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April 12, 2011

REACH Parent Network Weekly Information Exchange.

 

This weekly information exchange, sponsored by Reach, is from parents and for parents. Determinations regarding the content of this information exchange are guided by Reach's mission to provide choice for families, to be family centered in our approach, to facilitate inclusion, and to exist as a quality resource for the optimal development of children and youth. The information is multidisciplinary in scope to meet the needs of a multitude of interests of families. We caution readers that Reach does not investigate all claims made and that the appearance in this exchange does not signify an endorsement or recommendation from Reach. Readers are encouraged to undertake further investigation on their own of items noted.

To submit for our newsletter or have a question for Pam to research please contact her at parentnetwork@reachdevelopment.org 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.    Reach Child and Youth Development Society

 

 Helping Your Picky Eater

This workshop will help parents determine whether their children are picky eaters or actually have problems with feeding. Parents will learn the reasons why some children don't eat and what can influence a child's diet. Different methods to introduce new foods will be taught, as well as how to facilitate a positive eating experience and to expand a child's diet.

Appropriate for parents of children 2 - 10 years old

Presenters: Christine Gleave - Occupational Therapist &

Andrea Wong - Occupational Therapist

Date: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Location: Reach Child and Youth Development Society

#3 - 3800 72nd Street in Ladner

(Near the Boundary Bay Airport)

Fee $20.00 can be paid at the door (cash or cheque)

 Register by email: caroly@reachdevelopment.org

Or phone: 604-946-6622, ext 343

Or fax: 604-946-6223

 

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

·      Hi, a parent in the Lower Mainland would like to know if there is an Asperger's group for children over the age of 19? as she would like to connect.  Please respond to momsonthemove@telus.net.

·      The school principal has asked us to write a letter to help them decide who to pair our autistic child with next year. We're looking for advice that would help us craft such a letter.
Our son is currently in grade 5 and has had a couple of years of really bad experiences, often singled out for seemingly willful misbehavior such as being easily distracted, uninterested, and disruptive. He is often very anxious about the whole school experience, especially navigating an increasingly complex social network.
We recognize that our goals as parents may be different to the school's. We are trying to raise a child who will fit into society, go to college, have a career and be happy. The school system obviously needs to make sure students move ahead in their education with limited interruptions for the mainstream kids.
How can we, as our sons advocates, be effective in this bridge building exercise? We want to show ourselves as competent, determined parents who mean business while accepting the school's own challenges.  Please send suggestions to
momsonthemove@telus.net 

3.    NEWS

 

4.    AUTISM

·      April is Autism Awareness Month in B.C.  Click here to read press release.

·      BC Autism Assessment Network is pleased to present: Free Public Lectures

1) United Nations Convention and the Rights of People with Disabilities - The Relevance to the Autism Spectrum Population April 20, 2011 6:00 p.m

Dr Vikram Dua is a child and adolescent psychiatrist. He served as the primary researcher and writer for the Ministry of Health policy paper, "Standards and Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Assessment of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr Dua completed his medical school training at McMaster University in Hamilton and then went on to do a residency at Harvard Medical School. He is an associate clinical professor at the University of British Columbia and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Dr. Dua practices with the Provincial Autism Resource Centre at Sunny Hill Health Centre and the Neuropsychiatry Clinic at BC Children's Hospital. This presentation is suitable for parents, care-givers, persons with developmental disabilities, educators and service providers.

Where?

Italian Cultural Centre

3075 Slocan Street

Vancouver, B.C.

Parking is free. RSVP to kcorbeil@cw.bc.ca

 or call Kathy at 604-453-800 ext: 8414

2)  Myth Busters: The Autism Edition

April 27, 2011 4:00 p.m

Stephen Wellington, MD, MHSc, PhD, FRCP(C). Dr. Wellington is a developmental pediatrician at Sunny Hill Health Centre. He is one of the co-founding members and the current Medical Director for the BC Autism Assessment Network (BCAAN). Established in 2003, BCAAN is the largest standardized integrated regional assessment program for autism referrals in North America, and sees over 1,100 children and youth per year across BC. This presentation is suitable for parents, primary care physicians, care-givers, educators and service providers.

Where?

Firefighters Banquet & Conference Centre

6515 Bonsor Avenue

Burnaby, BC Parking is free.  RSVP to kcorbeil@cw.bc.ca

 or call Kathy, 604-453-8300 ext: 8414  

·      Click here to see a brilliant video with Peter Gerhardt regarding Aspergers/ASD and University Settings.  Good for high school too!

