Autism 30

Alexander Magnussen

February 15, 2018

Who is Mr. Alexander Magnussen? His childhood and challenges. Autism language and book ideas. His school experiences. The importance of inclusive education and EAs. Autism misconceptions and myths. Why being social is vital and practice is key. Learning rules, manners, and boundaries. There’s always hope. How the autistic brain works “computer files.” The waiting times to get an answer. Hyper aware. Decompression time. How emotions are felt. Stimming. Why he feels it is important to answer parents’ questions during his lectures. His passion to educated people about autism. His thoughts about the spectrum.

Website: (In progress) see Facebook: www.facebook.com/AlexanderMagnussen11
Email: [email protected]

Organizations that Alexander supports:
Inclusion BC: www.inclusionbc.org
Pacific Autism Family Network: pacificautismfamily.com
Semiahmoo House Society: www.semi-house-society.com
Self-Advocates of Semiahmoo: www.facebook.com/SelfAdvocateSAS

Vancouver Asperger & Autism Union with Allie

February 1, 2018

Who is Allie? This history of the Vancouver Asperger & Autism Union (The AU). The philosophy of the AU. The greatest gift that the AU offers society. What she loves about it. Understanding stimming. “Get it”. How the Union helped Allie. Her diagnosis story and when to disclose. Accommodations. How have things changed for her at 18 years old. Anxiety and autism. What she would like to see in society. Numbers. Who’s welcome. When and where are meetings. Duration. Speakers and topics. Ways that the AU is different. Events. Social media. Advice for others wanting to start a group of their own. Special interests.

Vancouver Asperger & Autism Union
Mosaic, 5575 Boundary Road, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V5R 2P9

Website: www.meetup.com/aspies
Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/VancouverAspergers

Focus Professional Services, Inc. With Carol Simpson

January 15, 2018

Who is Carol Simpson? The history of Focus Professional Services Inc. Why she created the company. The Company manifesto. What they do. Neurodiversity consulting. Why language is so important. Their business model. Different levels explained. How the companies benefit. Focus on strengths. Ableism explained and how they are working to combat it. Why our community can excel. Preconceived ideas eradicated “myths”. Manual software testing. Data Cleansing and Migration. Automated testing, etc. Where is the focus for business? Neurodiversity in the workplace and training. Transition of knowledge. Support offered. How to apply and prerequisites needed. The interview process and testing. Employment readiness. Biggest challenges. Her success stories. The continuum of being a human being. Gratitude, grace and Advocacy. Autism in her own words.

Focus Professional Services Inc.
514 - 409 Granville Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6C 1T2

Website: www.focusps.ca
Phone: 604-620-0140
Email: [email protected]

Mayday Club Youth Choir For Neurodiversity

January 1, 2018

Who is Ms. Nicole Provost? The history of The Mayday Club Youth Choir for Neurodiversity. The philosophy and goal of the choir. Performances and how to book them. Benefits of being part of and watching the group. Why “boring” is a great term. What she’s learned about herself directing and what it’s meant to her. Why she is so inspiring and a gift to our community. How to start your own choir. How to join the choir. The maximum and minimum ages of participants. Who is welcome to assist, volunteer, and others (photographers, film students, etc.). Success Stories. Future goals and ambitions. Autism in her own words. How to buy their Music.

Phone: 604-807-1018
Website: www.maydayclub.ca
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: www.facebook.com/maydayclubyouthchoir
Instagram: www.instagram.com/mayday_club_youth_choir

Dr. Wenn Lawson Part 2

December 15, 2017

Clarifying the myth about autism, empathy and honesty. Non-generalized object permanence. Techniques to teach. Connection and feelings. Challenges that our community members face. Fluctuating capacity. Single-mindedness. Important of context and setting. Barriers faced and how to overcome. Looking beyond the behaviour. Benefits of autism. How to connect. What Dr. Wenn would like the world to learn about his extensive body of literary work and his teachings. Sensory issues and what he wishes and hopes for from society. Useful technology. What he wants the world to know about autism.

Website: www.wennlawson.com
Email: [email protected]

Dr. Wenn Lawson Part 1

December 1, 2017

Who is Dr. Wenn Lawson? Why he chose to work in autism? The differences in various countries around the world and what Canadians can learn. Processing information and expectations. How autism research has changed over time. Language and inclusion and why it’s important. The ways autistic people learn and different types of learners. How to motivate and how he learns. Obsession/ Passion. Motivation of connection. Shifting attention and why it’s difficult. Using interests to reach. Metaphoric language vs literal language. GAMMA connectivity. How to reach someone. Eye contact. Respecting autism and difficulties. Processing time. Lanes of traffic. 10 second rule. Avoid paraphrasing. Single-mindedness. Single-minded outcomes and concepts. How attention is processed. How to get GAMMA connectivity. Just because it’s different doesn’t means if out of bounds. Techniques to reach your child.

Website: www.wennlawson.com
Email: [email protected]

Autism Canada with Laurie Mawlam

November 15, 2017

Who is Executive Director Laurie Mawlam? This history of Autism Canada. The philosophy. National initiatives, programs, and events calendar. Inclusivity. Conferences. Accessibility for ALL areas of Canada. Autism Junction and information it provides. Screening tools. Knowledge is power and why it’s important to know the signs. 350 pages (and counting) of resources in both French in English. Social media accessibility. Their vast Video library and what it entails. Physician handbook. Words matter guide. Why words matter. The importance of national awareness and how they facilitate it. Research information and the importance of keeping current. How to sign up for their conferences and newsletters. How the public can help. How ASD members (Community Members) can participate. Bilingual ASD (Community Members) groups and sites. Chantale’s words. Awards and accreditations! What she loves about her work. Autism in her own words.

