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Subject: Jan 12-2010 Parent Weekly Newsletter
: 2010-01-12 14:27:26
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January 12th 10 REACH Parent Network Weekly Newsletter

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

  • Study to gain a better understanding of South Asian families' needs regarding treatment for their children diagnosed with autism, barriers they may face, and to gain a better understanding of how professionals can help South Asian children with autism. Attention South Asian Parents and Caregivers This letter is to invite you to participate in a research study that will help identify the needs of South Asian families who have children with autism. Your participation will require that you complete an in-person or telephone interview, which will take between 45 and 90 minutes. This interview may take place in your home or another quiet, public place if you prefer. If you are interested, please email Sophia Sunpreet Grewal, B.A., Pacific University at  or call 604-570-5000. Please leave your name and a phone number where you can be reached to set up an interview. Your participation is completely voluntary. Please understand that the researchers at Pacific University do not know about any treatment that you or your child may receive. We will only know personal details that you choose to provide to us once you agree to participate. If you choose to participate, only the researchers, and no one else, will know of this decision.
  • Excellent website for ordering safety related products such as ID tags, seat belt locks, child locators etc Autism Safety ; Child ID ; Youth ID Bracelet
  • Lawyers wanted in the Vancouver area who have been involved in educational issues and the rights of students with special needs in the public school system. Reply to
  • Can any other families recommend a physiotherapist to work with a 6 year old with autism in the Richmond area? Contact who will forward
  • Job wanted working with children with disabilities. I am 18 years old  and available either full-time or part-time to work with children with  disabilities. I am the sibling of a 14-year- old with developmental  disabilities and behavioural challenges so I have life experience and  participated in the past on my sibling's therapy teams under the  direction of both a speech therapist and a behavioural therapist. I  believe I would be a strong asset to any child's support team if given  the opportunity. Also available for respite. Please call Chloe at  (604) 876-5058 or e-mail
  • SASI (Self Advocates Seeding Innovation) Project Officially Launched BCACL is now accepting applications from self advocates or self advocacy groups for funding to do work in their communities. Grants are available for up to $5000. Visit for the application form and for more information. The deadline for applications is January 29, 2010.

2.  Reach Child and Youth Development Society 

2.a Reach News :

 2.b Reach Workshops  (Childcare is available upon request) Advocating for Your Child's Education - January 21st, 2010 ; Ongoing (every second Friday): Ladner parent Support Group flyer 2009;  Advocacy and School Transitions Where: EIBI Boardroom #3 - 3800 72nd Street Delta Time:  6:30pm - 8:30pm Date:  Thursday January 21, 2010 Cost:    $20 per person For more information and to register please call: Pam Collins 604.946.6622, Ext. 341 Fax: 604.946.6223 Email:

New Reach ABA program...Due to changes to services for children and youth diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families, the Reach Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) Program has been adapted. See Reach ABA Program page

3. Autism

East Brunswick man with autism, controversial advocate nominated to federal council...

Tri-City Autism Group meeting on January 13th, 2010. 7-8:45 pm in the Family Resource Room located at: #14 ~ 3610 Hastings St. Port Coquitlam BC (inside Westwood Elementary School).

National Autism Center Publishes Autism Manuals for Educators ... You can access the manual at the MOMS website:  


5. Community Living BC  ,  Ministry of Children and Family Development & Ministry of Housing and Social Development

  • Individual and Family Support Policy (November 2009)
This policy provides information about the role of CLBC facilitators in providing individual and family support.
Individual and Family Support Policy 
  • Individual Support Planning Policy (November 2009)
This policy outlines the content required in Individual Support Plans and explains when plans are required for CLBC-funded supports. 

Individual Support Planning Policy
  • Focus group in North Delta January 13 from 7-9pm for families /individuals and service providers for FASD/Autism Spectrum regarding services that might be appropriate for this group. If you or a family member or service provider you know may wish to participate in the focus group, please confirm by calling 1-877-660-2522 or email Jacinta Eni ( directly

6. Education

  • Teachers entitled to paid days off in four districts "Process shows Bill 33 is dysfunctional: BCTF official"
  •  UBC M.Ed. in Special Education - Concentration in Autism/Developmental Disabilities
  • SD43 "It's Time to Talk About Middle School" will take place on Thursday, January 21st for  parents of students with special needs who are currently in grade 5 and will be starting Middle School in September 2010."Stepping Up to Secondary" takes place on Thursday, January 28th, for parents of students with special needs who are currently in grade 8 and will be starting Secondary School in September 2010. Both meetings will take place in the gallery room at Winslow Center, 6:30 p.m - 8:30 p.m. These sessions are always well attended and the feedback from parents  is very positive. Please see the attached flyers for details. To RSVP or for more information, email me at or call me at 604-525-9494. Inclusive Education Awards - Nomination Deadline . To highlight National Inclusive Education Week and to bring attention to the many positive examples of inclusive classrooms across the country, the Canadian Association for Community Living has created a national certificate of recognition to be given to those who have made positive contributions to inclusive education in their province or territory. The deadline for nominations is January 15, 2010. Click here for more information about the awards, including nomination criteria and indicators of successful inclusion. For past winners, click here.

