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March 8, 2011 REACH Parent Network Weekly Newsletter.


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


To submit for our newsletter or have a question for Pam to research please contact her at or 604-946-6622 ext 359.  You can sign up at the  Reach Child and Youth Development Society website to receive this newsletter directly.


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

·      Hi, has anyone had success in obtaining an iPAD for their child using their autism funding.  I am hearing that many kids that are using them are having great success.
Thanks, Cyndi Please respond to

·      Does anyone have any experience with these programs?
We were denied on the first, has anyone successfully appealed or know who we could ask for help? His medicine is $256/month and not covered.

Please respond to

·      I will be hosting a group at the New Westminster Youth Centre beginning March 13 from 3-5 . This group will continue every other Sunday until June 12 for the time being. Depending on interest this may be continued after the trial period.  I would greatly appreciate you help in helping me to circulate to as many families as possible to see if this is something that is needed in our communities.  The group is intended for ages 14-24 years of age with developmental disabilities and their families / caregivers.The first Sunday of the month is for pizza and hanging out . The second Sunday is going to be a 'party day'. I plan to make a cake ( with help from the participants) and have a monthly birthday party.The facilities include:

o   basketball court

o   full kitchen

o   foosball table

o   pool table

o   tv and video games

o   tv and dvd player.

I would like this to be an opportunity for connection and networking and laughing and planning. - not WORK.  Drop in is by donation however none is required.  Thank you for helping me get this message out.  Caregivers are required to remain on site at all times. Contact Stephanie Frey at 604-765-9784 or check us at on facebook. A Social Life

2.    NEWS

·      PACIFIC AUTISM FAMILY CENTRE FINDS A HOME IN VANCOUVER.  A location for a provincial autism centre was made official today when the Province and the City of Vancouver announced they have secured a home for the Pacific Autism Family Centre (PAFC) at Sunny Hill Health Centre in Vancouver. Click here to read more.

Both MOMSONTHEMOVE and BCACL have sent letters asking that this funding be re-allocated for services and programs rather than a centre - stay tuned for more.

·      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Foster Care System Failing Youth with Special Needs. The BC Association for Community Living is shocked to hear of a youth with special needs who was abused while in foster care by a relief support worker who was given virtually no screening or background check. Despite clear and documented reports raising concerns, no action was taken to protect the child.  Click here to read more.


3.    Reach Child and Youth Development Society


Reach News

·      Sexuality:  Preparing a plan for Sex Education and Abuse Prevention for Your Child with Special Needs

Are you unsure how to broach the subject of Sex Education and Abuse Prevention?  What if your child has special needs---How will you explain this subject? If you are baffled or overwhelmed, or if you just want to be prepared, then this is the workshop for you!  You will learn: How to come up with a comprehensive plan of what, who, how and when to teach your child; what they need to know and when they need to know it to keep them informed and safe.  Join us and create a plan for healthy sexual development for your child.

Facilitated by:  Camille Netherton

Date:  Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Time: 9:30 am - 2 pm       

 Please bring your own nut free lunch 

Location: Reach Child and Youth Development 

Society   #3 - 3800 72nd Street in Ladner

  (Near the Boundary Bay Airport)

Register by email


Or phone:  604-946-6622, ext 343       Or fax: 604-946-6223   $20 workshop fee can be paid at the door


·      Positive Parenting: The Basics and Beyond

For Parents of children of all ages .A two-part interactive approach to creating a positive, supportive atmosphere for all of your family interactions You will learn: Positive strategies for dealing with difficult behaviour, how to defuse power struggles, offer appropriate choices, be consistent, provide consequences, model appropriate behaviour and much more!

 Facilitated by: Camille Netherton & Pam Collins

Date: Wednesday, April 6 & 13, 2011

(You need to attend both days)

Time: 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Please bring your own nut free lunch

Location: Reach Child and Youth Development

Society #3 - 3800 72nd Street in Ladner

(Near the Boundary Bay Airport) 

Register by email


Or phone:  604-946-6622, ext 343       Or fax: 604-946-6223   $20 workshop fee can be paid at the door



·      Reach Developmental Preschool community registration will take place on Saturday, March 12 . Registration for Reach Preschool South Delta will be 8:30a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at #3 3800 72nd street Ladner, and for Reach Preschool North Delta from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at 10921 82nd avenue North Delta. For more information please call 604-946-6622 ext 308 or email susieg@reachdevelopment.orgThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  .  

