parents learn to help their child.  Raising children with FASD is a challenge, but it's possible for parents to set up a lifestyle and a structure in the home that allows the child to further develop his potential and to keep the family moving along without an overload of stress.  Click here to read more.

·      The 4th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - March 2011

Event Date: 03/02/2011 - 03/05/2011

When:  March 2-5, 2011

Location: Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC

Cost: TBA

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.

Conference Description:

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.

·      The FASD Support Network of Saskatchewan would like to offer a quick reminder of our upcoming two-day conference Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Communities of Hope. We are very enthusiastic about this conference, to be held February 10-11th in Regina, SK. The detailed registration form is available on our website .

Here is just a sampling of sessions:

  a.. Youth Justice Project-The Charge is On!

  b.. Sleep Issues and FASD

  c.. Keeping your Sanity in a Crazy World: Put on your own Mask First

  d.. FASD It's all in Your Head 

  e.. Moving Beyond Blame and Shame: Supporting Birth Families

With sessions like these, I am certain that we will all gain great information, perhaps a new perspective and a wonderful helping of hope. With generous funding from Saskatchewan Health Cognitive Disabilities Strategy we are able to offer this great event at no-cost to participants. We genuinely hope to see you there.

For more information please download an information sheet on the Network website or contact Parent Coach, Jalyn Zborowski, at:

·      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


·      NEW


o   RDSP 101

o   A Blueprint for Financial Security


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


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

·      Teacher-Led School Innovates With Student Regrouping.  Detroit's troubled school system remains in emergency management, its enrollment dwindling and its labor-management relations contentious. Yet in spite of those challenges, a school there is making a bid to innovate with many of the formal structures that have long guided not just teachers' roles, but also how students are organized in classes.  Click here to read more.


10. Mental Health

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

·      Force Society For Children's Mental Health Click on the link to find out about New monthly parent information and network sessions. Sessions will be offered through in person, teleconferencing and media site. They offer:



11. 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:

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.

·      Ministry of Child and Family Development welcomes Dr. Bruce Perry's

"ChildTrauma - Impact, Assessment & Intervention".

February 1st & 2nd, 2011 at the Langley Events Centre.  February 1st -    8.30am - 4.30pm (registration with continential breakfast & lunch included)

Dr. Perry will provide a general overview of brain development, impact of abuse and neglect, and program implications. This day is for a broad audience including Mental Health Clinicians, Probation Officers, CW Social Workers, Foster Parents, Educators, Alcohol and Drug Counsellors, Fraser Health Staff, Agency Leadership, and Staff. Registration limited to 400 participants.

February 2nd -   8.30am - 4.30pm (continential lunch included)

This day will focus on a more clinical application of Dr. Perry's Work and is directed to a more streamline group of professionals.  This includes Mental Health Clinicians, Probation Officers, Social Workers, A&D Counsellors and Agency Front Line Staff who are involved in assessment and treatment of children, youth and adults who have been impacted by abuse and neglect. Registration limited to 200 people.  Click here to get more information

·       Parenting Expert & Best Selling Author Mary Gordon will be at this years Children the Heart of the Matter Conference, February 4, 2011 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm a the Bell Centre For Performing Arts 6250 144 Street, Surrey Cost : $10.00 Call for Tickets 604-572-8032 Limited number of tickets availble at the door GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!


Victoria, BC - February 4 & 5, 2011

Learn practical skills that can be immediately implemented into existing curriculum and training programs, at home or in school!

Friday, February 4

Leslie Broun

Let's Really Look at this Child: Considerations for Effective Program Development

Saturday, February 5

Dr. Rita Jordan

Understanding, Avoiding and Managing Behaviours in ASD and, Interventions in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Click here for complete conference details »

·      Positive Parenting Workshops.  Deltassist presents, at no cost to Delta Residents

These Workshops have many benefits for you as a parent and as an individual.

Enjoy meeting others

Feel empowered as a parent and as an individual

Share stories and experiences

Learn and build on skills



Tuesday, February 8:

Self-Care/Stress Management

Tuesday, February 15:


Tuesday, February 22:

Goals of Behaviour/ Misbehaviour

Tuesday, March 1:

Parenting Styles

Tuesday, March 8:

Healthy Boundaries

Tuesday, March 15:

Effective Communication

Tuesday, March 22:


Tuesday, March 29:

Ages & Stages of Development

Tuesday, April 5:

Attachment Parenting

Tuesday, April 12:

Barbara Colorosso Video Topic Discussion

Childminding is Provided but you must Register a week in advance for the workshops

9097 120th Street Delta

6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
(February 8 to April 12, 2011)

Contact: Robin to register at
604-594-3455 Extension #137

·      A three-day international conference on concurrent disorders, Lost in Translation: Seeking answers in addiction, mental health and concurrent disorders is being held at UBC [University of British Columbia] Point Grey Campus on February 15ˆ17, 2011. Register click here for the flyer  and learn more here.  lostintranslation program spreads

·      Presented by KIDSMATTER: "Practical Solutions: Supporting Children with Special Needs", taking place at the Walnut Grove Lutheran Church (20530 88th Avenue, Langley BC) Friday, February 18 and Saturday, February 19, 2011. This is a great opportunity for professional development and training or if you are a parent to learn more about different therapies that are available to your child.  The tools learned over the two days will provide you with practical skills and information that you can take back with you, whether you work with a child or are the parent of one. This 2 day event features Keynote speakers Dr Sandy Johal 
( who will discuss Vision Therapy and developmental optometry and Dr Anita Bratt ( who will be discussing how Diet Therapy in the treatment of Autism .

