Autism 30

Newsletter #7: Apr 2017


Autism 30 April 2017 Newsletter
This April 2nd was the second anniversary of our podcast and Autism Awareness Day. We hope everyone lit it up blue and partook in the brilliant festivities.
The team at Autism 30 spent the day at the wonderful Pacific Autism Family Network Goodlife Fitness Hub with other members of the autism community. It was a truly enjoyable day as we met new listeners, and old fans dropped by with kind words. We also value the great questions placed in our “ask our parents” bowl, for our next Parent Talk podcast on June 1st. If you missed this event and have a question for our parent panel, please send us an email by going to our website: and click the word contact. You may be mentioned on the next Parent Talk podcast! You also have the option of being anonymous too.
We hope you enjoyed and were moved by our special 2-part podcasts on April 1st & 2nd, featuring a truly remarkable couple Mr. Sergio Cocchia and Ms. Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia talking about PAFN. We are in awe of their dedication and passion helping those in our community.
A reminder that we have 2 more informative podcasts for you coming soon. The podcast featuring Autism BC is on April 15th and Square Pegs Society May 1st - two organizations that we have in our province which are doing great work. 

 “Live in Love”


PAFN Events in April

These are some on the wonderful events that are happening at PAFN in the month of April. If you are interested please call PAFN.
April 20 Connections-A Social Club for Teens and Young Adults on Thursday at 6pm
April 21 PAFN Employment Club on Friday at 10am
April 22 Au-Some Conference on Saturday at 9am
April 28 PAFN Fashion Blooms Celebrity Fashion Show on Friday at 11am

​(Podcast dated: April 1st & 2nd, 2017)


April's Meeting

​The guest speaker for the evening will be Alex Magnussen who brings his humour, honesty and style to his presentations, which includes 2 TEDx talks earlier this year.

Alex is a 28-year-old man who has Autism, and his message during his presentations is to showcase that with the right support and early intervention, people who live with Autism can realize in themselves that they are smart and can find their niche in the world. Alexander has a unique ability to communicate what it feels like to have Autism in a in a way that is understandable to people who don’t have Autism – he is able to explain what the world is like and how it feels to him. In this way, Alexander is a “bridge” – he can connect the world of Autism to the world without Autism in a comprehensible way. The way Alexander brings you on a journey during his time on stage is both remarkable and wonderful. As an audience member you learn the value of what he has to say in a storytelling, engaging and often humorous way. A meeting to certainly remember.
If you are interested in attending this meeting please contact RAPS. 

​(Podcast dated: July 1st, 2016)


Autism BC April Events

Here are some of the Autism BC events that are taking place across our province:
APRIL 21st Friday
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? Understand the early signs of ASD, advise on how to find qualified service providers, apply for BC Autism Funding, joining a community support and online resources.
APRIL22nd Saturday
Two-day training workshop on the implementation of autism behaviour planning. Covering core topics such as functions of behavior, prompting techniques, prompting and prompt-fading strategies, plus much more. Led by qualified Behavior Consultant.
APRIL 22nd Saturday
Two-day training workshop on the implementation of autism behaviour planning. Covering core topics such as functions of behaviour, prompting techniques, prompting and prompt-fading strategies, plus more much. Led by qualified Behaviour Consultant - Julee Bassetto. 
APRIL 22nd Saturday
Autism Canada, AutismBC and the Pacific Autism Family Network, together with an amazing team of au-some spectrum adults from BC are proud to bring you; The Au-Some Conference.
APRIL 26th Wednesday
Celebrate Autism Awareness Month with us at Boston Pizza Grandview (Boundary).

APRIL 29th Saturday.
They are in the process of planning another event in the Lower Mainland, please email [email protected] to be contacted when registration opens.
(Podcast dated: April 15th, 2017)


Zajac Ranch Summer Camps

Don’t forget to contact Zajac Ranch Camp for a fun summer camp experience. They offer summer camps for our community.This is a great camp and open to all people of different abilities.

Well organized, safe, and challenging fun!
(Podcasts dated: April 15st, 2016)


Blazin' Soccer Dogs Starts!

Blazin’ Soccer Dogs start Saturday April 15th at 10am ! If you want to be part of this incredible team please contact Mrs. Abbe Gates. They have 2 divisions: The pups (ages 4-8) and the Dogs (ages 9-21). The players have loads of fun as they get to learn new skills, meet new friends, are part of a team (uniforms too!), and are in a safe supportive environment. The parents also enjoy themselves as they watch their children flourish and have the chance to talk with other parents. 
(Podcast dated: January 15th, 2016)


Pokemon Club at PAFN
On May 4th on Thursday at 6pm our very own Community Member, Mr. Lucas Gates, is leading a Pokémon Club at the Pacific Autism Family Network, Goodlife Fitness Hub. It is open for people of all ages. Activities include card trading, video gaming and other Pokemon awesomeness. For questions and to RSVP, please contact [email protected]

(Podcast dated: January 1st, 2016)


Summer Martial Arts Camps and Scholarships
Sirota Alchymy and Martial Arts Life Skills Centre is offering exciting and educational summer camps for your children.

The camps are non-stop action in an adult supervised environment. No experience necessary! Each day is full of safe and fun activities designed to challenge and educate! Children will get special training in various martial arts styles will be fun, exciting and challenging.
Open to kids starting at age 4!

Martial Arts Scholarships are available for people with physical, intellectual, sensory and Developmental Disabilities and disorders. These are funded through the generosity of the Cerebral Palsy Association of B.C. They are limited so contact Master Sirota soon to see if you qualify. 

(Podcast dated: June 15th, 2016)


Quote of the month:

"Autism, like a rainbow, has a bright side and a dark side and even though it can mean rough weather, it can be beautiful". 

By: Stuart Duncan