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4.    AUTISM

·      Just a friendly reminder that the next meeting for the Fraser Valley Autism Society is Tuesday, March 8 from 7 to 9 p.m.  
Topic will be Taxes presented by Donald Davis, C.A..
Meeting will take place in Abbotsford this month at the Fraser Valley Child Development Centre, 2nd floor, 32885 Ventura Avenue, Abbotsford.  For a map, please go to <>  and select the meetings tab.  There is a link in there for a map.

·      4th Annual BC Walk

Sunday, September 25, 2011 * Nat Bailey Stadium

Walk Now for Autism Speaks are fun-filled, family friendly events that bring together members from across the autism stakeholder community. Families, friends, teachers, service providers, corporate teams, researchers - all walking together to raise money to fund vital research, support family services programs, and raising awareness about autism and the issues facing local, provincial and national communities.  Click here for more information

·      "Ask Dr. Tony"

Dr. Tony Attwood and Craig Evans SKYPED for 40 minutes last week as he answered 13 questions about autism. All had been submitted by either Autism Hangout members or subscribers on Youtube. ALL were excellent questions dealing with anxiety/stress, bedwetting, eating disorders, sensory issues and more. Hear what today's leading expert on autism/Asperger's offers as advice.  Available in 3 parts!

·      Teaching students with autism about their learning strengths and weaknesses by Michelle Garcia Winner.  Over the years, I observed so many students get upset by the fact they had "autism" or "Asperger's Syndrome" or "ADHD" and in as much as they could verbalize these terms aloud they still didn't seem to understand what their learning challenges actually were. Click here to read more.

·      Virtual Desktop Program Helps Connect The Autism Spectrum.  Andrew Gajkowski, 17, is living with autism. The disorder impacts every aspect of the bright Phoenix teenager's life and affects how Andrew interacts with the world and how the world interacts with Andrew. Autism Spectrum Disorder affects one in every 110 American children under the age of eight. While great strides have been made in the treatment and teaching options for those living with autism, there are still many gaps. Click here to read more.

·      Just a friendly reminder that the next meeting for the Fraser Valley Autism Society is Tuesday, March 8 from 7 to 9 p.m.  
Topic will be Taxes presented by Donald Davis, C.A..
Meeting will take place in Abbotsford this month at the Fraser Valley Child Development Centre, 2nd floor, 32885 Ventura Avenue, Abbotsford.  For a map, please go to <>  and select the meetings tab.

·      POPARD is hosting a transition resource fair for families of secondary students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and the professionals who work with them in Delta, Surrey, Langley and Richmond. The transition resource fair will be held on Tuesday April 12th from 6-9 PM at the Delta Manor Education Centre 4750 57 Street Ladner.  If you have any questions or would like to participate please contact me at the telephone or email address listed below.
Joanne Marshall
Education and Behaviour Consultant
Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders
4746-57th Street
Delta , B.C. V4K 3C9
Tel: 604-946-3610
Fax: 604-946-2956
jkmarshall@delta <>

·      An Outreach Clinic for ASD, ADHD and Mental Disorders will be held in Burnaby on Saturday April 30, 2011, hosted by the  Great Plains Laboratory and Dr.Bratt. For more information and registration contact

·      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

Contact  Autism Society of BC for more details


5.    ADD/ADHD

·      Most Kids With ADHD Struggle With Multiple Conditions.  Two-thirds of American children diagnosed with ADHD also suffer from overlapping conditions, like learning disabilities and depression, according to a new study.  The study, published online in the February 7 edition of the journal Pediatrics, pulled data on 62,000 children between the ages of 6 and 17 from the 2007 National Survey of Children's Health. Researchers found that those with ADHD were far more likely to struggle with additional mental health and developmental conditions.  Click here to read more.

·      ADHD kids 'given wrong care and treatment'.  MANY OF the children being given drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may have been misdiagnosed, an expert believes.   Psychologist and behavioural expert Frances Steinberg believes shoddy diagnostic processes are seeing kids labelled with ADHD when they are suffering from other problems such as foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).  "Most people diagnosing the problem operate from an orientation of `if it moves around and daydreams, it must be ADHD' rather than doing a careful exclusion of other factors that could be causing the inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity," Steinberg told the Sunday Star-Times. "And if you've labelled the child incorrectly, no amount of medication could fix what is wrong because you would not be addressing the underlying problem behind the attention problem. Click here to read more.

