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May 3, 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

 

·       Talking to Your Child about Their Own Autism.   When is the right time? What is the right age? Who should do it? Come for an evening presentation on how to demystify the word autism and how to start the process of sharing the autism information with your child. Appropriate for parents of children over 4 years old . 

 Presenter: Pam Collins

Date: Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 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 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:

·      FOR SALE

Velvasoft weighted blanket for sale  $100 (paid $461.33)
For use with sensory input needs.
Soft, flame retardant, washable, 100% nylon fabric with polyester core. Red color, 4ftX6ft.
Weights run diagonally inserted in cords and can be removed for washing.
To view blanket information visit www.velvasoft.com and click on velvasoft sensory wraps and blankets on the right hand side.
This blanket is better suited to children over 80 pounds, however, you can remove and adjust the weights according to your size and needs.
If interested, please call Kelly Brown at 604-517-1228.

 

3.    NEWS

 

4.    AUTISM

·      Teen dedicated to teaching others about the challenges of autism.   When you meet Mason Russell, you find a 14-year-old, eighth grade honor roll student at New Bridge Middle School who loves math, science, playing sports and volunteering.  You also find that he doesn't like sudden loud noises and relies on repetitive routines to keep calm in various situations. Asperger's Syndrome is part of Mason's life as well - and it's the part he wants to teach others about the most.  Click here to read more.

·      Boy with autism communicates through his award-winning art.  Seven-year-old Jalyn Weston's art is more than a passion, it's his way of communicating. "I did this one in Nashville at the Frist," he said, holding a painting. "It's me as a doctor. The white suit, the stethoscope around my ears, the yellow hair, which I have, and the orange skin - which is necessary."  click here to read more

·      Aspergers and Imagination.  It's a gross misconception that people with Aspergers have none.  A great number of writers, directors, artists, more inventive engineers are on the spectrum.  Click here to read more.

·      Surfing the autism waves with Surfers for Autism.  Registration now consistently approaches 200. "Our children are guided into waves by master surf instructors, and we have several volunteers per child. There are no words to describe the beauty of witnessing a non-communicative child who is completely unreceptive to touch enter the water, and after one wave they are bear-hugging their instructor," said SFA President Don Ryan. Parents gasp for air and weep in total amazement as they watch their child hit the surf, all the while expressing a level of emotion often lacking in the socially-withdrawn children. Click here to learn more.

·      Video: Autism, diet and nutrition.  Julie Matthews.  Autism Diet & Nutrition specialist, Julie Matthews, speaks about her award-winning book, Nourishing Hope for Autism: Nutrition Intervention for Healing Our Childrenhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=autisuppnetw-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0981655807Click here to see the video

·      Video: Jenna Lumbard, non-verbal autistic author. Born with autism, Jenna Lumbard could not always understand what was said around her. She never developed speech, but she learned to read very quickly and devoured all the books she was given. She created stories and poems in her head from the words she had read. In second grade, she learned to use a keyboard with the help of a facilitator who sat at her side, touching her elbow. This newfound skill unlocked her world, presenting her with the tool she needed to share her unique gift of writing. She was able to express her love for the world around her both in poetry and short stories. Her desire has always been to write a book to share with the world. Her hope is to encourage children to soar in spite of any obstacles they may face.  Click here to see the video

·      Part I Boys to men: an uneasy transition.  For Cameron and James the move into adulthood is a journey made more challenging due to autism.  They are young, fit, ambitious and ready to take on the world. If only the world was ready to accept them. Cameron Dunphy and James Lee share an age, a diagnosis (sort of) and a deep desire for independence. Both 19-year-old men are part of a growing wave of men and women (but mostly men) who have been diagnosed with autism and who are now entering adulthood. As they do so, they are leaving behind the relative security of youth for a world of almost unlimited opportunity and just as much disappointment. And they're finding that all the structural and financial aid that helped them through childhood is gone. Click here to read article.

·      Part II For many parents of autistic children finding help means finding detours around the . . . road blocks.  The parents of teenagers entering adulthood always worry.  But the mothers of Cameron Dunphy and James Lee have more reason than most to be concerned about their sons' futures. Dunphy, who lives and grew up in Chilliwack, has Asperger's syndrome, a distinct, high-functioning form of autism. Lee, who attends university here, has a high-functioning form of classical autism. Both 19-year-olds have a deep desire to live and support themselves independently. But their mothers worry that without substantially more help than exists now for people with autism, the two men will be exposed them to the darker side of adulthood. Click here to read the full article

·      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

o   NEW Click here for part 4

o   NEW Click here for part 5

o   NEW Click here for part 6

·       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

·      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.

·      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

·      Click here for the AUTISM FILE newsletter!

·      Click here for ANCA's Autism Radio Show!

 

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.