7. Medical

  • Evaluation, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Gastrointestinal Disorders in Individuals With ASDs: A Consensus Report. Abstract;     Full Text (PDF) 

8. Policy

9. Workshops & Training

  • Anxiety and Kids:  Current Research and Treatment Workshop for Parents Monday, March 29th, 2010 - 6:30pm to 8:30 pm Delta Manor
  • Education Centre 4750 - 57 Street, Delta. Action and Brainstorm Boardrooms Please RSVP to Liz Shields by Wednesday, March 24th, 2010, at 
  • 604-952-5056;  email or fax 604-946-0823. We are asking for a donation of $10.00 per person at the door, to go towards the purchase of  additional books and parent resources that will support anxiety prevention programs currently taught in schools.

•·         Yoga For a Self Regulating Calm Down Routine This course is designed for children with special needs 10-18 yrs . The child must bring their care worker or a family member to participate. This will be an all levels program ...geared to teach a routine that the student & supporter can use to continue their own practice! Katie McDonald is a certified Hatha Yoga Teacher with many years experience supporting children with special needs. Yoga is proven to help your Brain function more efficiently & effectively ...While toning your body & engaging your muscular & organic energy. Location : Boys & Girls Club 11339 84th Ave. , North Delta. Class time:  6:30- 7:30 Mondays Feb 1, 8, 15, 22 & Mar 1. Cost :  5 classes for  $80  includes both student & supporter.   A support worker or family member is required for each student.

•·         Reach Workshops  (Childcare is available upon request) Advocating for Your Child's Education - January 21st, 2010 ; Ongoing (every second Friday): Ladner parent Support Group flyer 2009;  Advocacy and School Transitions Where: EIBI Boardroom #3 - 3800 72nd Street Delta Time:  6:30pm - 8:30pm Date:  Thursday January 21, 2010 Cost:    $20 per person For more information and to register please call: Pam Collins 604.946.6622, Ext. 341 Fax: 604.946.6223 Email:

•·         Friday & Saturday March 26th & 27th, 2010 Contemporary Solutions to Promoting Meaningful Inclusion - Across the Lifespan Featuring Dr. Bridget Taylor and Dr. Peter Gerhardt.

•·         Special Rate when Registering for Both Days! REGISTER ONLINE NOW! Early Bird Rates Apply Until Feb 10, 2010 To register for an ACT Live Event online login here or create an account or call the ACT office to register 604-205-5467 or toll-free 1-866-939-5188 . Please view the Registration Form - Registration Form (.pdf

•·         > See All ACT Upcoming Events

Register now for Early Bird Rates!

•·          ACT Online Videos provide viewers with presentations by specialists on important aspects of autism treatment without the expense and inconvenience of leaving their home communities.  > See ACT's Online Videos

•·         Victoria Society for Children with Autism - VSCA  Sharing the Diagnosis: Talking to Your Child About Autism! Date:  16 Jan 2010 Time:  1 - 4 pm Location 3861 Cedar Hill Cross Rd (Community Living Victoria) Read More

•·         North Shore ASBC Lecture Series

The North Shore ASBC Support Group proudly presents:

a presentation on
When to disclose the diagnosis to your child with autism

Kathryn Theroux, M.Sc.behavioral consultant and counselorAble Development Clinic

7:00pm, Tues Jan 19

in the
Delbrook Recreation Centre. Coffee/Tea and snacks provided. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Please RSVP to Carol at

10. Seasonal

11. Other

  • Amazing Person of the week!
  • 2010 LMDSS Buddy Walk Organizing Committee When:  January 18 @ 7:00 p.m. Where:  LMDSS Office This is an orientation meeting; bring your ideas and your enthusiasm! Rsvp:  604-591-2722
  • Alberta: Lethbridge-based woman who has cerebral palsy, and is looking for a penpal with a similar diagnosis. Contact who will forward.
  • For people with intellectual disabilities. How has paid employment changed your life? Tell PNGI your story and you could win an Itouch or a digital camera. The Provincial Networking Group Inc. (PNGI) is an organization that provides employment support and training in Terrace, BC. and consulting and training around the Province.  We will be publishing a book in the spring to share with people from all over BC. 
If you would like to submit your story, or if you have any questions or need help to tell your story, you can contact Chris Arnold 1-800-644-3441 or Meaghan Feduck  604-723- 8251  . Here's how it works: 

1) You can submit your story by email, fax, mail, or even over the telephone. You can ask for help from someone you know, or you can call us for help to get your story down on paper.

2) The last day to submit your story is January 21st.  You should get your story in soon!

         3) If you know someone else who has a story you can forward this email to your friends, spread the word!

  • BCACL  are hiring for the following positions: Director of Community Development;  Inclusive Education Coordinator
  • Connexions:Our Computer and Adaptive Technology Program (CAT) is looking for names of good skill development computer software programs, particularly math skills. The software programs need to be suitable for adults with a developmental disability. If you have a name of program that you recommend, we would appreciate hearing from you.  Please email or call604 982-9321 and ask to speak to the CAT manager Kar-On lee.
  • Abilitas Foundation

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Si Stainton for

Reach Child and Youth Development Society , Tel: 604-946-6622, ext 359, . Formerly known as the Delta Association for Child Development

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