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February 3, 2011 REACH Parent Network Weekly Newsletter.


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

·      One of the children I have been working with has moved to Langley.  Do you have any behavioural intervention contacts in Langley - any agency, or individuals that are well trained, very skilled?  Thank you  - please respond to

·      Hi everyone:  I have been asked a question about drooling from Winnipeg.  The child is 14 and drools.  They haven't been able to find anything to help him stop.  The professionals that they have worked with don't know how to was wondering if anyone has had success with getting a child or adult to stop drooling.  Mom really wants him to stop drooling.  Please respond to

·      Hi, I'm wondering what is happening in your school district and what sorts of programming has been developed for our kids through the community for Spring Break - especially those districts who voted for the extra week?   If families are in child care are there issues finding the right support?  What things are there to do for the extra time off or for both weeks? for our kids? Please respond to


2.  NEWS 

·      At-risk children died needlessly: B.C. report.  A new report slams B.C.'s attempts to protect infants from dying unnecessarily, citing 21 cases where children died unexpectedly in their sleep. The report, prepared by provincial Children's Representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, said the children - who died between June 2007 and May 2009 - were well known to the ministry and could easily have been helped.  Click here to read full article and see video

·      MEDIA ADVISORY - January 31, 2011: Parents of children with autism mark a sad anniversary.  VICTORIA, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - On January 31, 2011, parents of children with autism will mark a sad anniversary. January 31, 2010 was the last day of the government's Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) programs for children with autism in BC. Prior to Minister Polak's decision to cut this successful program, 70 children in BC were receiving life transforming therapy each year. Today, the program is gone. Neither science, amazing results in children's lives, pleas from parents, months of protests, or tax savings from such programs in other jurisdictions changed government's mind. Click here to read more.

·       UK NEWS ALCOHOL ABUSE: MIDDLE-CLASS WOMEN ARE 'NEW BINGERS'.  Middle class women have become the new binge drinking generation.  One in three women in professional households admitted she had drunk to excess at least once in the previous week.  Fewer than one in four women in less well-off households drank as much.  The shocking figures show the middle-classes are fuelling the country's alcohol crisis, while most of the rest of the nation cut back. Click here to read more.


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·      Finding Artistic Inspiration in People With Asperger's Syndrome. Many people take their ability to think for granted. For some people, thinking seems to happen automatically. Others struggle to understand a concept. Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell often seem defiantly proud of their ability to demonstrate that ignorance is bliss.  A tiny percentage of the earth's population focuses its attention on topics like neural networks, the chemical or electrical functions of a synapse, or how to recreate a particular thought process. While overt displays of intelligence can scare some people away, real and/or artificial intelligence are constant sources of fascination.  Not too many people get the chance to document their mental illness. However, Bud Clayman (who suffers from Asperger's syndrome) has made a discomforting film which, although it might not seem great by film school standards, represents a remarkable achievement for the filmmaker.  Billed as "The Obsessive Compulsive Major Depression Bipolar Asperger's Movie," OC87 is very much about a life interrupted. As a teenager, Bud Clayman's goal was to become a filmmaker. However, as his mental illness grew and deepened, filmmaking became a distant dream.  Click here to read more and see the trailers.

·      AUTISTIC PEOPLE RUN THEIR OWN INTERNATIONAL RADIO SHOWS, INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE and APAC GLOBAL events - to become a FREE Community Member and connect with our global autistic community, become connected and join in on our upcoming events
Click here for January shows and promo videos
Click here for February shows and promo videos
Host and co-host are all autistic people: Scott Jackson USA, Erik Estabrook USA, Tim Pylypiuk Canada, Jacynthe Geschke Canada and Paul Maywood United Kingdom - you can read about these wonderful autistic adults making their contribution to society by clicking these two links below.

·      Oxford and London:  An Introduction to England: A Journey Designed for Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorder Travel with a group of 15 young people at least 16 years old.

