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April 21, 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

 

Reach News

·      McHappy Day benefitting Reach Child and Youth Development Society.  Please pop by the McDonalds in Ladner or Tsawwassen on May 11, 2011! McHappy Day at McDonald's restaurants is May 11th. $1 from every McMuffin, Big Mac or Happy Meal will go toward a local children's charity. This year, once again, McDonald's Ladner & Tsawwassen will be supporting Reach and our campaign to build a new child development centre in the heart of Ladner. Mark your calendars and come out all day for lots face painting, balloon animals and other fun stuff, and support a worthy project benefitting children and families in your community.

 

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

·      Hi there, I am hoping to find some donated dress up clothes for a 4.5 year old girl with ASD. There is no extra money in her family budget and we would love to relieve you of any of your child's outgrown dress up clothes. Also, we are looking for some action figures as she really likes spiderman, etc.. Thank you so much, Jo DiTommaso (604) 788-2604

·      Hi, does anyone know a product that is equivalent to raz-kids but more affordable.  Please respond to momsonthemove@telus.net.

·      Do you know anyone that uses The Miller Method or any therapists trained in using The Miller Method in lower mainland?  Please respond to momsonthemove@telus.net.

·      Hello Everyone,
A parent from vancouver is trying to get a baseball group going for kids with special needs, 5-12y/o. Her name is Angie and she is thinking of doing it sunday afternoons at Trout Lake. She needs 5 more kids and if anyone is interested, here is her contact info:
e-mail:
angiehalford7@hotmail.com

·       
Tel. no: 604-351-3181 <tel:604-351-3181> -Dave(her husband)
            778-386-7835 <tel:778-386-7835> -Angie

 

3.    NEWS

·      Inclusive education:  There has been an attack on inclusive education and the rights of students with disabilities to be present in typical classrooms in the media recently.  The BCACL claims the recent articles are offensively-titled assaults on a vulnerable group that has historically and systematically been stripped of their human rights.  Click here for the BCACL response.  

 

4.    AUTISM

·      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 Part 1

o   Click here for Part 2

o   Click here for Part 3

·      Fraser Valley Autism Society will be having a presentation at our June 8 meeting from a social worker and a parent who has experience with Asperger's Syndrome and services over the age of 19.  Details to be posted on our website in the next few weeks.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  www.fraservalleyautism.com

·      Autism Canada Foundation has a new look - check it out at http://www.autismcanada.org/

·      New Findings regarding Autism and Epilepsy. Click here to learn more.

·      ADULTS WITH ASPERGERS COFFEE MEETUP.I will be holding my next coffee meet on Saturday May 7, 2011. It will be from 2 - 5pm and it will be held at Wendy's at Broadway & Cambie.  If you would like to come to the coffee meet, please email me by Friday May 6, 2011 to let me know.  Again, here are the details of the coffee meet:

Date: Saturday May 7, 2011

Time: 2-5pm

Location: Wendy's @ Broadway & Cambie

N.B. - If nobody shows up by 3pm, I will be leaving for home. Please make sure to let me know if you are going to be late or not so I don't hang around for too long a time.  Tara Kimberley Torme  N.B. - To Make sure you get all emails in regards to this and other emails related to Asperger Syndrome, please make sure to send an email to Asperger_Social_Support@yahoogroups.com and follow the directions on how to join the email list.

·      NEW MOVIE! Meet a Single Mom with a Severely Autistic Daughter in Fly Away a Movie by Janet Grillo FLY AWAY by Janet Grillo tells the poignant yet humor filled story of a single mother of a teenager with severe autism, as she is forced to confront her daughter's future. What will sustain her child into adulthood...as well as herself? Click here to learn more and see the trailer!

·      Sensory Simulation Helps Sixth Graders Understand, Experience Autism. Visiting five stations in the school library, the students experienced sensory overload in sight, touch, smell, taste and hearing. They wore burlap covers that made their arms heavier than normal. They listened to loud music with headphones and tried to concentrate on a conversation at the same time. They wore blindfolds, then tried not to blink in the bright lights after they were removed. Click here to read more.

·      Do2Learn Lauches Job Tips Site.  his is a valuable resource for individuals on the spectrum (or with other disabilities) who need assistance deciding about what types of jobs they should pursue, how to find jobs, how to interview for jobs, and how to keep jobs.  It focuses specifically on the social skills inherent in finding and keeping a job--a huge issue for many individuals on the spectrum.  Click here to learn more.