·      Free Magnets and Autism Awareness item from NLC at this link!

·      Many Autism Apps are either free or discounted for April Autism Awareness month - check your itunes store now.

·      A 10 year old spreads autism awareness.  Adam is 10 years old. He plays the guitar and sings to increase autism awareness and encourage friendships. Lyrics written by Jene Aviram.  Click here to see the video and click like if you like it!

·      Real ‘Idol'  Singer Durbin resonates with autism-afflicted kids.  American Idol's" James Durbin is a rock star - even when he's not singing. The Season 10 contestant is a fan favorite, especially among kids with autism.Durbin, a 21-year-old married father of one, has Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, and local kids are rallying around their newfound inspiration.  Click here to read more.

o   Click here for more about James!

o   And yet more....

·      Autism Moms Have Stress Similar To Combat Soldiers.  Mothers of adolescents and adults with autism experience chronic stress comparable to combat soldiers and struggle with frequent fatigue and work interruptions, new research finds. These moms also spend significantly more time caregiving than moms of those without disabilities.  Click here to read more.

·      MacNeil Returns to ‘NewsHour' for Autism Series.  What drew him back for the autism reports was a personal tie; his 6-year-old grandson Nick has autism, "NewsHour" said in a release, adding that it was the first time in Mr. MacNeil's five decades as a journalist that he has chosen to bring his own family into a story.   Click here to read more.

o   Click here for PBS Link.

·      Later Language Acquisition
in Nonverbal Individuals with Autism.  Contrary to early beliefs, individuals with autism can acquire spoken language after age five. A common belief of many parents and clinicians is that, if a child with ASD has not developed communicative speech by 5 years of age, the prognosis for future development of speech is extremely poor. In 2009 scientists challenged this belief by conducting a comprehensive review of the research literature to search for reports of individuals who were reported to have acquired speech at age 5 or older1. Remarkably, one-hundred sixty-seven such cases were identified, changing the way in which we view language development in individuals with ASD.  Click here to read more.

·      Autistic boy,12, with higher IQ than Einstein develops his own theory of relativity.  A 12-year-old child prodigy has astounded university professors after grappling with some of the most advanced concepts in mathematics.  Jacob Barnett has an IQ of 170 - higher than Albert Einstein - and is now so far advanced in his Indiana university studies that professors are lining him up for a PHD research role. The boy wonder, who taught himself calculus, algebra, geometry and trigonometry in a week, is now tutoring fellow college classmates after hours.  Click here to read more and watch the video!

·      The United States of Autism Film Trailer

"The United States of Autism" weaves the tale of a broad spectrum of American life in all its faiths, disparities, colors, and cultures - and the story of one man's 11,000 mile in 40 day journey across the American landscape to find answers for his family and son. What he learns along the way changes not only his life forever, but the lives of those he meets. It's a story about the best days that still lie ahead for our nation, the families, and the People who give America its heart.  Click here to see the TRAILER!

·      Autism, homework & beyond by Michelle Garcia Winner.  Our daily lives are made up of an endless stream of thoughts, decisions, actions and reactions to the people and environment in which we live. The internal and external actions fit together, sometimes seamlessly sometimes not, largely dependent upon a set of invisible yet highly important skills we call Executive Functioning (EF). These skills, which involve planning, organizing, sequencing, prioritizing, shifting attention, and time management can be well-developed in some people (think traffic controllers, wedding planners, business CEOs, etc.) and less developed in others. Click here to read more.

·      GOING TO THE DENTIST! Taking your son/daughter on the autism spectrum to the dentist poses many challenges. This article hopes to make you aware of some of these challenges prior to your first visit, as well as provide some useful ways to deal with them. Included in this article are three main areas that are most often in need of attention: preparation, sensory issues and communication.  Click here to read more.

o   Click here to learn about an IPAD app about dental hygiene

o   Click here to learn about MODELMEGOINGPLACES APP for the Dentist!

o   Click here for Autism Speaks DENTAL GUIDE!

·      Rodent of the Week: Is autism a disease of synaptic function?  The synapses are areas in the brain that permit messages to travel from cell to cell through chemicals called neurotransmitters. A study published this week suggests that autism may caused by faulty synapses.  Click here to read more.

·      NEW Click here for the AUTISM FILE newsletter!

·      Click here for ANCA's Autsm Radio Show!