·      Children With ADHD Taking Part In New Brain Study.  Around 400 young people - including a pair of twins from Surrey (UK)- are taking part in a new study funded by children's charity Action Medical Research, to try to find new ways to predict whether or not children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are likely to grow out of the condition. click here to read more

·      An Outreach Clinic for ASD, ADHD and Mental Disorders will be held in Burnaby on Saturday April 30, 2011, hosted by the  Great Plains Laboratory and Dr.Bratt. For more information and registration contact



·      The amazing and inspiring Sarah Ely on quilting, singing and her website.  Sarah Ely is a star. For years, she and her mother, Joyce, have been writing a blog about Sarah's journey into adulthood with Down syndrome. Last year, on Sarah's 21st birthday, they opened JEllen's House of Fabric in Lyndhurst, a sunshine-bathed quilting boutique. The shop not only offers contemporary fabrics and a bright space for creative work, it also employs young adults with developmental disabilities, including, of course, Sarah. The 21-year-old helps pick out fabrics, affixes labels to bags and cards, stocks the register with money and helps rotate the inventory to keep it from fading in the sunlight. She's also the store's "sew-cial" director, hosting activities in the store lounge. With her website getting more than 130,000 hits since October, Sarah caught the attention of Better Homes and Gardens' American Patchwork and Quilting magazine, which featured her in its April issue. She has received cards, letters and photos from people and families she has inspired around the world. In between autographs -- she's being asked for them now -- Sarah answered some questions from PDQ's John Campanelli.  Click here to read more.

·      It's official, we now have a "Blog" to go with our BCDSC website (go to last tab along the top of the home page <>  ).  Please take a look, we have 3 different posts to start with, and feel free to send us your comments for the blog.  

·      The Lower Mainland Down 

Syndrome Society Presents:

A Spring Social / Fundraiser Celebrating World Down Syndrome  Awareness Day

When: Friday, March 18th

6:00 pm   Doors open  - 7:00 pm  Buffet Dinner 

17750 60th Ave., Surrey, BC

*50 available Advance Ticket Purchase:  $35-Adults 


Includes buffet dinner:  carved roast, lasagna, salads, chicken, ribs,  veggies, mashed potatoes and dessert buffet.  PLUS enjoy:50//50 Draw  / Toonie Toss / Silent auction items / Fundraiser name in our official race day program

 1 Fraser Downs prize for our silent auction

 Starting Gate Ride** Backstretch Tour** **Subject to Availability

Ticket payment must be received by February  28; no refunds after March 2   *Ticket Purchase after

February 28:  $40 Adults / $25 Seniors/Self-Advocates.  Contact the LMDSS office (#201-13281 72nd

Ave., Surrey, BC V3W 2N5; call:  604-591-2722, or email:


7.    FASD

·      The Winnipeg Free Press will be highlighting the difficulties associated with FASD over the next few weeks with a series titled, "Wounded in the Womb". 

For the last several months, with the help of a $20,000 grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, a team of Free Press reporters has combed research data, talked to experts at home and abroad and, most importantly, talked to people with FASD and their families.

Over the coming weeks, they will look at how FASD reaches into to the criminal justice system, the school system and the child welfare system. They will also look at the challenges of diagnosis, especially for adults, and lay out promising responses to the epidemic.  Click here to view

·      Life in Prison Begins at 16.  The PBS documentary "Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story" asks the question: Who is responsible when family and society so fail a promising child that she turns to prostitution and murder in her teens?  It's difficult to choose the most heartbreaking scene in Dan Birman's documentary Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story. But a case can be made for one in which the 16-year-old central character, who is awaiting trial for murder in a Nashville, Tenn., criminal court, shows us her "sex list."  Click here to read more and see a clip

·      One brother prospered, one died.  Early intervention and the right help seem key.  The newborn came home from the hospital not with that new-baby scent but the smell of the poison his mom was hooked on.  "The solvents were coming out of his pores," said Val Surbey, recalling the baby they fostered, who had FASD so bad she could smell it.  Click here to read more.