Autism Canada
PO Box 366, Bothwell, Ontario, Canada, N0P 1C0

Contact Details
Telephone: 519-695-5858
Toll Free: 1-866-476-8440
Website: autismcanada.org
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: https://twitter.com/autismcanada
Facebook: www.facebook.com/autismcanada
Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/AutismCanada
Vimeo: vimeo.com/autismcanada/albums
Pinterest: www.pinterest.ca/autismcanada/autism-canada
Instagram: www.instagram.com/autismcanada

Update interview with Lucas Gates

November 1, 2017

Happy 25th Birthday Lucas. Employment changes. His role at PAFN’s Goodlife Fitness Hub. Past groups offered and what he’s learned. Current groups offered and group merging. Philosophy, goals, and age limits. How to join. Scheduling, dates, and cost. Keeping all doors open. Volunteers and how to apply. Success stories. How his life has changed. Other events he’s working on. His successful mother. Open to all diverse needs. Advisory committee. What he’s learned about autism within the year.

Twitter: @SoccerDogsLucas
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 604-207-1980

EmploymentWorks Canada Program

September 15, 2017

Who is SF Walker and Rebecca Farnell. The history and philosophy of the EmploymentWorks Canada Program. Who is the program for, and it’s duration. What takes place during sessions and skills taught. Why it is important for our ASD community, and job statistics. Job sampling. Communication and self-reflection. Skills: who am I, stress, bullying, disclosure, boss vs. co-worker, professionalism, time management, goal setting, resume building, and community interaction. Post program support. Weekly employment group. Teacher student ratio. Program schedule. Cost. What they love about their work. What they want the world to know about autism.

EmploymentWorks Canada
3688 Cessna Drive, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, V7B 1C7

Website: pacificautismfamily.com/adult-employment-programs
Phone: 604-207-1980

Email:

Rebecca Farnell, Program Coordinator: [email protected]
SF Walker, Program Facilitator: [email protected]
Sita Sahasrabudhe, Program Facilitator: [email protected]
Facebook: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100017675802526

Finding a school for my child with Talie

September 1, 2017

Talie’s background. What her experience has taught her. Disclaimer. A parent’s job. What truly matters. Assumptions. Always place your own child as a priority. How to decide on a school. Research. Make a list, create questions, and appointment. Day of interview. Take notes. Once you’ve made your choice. Before the first day of school. Your 1st IEP meeting. Throughout the school year. Dealing with an issue. Being a strong parent. Responsibility and choice. Advocate.

Materials to download (right click, "Save Link As"):

Prospective School Questions (pdf)
Prospective School Notes (pdf)

Soar Inclusive Preschool with Kathryn Theroux

August 15, 2017

Who is Kathryn Theroux. The history and philosophy of Soar Inclusive Preschool. The difference between their preschool and others. ABA explained and benefits for all students. Programs offered. Schedule. Why play is so important. Student/teacher ratio. Working with other companies located at PAFN’s Goodlife Fitness Hub and other feeder schools. Qualifications of staff and volunteers. Training the future educators. Funding and cost. The application process. Strengths of the preschool. What Kathryn loves about her work and some of her success stories. What she wants the world to know about autism.

Soar Inclusive Preschool
3688 Cessna Drive, Richmond, British Columbia
Canada, V7B 1C7

Website: www.soarpreschool.ca
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 604-704-5812

Little Buddies Pediatric Therapy with Mr.Keith Landherr (Part 2)

August 1, 2017

(Continued from July 15th, 2017) Sensory integration explained. To light, to bright, to loud… PTSD. Misreading the “distress” signals. Treatment. The China study. His ease of accurately assessing and working with his clientele because of his 25 years experience. The invaluable information learned from his assessments. Processing integration disorder. Sensory processing differences. Handwriting without tears explained. SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory). Ideas on helping your child eat. Parental involvement. Home vs location. Working with educational establishments. Various groups and camps offered. Ages. Funding and costs. Success stories. What Keith loves about his work. Autism in his own words.

Little Buddies Pediatric Therapy
209-3823 Henning Drive, Burnaby, British Columbia
Canada, V5C 6P3

Website: www.littlebuddiespeds.ca
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 604-299-8862

Little Buddies Pediatric Therapy with Mr.Keith Landherr (Part 1)

Jul 15, 2017

Who is Mr. Keith Landherr? The history and philosophy of Little Buddies Pediatric Therapy. Services offered. Assessments purpose and what’s included. The importance of play. Types of treatments offered. The importance of voice, communication styles, perceptions, and conflict resolution techniques. Evidence based DIR Floortime explained. Compliance vs engagement. Repetitive behaviors. Why relationships are so important. Choosing appropriate language to motivate. Co-ordination disorder. Keith’s beautiful ability to build self-confidence and respect in his clients. Occupational therapy explained. The importance of learning readiness. Canary in the coal mine.

