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January 27, 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:

·      My daughter is 14 years old and for the last few months, we have been doing homeschooling with a very capable young woman. Sadie is homeschooled Mon thru Thursday and we are looking for another student to come once a week and join Sadie and Jess (teacher) for a few hours. We have not yet figured out what the program would look like, that will depend on who comes and joins us.  Fridays is the only day that this will not be available. It would be ideal if the new student is high school age. Please contact me at no fee for this.....we live in Vancouver close to 70th and Granville.
Thank you
Abbe Gates


2.  NEWS 

·      FROM TIM AND SI STAINTON'S DAUGHTER! Our Shared Responsibility to Deal With Bullying.  Bullying in schools is a constant focus of discussion, debate and concern. Not a week goes by, it seems, when there isn't a news article about some aspect: cyber bullying, text-bullying, bullying on playgrounds, classrooms and sports fields. What has been largely missing from the uproar are accounts of the widespread bullying of children with disabilities by both students and teachers. Click here to read the full story!

·      Check out these headlines: Jason Pires on Team Spirit at Carson Graham. Please see the amazing story about Riley (Colleen Denman's son -Family Support Institute Resource Parent North Vancouver) and the Carson Graham basketball team. Click here to see the video and hear the story!

·      Healing from Suicide Loss: The Stories of BC Youth.  A disturbing fact: Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among young people in Canada
Another fact:  Although much information exists on suicide prevention and intervention, there is little research and few resources which examine the impact of a suicide death on bereaved youth, from the perspective of the youth themselves.  At the BC Council for Families, we wanted to provide an opportunity for young people to use their voices and share their wisdom, to help youth workers, crisis counsellors, and other practitioners to understand how best to provide support to bereaved youth following a suicide.  In collaboration with the University of Victoria's School of Child and Youth Care, we created
Left 2 Live, a documentary video which explores the unique grieving and healing process of young people.  Click here to see how to see this video!

·      PARENTING VIDEO, WORKSHOPS SUPPORT NEW BRITISH COLUMBIANS.  VANCOUVER - Positive Parenting Across Cultures, a new video project aimed at supporting and strengthening B.C.'s immigrant and refugee families, was unveiled today at S.U.C.C.E.S.S. multicultural agency in downtown Vancouver.   Click here to read more.


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·      Hair Cuts Can be Harrowing.  Clippers, blow-dryers and flashing mirrors add up to sensory overload for kids with autism.  Click here to read more.

·      The Childrens Foundations Autism Services has a "pilot project" to train behavioural interventionists interns.
What you will get: Free BI, behavioural consultant service from Dr.. TJ Glahn at 75% reduction in cost for 2-3 months
Who is it for: families with children under 6.
It is OK even if you have an existing BI and behavioural consultant. You can use these 2-3 months to really beef up your child's turn taking skills and group social skills by using 2 BIs in one session.  
For further questions, please contact Dr. TJ Glahn


·      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

·      Web tools for promoting social thinking.  I was very happy during the hustle and bustle of ASHA Convention to have had a few minutes to chat with Michelle Garcia Winner about some exciting and fun (not to mention free) web-based tools that have great potential to complement and extend social thinking instruction. That chat led to this guest post.  Click here to read more - interesting Free Movie Making website - EXTRANORMAL

·      For children with autism, don't set the bar too low.  Not too many people with disabilities become role models for the rest of the world.  What do Keller and Grandin have in common? Both had parents who understood and accepted their daughters' differences, but were unwilling to accept a disability as an excuse for poor behavior, laziness or self-indulgence. Both had teachers who believed in their abilities without whitewashing their challenges. And both, of course, had considerable abilities and ambition - though those qualities were not evident in their earliest years.
Click here to read morean Words - Family Focused Program for

·      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.

