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Newsletter #16: January 2018
Autism 30 January 2018 Newsletter
The Resolution of Gratitude
Every January I remind myself not of things I would like to change, improve on, and make a resolution for. I take the time to remind myself of how grateful I am. With every passing year, I am very aware that I am here to celebrate another day, that many are denied. I’m reminded that I have an amazing child who not only has educated me better than any University ever has but has led me to experience feelings that I did not know possible. Every day that goes by I encounter someone, an article or book, and podcast, with new idea and a thought that allows me to grow and learn as a person.
I’m also so thankful for you and my guests who give me an opportunity to feel useful in aiding our community. Doing this podcast fills me with a sense of purpose outside my biggest role and love that of being a mother and wife.
I therefore thank you my Autism 30 Podcast guests and listeners and I hope you all have a wonderful 2018.
On January 15th we are speaking with the Founder and CEO of Focus Professional Services, Carol Simpson. She is a remarkable women who is changing the ideas of many helping our community with employment and empowerment.
On February 1st we have the good fortune to have in studio the lovely Allie who is the Events Organizer of Vancouver Asperger’s ASD Support Group.
Participate in our Disability Tax Credit (DTC) project
As you may know, they began their Disability Tax Credit advocacy in October 2017. In November, they hosted a press conference in Ottawa and have since collected over 330 responses from the autism community. Until policy change is made, it is critical that autistic individuals, families and medical professionals share their experience with regard to applying for and maintaining their DTC. Whether you have been approved or denied the DTC, please email your experience to[email protected]. Autism Canada will provide the CRA with the most robust feedback to make change.
(Podcast dated: November 15th, 2017)
We at Autism 30 would like to wish Canucks Autism Network and very Happy 10th Birthday this month.
The are an amazing organization that keep our community active, social, and engaged. What a gift to British Columbia!
PAFN Employment Club When: Fri, 12t, 19, 26 of January and 2 of February, 10:00 – 12:00 Description: Come network and meet with other individuals on the spectrum looking for work. Hear about employment programs and supports, share job finding tips and support each other in your employment journey! Please RSVP to [email protected]com
Connections: A Young Adult Social Club When: Thu, 18 January, 18:00 – 20:30 Description: Come hang out in our life skills lounge, play games, watch Netflix, eat pizza and make friends! Ages 15-29 Meets once a month on every 3rd Thursday of the month. $5 Donation Suggested. For more information or to RSVP, please call our front desk team at 604.207.1980. (FYI - The doors will be closed at 7pm so please plan to arrive before then)
Parent Training to address problem behaviours of youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder & Developmental Disabilities When: Sat, 20 January, 13:30 – 15:00 Description: Seating is limited, so please RSVP to [email protected] ** This presentation will: - review the various forms of parent training for ASD & DDs - review 4 key concepts to help understand why challenging behaviours occur - provide an overview of common strategies for children with DDs & co-occurring challenging behaviours, including case examples Presenter: Dr. Karen Bearss is Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. She earned her B.S. in Psychology as well as her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Florida. Previously, she served as as Associate Research Scientist at the School of Nursing and Child Study Center at Yale University, and Assistant Professor at Emory University where her work focused on parenting interventions for children with disruptive behaviours, as well as dissemination/implementation of evidenced based treatments into community settings. At UW she works at the Seattle Children's Autism Center where she develops and evaluates evidence-based parenting interventions for children with ASD. Clinically, she also oversees multidisciplinary evaluations for young children with ASD and related disorders.