Little Buddies Pediatric Therapy
209-3823 Henning Drive, Burnaby, British Columbia
Canada, V5C 6P3

Website: www.littlebuddiespeds.ca
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 604-299-8862

Bounding Higher with Principal Megan MacKay

Jul 1, 2017

Who is Principal Megan Mackay and what is Bounding Higher Autism Treatment Services and Training Centre. Services offered. Autism theories used. IEP’s. Qualifications and role of Behaviour Consultant, Behaviour Interventionist, Speech and Language Therapist, and Occupational Therapist. Assessments. Family input. The importance of data. Schedule of a client. Facilities. Parent involvement. Working with other schools. Supervision. Training professionals. Funding and cost. What she loves about her work. What she wants the world to know about autism.

Bounding Higher
Pacific Autism Family Network Goodlife Fitness Hub
3688 Cessna Drive, Richmond, British Columbia,
Canada, V7C 1C7

Website: www.boundinghigher.ca/
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 604-833-1361

President of Autism BC Laurie Guerra and Community Member Wes

Jun 15, 2017

Who is Laurie Guerra and Wes? The story of Wes’s childhood and his diagnosis. Signs of autism. Knowing about his autism diagnosis. Setting high expectations. How autism affected him. Speaking about feeling different. The importance of starting his educational journey in a great school. What he would like others to be aware of. What school (K-12) was like for him. Insight into the rigorous autism schedule. What he would like others to know. Losing the autism diagnosis. Their hopes for the future. Advocacy and the love of a parent. The real financial cost of therapy. What he loves about engineering. His genius, organisational skills, and dependability. Why he loves University. His advice for employers. Wes’s inspiration. His final thoughts and what he’d like you to know about autism.

Challenger Baseball with Fred Bonn

Jun 1, 2017

Who is Head Coach Fred Bonn and his wonderful family? Why he became involved with Challenger Baseball. The history. Various locations. Who can join. What happens at practices and what is being taught. Time of year it takes place. Volunteers and qualifications. Fun being a team and community. Parents responsibility. Cost. Uniforms. Success stories. Annual Provincial Jamboree Celebrations in detail. What he loves about coaching. Creating your own team. Autism in his own words.

Website: bcchallengerbaseball.com
Fred Bonn email: [email protected]

inGIRLSCLUB with Vicky Ryan

May 15, 2017

Who is Vicky Ryan? Her journey through autism. How and why she started inGIRLSCLUB. Importance and purpose of having this group. Success right at the beginning. The history. The book: “What every autistic girl wishes her parents knew”. The guiding principles. Inclusivity. Cost/Free. Her vision for the club. How the group can support parents. Locations. How to join. Volunteers. “Big sister/ Little sister”. Parents at the group. Time and date. Misconceptions clarified. What she loves about her work. Autism in her own words.

inGIRLSCLUB
3688 Cessna Drive, Richmond, British Columbia,
Canada, V7C 1C7

Website: www.ingirlsclub.com
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @ingirlsclub | twitter.com/ingirlsclub

Square Peg Society with Joette Heuft

May 1, 2017

Who is Executive Director Joette Heuft? Square Peg Society, history and purpose explained. Importance of helping young ASD adults. Why it was started. ASD statistics. Importance of peers and programs. What is offered to families. Being a force and a united community. How the tide is turning. Advocacy. Who is welcome. Social events, opportunity, and meetings. Courses offered. Benefits. Support offered. Goals and plans for our community. What she loves about her role. What she would love the world to know about autism.

Meeting Address:

Square Peg Society
5064 Kingsway, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V5H 2E7
(Van City Board Room)

Website: www.squarepegsociety.ca
Joette Heuft (President) email: [email protected]
Louvain Chalmers (Vice-President) email: [email protected]

Autism BC

April 15, 2017

Who are Mr. Andrew Pinfold and Ms. Lindy Chau. The history of Autism BC. Services offered. Ages served. Information and referral services. Community support groups. Social outreach events. Educational events and BI consultant explained. Launch into life series. Summer reimbursement. Ticket giveaways. Concern cards. Autism awareness. Summer camps. Information officers. Costs. Funding. Success stories. Biggest stresses. Inclusivity of our society. Concerns of parents. Multilingual staff. Autism in their own words.

RICHMOND HEAD OFFICE
3688 Cessna Drive, Richmond, British Columbia, V6B 1C7
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 604-434-0880 | Toll-free: 1-888-437-0880

PRINCE GEORGE
1685 3rd Avenue, Suite 201, Prince George, British Columbia, V2L 3G5
Contact: Corey Walker
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 250-961-7620

KELOWNA
Contact: Lisa Watson
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 250-212-4075

NANAIMO
Contact: Teresa Everitt
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 250-751-9278

Autism 30 Pacific Autism Family Network “PAFN”
(Part 2)

Apr 2, 2017

Programs being offered. Helping single mothers. Collaboration with the community and self-advocates. Annual events. Memberships. Philosophy of PAFN. Brining the best of the best together and offering support. The amazing architectural features and how it addresses the needs of our community members. Beautiful and thoughtful artwork and design. PAFN logo explained. The autism community consulted. Everyone is welcome. Autism research. Stop talking and start doing. Seizures, epilepsy and autism. The medical community involvement. Giving credit to instrumental people. Spokes explained. “One phone number, one place to start.” Future plans of PAFN. “The Hub” for British Columbia and Canada. What they love about their work. Their hopes and goals for their charity. Autism in their own words.