There will also be presentations by Brian Lai ( who will discuss how to help children be "Sensory Smart" and  Jodi Tucker (http://www, will be presenting on RDI® (Relationship Development Intervention) a parent-based intervention program where parents are provided the tools  to effectively teach Dynamic Intelligence skills and motivation to their child.

·      Where Walnut Grove Lutheran Church  20530 88th Avenue  Langley, BC V1M 2Y6

·      When:  Friday February 18, 2011 at 9:00 AM PST - 4:30 pm PST and Saturday February 19, 2011 at 9:00 am- 4:30 PM PST

Toll Free: 1-877-882-9090 Local: 604-882-9090

·      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.

·      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

·      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.

·      A Family-Focused Speech-Language Therapy Program HANEN

February 25 to June 24, 2011

Fridays 10:30 am to 1 pm in Delta, BC  

Scientifically Proven to Improve Reading Skills


Who is this program for?

· Children with autism, 18 months to 6 years

of age, their parents and other caregivers.

This program addresses communication for

children who range from the non-verbal stage

to short sentences.

What does it cost?

· $3600 for one child and one adult. Additional

adults involved in the child's care can attend

for free.

What if I'm not sure that this program is

right for my child?

· Check it out at

· Register for the free orientation on Friday,

Jan 28, 2011. Childcare will be provided.

· OR, if you miss the orientation, book a pre-

program consultation before Feb 25, 2011.

 Register at

 Anna Krueger, MSc, S-LP(C)

Certified Speech-Language Pathologist

Anna is an approved autism provider. If your child has been diagnosed, the entire cost of this therapy program will be covered by your autism funding.

·      The 4th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - March 2011

Event Date: 03/02/2011 - 03/05/2011

When:  March 2-5, 2011

Location: Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC

Cost: TBA

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.

Conference Description:

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.

·      The 2011 Special Education Conference will be held at the Shoreline Conference Center (greater Seattle area) on March 9-11, 2011.  We have "gone green" and will not be sending out conference programs.  However, you may download a brochure at our website at

·      Attention Teachers, Educators, Professionals, and Parents,
We are very excited to announce the 3rd upcoming conference
Autism Biennial Congress 2011, Vancouver BC, April 8-9, 2011 <
<Click here for Registration Form>
Click here for a downloadable registration form to print out>
Over 18 World's foremost autism experts, including Eustacia Cutler (Temple Grandin's mom), Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, Dr. Stephen Shore, Jerry Newport, Keri Bowers, Bill Davis, Julie Matthewss, Dr. Tasreen Alibhai, David Kirby, Karen Simmons, Dr. Anita Bratt, Mark Bulgutch, Elaine Hall "Coach E", Shannon Kenitz, Dr. Lauren Underwood, Dr. Sheila Wagner, plus many more!
 April 8 - 9, 2011, Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Convention Centre East, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC

·      DRN Conference 2011
Join us for the Disability Resource Network of BC Forum 2011
" Mission Possible: Syncing New Technology with Current Practices"
Monday and Tuesday, May 30 and 31, 2011
Vancouver Museum 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC 
Click here for more information

·      Save the date! Speaking of Kids 2011, Friday Oct 21

Speaking of Kids annual conference will take place in Vancouver on Friday October 21, 2011. This one-day event will feature a celebrity guest speaker plus other engaging and knowledgeable speakers.
Tickets will go on sale starting in March, 2011; and ticket prices have been kept at the minimal fee of $55! Out of town conference attendees will also be offered lowered hotel rates.
LDAV conference committee members are fast at work obtaining 'goodie-bag' items and a raffle draw prize. This year's event will be the best one yet!
Stay tuned as we'll be announcing our celebrity speaker in February.

(info and pictures from past conferences...)


·      See All ACT Upcoming Events



·      ** VALENTINES **  printable fun from FAMILY FUN

·      LITERACY DAY! From the people that brought you the Munsch at Home Contest! We just wanted to let you know that we're running another contest - the Family Literacy Day Colouring Contest presented by Postmedia Raise-a-Reader. It's another great literacy activity that families can do together, and it's easy! Just colour the contest entry form and answer the fun trivia questions together as a family. Enter as often as you'd like by January 31, 2011.   Click here for more information!