·      Organization Help for ADHD Children (and Their Parents!)  ADHD children often need organization help to stay on track. Learn to create reliable routines at home and at school - because good structure breeds great behavior in attention deficit kids.  click here to read more.

·      Diagnosis And Treatment Of ADHD Varies Significantly Across Countries.   Social attitudes about Attention Deficit Disorder Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and treatments vary by country, according to a new study of the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in nine countries. The study appears in the May issue of the American Psychiatric Association's journal Psychiatric Services.  Click here to read study

·      Reading Together: Tips for Parents of Children with ADHD.  Some parents suspect ADHD early on when their toddler is far more active than other children his age. Yet, the disorder often becomes more obvious when the child enters school. Often the child with ADHD may act on impulse and may have trouble following directions or sitting still. How do you know if your child is just very active or has ADHD? It is best to get an evaluation from a trained health professional.  Click here to read more.

 

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

·      "FASD Relationships: What I Have Learned About Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder" by Rod Densmore, M.D. Rod Densmore offers a unique perspective on FASD-related issues as both a medical practitioner and a parent of a young adult with FASD.  With the intention of adding a practical, well-referenced, accessible, engaging and inexpensive teaching tool to existing resources, Densmore has successfully compiled research findings on a large variety of topics relevant to FASD and translated them into user-friendly language.  He addresses the complexity of these issues through the expertise of a medical professional, yet with the sensitivity and passion that comes from parenting a person with FASD. FASD Relationships includes a book and five DVD set, with each chapter of the book forming a series of modules about FASD.  While the chapters build on each other, most can be used as stand-alone topics addressing common strengths and challenges for individuals exposed to alcohol prenatally.  Densmore looks at both prevention and intervention concepts from a positive and proactive position, addressing commonly discussed concerns and areas of new research, including emerging fields such as epigenetics and neuroplasticity.  The text offers practical considerations for approaching concerns like crisis management, suicide, trauma, and emotional regulation in the contexts of primary characteristics and secondary disabilities. FASD Relationships is available for purchase through Minga Marketplace on the Asante Centre website.  Click here to get to the store!

·      Glass or two of wine a week 'could damage baby'.  Pregnant women who drink as little as a glass of wine a week could be putting their babies at risk, according to new research which contracts recent studies indicating that an occasional tipple is harmless. Click here to read more.

·      Fifth National Biennial Conference on Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

April 18 - 21 , 2012
The Hyatt Regency Vancouver
655 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Click here to learn more.

 

8.    MEDICAL

 

·      Mental Health Week  Click here for the Canadian Mental Health Association Press Release

o   Family Matters - a documentary that follows four Lower Mainland Families struggling to support a loved one with bipolar disorder.  The film airs on Knowledge Network May 3 at 9pm.  Click here to learn more and see trailer

o   Free Public Screen Wednesday May 4 at Ralph Fisher Auditorium at Richmond General Hospital  Click here to learn more.

·      Project Lifesaver International (PLI) helps provide rapid response to save lives and reduce potential for serious injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer's, Autism, Down Syndrome, dementia and other related disorders. PLI, teaming with LoJack SafetyNet, provides equipment, training, certification and support to law enforcement, public safety organizations and community groups which operate the Project Lifesaver program in their communities. PLI has over 1,000 participating agencies across the U.S., Canada, and Australia, and has performed over 1,900 searches in the last 10 years with a 100% success rate.  Click here to learn more.

·       NEW  Click here for the MAY Edition of COMPLEX CHILD - Insurance and Benefits

·      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

·      NEW Barry MacDonald's MENTORING BOYS - May Edition - Boys and Technology!

·      PBS NewsHour McNeil Click here for part 4 - talks about the ipad

 

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

·        NEW April Edition of THE CITIZEN - please click here

 

 

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:
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:

May 10:

Parenting Styles

May 17:

Healthy Boundaries

May 24:

Self-Care/Stress Management

May 31:

Discipline

·      DE-ESCALATING POTENTIALLY VIOLENT SITUATIONS

Victoria - May 9, 2011

Vancouver - May 11, 2011

o  VIOLENCE THREAT ASSESSMENT - Planning and Response

Vancouver - May 10, 2011

ON-SITE TRAINING - Call or email to receive a fee structure.

WEBINARS - Our webinars are live on-line training sessions that offer abbreviated versions of our in-person public workshops.

Contact information: www.ctrinstitute.com/contactus.html

Website: www.ctrinstitute.com

Email: info@ctrinstitute.com

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

·      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

·      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

·      Talking to Your Child about Their Own Autism.   When is the right time? What is the right age? Who should do it? Come for an evening presentation on how to demystify the word autism and how to start the process of sharing the autism information with your child. Appropriate for parents of children over 4 years old . 