Pacific Autism Family Network
3688 Cessna Drive, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, V7C 1C7

Telephone: (604) 207-1980
Email: [email protected]

Website: www.pacificautismfamily.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Pacific-Autism-Family-Network-111817215502172
Youtube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCDx4g2ZqH7GGZDlEXluGH9A
Instagram: www.instagram.com/pacificautism
Twitter: www.twitter.com/pacificautism
Mr. Sergio Cocchia: @sergiococchia / www.twitter.com/sergiococchia
Mrs. Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia: @absolute_wendy / www.twitter.com/absolute_wendy

Autism 30 Pacific Autism Family Network “PAFN”
(Part 1)

Apr 1, 2017

Mr. Sergio Cocchia O.B.C LL.D. (Hon) and Mrs. Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia O.B.C LL.D. (Hon). Their autism journey. Challenges in the autism community. Addressing issues that arise for families. Helpful tools for parents. Addressing autism through the lifespan. Accessing autism services in remote areas. Giving hope and information. Working with the government. Connecting with other families. Family first. Knowledge is key. The key to their successful union. PAFN is for more then just autism. Changes needed in our “village” the greatest country on Earth. How and why PAFN started. Addressing families needs. 3 Core things addressed. Amazing people joining PAFN. Hub and spoke. Magnificent donors and partners named. Funding still needed. What PAFN offers. Their daughter's contribution and charity. Brilliant programs arriving soon.

Pacific Autism Family Network
3688 Cessna Drive, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, V7C 1C7

Telephone: (604) 207-1980
Email: [email protected]

Website: www.pacificautismfamily.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Pacific-Autism-Family-Network-111817215502172
Youtube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCDx4g2ZqH7GGZDlEXluGH9A
Instagram: www.instagram.com/pacificautism
Twitter: www.twitter.com/pacificautism
Mr. Sergio Cocchia: @sergiococchia / www.twitter.com/sergiococchia
Mrs. Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia: @absolute_wendy / www.twitter.com/absolute_wendy

Autism 30 Parent Talk 6 “Inclusive Education”

Mar 1, 2017

February was inclusive education month in British Columbia, and our thoughts on the matter. Issues that typical parents may not be aware of. Issues that may arise for some people in the province and our own personal stories. The benefits of inclusive education. Ignorance of some in our society. Our appreciation of headmasters, teachers and educational assistants that do a fantastic job for our children. Our hope for the future.

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Mr. James Burden

February 15, 2017

Who is Mr. James Burden. Speech pathology explained. How and why he started his company Exceptional Speech and Languages Services. His philosophy. Services offered. High functioning autism and Asperger’s explained. Social communication explained. Skills our community members may need that are offered. Finding good group dynamics for the individuals' needs. Difference between one on one and group sessions. Importance of social skills. Success stories. Maximum and minimum ages and funding. How to access services. Locations. Working with schools. Misconceptions about his craft clarified. What he loves about his job. What he wants the world to know about autism.

Exceptional Speech and Language Services
400 - 1338 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6H 1H2
420 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V7H 1S8

Telephone: (778) 776-8229
Email: [email protected]
Website: exceptionalspeech.com

Mr. Zachary Protz

February 1, 2017

Zachary’s childhood. Discovering that he had autism. Understanding social communication. Friends, homeschooling. teenage and adulthood. “You don’t look like you have autism” and his ideas on the matter. Trying to see through different lenses “green” and “red”. His words and insight for others. How signs can be misinterpreted and misunderstood. Importance of exposing children to the world. What would make his life easier. His thoughts about having autism. His hopes for others in the community. The beauty of technology. Challenges faced in society. His future goals. His inspiration. His final thoughts. What he wants the world to know about autism.

Mr. Chad Bouchard CBI Consultants

January 15, 2017

Who is Mr. Chad Bouchard. CBI Consultants Limited explained and skills taught. Importance of the skills taught. Levels. Best practices. Individualized plan. Self-determination and curriculum explained. Their voice found. Ages. Helping with IEP. Working with schools and school districts. Funding. Registering process. Vital skills needing to be taught. What he loves about his job and the impact in his own life. Other supports offered. Autism in his own words.

CBI Consultants Limited
204-3970 Hastings Street, Burnaby, British Columbia Canada, V5C 6C1

Contact details:
Mr. Chad Bouchard
Direct phone: 604-484-8900
Main office: 604-320-1960
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.cbiconsultants.com
Facebook: facebook.com/CbiConsultants/
Youtube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCuibLVXCiCHjX1cROhqEB_w

Ms. Jodi Gilmore & Mr. Doug Protz (Part 3)

Jan 1, 2017

Handle explained. Holistic approach. Prenatal matters. Diet. Importance of movement. The developing child. How Handle was created and Judith Bluestone. (www.handle.org/) “Tip, Tap, Suck, & Blow” The Loop. The vestibular system. Her view of the term autism. Rolling, isolation and speed of movement. The inner ear. Why love of spin is an important clue. Deep pressure input. Stress signs to look for. Neurodevelopment part of Handle. Muscle cell development. The electrical box analogy. Why training is vital. Internal and external match. Typical session. Neuroplasticity and daily work and commitment.