·      Autistic track star sidelined by bureaucracy.  In a number of ways, Andrew Towle is exceptional. He was diagnosed with autism and started high school well behind academically, but the 19-year-old recently won a place on his school's honour roll and on their track and field team.  Click here to read more.

·     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

·      Call for Submissions & Nominations:  Children, Teens and Adults   on the Autistic Spectrum.  2nd Annual

2011 International Naturally Autistic People Awards and Convention Sept 23 - 25, 2011  Vancouver, B.C. Canada

Our International Awards and Convention celebrates the accomplishments, talents and abilities of autistic people throughout the world. We welcome members of autistic communities everywhere to participate in this event. The general public is invited to experience firsthand the real life potential of autistic people in our communities.

Our awards and convention also feature successful autistic adults conducting workshops in their area of expertise. For more information please visit www.naturallyautistic.com

·      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.

·       Click here for the AUTISM FILE newsletter!

·      Click here for ANCA's Autism Radio Show!

·      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

·      Famous People With ADHD and Learning Disabilities.  Let this list of celebrities, athletes, entrepreneurs, and other famous people diagnosed with ADD/ADHD and learning disabilities -- and their challenges and triumphs -- inspire you to make the most of your symptoms.  Click here to read more.

·      Become Your Child's Friendship Coach: ADHD Parenting Advice.  Children with ADHD often have trouble making friends, but a social skills expert discusses ways parents can coach their kids toward lasting friendships.  Click here to read more.

·      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

·      The Down Syndrome Research Foundation, the Blazin Soccer dogs and the Century Plaza Hotel are hosting " A Night to Remember" on June 10, 2011 at the Century Plaza Hotel.  This is for teens and adults with Developmental (dis)Abilities, ages 14 - 35. There will be only 100 ticket sold and we have already sold over half the alloted number. So if your teen or younger adult wants to attend I suggest that you buy your tickets now.......it is only $10.00 per individual, payable to the Down Syndrome Research Foundation via cheque or cash....call 604 444 3773.

This will be a gala event, with music, food, door prizes etc.

We hope to make this a yearly event, an "red Capet" event that

our young people will always remember.

·      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

·       Man with FAS drives own destiny.  Manson earned a class 5 B.C. driver's licence on Wednesday, March 23, a little more than two years after he passed the "N" road test. Throughout his life, he has coped with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) but refuses to let circumstances get in the way of living. Click here to read more

 

8.    MEDICAL

·      New Findings regarding Autism and Epilepsy. Click here to learn more.

·       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

10.TECHNOLOGY

·      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.

 

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

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

Date:

Topics:

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 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

·      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

·      Happy Easter from Family Fun

o   More Easter Fun

 

·      SUMMER FUN for youth (12 - 18) with developmental disabilities and SUMMER DAY CAMP for children (6 - 12) with developmental disabilities. Registration begins April 26, 2011! To Register:
Phone  (604) 501-5100
<
Click here to register on line>  
In Person  Visit any Surrey Parks, Recreation & Culture facility
*Please note* Registrations do not take place through Outreach and Support Services
Registration for 2011 Summer Day Camps and one to one support for children ages 6-12yrs
will begin on Tuesday April 26 this year.  
Space is limited and fills up
very quickly so do not wait to register!
Summer Day Camp Staff Support for children with disabilities (ages 6-12yrs)
We offer one-to-one staff support for children with disabilities to participate in Surrey Parks, Recreation & Culture summer day camps throughout the city. There is no additional fee for this service.
Children who receive support typically meet the following criteria:
 Extra support is required in school;
 Additional support or assistance is required at home for basic care;

 A physical, developmental and/or learning disability exists that affects the safety of the participant in a program;
The participant is currently associated with a support agency.
In order for a participant to receive support:
Step 1: You must first register in a Surrey Parks, Recreation & Culture summer day camp and ensure that the day camp:
 Runs Monday through Friday (5 days) from 9:00am-3:00pm. Note: With the exception of during the shortened holiday week of August 2-5.
 Requests are filled on a
first come, first serve basis. Requests will be taken for a maximum of two weeks. Anyone registering for more than two weeks will be placed on a waiting list, in order to provide this service to as many children as possible.
Step 2:  After you have registered for a Surrey Parks and Rec day camp, please register for one-to-one support
*Support is available
beginning July 4th and ending August 19th.
Summer Fun Day Camps for Youth with disabilities (12-18yrs) - Staff Support Ratio is 1:2/3
This fun and exciting program is designed for youth with disabilities. Daily outings and activities may include: water slides, beach/picnics, Lower Mainland attractions, swimming and more. Weekly schedules will be mailed to participants. Our staff are caring and dedicated professionals who have their first aid certification and extensive experience working with youth with disabilities. Participants must bring lunch, sunscreen, and swimwear daily.
*Summer Fun will run starting
July 4th ending August 19th.
Drop off and pick up location will be at the Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre in North Surrey.
One to One support offered in partnership with the Centre for Child Development and Surrey Association for Community Living.