·      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 sd.bc.ca
www.autismoutreach.ca <
http://www.autismoutreach.ca>

·      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 www.greatplainslaboratory.com

·      Richmond ASBC Parents Group Meeting
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

·      Summer Survival Kit for Children With ADHD.  As the parent of an ADHD child, does the thought of summer vacation -- the unbridled energy, the change in routine, the lack of structure -- make you nervous? With our guide, help your child get the most out of her or his summer vacation, including new friends and stronger self-confidence.  Click here for more information.

·      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 www.greatplainslaboratory.com

 

6.    DOWN SYNDROME

·      2011 Canadian Down Syndrome Conference

Friday, May 20, 2011 - Monday, May 23, 2011

The Canadian Down Syndrome Society is thrilled to announce that self-advocate Lauren Potter will be presenting at the 2011 Conference in Vancouver!  You may recognize Lauren as cheerleader, Becky Jackson, from the hit television show Glee.  Lauren will be the closing keynote address along with fellow actor Blair Williamson.
Register today to see these stars in action!

The Delta Vancouver
3500 Cessna Drive
Click here for more information

 

7.    FASD

·      Program to test kids for FASD.  Screening tool to be used in Manitoba schools.  THE provincial and federal governments are about to launch a pilot project to screen kids for FASD in schools -- one bright spot in a painfully slow battle to detect and prevent FASD.There are at least 306,000 Canadians with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, but most of the country's diagnostic clinics only catch 10 or 15 per cent of kids with FASD, Manitoba's top FASD doctor says. click here to read more.

·      Why would she drink?  Abused, addicted or didn't know she was pregnant.  Why pregnant women drink, even when they know booze damages babies, is one of the toughest questions facing FASD experts. In most cases, birth mothers of kids with FASD either simply didn't know they were pregnant or are chronic alcoholics who come from a life of abuse, poverty and mental illness. Often they come from generations of alcohol abuse and have FASD themselves and simply can't see the effects of their actions. As one FASD advocate said, they sometimes continue to have babies thinking eventually they'll be allowed to keep one.  Click here to learn more.

·      New publications on Substance Using Women with FASD and FASD Prevention.  We are very pleased to announce the publication of  three Final Reports and a Newsletter-style Executive Summary relating to the Substance Using Women with FASD and FASD Prevention project: These reports and the  newsletter are based on findings from the Substance Using Women with FASD and FASD Prevention project, undertaken by researchers at the University of Victoria School of Social Work, in partnership with the BC Centre of Excellence for Women's Health, the Aurora Centre, the Canadian National Coalition of Experiential Women, PEERS Victoria, the FASD Community Circle, the Inter-Tribal Health Authority, and the Vancouver Island Health Authority. Electronic version of these three reports and the newsletter are available through the University of Victoria School of Social Work's website: http://socialwork.uvic.ca/research/projects.htm

·      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

·      Recovering Hope - Part 1 - Mothers & Children on FASD   Click here to see Part 1!

Click here for PART 2

Click here for PART 3

Click here for PART 4

 

8.    MEDICAL

·      Montreal researchers identify gene linked to autism and epilepsy. Researchers from Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal Research Centre have identified a gene that predisposes people to both autism and epilepsy.  Led by neurologist Patrick Cossette, the team was looking for epilepsy genes when they discovered another connection in the complex genetic architecture of autism.  Click here for more information

·      The rainbow of food dyes in our grocery aisles has a dark side.  Today's supermarket is a fun house of hues. Its aisles feature riotously colored processed foods perfectly engineered to appeal to the part of your brain that says "yum": Technicolor Starburst candy. Polychromatic Froot Loops. A rainbow of flavored juices.  Click here to read more.

·      YOU ARE INVITED TO A FREE PUBLIC EVENING EVENT Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in children: what families and clinicians need to know.   Speaker: Dr. Eric Storch, PhD Dr. Storch specializes in the cognitive behavioural treatment of adult and childhood obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), as well as other obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders (such as trichotillomania, tic disorders, body dysmorphic disorder, skin picking) and anxiety disorders. He is the lead editor on a text entitled "Handbook of Child and Adolescent Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder", and he has published books on cognitive-behavioural therapy for pediatric psychiatric illnesses, and on childhood anxiety disorders.Associate Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, University of South Florida
Date: Monday, April 18, 2011, from 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Place:
Heritage Hall, Vancouver
3102 Main Street (corner of Main & 15th Ave)
Doors open at 5:30pm. Limited seating (150) with some standing room.
No registration required for this free event - just show up!
Questions? Please contact: 604-875-2000 ext. 4731

·      NEW  Click here for the April Edition of COMPLEX CHILD - Central Lines Edition

·      Click here for the current edition of STRIDES - the BC Anxiety newsletter

·      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.