Overture Neurodevelopment Supports Services
303-718 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia Canada, V5Z 1G8

Telephone: (604) 828-5634
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.overtureautistic.ca/

Ms. Jodi Gilmore & Mr. Doug Protz (Part 2)

Dec 15, 2016

Overture Neurodevelopmental Support Services’ philosophy and mission. FUN. Holistic nutrition explained. Nutrition and autism. Brain gut connection. The GFCF diet. Benefits of a tailored individualized diet plan and how it’s created. Dealing with food sensitivity and following a diet plan. Genetics and toxicity. Reference and Regulate (R&R) therapy; history, explained, and what it looks like. The importance of eye contact. Benefits and of R&R. The R&R curriculum.

Overture Neurodevelopment Supports Services
303-718 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia Canada, V5Z 1G8

Telephone: (604) 828-5634
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.overtureautistic.ca/

Ms. Jodi Gilmore & Mr. Doug Protz (Part 1)

Dec 1, 2016

How their interest autism began. Their personal experience with autism in the 1990’s. Signs they saw and experienced and questions that they had at the time. Preschool experiences. Definition: “Sensitive”. Internal and external stresses. How their path with their son lead them to the present. Trying different therapies. The book: Son Rise, by: Barry Neil Kaufman. Their experiences teaching and important talents they have working with children. The “In’s.” Why they created their company Overture Neurodevelopment Supports Services. Listening to parents needs. Thoughts about working and communicating with some people on the spectrum. Choice and information.

Overture Neurodevelopment Supports Services
303-718 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia Canada, V5Z 1G8

Telephone: (604) 828-5634
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.overtureautistic.ca/

Ms. Nicole Jinn

November 15, 2016

Who is Ms. Nicole Jinn? Finding out she was on the spectrum. Her drive to help others. What her childhood was like. Her cultural experiences. Her current concerns for adults on the spectrum. Her personal frustrations. Why advocacy is so important. Her wise words to parents and people on the spectrum. Gender balance issues and the challenges females face. How to recognize HFA in females. IQ and funding. Adaptive functioning explained. Her current difficulties getting funding. Her experiences with the current state of help and employment services offered. Establishing and maintaining a strong support network. The federal accessibility legislation initiative explained. How to aide her in her quest. Autism in her own words.

Contact details:
Facebook: facebook.com/nicole.jinn
Twitter: twitter.com/nicolejinn
Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/nicolejinn
Meetup.com: meetup.com/members/149845602/
Email: [email protected]
Mobile phone: 604-363-3266

Mr. Chanha Lee

November 1, 2016

Who is wonderfully well spoken, international, Mr. Chanha Lee? What his childhood was like. How broadcasting helped him. How autism and anxiety affected him - in his words. He breaks some autism myths. What he wishes others would know. How inclusiveness is important and vital to him, and what would make life easier. How autism is a positive force. His gifts. His challenges. His inspiration. What he would like to world to know about autism. How his giftedness makes him feel. His wise words for people on the spectrum.

Contact details:
facebook: www.facebook.com/chanha.lee

Mr. Bosang Lee from Here and Now Community Society

October 15, 2016

Who is Mr. Bosang Lee? Cultural differences between Korea and Canada regarding autism? Why is acceptance so important. Why it’s important for families to work together and can they get even closer after diagnosis. Why playing the “blame game” doesn’t help anyone. The importance of asking for help. How he planned for his child’s future. How he’s helping the Korean society in British Columbia. What is Here and Now Community Society? What he loves about his role about being Executive Director. Why parents should contact his organization and ask for his advice. What surprised him about autism. Why it is important to integrate into society. What he learned about himself through this journey. His counsel to others. Autism in his own words.

Here and Now Community Society
Executive Director: Mr. Bosang Lee
Website: www.hereandnowca.org
Phone: 778-866-8013
Email: [email protected]

Richmond Autism Interagency Committee with Pam Collins

Sept 1, 2016

The history of the Richmond Autism Interagency Committee, its philosophy and mandate. Types of information shared with parents and the community. What is the Annual Fair and what happens during this wonderful one-day event. Benefits of going to the fair. Time and location of the event. Fair registration for the general public and companies wanting to participate. Cost. Types of discussions and presentations that take place. What she loves about her work. Autism in her own words.

Richmond Autism Interagency Committee
Unit 170-7000 Minoru Blvd., Richmond, British Columbia Canada, V6Y 3Z5
Webpage: www.autismrichmond.com/contact-us.html
Email: [email protected]

Annual Richmond Autism Resource Fair
Saturday, November 19th, 2016
Time: 9am to 1pm McMath Secondary School
4251 Garry Street, Richmond, British Columbia Canada, V7E 2T9

Click here to view the fair flyer

Helen Ries (Vital information for parents who are planning for their child’s future when they pass on - Helen’s point of view)

Aug 1, 2016

Who is Helen Ries? What her parents were like and her brother is like? What family life was like growing up with a sibling with special needs.  Immediate challenges faced upon the passing of her parents and situations that she had to deal with that frustrated her.  The reality of poverty and the disabled. What she wished her parents had put in place. What she wished would change. How her situation affected her own life and her families. The impact of the inaccurate perceptions of others. What policy changes she wishes would take place. What would she advised her parents if she could have. What she wished the public would know. Why a Will is vital. What she would like the world to know about looking after a sibling: main challenges, benefits, and joys.  Her two amazing contributions to the disability world and how to get involved.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @helenries / twitter.com/helenries
Website: greatriverconsulting.ca and gifts-assets.ca

PLAN with Ted Kuntz, Tim Ames, and Rebecca Pauls

Jul 15, 2016

Who are Mr. Ted Kuntz, Mr. Tim Ames, and Ms. Rebecca Pauls. The history of PLAN (Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network). The importance of planning for our children's future. Benefits of PLAN. Creating social connections. Who can access PLAN. Types of supports offered. Who are plan members. Financial planning. Wills, trusts and estates. Why a will is vital and why it’s important to work with a professional. RDSP. Workshops and retreats offered and how to register. Who are caregivers. Laws, policies and government. How to join and be a lifetime member. What they love about their work. Autism in their own words.

Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network
#260-3665 Kingsway, Vancouver, British Columbia Canada, V5R 5W2

Website: plan.ca and institute.plan.ca
General Inquiries: (604) 439-9566

RAPS (Richmond Autism Parents Support)

Jul 1, 2016

The history of RAPS (Richmond Autism Parents Support). People welcome at meetings. When and how often do meetings take place? What happens when you are there? Meeting of the minds. Special guest speakers and talks that can take place. Participant anonymity, confidentiality, and group safe haven. Benefits of attending. What Tara and Pam would like you to know about autism.

Meeting location:
#210-3671 Chatham Street, Richmond, British Columbia Canada, V7E 2Z1

Website: www.rapsupport.org
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: facebook.com/RichmondAutismParents

Sirota’s Alchymy with Master Michael Sirota

June 15, 2016

Who is Master Michael Sirota? The history of Sirota’s Alchymy and Martial Arts & Life Skills Centre. The philosophy. Why it’s important for people with challenges. The merit badge and belt system explained. Motivational visual aids. Inclusive martial arts education for everyone! The benefits of participating. Programs offered. How to register. Minimum and Maximum ages. Costs. Skills and training. The impact of the training. The future goals. Qualifications needed for educators. Online certifications courses. His greatest accomplishments. Strengths and benefits of the program. Autism in his own words.

Richmond (Sirota’s Alchymy Martial Arts & Life Skills Centre)
#1 - 3740 Chatham St., Richmond, British Columbia Canada, V7E 2Z3
Phone: (604) 244-8842

Vancouver (Sirota’s Alchymy Martial Arts & Life Skills Centre)
6647 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia Canada, V5P 3Y2
Phone: (604) 569-3395

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sirotasalchymy
Twitter: @sirotasalchymy
International Para-Taekwondo Instructor Course: www.parataekwondo.com

R.D.S.P. with Mr. Al Etmanski

May 15, 2016

Who is Mr. Al Etmanski? What is the Registered Disability Savings Program (R.D.S.P.). What are its features? Canada before the program existed and how he came up with the idea. The history and genesis of the R.D.S.P. Challenges of getting it started. The role Mr. Jim Flaherty played in its implementation. Building a network of champions. How to apply and documentation needed. The future of the program. Why it’s important to plan for the future for our children. A Will and a Trust. Why people don’t plan for the future. His book “Safe and Secure: Six steps to creating a personal future plan for people with disabilities”. Why a social network is important for families. What he’d like the world to know about autism.

RDSP: www.rdsp.com or 1-844-311-7526
Book: “Safe and Secure: Six steps to creating a personal future plan for people with disabilities”: https://store.planinstitute.ca
Website: www.aletmanski.com

Ms. Jenny Story Author, Animator, and Community Member

May 1, 2016

Who is Ms. Jenny Story? What was her childhood like? Her views of autism and some of her difficulties. Embracing her individuality. The world through her eyes. Bullying in schools and what she would like educators to know. Her loves and hobbies. How having a wonderful and positive parent is beneficial. What would make life easier? How autism is a contributing factor to her success. What she would like to see in the community and the future. Why she loves animation. Her experiences at Vancouver Film School. What she would like employers to know. Her book Dysnomia. Her inspirations. Autism in her own words.

Zajac Ranch For Children with Ms. Tiffany MacInnis

April 15, 2016

Who is Ms. Tiffany MacInnis? The history of Zajac Ranch For Children. The camp philosophy. Celebrating personal achievements. Programs offered and leadership development possibilities. Camp and medical facilities, medical staff and accessibility. Staff qualifications. Who can go? Camp ratio and safety. When to apply and registration details. Cost and funding. Benefits of participating and how to become involved as a staff or volunteer. What she finds rewarding about her job, the open house, and autism in her own words.

Zajac Ranch For Children
Ranch location: 15600 Florence Lake Road, Mission, British Columbia, Canada, V4S 1C4
Phone: (604) 462-8305
After hours emergency: (604) 462-8303

Head Office and Mailing Address
c/o The Mel Jr. & Marty Zajac Foundation 300 - 2006 West 10th Avenue, Vanocuver, British Columbia, Canada, V6J 2B3
Phone: (604) 739-0444

Website: zajacranch.com/
Email: [email protected]

Autism 30 Ms. Janet Walmsley - [part 1] / [part 2]

April 1, 2016

Part 1 (listen to part 1)

Janet Walmsley her story before her daughters diagnosis and after. Signs of autism. Hearing the words: “Your child has autism.” Why the autism label and being a “momma bear” is vital. Why she wrote the book “The Autistic Author and Animator, A Mother’s View of a Daughter’s Triumph.” The Dream Team. Importance of early intervention and advocacy. The Sunrise program. Her worries. Respite care. Keep positive. Her biggest frustrations. What she learned about herself and her advice to others.