·      How FASD affects behaviour. Imagine having no common sense. You take your pills today but don't realize you must take them again tomorrow. You break into a house and the cops find you eating chips in front of the TV. Money is an abstract concept, so you give yours away to anyone who asks. When people say "I'll be there in a second" you think they really will.  For many people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, that's what life is like.  Click here to read more.

·      A sufferer's advice: 'Get help'.  Mom knew the risks, but couldn't stay the course. As a single mom with a social work degree, a good job, beautiful kids and a supportive ex, Adelaide Muswagon seemed to be doing OK.  On the surface, she seemed to have it all together.  But deep down, it kept running off the rails. Muswagon drank while she was pregnant with her youngest son and Ethan was born with a number of challenges. While he looks perfectly healthy, Ethan was slow to learn, and had frequent temper tantrums and bouts of crying. She drank to deal with the stress.  Click here to read more.

·      Thousands of lives, billions of dollars.  FASD imposes a staggering bill on Canadians.  Any way you slice it, when a child in Canada is born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, the bills pile up.  Extra visits to the doctor. Psychiatric care. Special education fees. Foster care. Prisons and policing. Damaged property. Lost wages.  According to one study, Canadian taxpayers and families shoulder a $5.3-billion burden each year just for the health care, education and social service needs of people living with FASD.  "It's staggering," said Brenda Stade, a nurse and FASD researcher at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.  Click here to read more.

·      Click here for the ASANTE January 2011 Newsletter



·      Click here to read the Children's Mental Health Research Quarterly Publication

·      March is Epilepsy Awareness Month in Canada. This is meant to bring visibility to the condition and to the lives of the people affected by it.
Epilepsy is a condition that is usually invisible, however it is relatively common. Myths and negative stereotypes have also kept it out of the public eye.
Some basic facts:

·      Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder which causes a person to have recurring seizures.

·      A seizure is a sudden surge of electrical activity in the brain that can affect awareness, movement, and/or sensations.

·      300,000 people in Canada have epilepsy.

·      50 million people worldwide have epilepsy.

·      Approximately 30% of people with epilepsy still have uncontrolled seizures despite taking medication and/or other treatments.

·      In about 70% of cases, no known cause can be found.

·      Anyone can develop epilepsy at any age.

·      March is also the month in which Purple Day takes place (the 26th). This Canadian-born event is also dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy.
Let's keep the awareness going every month, every day of the year, 24/7. Then turn that awareness into action for the necessary services, supports and research that people with epilepsy and their families need.
Contact the 
BC Epilepsy Society for materials and more information about awareness initiatives and events, or to work with you in planning your own event.

·      Emotional Response May Predict How The Body Responds To Stress.  Your emotional response to challenging situations could predict how your body responds to stress, according to research published this month in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.  Click here to read more.

·      Click here for the February Edition of COMPLEX CHILD
Sleep (or Lack Thereof)

·      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.



·      What 'Star Wars' Can Teach Educators About Parent Engagement. (I believe this goes for parents as well) Meetings between parents and teachers-whether they happen at home or at school, individually or with multiple teachers present-always hold the potential for great success or great disaster. Teachers and parents can end our time together with some certainty that our relationship has been strengthened and the next steps are clear-or we can leave feeling distrustful, with little sense of forward momentum. I've been present at both kinds of meetings.  Click here to read more.



·      See the impact that Global trends and Innovation are having around the world by watching this short, thought provoking video. Click here to see an amazing video Innovation America!

·      Ask the Tech Expert  March 2011: This Month's Questions

r. Tracy Gray

Each month, Dr. Tracy Gray answers selected questions from teachers, students, and other users regarding effective use of educational technology. Click here to read questions and answers

·     Microsoft Research

Seeing the potential to make PECS-style communication methods even more convenient and interactive, university researchers Gondy Leroy and Gianluca De Leo are developing new software that presents the images on a handheld computing device such as a smartphone. This allows a user to move pictures around to form sentences simply by touching the device screen. For more information please click here.

·      iPad could be major communication breakthrough.  The Apple iPad could be more than just the newest tablet computer - it may also open up a whole new world of possibilities for people who are unable to verbally communicate.  Click here to read full article.