·      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 -

·      CHINESE PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: Thank you to one of our parent arranging Dr TJ Glahn to speak to our group at Strathcona Community Centre 601 Keefer Street, Vancouver on Friday Jan 28th from 7pm to 8:30pm. Details: "Dr. TJ Glahn is a a Board Certified Behavioural Consultant - Doctoral on the RASP list in BC and a Ph.D in Educational Psychology. She was recently recruited by The Children's Foundation to head up their Autism Services and develop a Fun & Functional Centre in Vancouver.  Dr. TJ Glahn was trained under Dr. Lovaas but she also adds a touch of humanism and kindness into her intervention program. Further information can be read on Dr. TJ's website.   A donation to The Children's Foundation's Autism Services would be very much appreciated. The Children's Foundation also manages group home for children with mental illness and severe autism. A suggested donation is $5 per family. Tax receipt will be issued for donations over $20. More about the The Children's Foundation can be found here" Our parent group is in partnership with Kids Up Front for event tickets and Strathcona Community Centre for gym/kitchen social. If you need more information please contact me .  Please assist the meeting as follow:1. Please bring snacks and whatever you like for pot luck social and tidy up the place before you leave.2. Please advise if you need childminding.3. Please feel free to e-mail and phone other parents/professionals to join the meeting.know to arrange. Brief information in Chinese:華人自閑症家長聚會

日期:2011 1月 28 星期 5 晚上 7: 00 8:30

地點: 601 Keefer Street, Vancouver (溫哥華 601 奇化街,)

講者: Dr. TJ Glahn, Board Certified Behavioural Consultant 

Contact John Tsang at

On Jan 28 2011 from 7.00-8.30, Dr. TJ will come to our parent group and talk about the Fun & Functional approach, how it helps children with Autism and other Learning Disabilities to learn meaningful skills & information, and how the students can truly experience joy along the way.

·      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

·      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 ADHD Students Prepare for College in High School.  Teens with attention deficit will be college ready if they learn these five skills in high school.  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

·      Click here for the ASANTE January 2011 Newsletter

·      Alcohol and Pregnancy: Not As Bad As Assumed?  Now, quite a few studies have pointed out that drinking even though pregnant is a negative factor. These exact same studies have shown that women who had drinking binges while expecting have youngsters who develop a variety of difficulties later in life, both in physical wellness and mental health. However, it's worth noting that the studies have not precisely determined what in alcohol causes these difficulties, or if alcohol indulgence causes these issues at all. In recent studies, evidence has come to light that alcohol may possibly not be as large a factor for causing ill effects in the course of pregnancy as initially believed. There is some debate on whether or not it is as damaging as initially believed, but most do not doubt that it would have a couple of side effects.  Click here to read more

·      Alcohol: America's Drug of Choice.  For the majority of users alcohol seems to be a relatively safe relaxant, but not for all. In fact, for that small group who cannot control their drinking; the price of alcohol abuse is enormous. The pain that it may relieves is nothing compared to the pain it causes them as they slowly become addicted to alcohol. Sooner or later alcohol will weaken and destroy those components of the self that give life meaning.  Click here to read more.

·      Groups share problems, concerns and cookies.  Cindy Peltier had an idea. She is the FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) coordinator at Ottawa's Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, and she organizes get-togethers for the families she works with.  But there are other families in Ottawa facing the same problems, so why not get together with them? So Cindy invited the FASD of Ottawa group over for an informal supper. That was on Oct. 19.  The evening went well, lots of chatter and good food, with the Wabano group and the visiting non-Native people of Ottawa group interacting and playing some word games that Peltier led.  Then it was time to make the next step. Elspeth Ross, the co-facilitator of the FASD of Ottawa group, invited the Wabano group to one of their meetings.  Click here to read more.

·      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.

·      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



o   RDSP 101

o   Click here for a new RDSP RESOURCE CENTRE 

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

·      B.C.'s Newest Learning Environment Unveiled.  January 18, 2011 - Education Minister Margaret MacDiarmid and Langley MLA Mary Polak were joined by several young learners and their parents on a tour of the newly completed prototype for the modular classrooms that will be installed in 25 B.C. school districts; making room for full-day kindergarten throughout the province. Click here to see photos

·      DEVELOPING READERS FOR LIFE.  VICTORIA - Developing literacy skills begins at home. Whether it's a book, board game, magazine, newspaper or website, all British Columbians are being encouraged to take part in a literacy activity with their families for 15 minutes at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27 to celebrate Family Literacy Day.  Click here to read more

10. Mental Health

·      Brain Imaging Center Research May Lead To Treatment Of A Variety Of Mental Disorders.  One of the first studies published from the University of Missouri Brain Imaging Center (BIC) gives researchers insight into the brain and memory and may provide researchers clues to treating a variety of debilitating disorders. Click here to read more.