April 2, 2016

Part 2 (listen to part 2)

Ms. Janet Walmsley’s personal struggles, positivity and fortitude to beat all the odds. A family helping others. How autism can make a family closer. “Autism is not a death sentence but a richly deserved life sentence” explained. Her amazing and brilliant daughter Jenny. Her wishes for the future. Absurd beliefs she’s heard and how ignorance affects the autism community. Why she feels autism is a gift. ANCA. How her acting career helped her. Celebrating each moment of life to the full. Her final thoughts and autism in her own words.

Autism 30 Parent Talk 3 "Society, Frustrations, Autism, Marketplace"

March 15, 2016

Questions answered with guests: Kathy & Tina. How far society has come with acceptance. The frustrations that parents can face when you have a child with autism. Children knowing they have autism and how to approach the subject? Demystification and self-awareness. Things we'd like to see in the marketplace and supports wanted.

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Laurel Behaviour Support Services, Ms. Leilani Llacuna (Assistant Clinical Manager)

March 1, 2016

The history of Laurel. Services offered and their approach to providing them. ABA. Triple P Stepping Stone Positive Parenting Program. EIBI Program. Autism Curriculum Encyclopaedia (ACE). RASP list. Behaviour consultation and locations. Funding. How long does the process take? Training and workshops. Building community capacity. Success stories. What Ms. Leilani Llacuna loves about her work, and changes she’d like to see. Commons stresses. Educating the educators. Parents concerns. Staff and their qualifications. Autism in her own words.

Laurel Behaviour Support Services (PosAbilities Association of BC)
Address: Suite 240-4664 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby,
British Columbia, Canada V5C 5T5
Phone: 778-945-1435
Website: www.laurelbc.ca
Email: [email protected]

PosAbilities Association of BC (Ms. Monique Nelson: Director of Community Engagement)

February 15, 2016

The history, philosophy and benefits of PosAbilities. What is person centered thinking. The Rights of a person with disability in British Columbia and Canada and why it’s important to know. Ages served and programs offered. Transitioning, employment, and home living. Areas served and funding explained. Recommended application dates. Workshops offered. Connection to community. Success stories. Autism in Monique’s own words.

PosAbilities Association of BC
Address: Suite 240-4664 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby,
British Columbia, Canada V5C 5T5
Phone: 604-299-4001
Website: posabilities.ca
Email: [email protected]

Parent Talk 2 "Your Questions Answered"

February 1, 2016

What do you do if your child is having a meltdown and you are getting "looks" from other people? How do you handle going out to eat if your child is a picky eater? Do you tell other people about your child’s autism diagnosis, who do you tell, and why?

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Blazin' Soccer Dogs

Jan 15, 2016

The history of Blazin' Soccer Dogs. The determination and drive of a loving mother. The goodwill of Canadians. How it was named. Who are the players? The philosophy of the teams. The coaches and volunteer qualifications. What help is available to players. The soccer season. Locations. The cherished attire for both teams. The amazing atmosphere at the games. The benefits. The future goals. Advice to get your own program started. What Abbe finds rewarding about her role, and autism in her own words.

Website: http://soccerdogs.ca/
Email: [email protected]

Community Member: Mr. Lucas Gates

Jan 1, 2016

Who is Mr. Lucas Gates? His childhood and educational experiences. What he wants other members of society to know about autism. Apologizing and the wish society would be more educated and empathic. What would make his life easier? His advice to parents of children on the spectrum. The brilliance of his inquisitive mind. The value of social stories. His soccer team the Rain City Wolves FC and plans for the future. His work, social life and his Master of Ceremony role at "Night to Remember" in June. His future goal and his passion for computer science and technology.

Twitter: @LucasGates92
Rain City Wolves FC: @RainCityWolves

Canucks Autism Network

Dec 15, 2015

The history of how and why Mr. and Mrs. Aquilini created The Canucks Autism Network. The many programs offered and geographical locations served. Future plans for the organization. How to apply for; membership, volunteer work, and employment. The benefits of joining. Ms. Lindsay Petrie’s success stories, what she loves about her work, and autism in her own words.

Canucks Autism Network
Address: 101-2020 Yukon Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V5Y 3N8
Phone: 604-685-4049
Website: www.canucksautism.ca
Email: [email protected]

BC Centre for Ability

Dec 1, 2015

Who is Ms. Alison Brook? What is BC Centre for Ability? What is the early intervention therapy program? Their geographical area serviced and philosophy. The different programs offered. How to apply for services. The different types of therapists and their roles. Different workshops offered. What she loves about her work. Autism in her own words.

Early Intervention Therapy Program
BC Centre for Ability Association
Address: 2805 Kingsway Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V5R 5H9
Phone: 604-630-3011
Website: www.centreforability.bc.ca
Email: [email protected]

Richmond Society For Community Living

Nov 15, 2015

Who is Ms. Carrie McLellan-Haqq and what is Richmond Society For Community Living (RSCL)? Their philosophy, various branches, and programs. How to apply for services. What happens once the application is accepted. Minimum and maximum ages. Funding and cost. Annual events coordinated by RSCL. Success stories. Strengths and benefits of the program. Autism in her own words.