The program is led by Dr. Beverly Daley of the USC University Center  for  Excellence in  Developmental Disabilities at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, and by Jill Hudson, of the Ohio Center for Autism and Low

Incidence. Both have extensive experience in camp programs for young people.   A total of five staff will accompany the group, including a specialist on travel in England provided by Putney Student Travel, an or-

ganization  that has offered travel  programs for young people for over 50 years. Click here to view brochure in a PDF file.

·      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

·      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 -

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

Richmond ASBC Parents Group Meeting
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


·      My Wonderful ADHD ‘Turbo' Brain.  Your ADHD brain is like a turbo-charged car: fast, fun, and unpredictable. The challenge is learning to drive it in the right direction.  I have never stopped loving attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  I have the condition, and I treat hundreds of people with it every year at my center in Massachusetts. In fact, you could say I have a love affair with ADHD. But I dislike the name "ADHD" and all that it implies.Yes, I understand the convenience of calling it a "disorder" when it comes to obtaining accommodations, research funding, and insurance reimbursement. But indulge me for a moment as I stray from the DSM-IV. I would like to rename my brain Turbo. Click here to read more.

·       6 Memory Tricks for ADHD Students.  Use these six strategies to help attention deficit students retain information and remember what they learn.  Children with ADHD and learning disabilities often have trouble remembering and retaining information taught in class. To improve their memory skills, help them create links and visual, auditory, and conceptual associations between bits of information. Here are six ways to do that:  Click here to read the tips!

·       State-Of-The-Art Driving Simulator Makes ADHD Teens Better Drivers.  A University at Buffalo researcher's work with a state-of-the-art driving simulator is making better drivers among those considered to be the most risky motorists on the road: teens with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).  Gregory A. Fabiano, UB associate professor of counseling, school and educational psychology, has already established a therapeutic program that not only helps these teens become better drivers but also builds better relationship with their parents. Click here to read more.




7.  FASD

·      Click here for the ASANTE January 2011 Newsletter

·      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.


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

·      Granville woman pursuing dream of school for autistic youth.  NEWARK -- Barbara Lechner knows the world can be a complicated, overwhelming place for preteens with autism.  Not only do they struggle with sensory issues and anxiety, but many feel isolated and are picked on because of their social skills and communication difficulties.  Click here to read more.

·      STEPS Forward is a family-driven organization founded to ensure that people with developmental disabilities are included as students in the academic and social life of colleges and universities of British Columbia. Take a look at our latest newsletter or visit us online at Please join us at our annual AGM on Sunday February 6th at 11am.

·      All Kinds of Minds - new resource An effective new approach to learning

Our book, Schools for All Kinds of Minds, is the first step in giving school leaders the power to reach all students.  The book shows how schools can, and must, develop expertise in "learning variation" (understanding how different kinds of minds learn) and apply this knowledge to classroom instruction in order to address the chronic learning challenges and achievement gap faced by millions of students.  Click here to find out more.


10. Mental Health

·      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.

·      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.

·      *New*  Workshop on Microboards and Individualized Funding:  Microboards are small non-profit societies created by family and friends to provide personalized support networks for an individual with special needs.  Individualized Funding, as provided through Community Living BC, is a payment option for individual support needs that provides direct funding to an agent or through a host agency.  Please see THE FLYER <>  for more details.
WHEN:  10:00 am - 2: 30 pm, Saturday, 26th February, 2011
WHERE:   Delta Community Living Society, #1-3800-72nd Street, Delta,  BC
COST:   $10.00 (includes  lunch & refreshment)
CONTACT:  Si Stainton    t: 604-952-6490.