·      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

·      The Zajac Ranch for Children <Click here to learn more!> 300 - 2006 West 10th Avenue Vancouver, BC V6J 2B3
Phone 604-739-0444 | Fax 604-739-0441
|info@zajac.com

·       BC Fraser Valley Autism Society is offering a summer camp for children with ASD. Check it out: HERE!
·      More listings of Summer Camps for children with autism at ACT:Autism Community Training BC Click here to read more.

·      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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Click here for more information>
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

 

·      TED TALKS! Caroline Casey: Looking past limits.  Activist Caroline Casey tells the story of her extraordinary life, starting with a revelation (no spoilers). In a talk that challenges perceptions, Casey asks us all to move beyond the limits we may think we have.  Click here to see the video!

·      Inspiring videos!

o   Free Hugs!

o   The Power of Words

·      NEW Click here for the FAMILY CONNECTIONS Magazine from BC Council for Families.- Check out the articles regarding attachment.

·      Good-night, teen. Too little sleep can harm young brains. New research links groggy kids to cognitive problems, obesity and depression.  Across the country each morning, groggy teens are dragging themselves out of bed and trudging sleepily off to school. These bleary-eyed young people are often too tired to take in much of what's being taught in their early morning classes. Click here for more information.

·      *NEW* RDSP News Update:  Jack Styan has written an interesting new article <, "What if I need money from my RDSP?" > , in his blog that outlines how money can be withdrawn, the pitfalls and some alternatives to withdrawing money from an RDSP.

·      The Lost Art of Manners.  What are manners? Years ago, I read a meaningful definition which described manners as "making another person comfortable." Most of us probably try hard to have good manners, but many of us lose the art of manners when it comes to people with disabilities.  While I was presenting the "History of Disabilities" at Idaho Partners in Policymaking, Howard (who is fifty-something) said he wanted to share how individuals had been treated and talked about in the past, based on their disability diagnoses.
"I have two brothers," Howard began. "All the time I was growing up, when my father introduced us, he said my brothers' names and then he always said, 'And this is our retarded son, Howard.' Why did he do that, Kathie? It always made me feel so bad." Then Howard broke into shoulder-heaving sobs, as the years and years of pain poured out. Click here to read more.   

·      The Down Syndrome Research Foundation, the Blazin Soccer dogs and the Century Plaza Hotel are hosting " A Night to Remember" on June 10, 2011 at the Century Plaza Hotel.  This is for teens and adults with Developmental (dis)Abilities, ages 14 - 35. There will be only 100 ticket sold and we have already sold over half the alloted number. So if your teen or younger adult wants to attend I suggest that you buy your tickets now.......it is only $10.00 per individual, payable to the Down Syndrome Research Foundation via cheque or cash....call 604 444 3773.  This will be a gala event, with music, food, door prizes etc.  We hope to make this a yearly event, an "red Capet" event that  our young people will always remember.

·      "Honouring Diverse Beliefs in Our Communities: A Conversational Toolkit".  From Atheism to Zoroastrianism, people draw on different belief systems to guide the ways they think and act. How can we respond to this important element of diversity in our communities? What are the risks involved? What do we stand to gain?
"Honouring Diverse Beliefs in Our Communities: A Conversational Toolkit" is a locally developed documentary project that adopts a child-centered approach to responding to diverse beliefs in our community. The Toolkit outlines a multi-format workshop designed to engage participants in active learning and dialogue.
The project is a partnership between the Surrey Neighbouring Faiths Program, Himar Productions, and DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society. It was made possible with funding from the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.
The documentary can be viewed online here:
http://vimeo.com/22148547. For more information and to receive a PDF copy of the Toolkit, please contact David Dalley, Production Coordinator at davidanderin@dalley.ca  or (604) 502-8661.

·      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

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