·      Technology for Your Toolbox: Boardmaker & iPad.  This presentation will provide an overview of technology and software applications that can facilitate communication and learning for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Participants will see a number of apps in use for the Apple iPad and will leave with a list of apps that they can use with their children or students. This session will also introduce participants to the Boardmaker Software Family and focus on learning to use this application to create activities to teach vocabulary, sentence construction, math and other concepts.Presented by
Brenda Fossett, Ph.D., BCBA-D
University of British Columbia

Friday, April 1, 2011
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Registration starts at 8 a.m.)

Harbour Centre Campus, Simon Fraser University
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia

Early Bird Deadline - February 22, 2011.  To register call the ACT office to register 604-205-5467 or toll-free 1-866-939-5188




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


·       NEW Click here for the February Edition of the CITIZEN


Ministry of Housing & Social Development: Responsible for education and support payments, work programs, bus passes and health and dental benefits for persons with disabilities.



·       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:
April TBA Women With Epilepsy
May TBAAnti-Epileptic Medications

·      June TBA Epilepsy Research in BC                    
All lectures are held at the Chan Auditorium in the Education and Research Building at the Children's and Women's Health Centre of BC located on 4480 Oak Street at 28th Avenue. Lectures run from 7-9 pm. Please contact us at 604-875-6704 or at 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 Information Seminar "Bullying Hurts, and Keeps on Hurting" Wednesday, March 9, 2011 ~ 7 to 9 pm

·      Doors open at 6:30 pm
Queen Elizabeth Secondary School in the Theatre, 9457 - 136 Street, Surrey
Minimum $5.00 donation at the door; LDAFS members complimentary
Please pre-register at 604-591-5156 or
Click here to view flyer
This workshop is designed for parents, teachers and support staff who work with special needs children, including learning disabilities and ADD.  This workshop will provide participants with information about bullying as it relates to special needs children, as well as practical ideas about how to identify bullying, how to deal with bullying as both a victim and a bully, and how to help parents deal with bullying problems that may be occurring with their children.

·      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

·      BC ABA Conference March 11- 12 Scarfe Building UBC Friday, March 11th pre-conf workshop:6 -9 PM- $25 Saturday, March 12th 9 -4:45- $50 (members) $100 (non-members). Good prices! See details & download the brochure here:
·      Free Workshop for parents & child care providers: "Hey My Brain Doesn't Work That Way! Understanding Sensory Processing, Promoting Self Regulation and Teaching Stress Management". Presented by Marc Landry, Occupational Therapist & hosted by the New Westminster Children's Centre. Friday Mar 11 10-4 at New West Public Library 604-521-8078 ext. 315 to register.

·      Families Promoting Employment First - Employment holds an important part in everyone's life. Join the Family Support Institute in a workshop that can help you to develop some ideas and strategies around employment for your son or daughter!  March 12, 2011 - 9:00am - 2:30pm  Richmond, B.C. - RSCL Employment Services (click here for details)


A workshop for parents and family members of youths or adults with developmental disabilities

date: Saturday, March 12, 2011

time: 10:30am-3:00pm

Registered Disability Savings Plans

Learn about a financial tool that allows a person with a disability to save money for their future without interfering with their PWD.  Understand the implications of the RDSP specific to your family's needs and 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.

For more information on the workshop contact:

Si Stainton, Family Service Liaison, Delta Community Living Society

604.952.6490 or

·      Addressing Behavioural Concerns through Nutrition

What we eat, when we eat, how we eat, and what our body does with it directly impact behaviour, mood, emotions, and our brain's ability to function, learn, and flourish. With Kate Hutchinson, BA, RHN.  FREE TALK

For families or individualschallenged with behavioural symptoms, such as those included under the labels of:






Eating Disorders




Join us to find out what you can do to play an active role in the healing process.

Location: Canadian Schoolof Natural Nutrition

100 - 2245 West Broadway, Vancouver BC

Date: Sunday

Seating is limited.

pre-registration is required by phone 604 708 8205 or email 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

·      NeuroDevNet Second Annual Brain Development Conference
June 19 - 21, 2011. Vancouver, BC Hyatt Regency Vancouver
 655 Burrard Street

NeuroDevNet will be holding our 2011 Annual Brain Development Conference June 19-21 in Vancouver, BC.

Make sure to book these dates in your calendar now. Detailed program and registration information will be made available closer to the event.

Visit the Brain Development Conference page for updates.

·      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...)

·      To see all the workshops offered by Autism Community Training Please click here.