Richmond Society For Community Living
Address: 170 - 7000 Minoru Blvd, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, V6Y 3Z5
Phone: 604-279-7040
Website: www.rscl.org
Email: [email protected]

Parent Talk "The Holiday Season"

November 1, 2015

About the parents (Kathy & Tina). Educating the public about hurtful things that some people do and say. Issues that arise for many parents with children with autism around the "The Holiday Season". What the parents would like the world to know about autism.

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Douglas College, Dr. Elizabeth Athens

October 15, 2015

Dr. Elizabeth Athens’s role at Douglas College. Why attend Douglas College Disability and Behaviour Analysis and Behaviour Intervention Programs? Graduation requirements and the course breakdown, in detail. Certifications available. The Faculty at Douglas College. The Advisory Committee. Graduate career possibilities and University entry. Successful alumni. College admission requirements. Fees and BC autism funding. One item their students learn about autism.

Douglas College "Coquitlam Campus"
"Disability and Applied Behaviour Analysis & Behaviour Intervention Programs"

Address: 1250 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, V3B 7X3
Phone: 604-527-5612

Douglas College Website: www.douglascollege.ca
Disability and Applied Behaviour Analysis Program Webpage: www.douglascollege.ca/programs-courses/faculties/child-family-community-studies/disability-and-applied-behaviour-analysis
Email: [email protected]

Fawkes Academy DL

October 1, 2015

What is Fawkes Academy DL? What are the goals and locations? Age of students? Home-based and school based programs. The curriculum. The unique “typical day”. Parental involvement. Recording of student progress. The benefits of physical activity. Who are the faculty and what are their qualifications. Funding. Success stories. Autism in her own words.

Fawkes Academy DL - Richmond
Address: 1110-6900 Graybar Road, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, V6W 0A5
Phone: (604) 232-4122

Fawkes Academy DL - Burnaby
Address: 100-2500 Boundary Road, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, V5M 3Z3
Phone: (604) 299-4144

Website: www.fawkesacademy.ca
Email: [email protected]

Monarch House

September 15, 2015

What is Monarch House? The Interdisciplinary approach & the different roles involved in treatment defined. Sessions described. Cost and funding. Geographical location served? Workshops, Camps and events. Success stories.

Monarch House - Vancouver
Address: 3185 Willingdon Green, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, V5G 4P3
Phone: (604) 205-9204
Website: www.cbi.ca/web/monarchhouse-vancouver

Monarch House - Richmond
Address: 217 4800 No. 3 RD, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, V6X 3A6
Phone: (604) 337-0849 Website: www.cbi.ca/web/monarchhouse-richmond

Special Olympics

September 1, 2015

Eunice Kennedy Shriver. What is Special Olympics? What programs do they offer? What are the benefits of joining? Who can apply? How to apply. The difference between Special Olympics, The Olympics and Paralympics. September 19th!

Special Olympics (British Columbia)
Address: 3701 Hastings Street, Unit 210, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, V5C 2H6
Phone: 604-737-3078
Toll free: 1-888-854-2276
Website: www.specialolympics.bc.ca
Email: [email protected]

Ms. Tahnee Lam

Program Director and Owner of New Step Consultation Services Inc.

August 15, 2015

What is RDI? The 6 objectives in RDI? What therapy looks like? Schedule for therapy. Funding. Why Ms. Lam chose this field. Success stories. What she would like you to know about autism.

New Step Consultation Services Inc.
Address: Unit 238, 11590 Cambie Road, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, V6X 3Z5
Phone: 604-787-6221
Website: www.newstepconsultation.com
Email: [email protected]

Dr. Elizabeth Athens

Clinical Director & Program Manager, ABA Learning Centre & Clinic Program and GABA Children's Society

August 1, 2015

What is ABA in Dr. Athens own words? GABA school details. Benefits of in school autism therapy. Students schedules in detail. Faculty qualifications. Autism funding and cost breakdown. The school’s strengths. Consistency in education. Educational options after preschool.

ABA Learning Centre & Clinic Program and
GABA Children's Society (for children age 2-6)

Address: 1110-6900 Graybar Rd, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, V6W 0A5
Phone: 604-232-4122

Website: abacentre.ca
Email: [email protected]

Ms. Andrea Kasunic (Head of School) PALS

July 15, 2015

What is ABA? What is PALS and how to attend? The difference between PALS and the public school system. Who is involved, and their responsibilities. Tuition and funding. Ms. Kasunic’s passion for her work, and her understanding of families with autism.

PALS Autism School
Address: 2409 East Pender Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V5K 2B2
Phone: 604-251-7257

PALS Adult Program
Address: 203 West 6th Avenue Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V5Y 1K7
Phone: 604-872-7257

Website: palsautismschool.ca
Email: [email protected]

Dr. Christopher Gibbins

July 1, 2015

What are the early signs of autism? How to book an appointment? The autism diagnosis process and what does it looks like? Why the day of the month matters regarding funding. Why does Dr. Christopher Gibbins love being a psychologist? Facts about autism in his own words.

Dr. Christopher Gibbins
Westcoast Child Development Group Inc.

Website: www.childdevelopmentgroup.com
Phone: 604-732-3222

Introduction to Autism 30

April 2, 2015

Welcome to Autism 30! Why create this podcast? The personal story of our diagnosis, rates of autism in society and hope, philosophy of disabilities, your own individual responsibility, social media and how to effectively use the webpage, and Greg Milk music. Motto: “Live in love”

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