Gaming Club When: Thu, 1 February, 18:00 – 20:30 Description: Gaming Club is an inclusive club for teens and young adults with diverse abilities. Games rated E10 and under only please. $5.00 donation requested. WHO: 15-29 year olds DATE: 1st Thursday of every month TIME: 6-9 PM Please call 604-207-1980 for more information! (FYI - The doors will be closed at 7pm so please plan to arrive before then)
Pokemon Club Juniors When: Sat, 3 February, 15:00 – 16:45 Description: A new Pokémon club for 6-14 year olds is her at the Pacific Autism Family Network! The club is a place for kids to come together and socialize about a common interest. Kids can bring their Pokémon cards, games, Nintendo DS, stuffies, toys, clothing, costumes, or anything else Pokémon related. Kids that are new to Pokémon also welcome! When: First Saturday of every month Time: 3:00 – 4:45 pm Where: Pacific Autism Family Network 3688 Cessna Dr, Richmond, BC For questions or to add yourself to the email distribution list, please email: [email protected]
Happy New Year! Autism BC Northern Region is ringing in 2018 in style. We are holding a New Year's Social for members and clients, complete with pizza, snacks and a movie. We will be watching Disney Pixar's Inside Out, which although not about autism, in many ways represent the way many of individuals on the spectrum feel. We will be holding the event in the Art Space above Books & Co. Registration is requested, so we know how much food to order. ALL MEMBERS AND CLIENTS ARE WELCOME! What: New Years Social! When: January 12, 2018 Where: Art Space above Books & Co. 222 - 1685 3rd Ave (Upstairs), Prince George, BC V2L 3G5 Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
LEGO Jurassic Brick Land! Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Put on your hiking boots and camouflage…you’re about to enter Jurassic Brick Land! We’ll build amazing dinosaurs that lived during the Jurassic period and other extinct prehistoric animals that roamed the earth andswam the seas. All student go home with a custom-made Minifigure. We do our best to ensure a safe, fun, and energetic environment for all children participating in our programs, but please be aware that we will be working with small parts that may become a hazard if ingested.
Age Range 6 - 10 Dates Saturdays, January 20 - March 3 Times 10:30 am - 12 noon Max Students 10, Min Students 8 Program Fee $120/6 Sessions
Launch into Life! Transitioning into adulthood and the community beyond high school can be challenging for individuals with autism and their families. Comprehensive transition planning can help to manage the challenges during this time and maximize potential for each person to live a full and meaningful life. The Launch Program was developed to help families prepare for and respond to key life transitions, and to guide the journey from adolescence to adulthood. It helps families to focus on discovering personal strengths and areas for growth based on their youth’s individual interests, abilities, and needs by answering three key questions:
Where are we now? Where do we want to go? How are we going to get there?
We are pleased to offer a workshop series called Launch into Life! that helps families to create an Individualized Transition Plan for their child and provides valuable information in the following domains:
·Education and Employment ·Health and Well Being ·Communication and Social Relationships ·Independent Living Skills and Self-Advocacy *Legal and Financial Issues
Dates Families MUST be available for all sessions Thursday, January 11th - 6:00pm – 9:00pm (Parents) Thursday, January 18th - 6:00pm – 9:00pm (Parents and Youth) Thursday, January 25th - 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Parents) Venue: The Comox Valley Child Development Association - 237 3rd St, Courtenay, BC V9N 1E1 Cost: $25 per family* *Please note this program is eligable for AFU funding.
Who should attend? Families and young people (13+) living with ASD and other developmental disabilities. Youth attendance is not mandatory, but welcome. Youth who do choose to attend, should be able to participate in a facilitated breakout session independently to identify their goals and create a shared vision.
BI Basic Training Workshop - Abbotsford Saturday, January 27 to Sunday, January 28 Join us for a two-day training workshop on the implementation of autism behaviour plans. You will leave this course with knowledge and practical tools you can use in the classrooms, or home environment. Past attendees have included, parents, community group leaders, students, educators, classroom assistants and other individuals who work with/support children with an ASD diagnosis. Upon completion of this 2-day course you will be sent a certificate to confirm your attendance. This course counts towards 14hrs of BI training. Topics to be covered each day include: Day 1 Core elements of discrete trial teaching Functions and behaviour Reinforcement techniques Prompting techniques Process of teaching from introductory to generalization to mastery Ethics The process of accurate data collection Day 2 Antecedent and established operations Reinforcement assessment of preference Token economics Prompting and prompt-fading strategies Teaching techniques Analyisis of data Peer play facilitation Maintenance and generalization of learned skills Venue: Abbotsford Sprott Shaw 1 - 33655 Essendene Ave, Abbotsford, BC V2S 2G5 Cost: $100 (AutismBC members) and $125 (Non Members) (To check your membership is up to date please login, or alternative register for FREE membership here.)