 Presenter: Pam Collins

Date: Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 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

·      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

·      Story Power Workshop: with David Roche and Marlena Blavin.  Storytelling workshops for self-advocates and families.   Learn story-telling skills to boost your advocacy efforts.  Hosted by the Family Support Institute (FSI).
WHEN:  Saturday June 11th, 2011, 9 AM - 3 PM
WHERE:  BACI Still Creek, 2702 Norland Avenue Burnaby
COST:  FREE!!  Lunch and refreshments included. Please see Click here to see the flyerfor more information.

·      SELF-INJURY BEHAVOUR AND YOUTH - Issues and Strategies  Vancouver - June 13-14, 2011 (early registration deadline May 23)  Self-injury refers to deliberate, self-inflicted tissue damage, such as cutting or burning. Self-injury has reached alarming proportions amongst our youth, with North American studies indicating adolescent prevalence of between 14 and 18 percent.  Helping professionals are therefore increasingly encountering young people who are engaging in self-injury.  This workshop will begin with a general overview to assist participants in understanding the experience and motivations of adolescents who intentionally injure themselves.  The content will then focus on practical strategies for working with youth struggling with this complex issue.  Participants will leave this workshop with increased insight regarding self-injury behaviour in youth and direction for effective interventions

·      DISORDERED EATING - From Image to Illness,  Vancouver - June 15, 2011 (early registration deadline May 25)  Disordered eating can range from problematic tendencies such as excessive dieting to a mental health diagnosis such as anorexia or bulimia.  Caregivers and helping professionals may struggle with knowing how to best respond to this complex issue and may react with frustration, fear and helplessness.  Beginning with a general overview, this workshop will examine symptoms, contributing factors and the experience of living with an eating disorder.  Participants will be challenged to check assumptions and to fully address the function disordered eating plays in the person's life.  The focus will then shift to possible treatment options and practical strategies for supporting individuals struggling with disordered eating.  

ONE-DAY WORKSHOP FEES (per workshop)

$160 + HST (early registration - 3 weeks prior to workshop)   $190 + HST (regular rate)

      

TWO-DAY WORKSHOP FEES (per workshop)

$260 + HST (early registration - 3 weeks prior to workshop)   $320 + HST (regular rate)

 

Register early and save $30-$70 on the following public workshops in British Columbia!  For details, please click on 2011 Winter/Spring Public Workshops in BC.

 

·      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.

·      Fifth National Biennial Conference on Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

April 18 - 21 , 2012
The Hyatt Regency Vancouver
655 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Click here to learn more.

 

13.SEASONAL

·      Here is the general link to find free tax clinics in your community:  Click here

·      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
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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

·      Camps for children with epilepsy!

·      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.

 

14.OTHER

·      TED TALKS! Ric Elias: 3 things I learned while my plane crashed.  Ric Elias had a front-row seat on Flight 1549, the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009. What went through his mind as the doomed plane went down? At TED, he tells his story publicly for the first time. Click here to see the video

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

·      On Friday May 13th the Canadian Cancer Society's Delta Relay for Life kicks off at the North Delta Senior Secondary School Track. The fundraising event starts at 6:45 pm on Friday and continues overnight until 7:00 am on Saturday morning (May 14th). The Relay is Canada's biggest cancer fundraiser, celebrating survivors, the fight against cancer and honouring loved ones who have lost their life. Get involved! There are a number of ways for individuals, families, schools, groups and businesses to participate including registering to take turns running or walking around the track (not required to stay all night); volunteering; or donating money, products and/or services to this non-competitive, fun-filled event. investment in cancer research, support services and leading prevention initiatives. "This is a tremendous fundraiser which I have had the honour of attending the past few years", said Mayor Lois E. Jackson. "So many individuals and families are suffering from the effects of this devastating disease, we need to come together to fight cancer!"

For information on how to get involved or donate to this worthy event, contact Josh Leyenhorst at (604) 837-6837 or e-mail jleyenhorst@bc.cancer.ca or visit www.relaybc.ca/delta

·      STEPS Forward BC Initiative for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education now accepting applications for 2011-2012 from adults with developmental disabilities to attend College or University as an auditing student.Apply here: http://www.steps-forward.org/how-to-apply/Eligibility/selection is based on the individual * having a developmental disability, self-defined * desire to become a college or university student * wish to study subject offered at the post-secondary institution * willingness to make campus experience a priority for 4-5 years * staff resources

·      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 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.

·      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

·      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 April Newsletter - Click here

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

·      Exceptional Family Magazine - current issue!

·       Click here for the Current Edition from the HANDLE INSTITUTE

·      NEW 101 Ways to Make Friends May Newsletter!

·      NEW Barry MacDonald's MENTORING BOYS - May Edition - Boys and Technology!

·      Gordon Neufeld's January 2011 Newsletter - Click here

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

 

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