·      NEW LEAVING HIGH SCHOOL:  WHAT'S NEXT? TRANSITION WORKSHOP.  How do you prepare for this big change in your son's or daughter's life? The Richmond Transitions Committee is hosting a Transitions Workshop presented by Nancy Hoyano of the Family Support Institute.  The workshop takes place on Saturday Feb 26 from 10:00-2:00 with opportunities to mingle and meet other parents whose children are leaving high school.
Registration fee: $15 includes snacks, coffee and lunch.
Please register with Lori Campion, 7811 Granville Avenue, Richmond, B.C. V6Y 3E3 by Feb 18/11.  For more information please call Lori at  604-668-6093

·      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

Delta Community Living Society, & the Delta Family Alliance Network

Invite you to attend:  Thinking in the Future Tense:

The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) and Personal Networks

(re-scheduled from November 20th 2010)

Date:   10:30am - 3:00pm, Saturday, March 12th 2011

Presenter:  Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN)

Venue:   Delta Community Living Society, Scott Road Connections #105-7953 Scott Rd. (Behind the Greek Village Restaurant) N Delta, BC V4C 6P6

Target Audience: Parents and family members of youths or adults with developmental disabilities.

Details of Workshop:

Registered Disability Savings Plan.

Learn about a financial tool that allows a person with a disability to save money for their future without interfering with their PWD. Learn how the federal government can contribute up to $90,000 to the plan. Understand the implications of the RDSP specific to your family's needs. Receive a Step by step guide

Personal Networks

Understand the key elements of a social support network for your relative getting started on a circle of friends

Closing date for registration: Friday, 26th February 2011.

Workshop fee: $10.00 (inc. lunch & refreshment).

To register for this workshop, please contact Joanne Fee, Delta Community Living Society, Human Resources & Administrative Assistant<file:///\\dcls03\users\sstainton\>,

 604-946-9508 ext. 222.

·      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

·      NEW  FRIEND 2 FRIEND Fall workshop OCT 21 & 22, 2011 - click here! Fostering Peer Play and Friendships for Children and Teens on the Autism Spectrum: The Integrated Play GroupsTM and Friend 2 Friend Models  SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC

·      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



·      ** CHINESE NEW YEAR ** Here are some fun things you can craft to celebrate the Chinese New Year with your family!  Click here to read more from FAMILY FUN!

·      *** VALENTINES *** Click here for more crafts from FAMILY FUN


13. Other

·      Did you know that children and youth in care have special rights to family and connection to culture? Be part of the conversation....

On Friday, February 25th the Society for Children and Youth of BC is hosting a dialogue focused on rights to family and connection to culture for children and youth in government care.

This event is a lead up event to the 2011 International Foster Care Organization World Conference in Victoria, BC this summer.

We invite anyone interested in child rights and the wellbeing of children and youth in care to join us to:

Learn about child rights

Share experiences

Exchange ideas and strategies

An experienced panel representing child rights, cultural rights, the Ministry of Children and Family Development, foster parents, and foster youth will assist in leading the conversation.

Event Details

Friday, February 25th, 2011

9:30 - 9:45 am Registration

9:45 am - 3:00 pm Roundtable (interactive panel, lunch, participant dialogue)

Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athlete's Way, Vancouver BC (within walking distance from Main street skytrain station and Olympic Village skytrain station)

Please register by Friday, February 18th to secure your spot at the roundtable. This event is made possible by financial support from Victoria Foundation.  Click here for more information and to register.

·      ilove apps.  I have want want wanted an iPhone for a long time now but was locked into a contract and couldn't stump up the cash to upgrade from a Blackberry.  Oops, maybe upgrade is the wrong word but after three whole days owning an iPhone - I'm an expert I know - I don't actually think that it is. Anyhow, I was lucky enough to be able to make my iDream come true and of course, the first thing I wanted to do after I got the phone and figured out the basics was find great apps. So I called upon my iPhone toting pals and their expertise and here are their recommended apps roughly categorized and in their own words - as I love their explanations of why they like certain apps. I haven't linked to them (or tested them all), as it's just so darn easy to search on the app store on your phone or online. So now it's over to you, please add your faves via the comments below so we can create a great list!  Click here for some interesting apps!

·      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:

·      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 •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

·       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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