 

9.    EDUCATION

·      Education minister praised by teachers But warm welcome hides undercurrent of unrest.  Education Minister George Abbott won a surprising standing ovation from many delegates at the B.C. Teachers' Federation (BCTF) annual general meeting Tuesday despite the prospect of difficult contract talks later this year, which he admitted could end with a strike and a government-imposed settlement.  Click here to read more.

·      Saving public education: Too many choices. It isn't easy arguing against school choice. Let me try to make the case.

There wasn't always much choice in Toronto schools. You went to your local school, right through high school. You might take an extra language or music course. And there was the vocational "stream." End of choices.

Now you can be in French immersion from senior kindergarten. You can be in a gifted program or an "alternative" school. You can choose an arts high school, among several. There are schools for cyber-arts, entrepreneurialism, integrated technology and the international baccalaureate. Click here to read more

 

10.TECHNOLOGY

·      Autism Apps from Autism Speaks: Click here for their list!

·      Many Autism Apps are either free or discounted for April Autism Awareness month - check your itunes store now.

 

11.MINISTRY INFORMATION

 

Ministry of Children and Family Development: Responsible for providing a range of services and supports for children and youth with special needs and their families.

·      April is Autism Awareness Month in B.C.  Click here to read press release.

·      New protocol ensures voices of children and youth are heard.  Accessing services can be a complicated experience at a time when children and youth are at their most vulnerable. A joint advocacy protocol that will strengthen a shared commitment to promoting and supporting effective advocacy on behalf of B.C. children and youth receiving government services was signed today by the Minister of Children and Family Development Mary McNeil and the Representative for Children and Youth Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond.  Click here to read more.

 

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.

 

12.WORKSHOPS AND 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:
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 info@bcepilepsy.com 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 attendance

·      5th Annual Conference - Through the Eyes of a Child April 15 and 16, 2011

Location: Robert Bateman Secondary School 35045 Exbury Ave, Abbotsford, BC

Friday & Saturday Overview
Registration: 8:15am-9:00am
Keynote: 9:00am-10:00am
Break: 10:00am-10:15am
Workshop: 10:15am-12:15pm
Lunch: 12:15pm-1:15pm
Workshop: 1:15pm-3:15pm

o   Download the Conference Poster here http://www.fvcdc.org/images/pdf_icon.gif

o   Download the Keynote Speaker Abstracts http://www.fvcdc.org/images/pdf_icon.gif

o   http://www.fvcdc.org/images/pdf_icon.gifDownload the Seminar Summary for Barry Macdonald (Apr 14th, 6:30-8:30 at Abby Pentecostal Assembly)

 

·      YOU ARE INVITED TO A FREE PUBLIC EVENING EVENT Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in children: what families and clinicians need to know.   Speaker: Dr. Eric Storch, PhD Dr. Storch specializes in the cognitive behavioural treatment of adult and childhood obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), as well as other obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders (such as trichotillomania, tic disorders, body dysmorphic disorder, skin picking) and anxiety disorders. He is the lead editor on a text entitled "Handbook of Child and Adolescent Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder", and he has published books on cognitive-behavioural therapy for pediatric psychiatric illnesses, and on childhood anxiety disorders.Associate Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, University of South Florida
Date: Monday, April 18, 2011, from 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Place:
Heritage Hall, Vancouver
3102 Main Street (corner of Main & 15th Ave)
Doors open at 5:30pm. Limited seating (150) with some standing room.
No registration required for this free event - just show up!
Questions? Please contact: 604-875-2000 ext. 4731

·      RESERVE A FREE SEAT NOW for the next Positive Parenting Workshops sponsored by Delta Assist Click here for more information

Date:

Topics:

April 19:

Effective Communication

April 26:

Budgeting

May 3:

Goals of Behaviour/Misbehaviour

May 10:

Parenting Styles

May 17:

Healthy Boundaries

May 24:

Self-Care/Stress Management

May 31:

Discipline

·      ACT's 7th ANNUAL FOCUS ON RESEARCH EVENT - CELEBRATE APRIL AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

Facing Your Fears: Group Therapy for Managing Anxiety in Children with High-Functioning ASD

Friday & Saturday, April 29th & 30, 2011 - Vancouver

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

·      Going in circles trying to get what your child needs?  If so - circle the date - Saturday, April 30th

The Medicare for Autism Now! Society presents:"Getting it Done!"...an "on-the-job * hands-on * this is how you do it Advocacy Workshop.  Presenters: Jean Lewis and David Marley - founding directors of the Medicare for Autism Now! Society and  Guest speaker: Paul Caune, founder and executive director of Civil Rights Now!