REGISTER FOR YOUR PLACE TODAY Meet your instructor: Lindsay Parrott Lindsay Parrott is a Behavior Consultant with over 11 years of experience. She has worked with individuals 20 months to 21 years old on all areas of the autism spectrum. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with a Masters degree from UBC in Special Education with a focus on autism and developmental disabilities. She has been delivering the BI Workshop for AutismBC for many years. Please note: Morning refreshments will be available both days, but participants are responsible for their own lunch. Lunch break is usually approx. 1hr.
Where: Pacific Autism Family Network Hub - 3688 Cessna Drive, Richmond
Description: Do you know a child, teen, or young adult who loves to sing or dance, and would benefit from meeting an empathetic and team-minded peer group, but struggles in social settings? Who would enjoy being mentored by like-minded young adults, and being part of an award-winning performance crew? The Mayday Club Youth Choir for Neurodiversity is now accepting applicants of all ability levels, between the ages of 5 and 30, to be part of our choral singing and hip-hop dancing performance crew for 2017 / 2018. Train under some amazing instructors, make friends, and tour the province to build confidence, and advocate for a cause you believe in! Visit us online at www.maydayclub.ca
CBI Consultants is happy to announce that we are now selecting participants for the first TeenWork Canada program starting in February.
TeenWork Canada is a program offered by CBI Consultants in Vancouver and CanAssist/University of Victoria in Victoria that provides the opportunity for youth with disabilities and/or who require mental health supports to secure successful and meaningful part-time employment while they are attending school. We will support participants in their search for employment through Group Based Employability Skills (GBES) and Employability Skills through Work Experience (ESWE).
The program is 41 weeks in length and the participants will attend group sessions twice a week (15 weeks) which will help them develop their skills and talents and discover their Ideal conditions of employment, For the remainder of the program (26 weeks) we will support the youth to successfully acquire and succeed in an employment opportunity. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA To be eligible for the TeenWork Canada Program, participants must: • have a disability and/or who require mental health supports
• be between 15 and 19 years old • have a desire and motivation to work • be currently attending school • have access to reliable transportation • be independent in personal care
Participants must demonstrate: • ability to work and participate in a group setting(groupof10) • ability to follow simple instructions and direction • ability to work independently in a classroom setting • availability and motivation to attend all sessions • ability to complete classwork as required (with support as needed)
For 2018 we are excited to offer two intake opportunities; Intake one- February 2018 Intake two- July 2018 With two additional intakes in 2019
We will be holding a number of Information Sessions in January. Please email Chad Bouchard, Self-Determination and Employment Coordinator if you are interested in attending an information session or if you have more questions on the program. [email protected]This is another one column text block.
(Podcast dated: January 15th, 2017)
Events in January for inGIRLSCLUB
OK - GC - Movie Morning
Sunday, January 21, 2018
10:00 AM -11:30 AM
For the January 21 meetup, I was thinking we could do something a little low-key, and have a movie morning for the GIRLS.We will start at 10am and please bring whatever is comfy/cozy for your GIRLS – whether that be PJs, pillows, blankets or all of the above! Whatever they like to relax in, bring it along. I will set up a movie in the gym for them (suggestions welcome if your GIRLS have a fave!). And maybe I’m being optimistic – but possibly us adults could even have real conversation and coffee in the play room while the GIRLS chill out.
LM GC - Tea Party: Princesses, Fairies & Superheroes Sunday, January 28, 2018
12:00 PM 2:00 PM
Are you a princess, a fairy, a fairy princess, or a superhero? Maybe you're all of those things? Maybe you are WONDER WOMAN and PRINCESS ELSA in one?! This is a chance to come dressed up in your fanciest PRINCESS or FAIRY or SUPERHERO duds, or whatever you fancy and enjoy a tea party :)
(Podcasted dated: May 15th, 2017)
Richmond Autism Parents Support News
After a December break Richmond Autism Parents Support meetings resume. They take place on the last Thursday of each month. This month it will take place on January 25th and starts at 7:30PM.