·      Anxiety resources:

o   Click here to discover the FRIENDS School Program for children with anxiety

o   Click here to find a TEST ANXIETY BOOKLET - scroll down to find

o   Click here for Journal #14 - Anxiety in Children and Youth


·      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



·      **RESOLUTIONS? ** TED TALKS: Neil Pasricha: The 3 A's of awesome.  Neil Pasricha's blog 1000 Awesome Things savors life's simple pleasures, from free refills to clean sheets. In this heartfelt talk from TEDxToronto, he reveals the 3 secrets (all starting with A) to leading a life that's truly awesome. Click here to see the video!

·      **VALENTINES **  Family Fun Valentine yummy treats

·      ** VALENTINES ** - crafts and treats by 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!


13. Other

·      Bridges to the Future
Bridges to the Future is a program for youth aged 15-24 with a physical disability to help them through the transition into adulthood. Bridges holds a monthly educational and social event, sends out a monthly educational newsletter, and the coordinators are available to provide resources to youth as they need it. If you know a youth with a physical disability, please encourage them to check out our website: <>  and <> . Send Kim Stewart (Bridges to the Future coordinator: your e-mail to get added to the mailing list to find out about events, newsletters, and resources.  
Muscular Dystrophy Canada presents the MuscleFacts program. Volunteers and staff from Muscular Dystrophy Canada will visit schools and workplaces and give presentations on inclusivity and awareness of physical disabilities. The presentations are free of charge. IF you are interested in having a presentation, please check out more information here:

·      ASSUME THE BEST.  Apple's Steve Jobs once said "Let's make a dent in the universe." How about if we make a dent in Disability World? Let's assume the best--instead of the worst--about children and adults with disabilities. We can make the choice to do this, can't we? Click here to read full article.

·      The BC Association for Community Living is holding its first annual art resale fundraising event on March 12, 2011 at Heritage Hall in Vancouver, B.C. and we need your help in collecting 400 pieces of art by February 28, 2011. Read more about the event here. 

·      Take the PLAN New Year Quiz

Do you have family, friends, or clients with a disability?                  

Is their financial, legal, and social future 100% secure?                 

Do you feel connected to the wider disability community?

Did you answer yes to one or more questions?
Then join the Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network. That's PLAN for short. We are the independent voice for families of people with disabilities. From social networks, to housing, wills, and estate planning - we help families
plan a good life for people that matterClick here to read more.

·      GO4KIDDS is an Emerging Team Grant funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) through the Bright Futures for Children with Disabilities initiative.  Our goal is to study the health, well-being and social inclusion of children with severe developmental disabilities and their families. The study focuses on children across Canada between the ages of 6 and 18 years, who have a global Intellectual /Developmental Disability in the moderate, severe, or profound range.  One of our most important allies in conducting this research will be community agencies such as yours.  At this point, we are asking whether you might help us contact families to complete our Basic (15-minutes) and/or Extended Surveys (45-minutes) -both are available in paper-and-pencil or online versions. Families who complete both the Basic and Extended Surveys are eligible to receive $50.  There are a number of options in terms of how you could do this:

  • Sending brochures about GO4KIDDS to your families (please see attached pdf
  • Posting brochures in your waiting rooms/lobby
•Telling families about GO4KIDDS in group or individual meetings and asking them
to consider participating (please see attached information letter for parents)
  • Include a web posting about GO4KIDDS on your agency's website (see attached document)
  • Sending out hard copies of the Basic survey in a mailing or in children's
backpacks with a cover letter explaining it to parents (they could be provided
with a postage-paid return envelope)
Our study has the ethical approval of the York University Research Ethics Board and the ethics approval processes at many other agencies and we are happy tc omplete any necessary ethics process at your organization.
If you have any questions, please contact me at 416-736-5662, or toll free at
1-877-233-4337, or by email ( or visit our website at for more information.
Tiffany Guanlao,Research Coordinator, GO4KIDDS, York University BSB 220 Email: Tel: 416-736-5662


·      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

·      *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!

·       NEW Click here for the NEW SI FOCUS E - 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!

·       NEW  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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