Saturday, April 30th  _   8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Burnaby Heritage Village Carousel Activity Room

6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby BC

$119.00 per person/$189.00 per couple - lunch included

*All proceeds will go to Medicare for Autism Now's advocacy initiatives

To register: Email: mfanow@gmail.com or call 604-290-5737

 

 

·      Helping Your Child Understand Social Interactions and Control His/Her Emotional Responses.  Children with autism spectrum disorders often have difficulty managing their reactions. This two night, hands-on workshop will teach you how to break down a problematic behaviour and develop a scale with your child that helps them visualize alternative, positive behaviours. We will use the '5-Point Scale ‘ developed by Buron & Curtis to help your child understand and learn to control his/her emotional responses to everyday events.  These techniques are appropriate for children who are learning about recognizing their emotions and have enough language to begin participating in identifying with the social story. Parents are encouraged to attend together and there is a cost benefit for parents who also bring the child's school teacher or support aide. Costs: $100.00 for the two night workshop covers the cost of 1-2 parents and a school teacher or aide. Professionals attending without parents pay $100.00 each.
Location: ABA Learning Centre
                1110-6900 Graybar Road
                Richmond, BC
                V6W 0A5

Date: May 3, 2011 & May 17, 2011
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Tricia Bailey
Administrative Assistant
ABA Learning Centre
Ph: 604-232-4122
Fax: 604-232-9515

·      Hey! My Brain Doesn't Work That Way!  Understanding Sensory Processing,  Promoting Self-Regulation.  Supporting Stress Management by MARC LANDRY

May 11, 2011 9 am sharp to 2:30 pm (We need to be out of building by 3:00)

·      Review Brain Function and Brain Differences

·      How to make learning friendlier to all

 Understand the human stress response system and it's impact on learning, behaviour, function

·      Understand 9 of the senses

·      Learn more about Sensory Processing, how it changes from person to person, how it affects

o   how we feel and how we act

o   How to identify and meet a child's sensory needs

o   Using sensory and motor input to manage levels of arousal

o   Practical suggestions to help kids calm down

o   Teaching Self Regulation (the Alert Program) and how this differs from "emotional regulation"

o   Doing the Detective Work

o   Using Sensory Strategies to face and manage stress

Fee: $40.Payment in advance by check or money order payable to Vancouver Regional Pediatric Team (V.R.P.T.)

Location: Unity of Vancouver 5840 Oak St (Between 42nd and 43rd Ave on the east side of

Oak St.) Enter down stairway on lane side of building. Some Parking available

Registration: Register with Sarb at 604 267 2606 or sarabjit.bhangoo@vch.ca

Light lunch of vegetarian samosas and water. Please feel free to bring your own lunch and something to eat and drink if you prefer. Refrigerator available.  Please arrive early to register as presentation will start promptly at 9:00.  Please mail payment to Sarabjit Bhangoo Vancouver Regional Paediatric Team,2110 West 43rd Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6M 2E1

·       2011 Canadian Down Syndrome Conference

Friday, May 20, 2011 - Monday, May 23, 2011

The Canadian Down Syndrome Society is thrilled to announce that self-advocate Lauren Potter will be presenting at the 2011 Conference in Vancouver!  You may recognize Lauren as cheerleader, Becky Jackson, from the hit television show Glee.  Lauren will be the closing keynote address along with fellow actor Blair Williamson.
Register today to see these stars in action!

The Delta Vancouver
3500 Cessna Drive
Click here for more information

·      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...)

o   US Autism & Asperger Association 2011 World Conference & Expo  6th Annual Conference
October 27-30, Seattle, Washington

CLICK HERE for conference information.