·      St. Patrick's Day Family Fun ideas Click here!



·       Click here to see a sobering report on bullying of special needs children.

·       Here are some resources re bullying - thanks to Kim Banfield at Community Options! For those who may not already know about it, the Friend 2 Friend Learning Society has some great resource kits on their website:
Dr. Bonnie Leadbeater, a member of the Psychology faculty at the University of Victoria has had great success with the WITS program (focus is to teach younger children about bullying and how to respond to people who bully):, which also has some helpful resources.
Anxiety BC is an awesome website with great resources to help adults, children, youth, educators and professionals manage issues related to anxiety: (which might be helpful in bullying situations). 
A couple years ago, I attended a two-day workshop by Dr. Gordon Neufeld, entitled "Bullies: Their Making and Unmaking".  He is currently writing a book on this subject and here is the link to his website:  There are lower mainland school-based consultants and counsellors, listed on this website, who may be able to provide expertise in this area.  

·      RSVP today to Reserve a Seat for BCACL's Live Art Auction on March 12!
BCACL is hosting its first annual
Reason to Care art resale and live and silent auction on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at Heritage Hall in Vancouver. Thanks to the generosity of artists and donors, we have received over 500 pieces of art, exceeding our goal of 400!! You can now view just a few of the pieces of artwork online here. You're invited to attend both the art resale and silent auction during the day and the exciting live auction in the evening.
The evening Live Auction features more than 30 pieces from well-known artists such as Elka Nowicka, Virginia Chin, Shelly Cowan, Ron Hedrick, Bill Bellis and Eileen Fong. Seating is limited so reserve your space now! RSVP to Sheila Hallam at 604-777-9100 ext. 503
All proceeds from the event will support BCACL as we advocate for the rights and opportunities of people with developmental disabilities and their families

·      .Bulletin from Family Support Institute (FSI)

The FSI Bulletin, full of helpful resources, is now available to ALL families, friends and partnering organizations. Feel free to pass it on to help others in the support of families and individuals with diverse challenges. If you would like to be added to the Bulletin email list, please contact Shirley Yamashita-Paterson, FSI's Provincial Family Support Worker, at 604-540-8374 ext. 525 or via email at Click here for FSI Bulletin #151  Click here for FSI Bulletin #150 (may take a few minutes to load up) (updated February 24, 2010)

·      Mark your calendar for Friday, April 8th to attend RSCL's 11th annual multicultural fundraiser dinner and dance.  A Taste of India will feature a traditional Indian banquet, live entertainment featuring Sunee D, and the opportunity to bid on exciting silent and live auction items.  Proceeds from this event will go to the renovation of the outdoor recreation space at Youth Connections.  Located at the Caring Place, this renovated space will be a fully accessible and safe space for children and youth with developmental disabilities to enjoy recreational, creative and meditative experiences.  For more information, or to reserve your tickets, please call 604.279.7040.

·      Summer Fun AGM March 9th 2011 at 7pm at the Sundance Inn 6574 Ladner Trunk Rd. Delta (upstairs meeting room).  Delta Life Skills Society is anticipating some openings for new participants to this summer's Summer Fun Program.  If you know of families in Delta with special needs children, spread the word to them about Summer Fun.  A flyer for our Info. Night will be coming out soon.  We will also be putting out a call for board members at the AGM.  Please consider this valuable opportunity.  Be sure to bring with you to the AGM:  Completed membership and Participant forms (available at, Current wallet size photo of your child, 3 post dated cheques in the amount of $300 each, dated March 9, April 1, and May 1.  For parents using the autism funding you will be required to submit your receipt and a request for reimbursement to the Autism Funding Unit.  Contact Lori for more information.  $100 for raffle tickets you can sell or $100 donation with tax receipt (cheque dated June 1)  donation item for fundraising events.  Please RSVP to Also, let us know if your child will not be returning to Summer Fun.

·      FIRST EVER BC EASTER SEALS FAMILY CAMP: This weekend is going to be a great time for families to come together and share in recreational activities.  We are excited to be able to provide a space for families to make new connections and develop relationships with other families and volunteers.
WHEN:  April 1-3 2011
WHERE:  Camp Squamish <>
REGISTRATION:  For the registration form and more information please go to the FAMILY CAMP <>  webpage. Registration started Feb 1.

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