·      Want a winter weekend getaway? Monthly writer's retreat? Or get the jump start on securing your summer holiday home?  Shawnigan Lake House, a unique vacation property in the heart of the Cowichan Valley (45 minutes from downtown Victoria), got rave reviews from guests when it first opened last year. Summer 2010 rates remain the same for 2011 and discounts are available this month until the end of June.
The 2,100 sq. ft. three bedroom lake house sleeps 6 to 8 guests. In the summer a separate, contemporary 800 sq. ft. one-bedroom, fully self-contained in-law suite can also be rented for additional space.

This spacious, beautifully appointed home has a private dock, a 40-foot long verandah and lots of character. Did you know one of B.C. 's most famous artists E.J. Hughes' parents once lived here and he lived next door?
For more information and photos visit our website at <>  and for an updated list of availability visit <> listing #293717 and 298829.


13. Other

·      Check out this new book it's a great way to get conversations going with your children! - thanks to Camille Netherton for the link

·      Siblings of Special Needs Children.  The sibling of a special needs child often takes on the role of a secondary caretaker or are unintentionally slighted by the sheer volume of doctor's appointments and in-home care. This blog will share how all family members can be involved while not overlooking the sibling's needs and talents that aren't concerned with ASD.   Click here to read more.

·      Special People Rainbow Group - Vancouver's Newest Qmunity.  Introducing "Special People Rainbow Group - Vancouver's Newest Qmunity"When: The group meets on Wednesdays at 6:30pm

Where: Qmunity, BC's Queer Resource Centre, 1170 Bute Street (in Vancouver's West End, off of Davies Street. Map here)

This group is for people with developmental disabilities who identify as gay or lesbian, to "give them a place to hang out and do stuff".  Click here for more information

·      Why not let your kids play with their food? No, we're not suggesting you encourage them to paint the walls with spaghetti sauce but since it's likely that some of your resolutions for 2011 revolved around food - either eating more (fruits and veggies) or less (chocolate) of it and also feeding your family well - why not make it fun?

Montreal-based FoodFun has created a series of games based on old classics like the Match Game, Pin the Tail on the Donkey and flash cards that are all about combating the childhood obesity epidemic with healthy eating games that are fun. No, really!

We've been whiling away dark winter afternoons playing rousing games of FoodMoves which gets your kids wiggling, hopping, running and more as they learn food names, food groups and how to put together a balanced meal. Tiered instructions for kids from preschool well into grade school mean you can tailor the game to your tot's foodie abilities. The more floor space you have for all the moving and grooving the better. And we got caught up in the action as well, which helped our other resolution. You know, that one about getting more active...

FoodFun also has created FoodFarm and FoodFlash for a healthy eating triumvirate of fun. And we love the packaging which is minimal and incorporates 100% recycled materials, water-based varnishes and vegetable-based inks. Oh the nutrition label indicating the percentage of fun inside is a nice touch.

We've yet to notice our children getting more adventurous (and healthy) in their food choices but we have noticed more conversations around the table about what food groups things belong to and questions about where they came from.  Which has us dreaming of kids that embrace eggplant and clamour for quinoa...


·      Self advocates and family members: Enter to win iPod Nano Multi-Touch by filling out short survey!  enter to win a New iPod Nano Multi-Touch!This survey is for people with developmental disabilities and their family members. Please feel free to share this with your friends and networks around the province. We want to hear from everyone!Remember to fill in your contact information at the end of the survey if you would like your name entered into the draw.Fill out the Survey here.The survey will probably take about five to ten minutes to completeIf you have already filled out this survey, your name has been entered into the draw to win the Nano.

If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Evans, Member Services Co-ordinator at 604-777-9100 ext. 520 or

·      This is the DCLS Winter Spring 2011 Calendar, detail section, survey and registration form.  There is a NEW registration form that is fill-able on your computer.  You can send that registration form in to

But remember payment is due with the form.  Please let me know if you have any difficulty opening this portfolio, as this is a new program.  The deadline is January 25, 2010 by 4:30 pm.

·      Check out this website for SPECIAL NEEDS RESOURCE MAGAZINE: Providing information and resource for children with special needs Click here to see website.

·      *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.

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

·        Click here to read a SPECIAL NEEDS DAILY MAGAZINE - Check out the holiday article.

·      SI FOCUS - Click here to sign up!

·        Click here for the new SI FOCUS newsletter!

·      Parent Support BC - Click here to read newsletter!

·      Complex Child Current Magazine Edition Here.

·      SYMBOL WORLD's Current Newsletter here.

·      BC Epilepsy January ENEWS - Click here!

·      Parenting Special Needs Current Issue -

·       Disability is Natural December e-newsletter is HERE!

·      Exceptional Family Magazine - current issue!

·      Welcome to the 101 Friends December Newsletter

·       Handle Institute - Current newsletter


·      Gordon Neufeld's January 2011 Newsletter - Click here

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


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