 

13.SEASONAL

·      Click here for Family Fun's Springtime Ideas

·      Click here for Family Fun Spring and Easter Ideas

·      It's that time of year again - hoping for sunny days - check out your sunscreen's safety at: Best Beach Sport Sunscreens by the Environmental Working Group

·      BC Easter Seals Camps provides free overnight camping experiences for children and teens with physical and/or mental disabilities residing in British Columbia. All children with disabilities living in British Columbia are eligible to attend one week at Easter Seals Camps: Camp Winfield, Camp Shawnigan, or Camp Squamish.Click here for more information

·      Are you looking to get outside and stay active this summer? Do you enjoy kayaking? Power To Be is a wonderful not-for profit organization that provides outdoor activities for people with various abilities. Our main summer program is Adaptive Kayaking which runs Thursday through Sunday from June until September out of Deep Cove in North Vancouver.  We also do indoor rock climbing, nature walks, overnight camping trips and special events.
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Open enrollment for the summer 2011 season will be begin on
June 1st.  Please feel free to contact me for more information elena@powertobe.ca> , P:778-558-7703

 

14.OTHER

·      You have a chance to win an iPod Touch by completing a survey:  Are you a parent or family member of a child or youth with special needs receiving services from the Ministry of Children and Family Development? Was your child or youth 18 years old or younger after October 31, 2009?  BCACL wants to know how the transfer of services from CLBC to MCFD has affected families of children and youth with special needs. BCACL would like to hear from you. Find out more about the survey <HERE> .

·      FAMILY CHAMPIONS COME IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES.   Big or small, old or young, brand new or been around the block, we want to hear about them all!  It's time again for the BC Council for Families' Distinguished Service to Families Awards, and we're asking you -- our members and supporters -- to tell us about the hardworking family champions in your communities!  CALL FOR NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN!

Deadline: May 2, 2011

Recipients of the Distinguished Service to Families Awards

a.    Make a difference in their communities or provincially for families

b.    Demonstrate leadership, creativity and innovation

c.    Have earned the respect of their peers and colleagues

d.    Have achieved change in services, programs or policies for families

e.    Show vision and dedication

f.     Enhance family life in British Columbia

Click here to find out how to nominate an individual or organization!

·      A Social Life:  A NEW Social group for parents and youth 14 - 24 years of age with an intellectual/developmental disability.
WHEN: March 13 - June 12th
WHERE: New Westminster Youth Centre, 620 - 8th Street, New Westminster <
REGISTRATION:  
There is no cost for this program, please Click here to see the FLYER for more information

·      NEW:  Richmond Parent Group

Meet other parents of children with special needs, ages 0 - 12 years.  Interact with a guest speaker on topics such as:

• Resources and services for your family

• Promoting children's social and emotional development

• Developing your confidence and advocacy skills

• Supporting siblings

• Planning for transitions

Date / Time: Wednesday, May 4 and June 1, 2011 / 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Location: Caring Place, 3rd floor- 7000 Minoru Blvd,Richmond.  To RSVP and to be notified of future meetings contact:  Aman Pannu, Richmond Society for Community Living, 604 279-7049 or apannu@rscl.org

·      Press Release - Special Families Magazine Coming to BC.  Vancouver, BC - New Special Needs Parenting Resource to Launch May 2011.  Local special needs families, advocates, educators and service providers will soon have a comprehensive new resource. Debuting this May, Special Families Magazine features "news, views, reviews and things to muse" all from the world of special needs parenting.  Click here to find out more about it.

·      Click here for the new Family Support Institute Bulletin filled with information!

·      Click here for the SPRING EDITION of PosAbilities!  may take a few minutes to load

·       Autism Naturally - ANCA - March newsletter click here!

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

·      SI FOCUS current e-newsletter click here.

·      Parent Support BC - Click here to read newsletter!

·      Complex Child Current Magazine Edition Here.

·      SYMBOL WORLD's Current Newsletter here.

·       Parenting Special Needs Current Issue -

·       BC Epilepsy E-Newsletter - March Edition - Click here

·      Disability is Natural - March Newsletter - Click here - Take a walk in my shoes!

·      Exceptional Family Magazine - current issue!

·      Welcome to the March edition of the 101 Friends e-newsletter

·      NEW Click here for the Current Edition from the HANDLE INSTITUTE

·      NEW Barry McDonalds MENTORING BOYS April newsletter - click here

·      Gordon Neufeld's January 2011 Newsletter - Click here

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

 

 

Pam Collins for Reach Child and Youth Development Society, Formerly known as the Delta Association for Child Development

 

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